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Old Sep 20, 2007, 1:46 PM   #1
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I have been asked by a friend to take some pictures during a volleyball game. I have a Nikon D50 with a Sigma 18-200 3.5-6.3 and a Nikkor 50mm 1.8. I have been reading around in this forum for info. It seems like I need a 2.8 lens in the 135-185mm to do a good job. I am not going to buy a new lens for this. I am going to make due with what I have. This is a jr. college game and the coach is the person who asked me to take the pictures. I am assuming I will have access to any location near the court that a press photographer would have. Will a 50mm lens be the way to go? Or will I be better off with the zoom lens? I don't know if they allow for flash photography.
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I would recommend the 50mm 1.8. I also shoot volleyball with a D50 and an 85mm 1.8 and have pretty good results. I also own a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and have not been quite so successful. Actually,I've often wished for a 50mm 1.8 to capture the hitters on the near side of the court.The 85mm is too much when the hitter is right in front of me. I guess there's no harm in taking both and trying them out during warmups, but I'm betting you get better results with the faster lens.

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Old Sep 20, 2007, 2:54 PM   #3
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Thanks.

I saw your pictures in an earlier post.
Where are you typically standing with the 85mm?
What is your typical ISO and exposure settings with that lens?

I am going to continue to look around and see what makes for good volleyball shots. Any suggested volleyball websites that have good pictures?

I asked the coach if a flash could be used....she did not know.

What is the usual rule with a flash for volleyball pictures during a game?


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Old Sep 20, 2007, 4:20 PM   #4
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I use my 85mm f1.8 as being a Canon user the 50mm f1.8 does not focus fast enough. Focus speed on top of the fast glass (low f number) is what is needed.

As for where to look for ideas check out http://www.gettyimages.com/Editorial/Sports.aspx

http://espn.go.com/

http://www.biggirlinthemiddle.com

and lastly http://www.volleyball-pictures.com/default.tpl

That should keep you going for the next year!!
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Old Sep 21, 2007, 7:01 AM   #5
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Thanks.

I saw your pictures in an earlier post.
Where are you typically standing with the 85mm?
What is your typical ISO and exposure settings with that lens?

I am going to continue to look around and see what makes for good volleyball shots. Any suggested volleyball websites that have good pictures?

I asked the coach if a flash could be used....she did not know.

What is the usual rule with a flash for volleyball pictures during a game?


style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I usually stand near the up ref, but I move to the corners to get better shots of the hitters'faces. Unfortunately you need a little more reach than my 85mm to do a great job from there.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"The highest ISO I have is 1600 and that's what I use all the time. I keep the aperture wide open, which gives me about 1/500 to 1/800 sec shutter speed, depending on the gym light. Those settings are marginal for freezing action, but that's all I can do.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I don't know if there are any firm rules about using flash during a match. I guess it depends on complaints from the team or ref. I've seen people doing it, but I never have personally.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"If you decide to not use flash, I would recommend using your 50mm and stay near the net. I think you can get quite a bit of the action from there without a long lens. Good luck. Post a few shots afterward to show us what you get.

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