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By p-g
Here's Dale taken on Wed night's session at Welton Waters. Shot in the evening means the sun was in the wrong direction for the prettier end of the lake so I've had to put up with a backdrop of the gravel pit next door (you can just make out a cable on the Humber Bridge, too).
This was the first time I'd used the 20D on the back of the boat and the extra fps meant a lot more useable images. I reckon, tho, that the old 75-300 will have to go as it cannot keep up quality-wise. Any suggestions for a zoom upgrade- bearing in mind most shots like this are in the 100-200mm range?

Tags: Action Water sports Wakeboard Welton Sports and action

Voters: ChristineD, irweazel, edrhodes and 7 more

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10 Jun 2006 3:46AM
Brilliant capture, great action

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irweazel 13 167 England
10 Jun 2006 4:44AM
great action shot

kanos 14 Wales
10 Jun 2006 7:40AM
Great action shot, really sharp and he's got a great expression.

For a tele zoom, I have the Canon 70-200 F4L which is great and was around 450. There are two better versions though the 70-200 F2.8L, and the 70-200 F2.8L with Image Stabilisation (useful for this type of shot). These two are a bit more expensive at around 850 and 1100 respectively. All three are fabulous lenses, but if you can afford it go for the larger aperture F2.8s. Take a look here
p-g 16 126 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2006 11:26AM
Kanos - thanks. The 70-200 f4 is one of the lenses I was looking at. It's specs certainly fit into what I need on the back of the boat. I would love the 2.8 but the price tag is out of reach unfortunately.
YvonneRoll 14 1
11 Jun 2006 12:16PM
great shot, Yvonne
MattRW 14
12 Jun 2006 12:27AM
Good shot. I've got a Canon 70-200 F4L and have taken a few wakeboarding/waterskiing shots with it. The only issues I had were that it was an overcast day which meant I couldn't get a fast enough shutter speed (although I didn't think about using a higher ISO), and it was difficult to hold steady in a bumpy boat so had to use manual focus as I kept losing focus on the boarder on auto.

It is a fantastic lens - fast focus, crisp from corner to corner, good in low light & not too big. A lot of people say it is better to go for this than the 70-300 IS at roughly the same price.

Of course the 70-200 F2.8L IS would be even better, but it is rather bulky & 3x the price.


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