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Old Dec 23, 2006, 8:53 AM   #1
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Minolta 5D with 50mm f1.7 lens, settings f/2.2 1/320 1600 ISO
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Minolta 5D lens Sigma 28-70mm f2.8, shot at 28mm, f/3.2, 1/160, 1600 ISO
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Minolta 5D lens Sigma 28-70mm f2.8, shot at 70mm, f/3.2, 1/125, 1600 ISO
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Old Dec 23, 2006, 12:03 PM   #8
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The shots are well composed, and catch the action quite well. Exposure and colour balance seem good even if perhaps a little under exposed.

1,2,5,6 and 7 all suffer from the focus point being behind the actual subject, which is a shame. This is something you will learn to avoid though, it just comes with getting to know the camera.

I'd recommend maybe trying slightly slower shutter times, I see you are as high as 1/320 which, on a 50mm, is maybe a bit more than needed. Try 125. Failing that, I'd be running the shots through sharpening, pushing up levels a little bit, and adding a wee bit more contrast to make them pop.
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Old Dec 23, 2006, 3:03 PM   #9
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Hi Stoltzy, glad you have the 1.7 lens and yes you have picked up a couple of shots where it has focused behind the action. Do you use centre print focus or multipoint? I basically always shoot sport with centre point as usually this is the most accurate and generally that is where you are getting the action (OK some shots I change it but not often). As for reducing the shutter speed..... DON'T. 1/250th is the lowest I would ever consider but most of the time there is far too much motion blur. Even though you are using a wide lens the amount of frame that is filled will have an affect on the shutter speed needed (the faster something is moving across the frame the higher the shutter speed required) rather than just saying that you can bringing the speed down. As there is a certain amount of underexposure as pointed out by Steven (and Jim in the other post we have been working on) I would go for upping the ISO to 3200 and bring the aperture down to f2.0 which should give for better results. Also if you are not doing so leave it in manual mode rather than Av or Tv.

Shot number 4 has to be my fave and you definitely have something to build on here which the small changes should help with. Faces are pretty much the most important area to be correctly exposed so take some test shots to make sure these are good and stick with them.

As you are going to be shooting at high ISOs I would suggest getting a good noise reduction package such as Noiseware, Noise Ninja, Neat Image etc which will do a good job of cleaning up the images.

Looking forward to seeing the next series.

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Mark, not sure what you mean when you say (Also if you are not doing so leave it in manual mode rather than Av or Tv.) Manual mode meaning the shooting mode. Also would you stay with the 50mm or try something different with the Sigma 28-70 mm.

Thanks for the advice.

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