Carl Zeiss Goes to the Hockey Game

I took the new Zeiss ZE 85/1.4 to shoot the hockey game tonight, and ended up using it the entire time. You see, many of us who started with film still remember how to focus manually. 😉

I have to confess that I did better with it than I thought I would. I guess digital and AF hasn’t made me too rusty.

Contrast and sharpness with the ZE 85/1.4 is just nuts. The images are perfectly crisp. I have to admit that at times I was wishing I had the ease of AF to fall back on when feeling lazy, but I blame years of AF complacency for that fault.

Yes, before there was AF, there was sports photography. Granted, shooters weren’t always able to get the amazing shots they can today with such frequency, but shooting action manually is possible, as long as you practice and don’t succumb to laziness.

Of course, these look better if you click on them to see them full size.

After this, a hockey game broke out.

After this, a hockey game broke out.

San Antonio's Greg Classen looks for a pass during the second period of the AHL game between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the San Antonio Rampage, Nov. 18, 2008, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.om)

San Antonio

San Antonio's Jonas Ahnelov (24) blocks Tigers defenseman Mark Wotton (4) during the third period of the AHL game between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the San Antonio Rampage, Nov. 18, 2008, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Bridgeport Sound won 3 - 1. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.om)

San Antonio

San Antonio's Jeff Hoggan (39) tries a wraparound shot on Tigers goalie Nathan Lawson during the second period of the AHL game between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the San Antonio Rampage, Nov. 18, 2008, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.om)

San Antonio

San Antonio goalie Josh Tordjman makes a save on Tigers center Jeremy Colliton. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

San Antonio goalie Josh Tordjman makes a save on Tigers center Jeremy Colliton. (Darren Abate/pressphotointl.com)

These shots are all of net action because there is only one semi-usable hole (it’s way too small) in the glass at the AT&T Center (unlike every other hockey rink in the league, which have proper photo ports), and I didn’t want to waste my time shooting through glass.

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~ by peakaction on November 19, 2008.

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