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Action Shots – Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS

More action shots – I have to learn to start taking pictures instead of watching the game.  All of these shots where taken with the Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS lens.

Summer fun @ the beach

Sand and shovels.  Heaven for a little boy.

Canon 5D vs Canon 1DS vs Canon 1DS mk 2

I’ve been looking around at upgrading my camera body and have decided to get a full frame camera.  I think it would open up a whole new world for me.  That being said, I’ve been looking at the Canon 5D.  From everything I’ve heard it’s a great camera.  Now I’ve recently ventured into look at the 1DS models – more specifically the mark 1 and mark 2.  Used ones are all roughly in my price range.  While the Canon 1DS series are bigger, they are more rugged.  Now the dilemma is do I get this now or wait for the Canon 5D mark 3 which will supposedly come out early next year.  This will not help me on my trip.  If anything it confuses the whole situation completely.

Action Shots – continued

Since I posted one picture of my niece I thought I should post one of my other niece.  I have to say that the Canon 70-200 f2.8L lens is still amazing me.  I wish I had a camera that could take faster burst shots so that I could get more action.  I played around with tracking today and started to get the hang of it but my hand started to get sore.  I really need to use a monopod when I use this lens because my arthritis is not happy with the weight of it.  I’m pleased with the shots I got and I think with a little more time I could probably take better action shots but I just get to involved with the game to remember to take the pictures some times.

Action Shots

I took a few shots yesterday of my niece’s softball game with the Canon 70-200 f2.8L IS.  It performed beautifully.  Even with a cropped sensor DSLR I was able to get some nice action shots like the one here of her sliding into home.  Even with a reduced resolution and modified for web upload you can see how the picture came out really nicely.  Keep in mind I was behind the backstop cage and was shooting through the chain link fence.  This was shot at 70mm so I wasn’t even zoomed in all the way.  Now I’m not a sports photographer and there were  a lot of nice action shots that I missed because I was too busy watching the game instead of shooting.  Which by the way amazes me.  I don’t know how sports photographers do it.  They are able to watch and track the game while still taking amazing photos.  I have new found respect for them and have learned that I should stick to landscape photography.

Back to the lens – the copy that I have seems to be really crisp, sharp and has good color rendition.  I liked how easy it was to sharpen it even just a little bit after autofocus had found it’s target.

The weight is an issue.  After holding it for a while trying to take some shots it became abundantly clear to me why many people use it on a monopod.  Next time I will have to bring my monopod with me if I’m going to be using this lens a lot.  The tracking on this lens is great and I can only imagine what it would be like on a Canon 1DS camera or even the Canon 7D with the faster burst rate.

Canon 16-35 f2.8L mk II

I have only had this lens for almost a week now.  I haven’t really had a chance to use it as there have been too many other things going on right now that have taken more time then expected so I have not been able to really go out and do much shooting lately.  The shots I have taken with this lens have been really impressive.  Even on a cropped sensor camera it is really wide.  It is amazing how much you miss when you do not realize how much the crop sensor takes away.  I can only imagine and drool on what this lens would be like on a full frame sensor camera.

What I like so far about this lens is the wide area that it takes.  Yes it is a wide angle lens and it should.  But having to deal with a cropped sensor and having the widest lens being only 24mm which on a crop is roughly a 38mm; having a 16mm that is about a 24mm seems to make a world of difference.  I’m no longer having to back up to get some shots.  I was able to take a nice group photo of my daughter’s girl scout troop and still have plenty of room on the sides without having to be so far back.  It was nice not having to tell them to scrunch together.

At 16mm everyone fit nicely with room for more.

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