What I didn’t tell you was that on the same day my son was playing in his first tennis tournament. And although I got back reasonably late in the afternoon, the tournament was still going. So what’s a Dad with an EOS 1, a few rolls of film and a borrowed Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 to do? Start taking pictures of course! :-)
|Tennis Tournament. Canon EOS 1 with Canon 70-200mm f2.8 'L'. Rollei Retro 100 film.|
|Distinctive black and white Canon 'L' series lens|
At the Rodeo I had mounted the camera and lens on a monopod so that I wouldn’t have to hold all the weight (about 2.8kgs or just over 6lbs). But at the tennis I wanted to be a little more mobile, so I hand-held the kit so I could move around with the action. I shot like this for about an hour and didn’t get tired, but I wouldn’t want to carry that weight all day.
|Deuce. Canon EOS 1 with 70-200mm f2.8 'L'. Rollei Retro 100 film|
|Return of Serve. Canon EOS 1 with 70-200mm f2.8 'L'. Rollei Retro 100 film.|
Canon specialise in the 70-200mm focal area, offering no less than four different 70-200mm ‘L’ series lenses. Two offer IS (image stabilisation) and two don’t. I was using the non-IS f2.8 variety (they also offer an IS and non-IS f4, as well as an IS f2.8), but never felt that camera shake was going to be an issue. First because at the Rodeo I was shooting on a monopod. And second because the f2.8 aperture was giving me easily hand-holdable 1/500th to 1/1000th sec shutter speeds.
|First Tennis Tournament. EOS 1 with 70-200mm f2.8 'L'. Rollei Retro 100|
It’s dangerous when you borrow someone else’s lens to shoot with, especially when that lens just happens to be a Canon ‘L’ series. That’s a lot of gorgeous glass, designed to produce beautiful images, and make other lenses look inferior. And Canon’s ‘L’ glass does just that.