By default this is also a Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS vs Fuji XC 50-230mm OIS shootout
Overcast, hazy games
I had to keep an eye out for when a lot of the sky was in the photo as the Fuji would darken quickly.
- Spot metering would not help as I would have to quickly switch back to multi metering (this is fast moving sports, not slow, thoughtful photograph).
- EV dial would be the way to go in this situation
Morning/Evening games (and evening practices)
- Continuous focus struggled more and more as the light disappeared (not surprising)
- With backlit subjects (no sky in view), the multi metering mode tended to overexpose by about 1/2-1 stop. Average metering mode helped a lot. (Spot metering wasn’t practical as the subjects moved off center quite often.)
- These comparison Canon 7D photos are from last seasons as I chose to only shoot Fuji during the recent games to avoid losing too many good shots switching between cameras. Unfortunately, that means I don’t have comparable 7D morning shots due to the difference in schedules so below are 7D evening shots. Plus, the 7D photos are mostly from spring soccer (foliage had not grown in yet), but the lighting challenges are similar between morning and evening.
As you can see, the midtones are brighter in the Fuji which brought out more shadow detail in the faces, but the shadows go darker quicker (at default 0). I may try Shadow Tone at -1 at the next evening game.
Highlight Tone -2 (Very Soft)
On bright, high-contrast days, found the highlights in the first soccer shots that I took to be a little too bright for my taste so I tried setting the Highlight Tone to -2, and what a difference this made.
You lose a little pop in the grass, but you gain a lot of detail in the skin.
Highlight Tone Priority on my Canons kinda did this, but, so far, I like Fuji’s implementation better.
The comparison Canon 7D shots are from last fall, but this fall has been much wetter.
- I love the images that I get from the Fuji and it’s easy shutter release button.
- I love how post processing is really reduced thanks to the always on virtual horizon, consistent exposure and great white balance.
- but the lens handling is tiresome for a sports photographer during long games
In other words, for me the ideal sports camera would be Canon’s easy to use lens and body with Fuji’s guts inside.