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05-24-2014, 05:13 PM   #1
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100-300mm (x1.5) - best soccer spot

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What is best soccer spot if I have one camera body with 100-300mm (x1.5 crop factor = 150-450mm)

And also - should be my optical stabilizer turned off (when is shutter speed 1/500+)?

(K20D + Sigma 100-300mm f/4 APO EX)

Thnak you!

05-24-2014, 06:26 PM   #2
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I can answer on just one of your questions:
- If your shutter speed can be kept 1/500 or higher, better keep SR off because SR mechanism takes some time to "spin up" (until the green hand sign appears in the viewfinder) and if you shoot before that - the pictures can become less sharp. The other reason: it is not recommended to use SR when panning (and you probably will). Hopefully other more experienced members will add more informations for you. Good luck!
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Where you stand depends on what you want to shoot.
Forwards running towards you with the ball - By one of the goals
Cover both goals - Stand midfield
Etc.

I shut SR off since panning usually is more of an advantage than SR and SR will sometimes even be counterproductive by fighting your movements.
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Warning, math involved

QuoteOriginally posted by DejmekPeter Quote
Hello

What is best soccer spot if I have one camera body with 100-300mm (x1.5 crop factor = 150-450mm)

And also - should be my optical stabilizer turned off (when is shutter speed 1/500+)?

(K20D + Sigma 100-300mm f/4 APO EX)

Thnak you!
Go back to basics

Image size = subject size x focal length / distance

Image size is either 16 or 24 mm. That is your sensor size

Focal length is between 100 and 300 mm

Except for extreme close ups, where I am not sure you could realistically be, for a head and shoulders shot, I assume you want to have a subject size of about 2meters.

If you stay in landscape mode, this puts you between 12 and 40 meters from the play.

The result is that you can cover just over 1/2 the width of the field, from the sidelines, so the question is, how close can you get, and can you move to follow the play

Now you know why sports photographers have much longer glass!

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I'll have to agree with Visual Darkness, depending on what image you are trying to get, is where you have to place yourself.
I shoot a lot of my daughters games ( stops me from yelling at the officials) and I usually follow the play. Back and forth
along the sidelines (I only have a DA200) and sometimes for those head-on full out run shots, down around the net. This is of course amateur sports, I can wander around the pitch.
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