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| p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Australian Open Tennis 2013 - Round Two Day 1 |
I went to the Australian Open tennis yesterday in Melbourne and rented a Canon 200mm F2.0 lens for the day - oh what a gorgeous lens!!! $7K to buy, but only $105 to rent for a day :-)
Unless you have a press pass, you can't take a lens with a focal length exceeding 200mm into the tournament - so I had to leave my safari lens at home :-( Whilst I had no problems getting the lens into the grounds, I had a tournament manager come to check whether the 200mm F2 lens was compliant whilst I was taking photos of Jelena Jankovic's match. I had my 2x III TC attached, which the rules don't prohibit (yet).
The speed of focus and the separation provided by the F2.0 is divine. The challenge with the tennis was timing the shutter to capture the ball in the shot with the player. I tried machine gunning at first, but 6 frames per second is not fast enough to capture the serves from mid-court. The pros were machine-gunning their 1Dx's at 12fps in front of me quite a few times.
I took 1074 shots during the day - here is a selection of the best ones. I only had a grounds pass, so didn't get to take shots on centre court. If I can get a press pass for next year, I'll try to get into the centre courts.
Suggestions for improvements are appreciated.
I only have lightroom on my laptop, so haven't been able to as fully sharpen these images as much as I'd like.
Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium
Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic