This week I got the chance to attend the Chicago Bears training camp in Bourbonnais Illinois. About this time every year I get excited to see how my team will fare when the season starts and training camp seems to help me get my football fix. The nice thing about training camp is that it's the only place you can get close to all the players and the action without an official NFL media pass. Since I was attending two days of practice, I decided to rent a sports lens so that I could get even closer to the action. I wasn't sure if I should rent the Nikon 300mm f2.8, the Nikon 400mm f2.8 or the Nikon 200-400mm f4.0. Due to the versatility of the length, I decided to go with the Nikon 200-400 f4.0.
The Nikon 200-400mm f4.0 turned out to be perfect for training camp. The length of the lens allowed me to get very close to the players and the speed allowed me to freeze the action without any problem. With the lens I was able to get in close for Jay Cutler's passes to Brandon Marshall and into the backfield during hand offs. Overall, it was a great two days of shooting. Hopefully I can make it back next year and capture images as good as this year. I'm now ready for football season and once again excited to see how my Bears will fare. Bear Down!!
If you want to see the difference between the Nikon 200-400 f4.0 and my Nikon 80-200 f2.8 check out my blog post from the 2012 Chicago Bears training camp to see the difference.