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Old Mar 1, 2005, 8:04 AM   #1
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I was just wondering if I could use a 100-300 lens for indoor sports shots so I can shoot from a distance, ISO 1600 ????
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Old Mar 1, 2005, 9:36 AM   #2
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It can be done but you will definitely need a flash, a good one at that. i have done it before to get shots for the newspaper but prefer not too. Also the quality of the lens will come into play, a high end zoom f/2.0 or so will most likely allow you to shoot at ISO 1600 without flash but a mid-range zoom, f4.5 to 6.0 will almost certainly need a flash no matter what ISO rating. This is just one opinion and I am sure there are others out there. I hope you you have good luck taking the photos, experiement with different set up. That is how we all learn.
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What K1 says.... Unless it's a really well lit arena, which are far and few between, you'll end up with a very low shutter speed. The average gym I'll end up shooting ISO 3200 @ f2.8 and will get about a 1/250 shutter speed. So if you try shooting ISO 1600 at f5.6 in that same gym you'ld end up with a shutter speed of like 1/60... if my math is right...
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Old Mar 1, 2005, 3:26 PM   #4
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And to take it a step further, the gym I shoot in at best gives me a shutter 320, 1.4 at ISO 1600. It is extremely difficult stopping action below shutter 250. So that is definately a touch and go situtation, and just about impossible with a slow lens. I have a D70, and occasionally I use the SB800 flash which does have the power to cover most of a gym.
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I shoot indoor track in a somewhat poorly lit environmentat ISO3200, 1/500th at F3.2 approximately.


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Old Mar 1, 2005, 8:21 PM   #6
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thanks, I plan to experiment sometime:-)
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ALADYFORTY - Haven't heard from you in a while.

I shoot horse shows in a so-called lighted arena. I use a 420EX on my 20D. Shoot AV at 1600ISO. I use the 28/135IS Canon lens.

Check out the "difference" at my galleries.

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OOOp's for got to say arena is 60' wide by 200' long

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thanks, I don't see a lot of difference between the two. Im not keen on flash photography at sporting events, I feel it is unfair to the competitors
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aladyforty wrote:
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Im not keen on flash photography at sporting events, I feel it is unfair to the competitors
Given your well established Photoshop skills,I think you may be surprised at what you can achieve on underexposed images with a bit of twiddling. Give it a go, and show us the results! With digicams, it costs you nothing but the time.

Have fun,

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Old Mar 5, 2005, 8:57 AM   #10
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Alan T wrote:
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aladyforty wrote:
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Im not keen on flash photography at sporting events, I feel it is unfair to the competitors
Given your well established Photoshop skills, I think you may be surprised at what you can achieve on underexposed images with a bit of twiddling. Give it a go, and show us the results! With digicams, it costs you nothing but the time.

Have fun,

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yep. and using RAW format also helps.
You could underexpose the pictures by 1/3 and use exposure compensation afterwards by +1/3 and you'll have a fairly good exposed picture.
I heard people using that method to simulate "ISO 3200" with Nikon D70.

Looking forward to try it out the next weeks at some sports events.
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