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Wow, those are simply amazing Nancy
Plus I remember the '91 championships from my childhood; ah Vitaly Scherbo
You didn't hang on to that 300 f/2?
Thanks, Chin. Scherbo's a bit bigger now. 300/2 was a loaner. It was worth more than I made in a year!
Nancy - those Kodachrome's of the 91 Olympics/Championship gymnastics are stellar. Front page material in my opinion! A 300/2?!? Wow, I'm ignorant on the really long glass, that sounds amazing though. Love the kodachrome look.
Yup, 300/2. More info on this legend here and here. It was a real beast, made a 400/2.8 feel light. Nikon (and those other guys) usually provides a loan service at big sports events, but this was the only time I met that lens. We all complained about the weight and poor balance, but I doubt anyone complained about the pictures. Really, it was just like a massive 300/2.8, but with the all-important extra stop. Vault in color! Indy was lousy with 300/2s that week, btw; Roberts had one for sale and Dave Black bought it.
Roberto, actually I don't have that many from the 300 - I got two turns with it (everyone wanted to play) and most of my pics still live at the gym magazine I worked for. I kept some favorites when I left and that was among them.
Thanks, Leighton and Ray. Jose and Jeff, thanks; nice to meet some film-grain fans. My favorite was TMZ at 1600.
Peter and others, you're preaching to the choir on the Kodachrome. Wonderful stuff, plus it went red/magenta when pushed, perfect for blue/green indoor lighting. Before that, one had to filter (cutting even more light) or put up with the color cast to shoot chrome (needed for magazines). Later, Kodak "fixed" the red thing, and indeed it was a little cooler. D'oh! Who besides sports shooters pushes this stuff?!
Yes, Mihai, I have some Romanians too, of course. Maybe in the next batch.
Mark, I'm afraid I sold the 200. Not much use for it in "normal" life. My only big pro lens is the 400/3.5 I picked up a few years ago.
Thanks, Chuong. The first one's my favorite too (one of my favorite gymnasts, though she'd always break your heart).
That's some super work. Did you prefocus on certain points to get those? In your experience, what is the best way to get fast-moving subjects - especially when that movement is irregular - with a manual focus lens (assuming some shallow dof)? For example, I cannot imagine having any luck shooting soccer with manual focus, unless I was just picking a spot and shooting whatever went through it. You have to know the sport, too.
Just great to be able to get those shots, well done.
Thanks, Eric. Gym is my sport, and the motion tends to be at a steady pace, unlike team sports. MF is also easier with fast long glass - the image "pops" into focus. In many cases, I knew the routines, and could plan ahead. For the vault, I'd prefocus and fire once. The bars shot was focus once and shoot until they kick me out of the spot (they didn't). Just 1/250th, so I knew I wouldn't get many, but the angle was unusual enough to make it worth the try.