Fall is a fantastic time to photograph sports. With the season picking up and the weather (hopefully) cooling down, there’s plenty of excitement to shoot. Whether you’re a professional sports photographer, or trying to capture those unforgettable sports moments for your little ones, here’s the gear you can use to make sure you always Get The Shot.
Great Cameras For Sports Photography
Nikon D5 (XQD Version)
Up first is the Nikon D5 XQD Version. The reason this camera is indispensable for shooting sports is its fast capture rate. At 12fps, this camera still shoots perfectly with full autofocus. This feature allows you to perfectly capture those unique moments of fast-paced games.
With the latest firmware upgrades, the D5 is now also capable of eliminating dark or off-colored frames that occur when shooting under flickering LED or mercury lights commonly used in sports arenas.
Shooting in low light situations shows off another of the D5’s great features: its amazing ISO range. Fall’s short days are no match for the Nikon D5.
Canon 1D X Mark II
If you like the speed of the Nikon D5, you’ll be blown away by Canon’s offering. The Canon 1D X boasts a 14fps (16fps when using live view). For photographers shooting indoor, ultra fast sports like basketball, this is an indispensable feature.
The Canon 1D X also has an incredible autofocus with 61-point high density reticular AF II.
Essentials Sports Photography Lenses
Nikon AF-S 400mm F/2.8 VR II
Nikon’s AF-S 400mm f/2.8 VR II is undoubtedly a top of the line telephoto lens. The VR II is quite an improvement on its predecessor: its fluorite technology allows it to be considerably lighter. The lightweight build paired with dust and moisture sealing make it one of the very best for shooting action scenes and sports.
Canon EF 300mm F/2.8 IS II USM
Another fantastic lens for sports photographers is Canon’s 300mm F/2.8 II. This lens offers superb image stabilization. Stabilization Mode 3 even allows you to shoot four times slower than normal while minimizing blur. The 300mm F/2.8 is also ultra lightweight. At just over 5lbs, it’s one of the easiest lenses to carry while shooting sports and actions shots.
Sports Photography Extras
Nikon SB-910 Flash
Nikon’s SB-910 flash boasts a much improved thermal protection system to prevent overheating during rapid firing. This is perfect for sports photographers. Both beginners and professionals alike can enjoy the control over lighting that having a top of the like flash like the SB-910 can give.
DJI Osmo Plus Handheld Gimbal
An unexpected choice for sports photography is the DJI Osmo Plus. This little piece of gear packs a big punch as far as simplifying BTS shoots. Use it to capture team huddles or player interactions before or after the game with ease. The Plus model even boasts a 4k Zoom camera, for maximum flexibility in a small package.