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Old Oct 5, 2007, 6:35 AM   #11
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Can I get around the soft focus issue by closing down the aperture by one stop when I shoot subjects on the opposite side of the court?
NO. not really. If you want to shoot subjects further away you need a longer lens.The 85 1.8 is the next step up the chain. You can't crop your way to sharp photos - even if you were shooting at f16 it wouldn't matter. The problem isn't JUST focus it's also detail.

First of all, these are good for a fist attempt. The biggest issue I see is an extreme lack of detail. That's caused by the overcrops, but I also wonder - what type of noise reduction are you applying? It looks like that may be contributing as well.

You're findning out what many of us have found in the past - a 50mm lens is a great teaser lens - you get a taste at what a fast prime can provide but the range is so limiting it gets frustrating. Keep at it - keep practicing and start saving your pennies so that by next season you can step up to an 85mm.
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Old Oct 5, 2007, 7:26 AM   #12
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Another problem: It's harder to hold focus on your intended subject when the subject fillstoolittleof the frame.With a 50mm lens, a player looks pretty small from the other side of the court. You'll probably find that it focuses on the background more often than the player.

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I used Noise Ninja. Does it make a dirrefence if NN is applied before or after the unsharp mask? It seems like there would be a difference, but I can't tell.

I will be more active on my feet this next game. I was unsure of where I could be during the game and still feel comfortable taking pictures without standing infront of someones view.

I will have to keep my attention to the action near me.


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Old Oct 5, 2007, 1:29 PM   #14
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and still feel comfortable taking pictures without standing infront of someones view.
You shouldn't be STANDING in front of someone. Kneel. I don't advise sitting because you may have to move in a hurry. With them being up another foot or so in the front row they'll easily be able to see over you. Unless, of course, you have a physical constraint that would make kneeling very undesirable or impossible.

Which brings me to the next point - one of my most critical accessories - kneepads! Almost every sport I shoot (with the exception of probably gymnastics) you get better results shooting from a low position (kneeling, sitting or laying). I prefer to kneel rather than sit so I can move faster if I need to. A pair of volleyball kneepads has been one of my greatest accesories - especially on gymnasium floors.


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