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Any tips on shooting the octagon at the UFC
Martin S. Fuentes, Photographer
Las Vegas | NV | United States | Posted: 7:39 AM on 07.19.08
->> My first time shooting a fight in the UFC octagon. Advice, tips welcome and appreciated.
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 10:56 AM on 07.19.08
->> Martin, if you haven't already, search the message boards for "UFC". There are a bunch of informative threads.
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Kyle Carter, Photographer
Dexter | MO | USA | Posted: 12:13 PM on 07.19.08
->> Yeah, get out of the octagon - leave that for the professionals - try shooting from BEHIND the fence in stead of "in the UFC octagon"...........
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John Pyle, Photographer
Santa Barbara | Ca | USA | Posted: 12:31 PM on 07.19.08
->> Martin,

Not sure if you have your assigned shooting location yet but, make sure to bring a 300 or 400 2.8 if you are assigned to shoot from the upper deck. If your shooting octagonside, I find a 24-70 and 70-200 2.8 cover things well.
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Martin S. Fuentes, Photographer
Las Vegas | NV | United States | Posted: 1:51 PM on 07.19.08
->> Bob, John thanks for your input.
Carter way to be funny, ha ha. &*^%@$$
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Thomas E. Witte, Photographer, Photo Editor
Cincinnati | OH | USA | Posted: 3:54 PM on 07.19.08
->> Wear a poncho. The last UFC I shot I walked away with enough bodily fluids on my shirt to be legitimate suspect in the event of either fighter's deaths.
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Kyle Carter, Photographer
Dexter | MO | USA | Posted: 3:34 PM on 07.20.08
->> Hey Martin, Thomas does bring up a good point - also, if you are going to be cage side bring something to cover your laptop. You can get "bodily fluids" all over it if it is cage side with you. Just another thought.....KC
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Tom Suarez, Photographer
Austin | texas | USA | Posted: 7:58 PM on 07.20.08
->> I just shot the XFC (Xtreme Fight Championships) at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin during the ROT bike rally. I shot everything with a 24-70 2.8 set up manually 2.8/ 1/250 at iso 1600. I was shooting with the lens pressed up against the fence most of the time due to focusing. I used a Canon 40D but also had a Mark IIn with a 70 -200 2.8 which I did not use. It is crowded at cage side since all the judges and referees are located there. I have some of the photos on my page here and I also have about 150 photos on photoshelter if you care to look at the results. I also have all of them on my site at www.tomsuarez.net.
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Jim Donnelly, Photographer
Coral Springs | Fl | USA | Posted: 1:45 AM on 07.23.08
->> Martin... enjoy it! My first UFC event was a blast! I had shot plenty of boxing and MMA but never through the cage. The manual focusing caught me off guard because it kept wanting to focus on the fence, but I really enjoyed the challenge.

I was lucky enough to be placed ringside with the ring girls right behind me to add to the excitement of the event. They couldn't have been nicer.
I figured I'd parlay that luck in the casino (Hard Rock - Hollywood, Fl) and I did very well until they asked me (very politely I might add) to take my cameras out of the casino. I did along with a nice chunk of their money - which I have since given back (after the IFL Championships!)

The lighting was difficult but doable. Just remember that those matches can be over in seconds so be on your toes.
I too used my 24-70 because I was ringside.

But take notice: I ran into a guy that darn near lost his job because he didn't bring long glass and they made him shoot from the bleachers with the overflow crowd because he was new to the scene. His 70-200 didn't cut it. So make sure you carry some big glass in just in case.

Enjoy it - you just never know what you are gonna see at a UFC event!
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