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Old August 6th, 2005, 02:21 PM   #1
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I occaisionally shoot sports for the television station I worked at for 13 years. I am interseted in a Canon. Not sure if I am going to an xl1 or 2. Are the stock lenses that come with them able to shoot football from sidelines? Focal length, manual focusing abilites etc etc. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old August 6th, 2005, 02:38 PM   #2
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XL2 comes with a 20X lens which can get you upper halfs from the sidelines. The best thing about the XL series is the ability to add another lens. You can get the EF adapter and add an EOS lens and get AMAZING reach as it as a 7X multiple of the normal EOS range. Lots of info around about it....



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Old August 8th, 2005, 07:02 PM   #3
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i have not yet shot football with the XL2 yet but shoot still photography for a while. The focal length of the stock lens compares to approximately 45 - 800mm or so in 35mm terms give or take a few mm depending on whether you shoot 16:9 or not

When we shoot still we shoot with a 400 2.8 for the long stuff which gets a little short at times and a 70-200 2.8 on another body for the shorter range sometimes a 16-35 2.8 on a third body for really close stuff.

So if you shoot from the sideline the long end should be covered well but you may be a little tight if the action is right in front of you and you want some wide shot. If you add a wide angle converter you loose the long end somewhat of course.

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