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Old Sep 13, 2007, 9:16 PM   #1
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I got to try out my new Pentax SMCP FA-50mm tonight on high school volleyball. The autofocus did a pretty good job locking on. I was surprised that I had to open it all the way to f1.4 and still had to use ISO 1600 to get to a decent shutter speed.


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Not a surprise that I had to go to heavier crops with the shorter lens...particularly on the baseline shot
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I'm really jealous. I use the K10D with the same lens and my shots aren't nearly as nice. I hope you'll be posting more. It's nice to see what the Pentax can do!

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hey trojan those look great!! excellent work, next time try to go higher with exposure and see if you get a little faster shutter speed. this won't give faster shutter speed but try to set the white balance for the gym. not that yours is off, but i am interested to see how they come out. i have been fooling with custom wb.
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john, thanks for viewing and commenting. Overall, I was very pleased with the little lens. About the only way I can get any more shutter speed is by dialing in a little exposure compensation. I hate to do that because of the increase in noise since I'm already at ISO 1600. I may try it, though,

It's funny you bring up custom white balancing. I grabbed one of my students out of the stands wearing a white t-shirt. It was after I had him standing that I noticed the red shirt on under the white, giving my "whites" a nice pink tone, lol. Rather than try to find another white shirt, I just went back to auto.

I used custom white balancing on the football game I shot Frida night, though, and was very happy because of the difficulty of one team's uniforms, dark purple jerseys and pants. My first shots showed them blue, so I went to custom white balance. The result was an accurate rendition of the jersey color. (I couldn't help but laugh this morning when I saw the newspaper and noted that the color pic on the front page of sports featured bright blue jeseys and pants.)

Here's an example: (Pentax K10d, 135mm f2.8 MF Takumar lens, 1/200, ISO 1600,-0.3 EV....Levels brought up in PSP, light noise reduction with Noiseware)

BTW, this shot is taken as the running back broke a tackle and accelerated through the line. He didn't stop till he reached the end zone 91 yards away.

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