View Full Version : Cannon Digital Rebel: What flash for football photography?
05-27-2005, 11:59 PM
We have a Canon Digital Rebel and a 300mm lense, what flash would be suitable to acompany them for shooting football at night? What should I be looking for?
05-28-2005, 12:26 AM
I guess it depends how close you are to the action... But if you're close enough to actually have the flash effective enough, I doubt you'd be able to use it as it might affect the players...
I'd definately spend the money on making sure my lens is fast and I have some good noise reduction software to compensate for the (possibly) high iso images you'll have to take.
05-28-2005, 11:09 AM
I doubt that the flash would have any effect given that you mentioned a 300mm lens. Hopefully, that's a 300mm f/2.8 otherwise I wish you good luck in pulling nighttime, sports shots off. :)
05-29-2005, 06:52 PM
The most pwerful flash I'm aware of is the Metz Mecablitz 70MZ-5. At that focal length it has a GN of 70 at 100 ISO. If you cranked the ISO up to 1600 then you could potentially get a range of up to 100m with a 300mm f/2.8 lens.
I've never heard of anyone using a flash like this for footy though. Can't you just use the ambient light or is your lens too slow?
It is possible to get more power out of flashes by building up a bank of flashes. If you put together 4 x GN 30 flashes, you'll get GN 120, assuming they're all pointed in the same direction. The triggering will have to be done carefully though - maybe a bank of solenoid switches and a 3v battery to power them?
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