This time of year I spend a lot of time on the soccer fields and always with my camera gear within reach. Three games were on the agenda this week. Two high school school games are done and a league game is coming up on the weekend.
(Tech Talk Warning)
I have been experimenting with different setups over the years and find it quite rewarding now to be shooting with my dream setup, a Canon 1D Mark III, EF 300 2.8L IS + the 1.4x extender . For some of the games lately I have been using a two camera setup; the 1D with the 300 attached and a Canon 5D Mark II with the 70-200 2.8L. This allows me to shoot action almost all across the field with the 1D and when the action gets too close I turn to the 5D II. I am so enjoying shooting with the 1D due to three factors: First the autofocus tracking is a significant step up from anything I have used in the past. Second, shooting 10 frames per second ensures me that if there is some good action the likely hood of capturing is vastly increased. Third, I really like the look of the files if you nail the shot. I also try to shake things up from game to game. On Monday I shot the whole game with just the 1D and the 70-200. Other times I may throw on a different lens altogether in order to get a different look.
Check my soccer galleries from some of the early spring games.