Newbie question about camera and zoom lense

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Slashers, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. Slashers

    Slashers Guest

    Im looking to buy a good camera with a good size zoom lense...I go to
    alot of hockey and football well sports games...I wanted to start
    geting some closeup shots of players etc...Can anyone recommend a good
    camera and what size zoom lense would be good...Thanks
    Slashers, Nov 15, 2003
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    Ejkowalski Guest

    the biggest and fastest lens possible, otherwize those players will still look
    TINY, unless you are down on the bench to watch! and if your lens isn't fast
    enough, your film will have to be, and the faster the film, the crappier the
    overall image quality in terms of color, grain, etc....
    actually, it is hardly worth the effort, sports players pics are mostly not
    worth the time, unless you are in for some really wild and pricy hardware, I
    Good luck!
    Ed Kowalski
    Ejkowalski, Nov 16, 2003
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    Deathwalker Guest

    300mm minimum. 400mm is a popular choice. Wide apertures of 3.5 or 2.8 or
    even 2.0. But that is mega money. You might go for a 100-300 zoom so you
    can get more than 1 or 2 players at a time.

    A strudy tripod is good or spend even more on image stabilation (canon)or
    vibration reduction (nikon). 1.5 motor drive. need minium of 3.5 frames
    per second. Manual override for trap focusing.

    As for film speeds film grain technology has improved lots. 400 asa is
    fine. 800 is better. Digital slrs in this case advantages are two fold, 1
    is speed. The high end ones can do low noise 800 speed and upwards. 3200
    is possible but noise might be an issue. 2ndly digital slrs have a 1.5
    magnification with standard 35mm lenses. So its like having a built in
    teleconverter. Eos 300D with 100-300 zoom = 150-450 on a dslr. 1600 asa
    Deathwalker, Nov 16, 2003
  4. Sports photos are characteristically grainy, due to the need for fast
    film, so don't be afraid to go with at least a 300mm zoom lens with
    1600 ISO print film for lit nighttime shots, and 800 for daytime
    (sunny) shots. I've pushed 800 to 1600 with favorable results, as
    with 400 to 800.

    A fast zoom doesn't exist (not in OUR budgets anyway!) - you'll be
    putting up with something around f-stop 5.6 on a zoom that is
    reasonably priced.

    Consider black and white for that retro look; the players may even
    want prints!

    In any case, as a hobbyist you want to get the biggest bang for your
    buck. My personal fav is Pentax for the features, and don't shy away
    from 2nd-hand. Check eBay. There's LOTS of good film cameras getting
    dumped by owners going digital. Can't go wrong with Canon or Nikon

    For lenses, my personal experience is with Tamron's 28-200 and 28-300
    zooms, and Pentax's 80-200. They all cut the mustard in most
    amateur/semi-pro situations.

    If you think you've found something, post it here for advice.

    Good luck.

    jim h

    ps: use a monopod.


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    Jim Hutchison, Nov 17, 2003
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    Jim Nason Guest

    400m F2,8 lens.. unless you get a seat center ice, on the boards...
    Then a 300 2.8 might work for you. These cost more than the
    downpayment on the lease for a 35,000 dollar car. .. Or you can buy a
    an F4 200mm... buy season ticks for seats directly on the boards,
    shoot through the plexi and hope a couple of great forechecks happen
    within 10 feet of your seat.

    Jim Nason, Nov 19, 2003
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