Yesterday afternoon I went down to Bittinger Stadium to catch a little fall ball between Purdue and Lakeland college. At this point of the year I have already said goodbye to the bat and ball sports. I haven’t shot a baseball game since the beginning of July. I shot some softball in June, but it was mostly jube and some aerials of Bittinger Stadium hosting the IHSAA Finals. It is fun to get back out there to have some fun. Today was also about getting in tight to try and make some interesting images. More on that below.
A New Toy
Part of the fun of heading down to the stadium was to try out my new Canon 600mm lens. This is something that I have wanted for a long time. I tried to fix this want by buying the Tamron 150-600mm lens a while back, but that lens just made me want this one even more. The Canon is a prime lens that is always at f/4. The Tamron at 600mm is at f/6.3. That is a lot of light lost. I would not even think about taking it to a night game. I think under most lights the 600mm lens would work. Today is a football gameday, and I am beyond excited to get this thing out on the field to see what I can capture with it. It is long so it will be fun to make some shots that look a little different from what I have been making. I have thought about a few ways to make the lens seem even longer. I will have my teleconverter with me as well as my Canon 7D Mark II. That should give me a great view of the plays at the other end of the field. I am sure that I will have a lot to talk about when I write my post about the game.
A Little Example
Below is an example of a few images that I made showing just what I can do with it. I tried to think of a few ways to use my gear to get the most out of the lens. I started with the 600mm lens on my Canon 1DX which is a true 600mm lens. I then put my 1.4x teleconverter on the lens to see what that did for me. It did bring me closer. It also took away a stop of light. I am suddenly shooting at f/5.6. I was shooting at about 840mm at this point. From there I kept the teleconverter on the lens, but placed my 7D Mark II on the lens. With the 1.4x teleconverter and the 1.6x crop factor of the 7DII I could say that I was shooting at 1344mm. I know some people will jump me and say that isn’t so, but it zooming in and still using all of the 7DII’s pixels. I was really close. To illustrate what the difference is from one end of the spectrum to the other I have two photos below. The first is the true 600mm photo. The second is what I would call the 1344mm photo. This right here shows just how much this lens changes things. I can’t wait to see what I can come up with with a little extra reach.