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09-08-2016, 09:56 AM   #1
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I am taking my daughter and grand daughter to a collage football game this saturday. I will spend most off my time entertaining the grand but will take my K-01 and would like some advice on what lens or lenses to take. I have quite a few primes to choose from, 15, 21, 31, 35, 40, 43, 50, 70 & 77

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QuoteOriginally posted by kjphilippona Quote
I am taking my daughter and grand daughter to a collage football game this saturday. I will spend most off my time entertaining the grand but will take my K-01 and would like some advice on what lens or lenses to take. I have quite a few primes to choose from, 15, 21, 31, 35, 40, 43, 50, 70 & 77
The longest lens you got. Too bad you don't have the DA*200. I use that in the grandstand of the local fairgrounds and it works extremely well. It really all depends on how far away you are from the action.
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If only 1 the 77.
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Yeah, the 77mm. You need to get closer to the action at events like that. The 77mm will also double as a great portrait lens, once everyone is excited with the game and the stadium food and everything
Maybe the DA 70mm if you want a very compact kit, something that is not obtrusive or heavy

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QuoteOriginally posted by kjphilippona Quote
I am taking my daughter and grand daughter to a collage football game this saturday. I will spend most off my time entertaining the grand but will take my K-01 and would like some advice on what lens or lenses to take. I have quite a few primes to choose from, 15, 21, 31, 35, 40, 43, 50, 70 & 77
From what I've seen in person, most professionals use long zoom lenses.
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The longest lens you got. Too bad you don't have the DA*200. I use that in the grandstand of the local fairgrounds and it works extremely well. It really all depends on how far away you are from the action.
Tickets are not cheep and Bryan Denny stadium has a very steep curve on the field so upper deck it was @ $45 per ticket
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From what I've seen in person, most professionals use long zoom lenses.
There are distinct disadvantages to not investing in a decent telephoto zoom. Like when your longest lens for sports is 77mm. It's just one of those choices you have to live with sometimes. You have a lot of lenses I'd love to shoot with, but in this case, I have a lot of lenses you'd love to shoot with.. we all make our choices.

But just to go with what you're got, I'd say DFA 100 macro and a DA*200 and an HD DA 1.4 TC and you'll barely miss those zooms. Or save yourself some bucks and grab one of those Tamron 70-200s currently on clearance.
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From what I've seen in person, most professionals use long zoom lenses.
Not sure i could last the game with my K3/battery grip and Tamron 70-200 around my neck

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I read your post recently about tripod. You own Tamron 70-200mm. Why don't you take that lens instead with, let's say, your K3?
Yep, it will weight more, but it may be better option for the game.
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Not sure i could last the game with my K3/battery grip and Tamron 70-200 around my neck
Get some kind of shoulder harness, or Lowqenpro Sling shot, so you have some place to rest it when it gets heavy. I actually ended up with my DA*200 because it's a half pound lighter than my DA*60-250, which is a half pound lighter than your 70-200.
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I'm going to go against the flow here. A 77mm is too short to get much real detail on the game - rely on others published shots for that. You could spend your time getting crowd shots or environment shots with the 15 or 21. Maybe toss the 70 or 77 in for some candid or posed portraits. That's just my 2 cents... but I've shot football for a high school annual when I was young. Most of the time we needed 180mm Nikkors to get any kind of action shot from the SIDELINES. And that only worked if we were close to where the play happened.
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15 and 77!

I was at a similar event a few years ago and I used only the tele end of the 80-200 I had, and stitched 18mm wide angle shots to get even wider. I don't remember if I used something in between, but if I did, those shots where deleted. I had seat in the upper section of a corner of the Emirates Stadium in London.

By the way, be sure to check out the photography policy of the stadium before you go there. Mid way in the game, I was asked to put down the camera by one of the guards.
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15 and 77!

I was at a similar event a few years ago and I used only the tele end of the 80-200 I had, and stitched 18mm wide angle shots to get even wider. I don't remember if I used something in between, but if I did, those shots where deleted. I had seat in the upper section of a corner of the Emirates Stadium in London.

By the way, be sure to check out the photography policy of the stadium before you go there. Mid way in the game, I was asked to put down the camera by one of the guards.
Thanks, I had not thought about that, will check now

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By the way, be sure to check out the photography policy of the stadium before you go there. Mid way in the game, I was asked to put down the camera by one of the guards.
Good point! But with the K-01 there is rarely trouble, especially if its one of the colourful variants. Guards don't take it seriously, and most Pentax lenses are fairly compact, so no problem. Bring along a monopod and you can get away with some really great shots
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QuoteOriginally posted by kjphilippona Quote
I am taking my daughter and grand daughter to a collage football game this saturday. I will spend most off my time entertaining the grand but will take my K-01 and would like some advice on what lens or lenses to take. I have quite a few primes to choose from, 15, 21, 31, 35, 40, 43, 50, 70 & 77
Way too short, kjphilippona! I use a 70-200 and 150-500 for sports.

But you can take pictures of your daughter, grand daughter, establishing shots of the stadium, street photography of the vendors/fans, and wide angle shots of the game, too.

Include beers and hotdogs, what's wrong with that for a Saturday?
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