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Lens Choice for Hockey
Bob DeChiara, Photographer
Burlington | MA | USA | Posted: 12:16 PM on 01.28.11
->> Just wanted to poll all the hockey shooters and see what their lens of choice is for shooting hockey at ice level. 70-200? 24-70? Fisheye? Other? Thanks!
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Corbey Dorsey, Photo Editor
Cozad | NE | USA | Posted: 12:28 PM on 01.28.11
->> I utilize a 70-200 behind the goal usually with strobes. Sometimes using a 24-70 when going a little wide
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Jim Pierce, Photographer
Waltham | MA | USA | Posted: 12:32 PM on 01.28.11
->> Bob,

I usually use a 300 from the penalty box and even through the glass at the end of the rink to get the players coming straight at you and once inside the blue line switch to my other body with a 70-200 or the 24-70 depending one what I am trying to get.

I would say the 300/2.8 is my main lense and gets 90% of the images.

The fish-eye is used in my net cam.

Hope this helps

jim
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George Bridges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 12:39 PM on 01.28.11
->> Depends on where you are at in the arena.

Where I used to shoot Captials games the best lens was 70-200 and occasionally I would go with a 17-35 just to try something different of getting guys on top of me.

That was because the angle where the hole in the glass was you just didn't have the angle down ice for long glass and the 70-200 was perfect for guys skating in and the goalie.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 12:43 PM on 01.28.11
->> 300mm from the bench/box 70-200 for action up tighter 20mm or 16mm in the net.
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Matt Kartozian, Photographer
Scottsdale | AZ | USA | Posted: 10:17 PM on 01.28.11
->> The Coyotes ice level holes are in the corner at the goal line. I use a 300 f4, 70-200 and 24-70.
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Bob DeChiara, Photographer
Burlington | MA | USA | Posted: 8:45 AM on 01.29.11
->> Thanks all for your replies!
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John Middlebrook, Photographer
Frederick | MD | US | Posted: 9:44 AM on 01.29.11
->> I find that the 400 is too long. At Pro stadiums, upstairs, the 300 filled the frames perfectly. When at ice level, used 70-200 almost the entire time and then always mounted a wide angle behind the goal.
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Paul Nelson, Photographer
Temperance | MI | USA | Posted: 3:28 PM on 01.29.11
->> The 70-200 is always excellent, but I have found a 400 to be useful from time to time, primarily for fan shots across the arena and shooting from the rafters. I'm working as a team photograher, so half of the time I'm not covering on-ice. Sometimes I can get some really nice head and shoulders shots of players w/a 400, or even good goalie shots from the far end (depends on player traffic) but its really hard to track anything from the corners. I have found a full frame camera to greatly help with using a 400 and especially with a fisheye for super-wide arena beauty shots.

Best bet overall is 70-200 about 90% of the time and some variety of wide lenses for perspective. That should cover the general things you need.
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Bob DeChiara, Photographer
Burlington | MA | USA | Posted: 7:37 PM on 01.30.11
->> Thanks Paul for the input.
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Jeanine Leech, Photographer
South Park | PA | United States | Posted: 9:41 PM on 01.30.11
->> 70-200 mm about 60% of the time and the 300 mm for the rest. I find the 300 great for getting vertical shots of players coming through the neutral zone.
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Andy Mead, Photographer, Photo Editor
Durham | NC | United States | Posted: 2:29 PM on 01.31.11
->> When I get a corner hole where I can see up the ice, my percentages are similar to Jeanine's. Most of the time, however, I'm either in a hole that only allows me to shoot one third of the ice, or I'm between the benches.

In those cases, the 70-200 gets a vast majority of live action usage. I will use the 300 during stoppages to bring in the benches or closeups of players.

Recently, I've been doing more and more with the 17-40mm (which I've always taken between the benches) when I'm shooting from the side. It really gives that "on the ice" feel. I've also been known - during goal celebrations - to actually stick the camera and my arm through the hole to get a better angle.

Gregg Forwerck, the Canes team photographer uses the 24-300 (or 28-350, something like that), but he's working off of strobes.

If I could only take one lens, it'd be the 70-200 - but I also try not to get into ruts or habits.
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Bob DeChiara, Photographer
Burlington | MA | USA | Posted: 3:25 PM on 01.31.11
->> Andy thanks for the response. From what I am gathering from responses looks like the 70-200 is the popular choice. Thanks all for taking the time to respond!
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