Football game - Sport shot


Nenix

Link Posted 08/09/2013 - 22:36
I was asked to take photo of the local football club (all season).
I would like to upgrade my equipment, but I don't know if iIt's better to buy another body like K5II/K50 or find another lens like Tamron 50-700 (faster AF then my 50-135)?
PENTAX K-5IIs: DAL 18-55mm WR, DA 50-135mm, DA 55-300, DA 17-70, Tamron Sp 90 2.8 macro

johnriley

Link Posted 08/09/2013 - 23:49
Probably the best approach is to try out what you have and then see if you need to buy anything at all. I think you could manage with your existing kit.

Hope that helps!
Best regards, John

Rataegeoff

Link Posted 12/09/2013 - 23:51
Hi Nenix, I've tried a few football games and realise it's quite a challenge to first of all put yourself in the right spot for the action.

Then I've found myself wanting the shots that show the faces close up whereas the club might want to see a wider angle shot which places the action in context. For this the basic kit zoom lens can be ok. The 55-300 will get you closer for the goalmouth scrambles etc.

When the light drops or for floodlit games you'll get shots with the 50-135 even if you later have to crop to the action. Better to do this than shoot at too low a shutter speed and thus get blurred action.

I certainly agree with John. Try a few games. I'm not sure how your KR can be set up. On the K10 and K5 I use centre point focus and use the AF button to keep the focus as I track. When you anticipate the the actual shot you want the shutter can be fired without delay.

With telephoto shots I saw some advice to set the focus point lower than the centre. This can avoid those shots that get the far advertising boards in focus at the expense of the main subject.

Good luck and enjoy
K10D,KX, DA 18-55, DA 17-70 AL(IF) SDM, DA*50-135, Sigma 70-300, DAL 50-300mm, Kenko 1.5x, loads of SD cards and even more optimism

Nenix

Link Posted 13/09/2013 - 16:55
Thank you
PENTAX K-5IIs: DAL 18-55mm WR, DA 50-135mm, DA 55-300, DA 17-70, Tamron Sp 90 2.8 macro

Stuey

Link Posted 13/09/2013 - 22:50
I hate photographing football as it stops you watching the game properly

As above really, except that k5II (I believe) may help with any low light issues as could a 70-200 f2.8 of some description

My son plays football for a local village (Chirk) and Cefn Druids (centre of development) but my cameras stay at home to avoid being asked - I may not be asked but why take the chance )

Hope this helps

Cheers



Stu
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

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Smeggypants

Link Posted 14/09/2013 - 02:34
Stuey wrote:
I hate photographing football as it stops you watching the game properly

As above really, except that k5II (I believe) may help with any low light issues as could a 70-200 f2.8 of some description

My son plays football for a local village (Chirk) and Cefn Druids (centre of development) but my cameras stay at home to avoid being asked - I may not be asked but why take the chance )

Hope this helps

Cheers



Stu

Sounds like I'd enjoy photographing it then
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

Pentaxophile

Link Posted 14/09/2013 - 10:47
Smeggypants wrote:
Sounds like I'd enjoy photographing it then

+1000
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Nenix

Link Posted 14/09/2013 - 13:21
Stuey wrote:
I hate photographing football as it stops you watching the game properly

Stu

You're right Stu. It's like at the concerts ... Now I'm going to the concerts without my KR: less photo = more music
PENTAX K-5IIs: DAL 18-55mm WR, DA 50-135mm, DA 55-300, DA 17-70, Tamron Sp 90 2.8 macro

Nenix

Link Posted 11/11/2013 - 17:23
Crazy idea

Two weeks ago I bought a K5 Mark II s and now I have a crazy idea: "instead of buying Sigma 70-200 2.8 what would happen if I bought Pentax 60-250?" The Pentax AF is so lazy?

Maybe I could sell the DA 55-300 and buy a Sigma 150-500 as I need a zoom for the long distance on the field.
PENTAX K-5IIs: DAL 18-55mm WR, DA 50-135mm, DA 55-300, DA 17-70, Tamron Sp 90 2.8 macro

Stuey

Link Posted 11/11/2013 - 20:00
Oooh I can understand Smeggy and Will's point - each to their own

Nenix - I don't have the 60 - 250 but I believe that as a lens it is not quick to focus

Also I don't have the 150 - 500 but many seem to manage with these - perhaps the 70 - 200 f2.8 will help as it will let more light in to assist focus but I could be wrong

I have considered the 70 - 200 but as I try to limit my sports shots to my sons sports day each year there seemed little point in having a use once a year lens.

How are you finding the technique side of the football photography

And how is your winter weather there in terms of available light
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

My Flickr site link
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