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Re: 6D Slightly Struggling with Sports
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2018, 07:48:34 AM »
If the 6D has extended focus points around the centre like the 5D classic...

It doesn't.
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Re: 6D Slightly Struggling with Sports
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Re: 6D Slightly Struggling with Sports
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2018, 07:53:38 AM »
Would a 6D/80D combo be a good call to do almost anything?
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Re: 6D Slightly Struggling with Sports
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2018, 09:32:18 AM »
I would also suggest working on your technique while you decide if you want a different camera. They more you shoot the better you will become and the less the camera will matter (but with sports, the camera does matter, no denying that).

For running, pick a spot where the route curves, so that you can shoot the runners more head on as they approach the curve. It is easier to focus on a moving subject coming towards you than one that is parallel to you. It will also make for more interesting shots.

Look for dips in the road, spots where you can shoot from higher up and catch the runners as they come uphill (when they will also be running a little more slowly).

Whenever possible, scout the route in advance, to find the spots that might make the most interesting shots. If there is a location where the runners will be coming out of some trees into the light, that can be nice. Don't be afraid to pan the camera as a runner runs by, getting them mostly in focus and blurring the background.

Eventually, you will want two bodies, so you can have one body with a long lens like a 100-400 and another body with a wide lens. As the runners approach, you can switch to the wide lens body as they go by.

Don't ignore the "color" shots before and after the run: people talking, drinking, putting on race numbers, collapsed or resting in the grass etc.


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Re: 6D Slightly Struggling with Sports
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2018, 05:07:16 PM »
I would also suggest working on your technique while you decide if you want a different camera. They more you shoot the better you will become and the less the camera will matter (but with sports, the camera does matter, no denying that).

For running, pick a spot where the route curves, so that you can shoot the runners more head on as they approach the curve. It is easier to focus on a moving subject coming towards you than one that is parallel to you. It will also make for more interesting shots.

Look for dips in the road, spots where you can shoot from higher up and catch the runners as they come uphill (when they will also be running a little more slowly).

Whenever possible, scout the route in advance, to find the spots that might make the most interesting shots. If there is a location where the runners will be coming out of some trees into the light, that can be nice. Don't be afraid to pan the camera as a runner runs by, getting them mostly in focus and blurring the background.

Eventually, you will want two bodies, so you can have one body with a long lens like a 100-400 and another body with a wide lens. As the runners approach, you can switch to the wide lens body as they go by.

Don't ignore the "color" shots before and after the run: people talking, drinking, putting on race numbers, collapsed or resting in the grass etc.

+1 - While the 6D wouldn't be considered the best choice for sports it's not incapable.  Dawid posts to this thread and uses the 6D for the various sports he shoots.  http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=23146.0
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Re: 6D Slightly Struggling with Sports
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2018, 07:17:59 PM »
Thanks all.  I decided, I think, to get a 300 4.0 IS instead.

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Re: 6D Slightly Struggling with Sports
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2018, 07:17:59 PM »