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For the past couple of matches of the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league team I’ve taken my D7100 and Sigma 70-200 f2.8 lens and got some shots that I’ve been very pleased with. Obviously the range of the 70-200 is limited so this week I took the 2x Extender and used that on the D610 in DX crop mode. So this is what I learned about shooting sports with an extender. One, it gives you more reach (well, duh). Two, at a decent shutter speed (I was set to 1/1250) there’s no noticeable shake or movement in the picture.

However, and this is the downside, because the extender takes away 2 stops I was shooting a minimum aperture of f5.6 and often at 2/3 stop more at f7.1. Unfortunately that is just not open enough to provide the separation between the on-field action and the crowd behind so I was left with a lot of decent pictures but not many that I felt were good pictures. Next time it will be back to f2.8 without the extender and I might just have to rely on the ‘zoom by feet’ strategy instead.

Toronto Wolfpack vs Hemel Stags
Toronto Wolfpack captain Craig Hall

Toronto Wolfpack vs Hemel Stags
Greg Worthington

Toronto Wolfpack vs Hemel Stags
American Ryan Burroughs

Toronto Wolfpack vs Hemel Stags
A Hemel Stags player passes the ball

Toronto Wolfpack vs Hemel Stags
Chasedown

Toronto Wolfpack vs Hemel Stags
The Offload

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This year saw the start of a new franchise in Toronto, the first ever professional Transatlantic sports team. The Toronto Wolfpack rugby league team play in the English Kingstone Press Division 1 league. Drawing excited crowds of over 5,000 supporters, some of whom know the game and others who for the first time are encountering this fast, skillful and, at times, brutal sport, the Wolfpack play their home stands at Lamport Stadium here in Toronto, while playing their road matches in the North of England. Truly a radical move in the world of professional sports.

The beauty of Lamport Stadium, realistically a bit run down, with cold metal benches for seats, is that as a photographer you can get very close to the action without getting on the field. This is not like BMO Field, the Rogers Centre or, God knows, the ACC. This is accessible shooting and a great way to hone your action photography skills. Combine the attraction of being able to shoot with the passion of the game and the friendliness of the players – both teams come out to chat and drink a beer with the fans after the match – and you have an unbeatable way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Try it. You’ll love it.

Toronto Wolfpack vs York Knights
Fui Fui Moi Moi – the battering ram of the Wolfpack team

Toronto Wolfpack vs York Knights
Toronto wing Jonny Pownall, buried under York Knights players

Toronto Wolfpack vs York Knights
Greg Worthington, raised in Bradford, Yorkshire, playing in Toronto, Ontario

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