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post #11 of 19 Old 08-23-2017, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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I should also mention that this past week I went to hang out and watch with one of the top photographers who shoots the shows Spruce Meadows hosts here in AB and he basically said that I will eventually need a 70-200 f2.8 regardless of me thinking otherwise, it's not if, but when I want to get it.

There are going to be days where I won't have an over abundance of light, so what am I going to do if I don't have the right gear for the situation? Turn down the job? Not good.
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post #12 of 19 Old 08-23-2017, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
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Well, you exceeded my knowledge of cameras , right there. I hope you get some great shots.
Thanks.

I will still keep my Sigma 18-35 f1.8 as well.

70-200 f2.8
85mm 1.8
18-35 f1.8

Is going to be a killer trio of pro glass. I need nothing more.
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post #13 of 19 Old 08-25-2017, 02:50 PM
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I have a 70-200 myself and when I am playing around with taking photos at shows, it works great.
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I have a 70-200 myself and when I am playing around with taking photos at shows, it works great.
Awesome. I am going to finally put mine to good use this Sunday, shooting a driving event for A.E.F. (first driving event for me so I'm trying to find out how to take good photos of them).
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I put the new lens to the first this yesterday but I don't think it was a legit test since I made errors. I also ordered the Tamron Tap-in console and should be here for Friday as I want to tune the lens with (I do this with all my lenses as I want the best out of it with no back or front focus issues). My lens is slightly off but tuning it will get it perfect.

Shooting indoors is not easy! Shooting mini's is not easy.

I'm not at all surprised but it's a very valuable learning experience for me moving forward. Shooting indoors gives you so many more obstacles to deal with especially when you have inconsistent lighting, hot spots, reflections, not a great choice of backdrops, too many random items in the back, tight framing, etc.

Also shooting mini's is a lot more difficult than I thought especially when they are black with shiny white manes and wear black patches over their eyes with black shiny tack.
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Just be glad that zebras are not the "in"thing for everyone to ride indoors ;)

But yes indoors is a huge challenge that will push your gear to the limit in equine. Honestly indoors is when I wish had a top end fullframe camera body with the best ISO performance there is; esp when its a cloudy day and the skylights are not giving much light.

Exposure on dark horses indoors can be a challenge, sometimes you just have to work out the one or two spots that have good lighting and focus on them, ignoring most other areas as whilst you might get a shot the resulting exposure will be a nightmare.



The 70-200mm is also a fantastic workhorse of a lens for this kind of work; indeed 70-200mm tend to fit into nearly everything very easily. The improved optical performance and aperture range are sure to be a great help for you.
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Just be glad that zebras are not the "in"thing for everyone to ride indoors ;)

But yes indoors is a huge challenge that will push your gear to the limit in equine. Honestly indoors is when I wish had a top end fullframe camera body with the best ISO performance there is; esp when its a cloudy day and the skylights are not giving much light.

Exposure on dark horses indoors can be a challenge, sometimes you just have to work out the one or two spots that have good lighting and focus on them, ignoring most other areas as whilst you might get a shot the resulting exposure will be a nightmare.



The 70-200mm is also a fantastic workhorse of a lens for this kind of work; indeed 70-200mm tend to fit into nearly everything very easily. The improved optical performance and aperture range are sure to be a great help for you.
Last Sunday in my very first indoor show was a real good challenge and eye opener for sure. I learned a lot from it. It probably couldn't have had anymore barriers to work with, I had everything from cluttered and uninteresting backgrounds, inconsistent lighting, mirrors, reflections, too much misc junk sitting around the arena, black and shiny tack, and of course black minis with white manes with black tack and because it was a driving class, the horses had the eye patches on. Then you factor in just how fast the minis move and it's much harder to shoot them than full sized horses. But I still managed to get them in the pose in terms of catching them in their trot.

Also, I ordered a Tamron Tap-in console last week and got it yesterday. I just spent most of the night calibrating my new lens. It was off and I could tell when shooting with it last Sunday at the show, back and front focusing issues at various FL's. So I tuned it tonight and it's perfect. I've held off in using the lens until I got the tap-in console for me to tune it because I knew something wasn't right with the lens out of the box, it was way off.
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"The horses had the eye patches on"?????

What is that?

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Pretty sure he's talking about blinders, greentree.


It's going to be tough for him not knowing the correct terminology if he wants people to think highly enough of him to photo/video their animals. Knowing the sport and athletes is key to getting good stills and action shots. Not knowing the correct names for things comes off as unprofessional and amateurish. People spend a LOT of money on their show horses and tack, and expect a knowledgeable professional when paying for photography.


I've also never seen a black horse with a white mane and tail. Pintos/paints that are black and white of course, but never a solid black horse with a completely white mane/tail.

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