As a Navy Public Affairs Officer, every time I set up a Navy event for the Steelers, I was able to stay on the field to shoot pics for publication. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my combat camera issued gear, and I don’t shoot sports for a living. So my longest lens was a 180mm f/2.8 Nikon. That made those great shallow DOF shots from half way across the field difficult. But what it did give me, was the ability to shoot some great images when they were right up on me that very few people get to see.