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| p.2 #7 · Australian Open Tennis 2013 - Round Two Day 1 |
There were quite a few press photogs using the 200mm F2.0, with some 300 and 400mm lenses. If you are mid-court only a couple of metres from the net, you don't really need more than 200mm for full frame. If you want to focus just on a facial expression, then the longer reach is handy.
I think the max length they'll let you take into a professional event is likely to vary depending upon the type of sport and how closely packed the spectators are.
You start of making a point I almost started another post with "....Unless you have a press pass, you can't take a lens with a focal length exceeding 200mm into the tournament...had my 2x III TC attached, which the rules don't prohibit (yet)...."
I don't understand this. I had the exact same problem with a local venue when I wanted to shoot some preseason hockey. They said nothing over 200mm. I thought to myself the 200 2.8 cost twice as much as the lens I'm showing you AND I could just add a 2x to the 200mm and get great shots. You have basically proven my point with these excellent shots.
So my question is, is the 200mm max "normal" at professional sports venues or does it vary from place to place?