View Full Version : looking to buy a new lens

10-01-2008, 01:52 PM
going to college at the university of south florida nowadays.
and were ranked 10th in the country for football.
i wanna take some pictures!

i have season tickets at the 200 level of raymond james stadium
yes, we share the home of the tampa bay bucs
but i need reach!
bottom line.

on a budget of course.
so feelings on the following:

tamron 70-200mm 2.8 IF
nikon 70-300mm VR

these really look like good options to me.
any suggestions for other lenses?
or which would be good for me?

thanks a lot.

Visual Reality
10-01-2008, 03:35 PM
300mm isn't long enough, nevermind 200.

My .02

10-01-2008, 04:55 PM
I agree, 300 wont be enough

10-01-2008, 05:51 PM
300 not long enuf ? who here has a lens longer than 300 ? no one i can think of. sure more reach would be much more desirable but 300mm will get you some decent pics. personally, i'd go for the 70-200 with a 1.4TC. i reckon that will give you better qualty than the 70-300 fully extended. alternately, (not sure of your budget), but you could go for the 300/4 afs with a 1.4TC.

10-01-2008, 06:32 PM
hmmmmm. haha.
then for general purpose of a telephoto?

and ill check that out rooz, thanks

and can anyone show me a photo with and a photo without a teleconverter?

Visual Reality
10-01-2008, 07:06 PM
You can get some shots at 300mm, but you won't be able to isolate anyone so you have to know what to expect. I don't know what "200 level" is but it sounds pretty far up?

10-01-2008, 09:29 PM
I agree with the other comments that 300mm wont get you the desired football pictures. The stadiums/venues here in the states are way too big for 300mm. I dont think you would need an F2.8 lens for SFLA since I believe most of their games are early evening? and plenty of light. once you get over 300mm, your lookin at a large price jump.

Also.. beware of those UCONN Huskies :p:D

10-02-2008, 07:50 AM
not sure about the stadium but all pro photographers are on the sidelines (almost on the grass!) in english football games. And they have VERY long zooms at that distance (i.e. 400mm or more). Not sure if they use teleconverters with them too.

Bottom line is that if you are on a budget 300 is probably the limit and if you want to isolate people use PP afterwards.

Remember you can also crop to get in closer.

10-02-2008, 07:57 AM
I have season tickets also (FSU) and I thought about doing the same thing with my 70-300, but the 300 wouldn't be nearly long enough for my seats (and my seats are pretty good). Instead, I think it would be better to get an ultra wide angle (or maybe a fisheye) and make a panorama-style shot from my seat. That would be cool!

I don't know how far you are in you seat, but as Phil said, most of the photographers on the sidelines have 300mm or 200-400mm lenses, so just go into it realizing that you will not be able to isolate the action with a 300mm reach.

10-02-2008, 10:23 AM
yeah panoramic sounds good!
i just wish i could get some better photos up close
and youre very right about even on the sidelines they are using very large

i think i might get a 70-200 2.8 with a teleconverter

and uconn is nothing to worry about. :p