If you watch a football game on TV, you can see a lot of photojournalists with big, long cameras and lenses along the borders. Do you know what the photojournalist’s tools include?
First, definitely can’t lack a camera. For sports photos, high resolution is often not preferred by shooting speed and durability, so photo reporters often use the most expensive cameras like the Canon EOS-1D or Nikon Dx series.
These cameras are designed to withstand extreme weather such as rain, snow or dust. The casing material is usually made of magnesium alloy to ensure its rigidity and strength, but still not too heavy. These are the points that photographers accept to spend over $ 5,000 for a camera.
Although the resolution is usually only around 20 MP, these cameras are equipped with full-frame sensors. Large sensor sizes provide better light reception, which is essential when speeding up shooting to freeze moments.
Large sensors also help reduce noise, which is essential when shooting evening matches. The top-of-the-line cameras are all equipped with the most modern focusing system, which helps to accurately focus in very short moments.
Besides the main camera, most photographers carry a high resolution sub-camera for the necessary situations. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (30.4 MP) and the Nikon D850 (45.4 MP) were all launched in 2017, and selected by many reporters.
Although Canon and Nikon dominate the sports village, the Sony Alpha A9 is gradually gaining popularity thanks to the speed of focus, quick shooting and smooth shutter. However, Sony cameras do not yet have many long-focus lenses for sports photos.
To capture the player clearly at a distance of tens of meters, reporters had to use a 400 mm focal length lens. The investment for the lens is sometimes double that of the camera: Canon EF 400mm f / 2.8L IS USM II or Nikon AF-S 400mm f / 2.8E FL ED VR are all priced at over $ 10,000.
With long focal lengths and large apertures, these lenses allow shooting at very high shutter speeds. If you need to enlarge the image further, the reporter can add a 1.4x or 2x tube.
Sony also had the first sports pipe, the FE 400mm f / 2.8 GM OSS, but the company just announced this lens at the end of June. So no reporter will bring Sony’s new lens to the World Cup. .
In addition to a 400 mm lens, reporters also often equip 70-200 mm f / 2.8 on a secondary camera, to take close-up developments. Sometimes they even use lenses with short focal lengths like 16-35 mm or 14-24 mm. Wide-angle lenses help capture the whole scene of the stadium, or use it at the end of the match when the reporter can enter the field, approaching the player to take a picture.
In addition to cameras and lenses, reporters also carry a variety of accessories. The most recognizable accessory is the tripod. The monopod is more mobile, but the three-legged type is more rugged and is often used when placing a remote camera.
Flash is also a must-have accessory. Although it cannot be used when shooting far away, there will be times when journalists will enter the field, taking players at close range.
For those who use multiple cameras, remote shooting controls are indispensable accessories. They can pre-set the device in beautiful places, like behind the goal, and press capture from the other side of the stadium when there are beautiful moments. High-end controllers cost over $ 100, but allow for use up to 500 meters away.