Shooting from upper deck?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Bodhi395, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. Bodhi395 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    I go to a lot of baseball and football games, and sometimes my seats are not the closest to the field, sometimes even in the upper deck level. I'm a bit new to photography but just bought a Nikon DSLR and am wondering what would be a good lens to use to get good shots of the field from fairly far away?

    I don't want anything too big, and the smaller and lighter the better, but I want something that can zoom fairly far.
  2. Edge100 macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2002
    Where am I???
    Considering that the guys who shoot from field level are mostly using focal lengths from 200-400mm, you're going to need one heck of a long lens to get shots from the upper deck.

    A 70-200 could be good from up there, but you're not going to get a close-up, if that's what you're after.

    Frankly, from the upper deck, I'd be trying to get nice wide-angle shots. Scott Kelby posted some nice WA and fisheye shots he took at Wrigley Field a few weeks ago. That's the type of thing I think you'll be happy with from the upper decks.
  3. Bodhi395 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    No, I know I wouldn't get a close up, but just wanted to get as much zoom as possible without having a some huge lens.

    I do like the wide shots, but they can get boring if you've already taken a few of them at a previous game.
  4. steviem macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    I went to a Mets game with an 18-70 and was on the upper deck. I think I would've been able to get in with the 55-200 but was worried it would've been too big a lens to take in.

    As a consequence, the pictures weren't as awesome as I would have liked. Was still brilliant and the photos are a good memory of my first ever baseball game...
  5. Wacky Jackson macrumors member

    Wacky Jackson

    Feb 6, 2010
    I took 15-55 and 55-200 and it was a perfect combo for the baseball game. The 55-200 gave me a pretty good close up. But I was on the lower level.

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