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| p.1 #1 · HS basketball rivalry with 200/1.8L |
Basketball isn't one of my favorite sports, but now that football season is over, I've been trying a few games at the request of friends who have kids on the local teams.
Our tiny town just added a new HS a couple of years ago. Since the schools are only a mile apart, the rivalry is pretty intense at every matchup. Last night the new school hosted the Girls Varsity team and trounced them. The second half of the double-header was the Varsity Boys.
I've decided to not even break out the strobes this year. Too much hassle. Too much geeking and tweaking. Much easier just to eat dinner then drive a mile to the gym. No setup. Recycle time of the strobes throws off my timing too much. I'm not a spray-and-pray machine-gun shooter, but I like to follow the action, take a couple of shots in a sequence, then throw half of them away.
With BB, I always struggle with focal length selection. For field sports, I love shooting tight, but I'd also like to include ball, net, offensive player, and defender. That's hard to do at 200mm. But shooting at 28-70/2.8L left me yearning for getting tighter. Tried multiple bodies, but I like to stay agile. I tried 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 - a little better, nice when the plays were in the sweet spot, but too wide to get tight.
So last night, I brought my 200/1.8L with the intention of just trying it for just one quarter. I ended up liking it so much that I kept it on the whole game. I brought the 1D Mk IV, but I decided to use the 5D3... I like the high-ISO, don't need the high FPS, and the full-frame sensor widens up the reach of the 200mm prime just enough.
I amputated more limbs than a Civil War field medic. I got knees when I want to capture the ball and net. But as long as I waited for the ball to cross midcourt, I never found myself wishing I could get a lot tighter.
Too many words... let's get on to too many pictures...