Baseball at 400mm
I shoot baseball in a bit of a strange way. Most guys shoot baseball, or dream of shooting baseball, with a
DSLR with 6.5fps or better
70-200mm f/2.8L + 2x Extender
DSLR with 3fps (Canon XTi)
I learned to shoot baseball with this setup. Without that 6.5fps motor drive, I have to time my shots, which can be a pain. With a motor drive, you are able to fire off 5 photos at ABOUT the right time, and one of them will by your photo.
I like my batting photos to be kind of like this:
I shoot with that 70-200mm because I like the zoom. The 400mm is LEGIT, don't get me wrong, but I hate the idea of having a prime lens THAT SIZE. So, to get to 400mm, I add a 2x Extender, and transform my same lens into a 140-400mm f/5.6L. I love it when I get stuff like this...
Now, I loose two whole stops, going from f/2.8 to f/5.6, but it is worth it to me, to have that zoom AND see 400mm.
That jump in stops usually results in an ISO bump. So yesterday, in the clouds, I had to shoot ISO800. I could have gotten my ISO down to 400, but I wanted to get 1/4000th.
It was nice in that game yesterday to be able to get those aircrafts when they showed up. It would have been impossible to get them with just my 70-200mm. It would have been difficult to get them with a 400mm prime. They came so fast that I pulled back to 140mm to find them, and then locked on them and zoomed to 400mm. They were probably there and gone, all four at once, in about 7 seconds.
I love our military. Thanks for the flyby yesterday, guys. Hope the training went well.