As I have mentioned in previous blog’s I have wanted to cover more sports this year I have done trial bikes for a few hours and I will go back there at some point.
As a young lad I always loved cricket and it was about the only sport that I was any good at. Therefore, it almost became an obsession for me to cover cricket matches but after some research last year I knew that as with football I wouldn’t be able to go straight into county matches. So I had to look at more local cricket, the closest club to me is Chester-le-Street Cricket Club.
Once I knew which clubs matches I would go to I then had to look into whether the equipment I had would be suffice. After already spending quite a bit of money on a new lens I knew that I couldn’t afford any further lenses. I had also been told by a few other photographers that I would need a lens that was at least 300mm up to 600mm. Below I will list a few lenses with prices to show the difference in cost, but when I look for a lens I have to keep to an aperture of f2.8 as the lens will also eventually be used at football matches along with the 70-200mm f2.8.
There are only 2 manufacturers that I trust for equipment, Nikon (as I used Nikon cameras) and Sigma, I have used Sigma lenses for a good number of years now and I can not fault them at all.
AF-S 300mm f2.8 ED VR II £3999
AF-S 400mm f2.8G ED VR £6589
AF-S 400mm f2.8G E FL ED VR £10399
300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM £2249
200-500mm f2.8 EX DG £12695
Keeping in mind that I have a very low budget which is another reason that I tend to go for the Sigma brand. As you can see from the above list the difference in price is quite significant for similar focal lengths by that I am referring to the 300mm. When I am able to afford a new lens I will be looking to the Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX DG HSM but as I have previously mentioned I was advised that I would need a lens up to 600mm. No more than a week ago I was told that I would be able to use a tele converter which can increase the focal length and at the same time it increases the aperture.
I was able to price up a Sigma 1.4x tele converter and bought it, now before I had it I did go to a Newcastle CC vs Chester-le-Street CC match last Saturday. I wasn’t overly impressed the photos I took due to not being close enough, this was one of the final deciding factors to get the tele converter. The other was that I did not need to worry about using f2.8 aperture and that I could use f4 aperture.
Now that I had the tele converter I just wanted to get out and put it to the test. I knew that Chester-le-Street CC were at home on the 7th June so I started to check the weather forecast earlier in the week. It wasn’t looking good but by Thursday the forecast had improved so I started to look forward to the match. As it turned out the eventual forecast was to be fine in the morning and rain from around 2pm.
The match started at 11.30am and by 11.55am the rain was coming down heavy. I did manage to take 44 photos of which I selected 16 and put them onto my website. Overall I am happy with how close I got using the tele converter now all I have to do is perfect the overall quality. With being used to football matches I tend to put the metering to being centre weighted and the AF-Area to 21 point dynamic, now I will be looking to experiment more to the full 39 point dynamic area and the metering set to the full matrix.
Good times ahead for me.