Shooting Junior College football
offers several advantages over college ball due to less
congestion on the sidelines, the ability to move up and down
the field with the action, and an appreciation by the players
of the resulting images.
Football is another sport
where the big white glass lenses dominate. My
equipment is definitely in the minority. I even use
a lens that is considered by many to be too slow and
optically substandard. Of course, I like to
disagree. Yes, the 80-400 VR lens is slow to focus,
but football action is not that fast (compared to flying
birds) and a little pre-focusing can reduce any
focus deficiencies. Optically, the 80-400 can hold
its own but you won't get the shallow depth of field
desired by some of the sports magazines.
The 80-400 excels in the zoom
range. It's easy to pinpoint action by zooming
towards the subject and it allows you to capture images of
the action as it approaches. With a fixed length
telephoto, many images would be missed.