|Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 5600, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000|
You need the right gear to get those peak action shots. Your camera phone is just not going to cut it.
For a majority of your action shots you will need a lens that will bring that action close to you. I recommend a lens that covers the 300mm to 600mm lens range.
Here is what I use:
|Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM S|
|Sigma TC-1401 1.4x & Sigma TC-2001 2x|
|Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 9000, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000|
You just need to pair these lenses with a good camera body. You can use DSLR and mirrorless cameras to capture the action.
|Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 900, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000|
|Nikon D5, Sigma 120-300mm ƒ/2.8 DG OS HSM S, Sigma TC-2001 2x, ISO 1600, ƒ/5.6, 1/4000|
These lenses let you shoot from the end zones. I like to be not far from the net capturing the players faces as they move closer to the goal and defend the goal as well.
Many people try to shoot this action with a 70-200mm lenses, but they are not not long enough for soccer. They work ok as the action gets really close to the goal, but you need to be close to that goal as well.
Let me just say that all of these lenses paired with the latest camera bodies of the major camera manufacturers will give you incredible results.
Here are some features that I would compare with camera bodies.
- ISO – I recommend cameras with high ISO of 12,800 or higher
- Shutter Speed – you need to be shooting at 1/1000 or faster.
- Motor Drive – I would recommend 5+ per second
- Buffer – The higher the better. The Nikon D500 and D5 have buffer of 200 shooting RAW.
For shooting sports I believe that the Nikon D5 is in a class all it's own. If you don't want to shell out $6,500 then seriously look at the Nikon D500 for $2,000.
While I say all the time it is the photographer and not the gear that determines a good photo–with sports you do need some long glass or you just cannot capture the action.