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04-17-2012, 01:57 PM   #646
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QuoteOriginally posted by jppp Quote
I only shoot hand held with my Sigma 150-500 and for me the problem isn't the lack of monopod. Bad focus is caused mainly by using AF-S instead of AF-C when the subject is moving from the focus point while I keep the shutter button half pressed. That may be the case here as well. In the first picture the girls are clearly moving towards the camera, which is the most common situation for "back focused" football pictures when using AF-S.
Precisely my thought. I doubt that I should be able to crop my 70-200 HSM II at F2.8-4 and achieve about the same quality as Bigma at 400mm F8.

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Precisely my thought. I doubt that I should be able to crop my 70-200 HSM II at F2.8-4 and achieve about the same quality as Bigma at 400mm F8.
Actually you would be better off with the 70-200 and a TC. Again, the bigma is soft from about 380+...
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Actually you would be better off with the 70-200 and a TC. Again, the bigma is soft from about 380+...
You just stopped my craving for a Bigma. Time for a TC!
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You just stopped my craving for a Bigma. Time for a TC!
Honestly if you are looking for quality with some reach, the DA*300 with a TC is probably one of the best options there is - that is however pretty pricey at the moment...

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Honestly if you are looking for quality with some reach, the DA*300 with a TC is probably one of the best options there is - that is however pretty pricey at the moment...
DA*300 is one of the top ones on my list but I can't afford it at the moment. Maybe after I see what the new 560mm is and maybe even after the new TC comes out. Though I have to fix the AF on my Sigma 70-200 before autumn when my sports shooting begin again.
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Here are some shots from another game that was right after the girls' game that I posted earlier. I used the Bigma for all the girls' game but switched to a Tamron 70-200 for the boys' game due to it being under lights. Since the shots are to put on the web in a gallery and not to print I just crop more with the 70-200.



The next three shots were a series from a shot on goal that was blocked and the cleared.





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Some Lacrosse

I go to (and shoot) my daughter's lacrosse games. I probably shoot way too much and pp can become a real chore (in part due to my kludgey workflow) but there's great satisfaction to getting a good photo.

A sub at the beginning of the season Clara's knack for coming up with the ball and protecting possession has earned her a spot in the starting line-up.


Born to run!


Top scorer does it again.


Yen shoots.


and scores


Jenna!




The sophomore goalie has really risen to the challenge


Defense in sleet
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How big is that lacrosse field? It looks like you need a longer lens. Try to make your way working with files faster. It's not about the images you ditch, it's all about the keepers. Select fast and delete files.

What I do is load them into Lightroom, stumple around giving *s to pictures. The once without a star I delete after first selection and go and work with the 3 star pictures and work on them.

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How big is that lacrosse field? It looks like you need a longer lens. Try to make your way working with files faster. It's not about the images you ditch, it's all about the keepers. Select fast and delete files.

What I do is load them into Lightroom, stumple around giving *s to pictures. The once without a star I delete after first selection and go and work with the 3 star pictures and work on them.
110 x 50 yards (100.6 x 45.7 meters) I'm shooting with a Sigma 100-300/4 which I think is a pretty good tool for the job. I've really tried to use LR but for some reason, it & I don't get along. I do need to be more selective in selecting which shots to process and post though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
110 x 50 yards (100.6 x 45.7 meters) I'm shooting with a Sigma 100-300/4 which I think is a pretty good tool for the job. I've really tried to use LR but for some reason, it & I don't get along. I do need to be more selective in selecting which shots to process and post though.
Those fields are pretty big. I shot my daughters games and everyone always ended up looking like they were running out of oxygen, with the mouth-guards bulging out. She has now moved on to soccer, will see how that works out. BTW, what happened to just a one set of cleats and shorts and a shirt ?.
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BTW, what happened to just a one set of cleats and shorts and a shirt ?.
Long past like the lacrosse sticks of my era, hand-crafted of wood, gut & rawhide.
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A few more using the Bigma, this time baseball and softball.







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A few more using the Bigma, this time baseball and softball.
Looks much better! Nice timing in the shot.
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Looks much better! Nice timing in the shot.
Thanks, I did shoot using a monopod. Baseball and softball also have the advantage of the angle not usually having the subject moving toward me.
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Soccer: Kika van Es

QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
110 x 50 yards (100.6 x 45.7 meters) I'm shooting with a Sigma 100-300/4 which I think is a pretty good tool for the job. I've really tried to use LR but for some reason, it & I don't get along. I do need to be more selective in selecting which shots to process and post though.
That is like a soccerfield. Well your sigma is better there then 70-200mm I think.

I went to premiere division soccer match between VVV en FC Twente (1-1) where there was a big clash between two players. Kika van Es (VVV) had to leave the field injured.

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