400 lens arrived yesterday, enough time to unbox and get to the game on time. BIg learning curve getting used to the size of this lens and following the player. Each quarter of the game it became easier. Shooting again tonight for my daughters High School team. practice practice practice.
nikon d600, 400 2.8
I know once I get comfortable with this new lens and monopod and head, its going to sing, until then here are a couple beginner images. Thanks again for everyones input on purchasing this lens and the components needed. Julie
It's a very sweet lens. The only problem I have with it is sometimes finding the space to get far enough away from the action - some venues are rather tight.
Based on what we've seen from you in the past I expect nothing but greatness. You've probably already noticed how wonderfully it can isolate your subject. Your last image is a good example of the very narrow DOF.
For the record, I'd crop the top, left, and bottom of #1, but they're quite nice.
Thanks Rueben, It does take some getting used. I am trying to find the best locations on the field to shoot with this lens. Incredible lens! I think it has already exceeded my expectations in just one shoot.
Thanks Chris, Sorry about the keyboard. I will put this lens to good use, at least take comfort that it will be used and not placed in a corner. about to upload some images from Hal's second outing, Hal = heavy as* lens
Pretty nice "beginner" images! I like #5 best. Some times it's the ancillary stuff that's most poignant.
The 400/2.8 is a totally sweet lens. I think it's the best lens Nikon makes, but I may be prejudiced. (Mine is back at the mother ship for repair at the moment, and I miss it even though I don't really have a venue to use it in right now!)
Thanks Dave, I will put up some images from last nights boys varsity game. I feel like i am getting dialed in a little more with the lens after last nights shoot. Have to get practiced up for LAX season!!!
Great lens I have had mine for about 3 years now and taking pictures of my son playing soccer too. I suggest you to anticipate where the ball would drop (like when the goalie kicks it in the air) and just shoot high speed( I have a D700 with an MB-10) and you will be amazed at what comes out. Enjoy!
Jon, I liked that image too. The dark jersey team looked like they were headed into the dungeon prior to the start of the game, their opponent is #4 team in the state with a 21-0 record for the 2 seasons. Amazing lens!