Almost Game Time Again

TrippingBelieve it or not, the chilly month of February is already halfway over. And it’s about this time of the year when the hockey season really start to heat up as the playoffs approach.

While the pros are over in Vancouver playing for their native lands, the amateur leagues are still going strong, and I have two games lined up for the next coming Sundays. And the good news is, we have the same awesome seats that we had for our last game – 3rd row from the glass!

Coming Prepared

If there was one thing I wasn’t happy about with my shots from the last two games I shot at, it would have to be bumping up the ISO to 400-800 in order to capture the action with my f/4 – f/5.6 telephoto. As a result, I had more noise with my 20D and my Rebel XSi than I would have hoped for.

Well, this time I’m planning on bringing along a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS that I’m renting from CameraLensRentals.com. Having an f/2.8 lens should give me the option to increase the shutter speed from what I’ve been using or bump down that ISO a bit (or both, in some cases).  I’ll lose a little range by going down to a max focal length of 200mm from my 70-300mm lens, but it should be worth it.

The great thing about renting is that instead of shelling out $1,700 for this lens, I get to use it for 2 weeks for only about $150 w/shipping, etc.  The fact that I have 2 games on back-to-back Sundays was a big motivator for going down the rental path rather than just making do with my own gear.

Both games should be a lot of fun, and I hope to add even more intense hockey action to my growing portfolio.

– Kris

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2 Comments

  1. Andy Beal February 16, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    I’m looking forward to the shots and also your feedback on renting a lens–I’ve never done that, so curious. 🙂

  2. Kris February 16, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    It worked out okay for me last year, and I had it for 4 weeks. There’s a somewhat local place by me that I could rent from instead of doing the whole shipping game, but I probably would have done 2 different rentals of 3 days each. In that case, the round trips to/from there mid-week would have been more of a hassle.

    I’ll have another update early March on how it goes this time. Maybe even do an unboxing or something. Might be a good piece for a future post now that I think more about it.

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