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Old 14-06-2006, 20:22   #1 (permalink)
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World Cup photographers?

Been watching a bit of the footie and a bit more of the photographers. Which Canon L lens are they likely to be using and also which lens on their second camera?

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Old 14-06-2006, 21:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: World Cup photographers?

Probably a 400mm f2.8 and a 135mm f2.8 Around £5500.00 worth
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Old 14-06-2006, 21:28   #3 (permalink)
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With me being in the CPS and based in Munich I got an invite from Canon to the pre World Cup press party. I chose not to go as my German is not up to it yet and I don't think I could have bluffed enough for the whole evening not to have got caught out. As it was also a penguin suit do, I doubt there would have been much time to play with the big boys toys anyway. The Mrs wanted to go though
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Old 14-06-2006, 21:35   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Gary, Steve. But why a prime 400 and not a long zoom?

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Because usually primes are sharper and in the longer ranges they tend to be available at larger apertures - so cope with light better, also alot of these photographers will have a couple of bodies, one with a decent range lens and one for closer work.
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Old 15-06-2006, 06:59   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks Warspite, I understand that. I just thought a zoom would give more latitude for covering such distances.

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Old 15-06-2006, 08:15   #7 (permalink)
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As Warspite has said, most will have two bodies and the second one will most likely have a shorter (possibly zoom) lens attached. It gives them the best of both worlds.
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Old 15-06-2006, 18:24   #8 (permalink)
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All the top lenses are primes really. And thats one of the reasons I bought my Sigma 120-300 2.8 - it acts like a 300 2.8 prime, plus is has the zoom! Fantastic for motorsport photography imo.
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i think nikkon are the only people to make a fast super telephoto in the 200-400 f4. trouble is that even at f4 this is too slow. shooting at even one stop slower may make the difference from 1/500 to 1/1000 which may nail the crucial shot.
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Old 16-06-2006, 19:22   #10 (permalink)
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Appreciate all the comments and opinions folks.

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Re: World Cup photographers?

They will probably have a 400mm F2.8 L on one body and a 70-200mm F2.8 L zoom on the second. They may also have a 1.4x converter on the 70-200mm.
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Back in the old day's when I used to shoot the football on a regular basis we'd have 1 guy on the halfway line with a 400mm and me at the side of the goal with 135mm f2.8 but that was when we used to use.... oh whats it called, thingymajflip you know whatsit, oh yes thats it FILM
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Been watching a bit of the footie and a bit more of the photographers.
I got slap off the missus for being more interested in the photographers lenses than the football.
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What colour are the top range Nikon lenses, are they grey/white like the Canon L's? If not, its a good advert for Canon gear at this world cup.Are the Nikon photographers at home trying to sort out the dodgy Nikon white balance in photoshop on their photos, i jest of course, i know someone with a D2x..very impressive indeed...I too have been looking at the photography side instead of the footy...it's the photographic equivalent of a muso, when i go see a gig im always looking at what pedals the guitarists are going through...sad hey.
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Haven't been watching much of the footy, but did see a close up a player about to do a throw in, so could see about a dozen photographers behind him. All white lenses of Canons apart from 1 little Nikon guy in the middle with a nice black lens
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arhhh poor little Nikonion guy, always outnumbered, never outgunned. It looks hard work that world cup photography though,all that swopping lenses and bodies..its enough to give you a migraine
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What colour are the top range Nikon lenses, are they grey/white like the Canon L's? If not, its a good advert for Canon gear at this world cup.Are the Nikon photographers at home trying to sort out the dodgy Nikon white balance in photoshop on their photos, i jest of course, i know someone with a D2x..very impressive indeed...I too have been looking at the photography side instead of the footy...it's the photographic equivalent of a muso, when i go see a gig im always looking at what pedals the guitarists are going through...sad hey.
You can get some of the Nikon lenses in white iirc, but generally they tend to be black. Canon pretty much have the market sewn up for sports photography. This doesnt mean the Nikon's are no good however!
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Well, when I do college football (american style) I usually have either/and a 300/2.8 fixed lens, and a 70-200f2.8 for sideline shots. Also use the 80-400 VR lens. All nikon. I think Canon is on the sidelines so much not because its better, but because they've gotten in deep with canon from the start, so why switch. Nikon doesn't seem to obsessed with taking that from Canon either. I think NIkon is happy with their spot in the market. For now.

For lacrosse its either the fixed 300, or if thats not available, my Bigma 50-500. Bigma's only really good for high quality overcast light. <---(bright but cloudy). IMO.

Nikon lets you use older lenses tho. Plus Nikon's all black look is sleeker imo. And once you go black, well...........you know.
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