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I won an auction to shoot sideline/endline at a MLS game here in Seattle.  Having done this before, I was slightly limited in what I was shooting, but I'm going all out for this one.  The dilemma I'm having is what to rent to augment my existing kit...  At this point here's what I have coming from Roger (in red) with my existing kit:

Monopod with Manfrotto T bar and RC4 QR plates with:
5d3 with 300/2.8IS and 1.4xII tele
1d2 with 70-200/2.8

Spider belt with:
Right Hip 7d with 24-70/2.8
Left Hip T4i with Tokina 12-24/4 with a 40/2.8 and 17-55/2.8IS for fun

Now, to start with, I'm not even sure the placement of the 5d3/1d2/7d is correct, but I think that with the range on the 300 and the wide of the 24-70 (28-112) are going to be the main image makers, but the 1d2 is getting lots of range in the middle of things.

Now the fun, if I get ambitious, what would you 'upgrade' from this??  I've considered a second 5d3/7d, 70-200/2.8isII, 300/2.8isII even going so far as a D800e with a 200-400 or a 14-24/4.  In a really bad dream I'd have a H5d-80 for some amazing shots, but my bank isn't that crazy with me...

The location is Qwest Field / CenturyLink field (just hosted Monday Night Football) so the lighting is as good as it'll get.  Time frame is beginning of November, and being Seattle, there is a chance of rain possible...  I've been digging around my existing photos from a few years ago trying to notice a pattern in MM, but it's all over the board, and some of it I cropped down.  Oh, and we get some great support so there'll be plenty of crowd shots:

Mt Spokane Photography:
Maybe just better to call it soccer.  Most know what it is. 
Football refers to many different games depending on where you are.
Football refers to a number of sports that involve, to varying degrees, kicking a ball with the foot to score a goal. The most popular of these sports worldwide is association football, more commonly known as just "football" or "soccer". Unqualified, the word football applies to whichever form of football is the most popular in the regional context in which the word appears, including association football, as well as American football, Australian rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, rugby league, rugby union[1] and other related games. These variations of football are known as football codes.


Richard Lane:
That sounds like a cool day!  8)

Are you asking how you should position the equipment?

Are you going to have 2 cameras on the monopod?  Personally, I think 2 cameras on a monopod would throw the balance off too much for me, but I must admit I have never shot like that before.  Are you bringing 4 cameras?  This sounds a bit excessive to me.  I would leave the t4i at home.  I would also leave the EF-S 17-55 at home since it will only mount on the 7D, the only reason to swap that out with the 24-70mm would be for weight reduction. I would also leave the pancake home due to it's lack of versatility.

I would put the 5D3, 300mm f/2.8L IS with 1.4X on the monopod by itself.  Then I would put the 70-200mm on the 7D and have that at my right hip on a strap (I use black rapid sport) or whatever you like.  I would use the 5D3 and 7D for action/field shots.  The 7D has been favorably compared to the 1D3, that's why I was suggesting the 7D over the 1D2 for your action shots, but bare in mind that I have never shot with the 1D2, but I do own a 7D, MKIV and 1DX, as I like to shoot primarily sports and action shots.  Also, when quickly switching from the 5D3 to the 7D for your action, I think it will be easier, because those cameras are more similar to each other, than the 1D2.

I would put the 24-70mm on the 1D2(1.3X) to get wider shots, than if it were on the 7D(1.6X).

The equipment list is more than enough.  You may just want to bring the Tokina 12-24mm and carry it on your belt and leave the rebel at home. You will then need to have a place on your belt or strap to attach to the tripod ring of the 70-200mm when mounting the Tokina on the 7D, since I don't believe that it will fit on the 1D2 or 5D3.  This is a problem with mixing 5D3(FF), 1D2(1.3) and 7D(1.6) crop cameras with EF-S type crop/digital lenses. But it will all be good because you're planning it out in advance. ;)

These are just suggestions for you to consider,

Thanks Richard, yes, at this point I need to chat it out and am looking for feedback.  I came up with the 2 cameras on a monopod  a few years ago and I seem to remember it going well.  We'll see how it goes :D

I agree that the 70-200 and the 300 are going to be doing 80% of the shooting.  My logic for using the 7d over the 1d2 for the 24-70 is that the times I need the wide, I will want the higher IQ (goal celebrations coming at me).

If the t4i is dropped, the 12-24/17-55/40 would be left behind, as I don't want to swap lenses, but am willing to insert/remove the 1.4X.

I am also considered doing the 1d2/300 combo, with the 5d3/70-200+1.4x and 7d/24-70 keeping the mid-range the highest IQ.  Moving between the bodies isn't that bad - I've got grips so at least where the shutter is will be consistent.  ARG! the possibilities!!!


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