NBA Shooting Question

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  1. CNCO

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    Im watching the NBA finals(GO LAKERS). I noticed that there are a ton of photographers underneath the hoop with the super telephoto lenses. How is it possible to use a 200 - 600mm lenses underneath a hoop? I would have assumed that they would want a wide angle and then crop the image. The only reason I see them using the focal lengths is because they get a very fast shutter speed. Am I correct here?
     
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    Focal length has nothing to do with shutter speed. Well, Actually it does, in regards to camera shake, and having longer focal lengths would require them to have higher shutter speeds, not enable them too. My guess would be that you were looking at a lot of 200mm f/2, 300 f/2.8, and maybe 400mm f/2.8's. I would think that they are either shooting action on the other side of the court with the 400's, or shooting tight cropped shot of people at the three/foul shot distances. 200mm on an FF body isn't really that long.
     
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    Most (probably all) of them will have two or three cameras on the go. They use the telephoto when the action is farther away and switch to a camera with a wider lens when it comes down to their end of the floor.
     
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    Heres what some were shooting during the Suns - Spurs series I went to.......... ( Thats Cindy McCain and daughter in the middle of the frame btw hah. ) Im not too familiar with any of the lenses off the top of my head.

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    While you can crop and image to get closer in on the face or emotion of the player, its always preferable to get the shot you want IN camera rather than relying on cropping or post processing.

    If the photographer wants a close up shot of a player's face as he is doing a layup or a dunk, then he will bring out the lens that he needs to get in nice and close.

    Today's high megapixel cameras do allow a good degree of cropping, but again, as with all types of post processing work, always preferable to get it right when you click the shutter.

    These sports photojournalists are also on a very tight timeline and have to submit their images pretty much during the game or right away at the end of the game. So they don't have time to work on them.

    I was speaking with a local photojournalist who does all the work for the Montreal Canadians, and one thing he told me is that he shoots in JPG, not in RAW. It allows for faster shooting, no post processing work to be done. He has been shooting for 30+ years as a sports pro, so he has no issues nailing an exposure.
     
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    I read an article about a tog who was shooting at the Superbowl. He said they had 'runners' who would take the cards every few minutes and upload them onto a network where they could be snagged by the news service/publisher. In some cases, a photo could be on a website only minutes after it was taken.
    The article also mentioned wireless technology. He said that wireless USB speed technology was just around the corner, but I haven't seen or heard much about it since.
     
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    In the film days, there were runners to get the film down and developped and then to the editor. Makes sense there are runners now.

    I've seen a few with laptops on the field. During a game stoppage, put one card in the laptop, new card in the camera, start the transfer, keep shooting.
     
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    A close look at the image j-digg posted and you can see all those shooters are using 2 bodies/lenses
     
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    it makes sense, i guess i pay more attention to the 400mm lenses than the wide angle. i was just amazed that these pros were using the long focal length lenses for up close shots. i was thinking that i missed something.
     
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    It looks to me like the two fellows in the front row with the white lenses are using 200mm f/2 EF lenses, and it looks like the guy with the Nikon body also has the 200mm f/2 VR-Nikkor. The Canon shooter on the left has his lens shade on, the guy ion the right hand side is shooting without the lens hood. Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM Telephoto Lens - 2297B002 - Buy.com
     
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    Are they putting their lenses directly on the wood floor? Or do they put something on the floor first to protect the glass from the floor and whatever tiny loose particles (especially coarse ones like sand) might be on the floor?
     
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    They're on the floor on the rim of the lens a bit of dust or sand aint gonna damage the glass unless you start buffing away with a lens cloth. H
     

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