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    Quote Originally Posted by allenleonhart View Post
    let me give u my estimates. the last i shot a football match, it was at jalan besar stadium where i can get up close and cosy.

    at the sidelines. 70-200mm on a 60d. my shutter was around 1/500, iso around 1.6k. i'm either shooting at f2.8, else at f4.

    chances are, from the spectator stand, at an INTERNATIONAL stadium, especially EPL matches, u will not get a good enough shot. 300 mm * 1.6 is about what. 480mm at 5.6 (based on ur equipment)? if i shoot on the field, i give up shooting beyond the midfield line (and thats me at 200*1.6 at 320mm f2.8) . remember that this is shooting from the on the field. i seriously doubt that shooting from the spectator stand will get u anything at all.

    dun just consider whether u can bring ur camera or not. consider if u can even get a photo, on both the focal length, the image size, image quality and ur exposure settings. if ur expecting to do sports photography, i'll say forget it. if its just a few photos of the crowd, a birds eye view, perhaps.

    simply put it. its too darn far for u to shoot much.

    just hope u understand and not get ur hopes too high up. sports photography is pretty much out of the equation.

    just give u an estimate. 200mm, from the corner shooting right across to the other on the same half of the field. this is just barely hitting the mark, at a small stadium in SINGAPORE.



    and if u compare.... this is old trafford.



    unless ur smack right at the front seat..........
    Nice shot of the Lions' celebration!
    Honestly I have not properly tried sports photography before - though even at 300mm with stabilization, I won't kid myself to believe I will get great perspiration-beads-on-determined-player-faces type of close-ups...
    Something of this nature would be good enough for me:


    (ok nicked them off from this thread: Anfield/ Liverpool experience)
    Ok yes - my standards not very high and I don't ask very much, just pretty contented that way haha!
    and this guy looks to be seated pretty far up...
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    Default Re: Soccer/Football Match: Suitable lens from spectator stands

    Quote Originally Posted by toxicboy View Post
    Nice shot of the Lions' celebration!
    Honestly I have not properly tried sports photography before - though even at 300mm with stabilization, I won't kid myself to believe I will get great perspiration-beads-on-determined-player-faces type of close-ups...
    Something of this nature would be good enough for me:



    (ok nicked them off from this thread: Anfield/ Liverpool experience)
    Ok yes - my standards not very high and I don't ask very much, just pretty contented that way haha!
    and this guy looks to be seated pretty far up...
    hmm. looking at the images... i sense he cropped a lot of it i guess hmm.

    but if thats what you are looking for, i'll say its quite a good chance, if you are near front rows. get a monopod maybe...

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenleonhart View Post
    hmm. looking at the images... i sense he cropped a lot of it i guess hmm.

    but if thats what you are looking for, i'll say its quite a good chance, if you are near front rows. get a monopod maybe...
    I think the guy's using a 1D - hopefully on my APSC after cropping I can at least see a bit more detail... haha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by toxicboy View Post
    Nice! Where were you roughly seated, and did you manage to get any shots that you liked?? Care to share?
    Thanks!
    Sure i did get shots that i liked. Loving it, in fact. even with a 75-300 i was able to get sharp images (at least to my liking and level of sharpness) therefore i am very contented. you can view the photos in my fb Facebook

    i was seated at the 3rd row from the front near where the players came out from the tunnel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gohjialong View Post
    Sure i did get shots that i liked. Loving it, in fact. even with a 75-300 i was able to get sharp images (at least to my liking and level of sharpness) therefore i am very contented. you can view the photos in my fb Facebook

    i was seated at the 3rd row from the front near where the players came out from the tunnel.
    You got a really good seat my friend!
    I saw your album - Phil Neville's testimonial match - Nice!
    It would be awesome if I could get such shots at similar proximity with relative sharpness though.
    I remain... in hope! Thanks for sharing!
    theDevilisinthedetails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toxicboy

    You got a really good seat my friend!
    I saw your album - Phil Neville's testimonial match - Nice!
    It would be awesome if I could get such shots at similar proximity with relative sharpness though.
    I remain... in hope! Thanks for sharing!
    No prob. Hope you had a better idea of the distance for taking those shots. Anw it was gary's testimonial not his bro Phil and yes I got a really good seat I must admit. Good for taking close up of those players especially Beckham.

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    Sharing some photos from my trip... (finally haha)
    All hand held, Canon 7D, Tamron 70-300 VC USD.




    Last edited by toxicboy; 25th January 2012 at 06:21 PM.
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