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Cory

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300 or 400mm for Runners?
« on: April 11, 2018, 09:21:42 AM »
     For full-frame would you say that 400mm might be better most of the time for "running" events?
     Standard or wide-angle for the Start, of course, but it's critical to remain hidden during the race so that runners don't wave at me completely destroying the shot.
     Thanks and on the verge of ordering a 400 5.6.
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300 or 400mm for Runners?
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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2018, 10:15:24 AM »
I've tried 300/4 on 1.5x body on athletics event in my town and found that 70-200 is better because of the versatility.
Thus on FF I would use 120-300, because it is the longest bright handholdable zoom lens. (AF on 1ds3, 1d4 works pretty good on moving subjects.)

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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2018, 12:24:03 PM »
There are many types of running events, different ones might require longer or shorter focal lengths.

I'd decide how far away you will be, then, do you want full body.  Work back from that to get focal length.  A 70-200 works fine for field and track where you are close, for example.

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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2018, 07:39:54 PM »
When shooting Track & Field, my basic walkaround kit on 1DX is 400 f/2.8 and 70-200 on a 7DII. I keep a 24-70 f/2.8II & 600EX-RT with external battery in a small bumbag just in case.

The 400 f/2.8 is the standard long lens for sports shooters.

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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2018, 10:31:11 PM »
I’m a runner who’s participated in hundreds of races (from 5Ks to marathons) and an amateur/hobbyist photographer. 

When I’m not racing, I usually bring my Canon 5D Mark III and a 70-200mm lens.  It’s worked very well for what I’m trying to get—some close-ups, and some wider angle shots.  If you’d like an example of my photos using this combination at a recent race, here’s a link:  https://gojim.smugmug.com/Sports/Bridge-Dam-Half-Marathon-10K-5K-2018/  Most of these photos were cropped to some extent, and reduced in size for web viewing.  I don’t sell photos (this is strictly for fun), but I’m not sure that I’d do anything differently if I did.

I might add that I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pro photographer at a marathon using anything as long as a 400mm.  May I suggest you go to a large running race, where you can talk to some of the photographers at the start/finish line or out on the course, to ask for their thoughts?  They’ve always been willing to share their thoughts when I’ve stopped to ask questions.  (I’m so slow, it doesn’t really matter. :)

Hope this helps.

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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2018, 11:13:07 PM »
Hope this helps.

Jim

Helped immensely.  Thanks and all of the wavers confirmed the selection of a 400mm lens.  There has to be a way to prevent runners who wave at the camera during a race to not have children.  I think that thumbs ups might even be worse; if that's possible.
On a side note, just started Marine Corps Marathon 2018 training.
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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2018, 10:03:27 AM »
Oh, Cory, Cory, Cory.  You don’t understand runners.  They’re the BIGGEST hams in the world, and LOVE to be photographed smiling, giving a thumbs-up, doing heel clicks, flexing biceps, etc.  I’d wager that most runners don’t like photos showing a blank, pained stare on their face.  Other than at the finish line, they’re suffering (and show it on their faces), and are usually looking at the pavement ahead of them.  Who needs or wants a memory of that?     

Good luck at MCM! 

P.S.  I usually carry a small point-and-shoot camera with me during marathons, and bring home some great memories.  You might think about doing the same.  Here are two examples:

GO! St. Louis Marathon 2017:  https://gojim.smugmug.com/Sports/GO-St-Louis-Marathon-Half-Marathon-7K-2017/

Chevron Houston Marathon 2015:  http://gojim.tv/Photo_Files/Chevron_Houston_Marathon_2015/Race_Photos.html

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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2018, 10:03:27 AM »

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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2018, 02:08:36 PM »
Go_Jim, thanks for the information. Next GO_St. Louis, I may enter as a walker in the half-M - or just skip it, photograph the scene, and then go on a long trail. I didn't know that half-marathon walking was an option, that would be about 3.5 to 4.0 hr at standard pace. I am not crazy about running on pavement.

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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2018, 02:16:54 PM »
A 70-200 or 100-400 would be useful.
The 300mm 2.8 is a beauty.
Runners would be drooling over photos of themselves

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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2018, 03:30:24 PM »
Thanks Jim:
I don't know what it is - runners waving just makes me nuts. 
This Sunday's race is for 2 organizations that serve the sight-impaired. 
I've totally decided to keep my day job and am doing it for free and maybe using my 135 to capture a barn in the background that's on the course.
Doing it for free is nice because I run the show and not the Race Director; although he's super nice in this case.
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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2018, 08:45:32 PM »
I photograph a lot of cross country running.  With a crop camera, I tend to use 35mm, 60mm and 135mm lenses - but that is mostly because you can position yourself anywhere and be as close as you want.  I think the final answer just comes down to access to the track and what sort of image you want.  300mm is usually too long for me, but I still use it when I can get a reasonable distance in front of the runners and want a shot of everyone running towards the camera.
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Re: 300 or 400mm for Runners?
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2018, 08:45:32 PM »