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Utility of TS lenses for sports?
John Korduner, Photographer
Baton Rouge | LA | United States | Posted: 11:42 PM on 07.02.10
->> I probably enjoy capturing stadium wide angles more than the competition of capturing the peak moment money shot. With that said, I intended to grab a Canon 14mm for the upcoming season before becoming enchanted by the 17/24mm TS lenses.

I only possess one full season of experience, but, I can't recall seeing anybody working with TS lenses at stadiums. Yet I continue to visualize unique possibilities a TS lens could offer. Unfortunately, I assume there's a significant variable I failed to consider.

Due to the considerable price of these lenses, I felt it was better to ask a potentially stupid question instead of becoming a stupid consumer...
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Erik Markov, Photographer
anywhere | IN | | Posted: 12:07 AM on 07.03.10
->> I've only used one ts this far, so I'm in the newbie category like you. It was a nikon 45mm ts but wasn't for sports, it was for a small airshow I've shot before and was looking for something different. Different event but both it and sports take both the same anticipation I think. At least that's what I found with the airshow, b/c the same things happened over and over I had to pick a spot, get everything ready then wait for the moment. Would be the same for your event I would think. Maybe I'm wrong but I didn't find you could follow something around an area with a ts, keep in focus and shoot. Maybe someone here can explain the technique of doing that tho.

The way I look at it with sports or any action and a ts, is to visualize it like a movie. Know where your action is coming from and going to, and where along the line you want the photo. Some good examples of this are on vimeo with Robert Caplin and his world series video from last year; and Keith Loutit and the stuff he's done on there. Although they're movies, figuring out how to capture the peak moment of action and have it in focus, those are good examples of how to do it.
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Erik Markov, Photographer
anywhere | IN | | Posted: 12:10 AM on 07.03.10
->> oh yeah! The $$. Try renting one from borrowlenses.com for 4-5 days for $100 or so. That's what I did for mine and it worked great. Yea it's $$$$$ relatively but it can at least give you an idea the usefullness.
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Primoz Jeroncic, Photographer
Kranj | SI | Slovenia | Posted: 3:24 AM on 07.03.10
->> Personally I think TS is really great lens to have in bag for such occasions, and I really love results you can get with these lenses. I don't see any problem with it using it for sport, except for editors. I don't know how you have things arranged on the other side of the ocean, but here, 90% of editors would never put such photo in circulation. Lot of them just stick to "traditional" style sport photos. If we could sell some more of these stuff, I would be shooting much more with them, since at least for me they are fun, but on the end of the day it's all about money.
And as Erik said, they are not the easiest lens to use. You can still shoot high speed sport, but you need some more time to get things ready, and you need to previsualize what you actually want to do.
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 8:15 AM on 07.03.10
->> John,

Check these out:

http://blog.photoshelter.com/image/laforet.jpg

http://blog.vincentlaforet.com/wp-content/uploads/2008-08-21_af16731.jpg

http://www.one2love.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/pattagon.jpg

http://tinyurl.com/3yep773

http://tinyurl.com/2uyuffv

http://blog.makezine.com/MAKE_683.jpg

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/magazine/20070531_VINCENT_FEATURE/

Hope all is well on the Bayou
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 8:21 AM on 07.03.10
->> Did a bit more browsing and found this one-stop for Vincent's TS work:

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/11/16/beautiful-examples-of-tilt-shift.../
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Patrick Fallon, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | USA | Posted: 12:24 PM on 07.03.10
->> Photographer Jed Conklin used the [nikon] tilt shift successfully while covering the winter Olympics in Vancouver, was a cool way to mix up his shots:

http://jedconklin.blogspot.com/2010/03/day-15-16-and-17-end.html

http://jedconklin.blogspot.com/2010/02/day-10-1114.html
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John Korduner, Photographer
Baton Rouge | LA | United States | Posted: 11:21 PM on 07.03.10
->> Thanks for the info,

I'm going to suck it up, embrace the learning curve, and grab the 17mm version. Hopefully with a couple months of dead time before kickoff, I can become proficient with the manual focus and avoid looking like a dope come football season.
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April Tse, Photographer
Mountain View | Ca | | Posted: 6:05 PM on 07.06.10
->> A previous thread contained a linky to an image by Vincent Laforet. When he was with the New York Times, he shot the Pipeline Masters, US Open Tennis, World Series, Kentucky Derby, Superbowl, etc -- all via a T&S.

In his own words....
http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/magazine/20070531_VINCENT_FEATURE/bloc...
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Alex Menendez, Photographer
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 9:52 PM on 07.19.10
->> Found this a long time ago......

http://photo.net/equipment/canon/tilt-shift



also, check out a few of the center spreads of these magazines:

www.orlandosportsmag.com



alex
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John Korduner, Photographer
Baton Rouge | LA | United States | Posted: 8:36 PM on 07.23.10
->> After a few practice outings, I've realized I'm no match for the TS. I bought a few "advanced" architectural photography books hoping they'd offer some insight into slaying perspective correction lenses, but they all turned out to be rather pedestrian.

I am hoping someone with a photo education could offer up a couple of ideas for solid textbooks on the subject, as I haven't been able to find anything of substance?
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