Trying Out the Canon 400mm f/2.8

Last week I bought the Canon 400mm f/2.8 II lens from Robert’s Camera while I was in Indy. I was busy that night, and with all sports at Purdue cancelled on Friday I was chomping at the bit to try it out. I normally would never go out and intentionally photograph a practice. I don’t work for the school so the photos really have no purpose. I have seen a lot of practice coverage over the last few days coming out of universities that have a photo department though. Through my friends at the University of Tennessee and Florida I have seen some really cool practice images. I really did not take equipment to cover the practice completely. I had a wide angle in case something came up, but I wanted to focus on playing with my new toy the Canon 400mm f/2.8 lens. I loved my Sigma 300mm lens, but it had some limitations. It did the job for me though, but next year I would not be able to use it. Most credible wire services will not let you use any third party lenses. I had a blast throughout the day using the lens in different ways. The bokeh is really amazing with this lens. The background just fades away into a creamy batch of colors. I will have more on how the lens performed at the softball and baseball games tomorrow.

The Kick Scrimmage

I did not stay too long at the kick scrimmage yesterday. Maybe an hour and a half or so. I mainly wanted to get the feel for how the lens would work during an actual game. Since the practice was not like a game at all it took some time for me to accomplish all that I wanted to do. By the end though I realized that I cannot wait until football season to try this out more. Football season can never come quick enough, but now I want to see it even more. I think that this year will be an interesting year for Coach Hazell’s boys. The quarterback battle alone would be fun to watch in person. This team has a lot to prove, and they seem poised to make a move. Below are a few photos that I liked from the practice session.








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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

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