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Old Feb 3, 2006, 1:35 PM   #11
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I was shooting 1/500 at f2.2 ISO1600

I probably could have gone to 1/400 at f2.5 or f2.8. The pictures came out pretty dark at 1/500 f2.5 and real dark at f2.8. The lighting in this gym was just awful. Worst HS I have shot in this season.

I did shoot close to 75 pictures vertically. It just isnt in me to shoot all of my pictures vertical. The end result doesnt really fit what I do with the images after the fact.

The pictures where the images were not useable because of focus issues were not off just a little, they were terrible. Everything was out of focus. On the still shots, I didnt have a problem aside from darker than normal images but on the motion shots, well, it wasnt good.

Bottom line, I did get some good shots but had to do alot of after the fact work. If I have to shoot in that gym again, I will do something different.
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Old Feb 3, 2006, 2:54 PM   #12
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David,

Out of curiosity - were you using servo or one-shot and were you using all focus points or just center? Both are a continued strugle for me - especially in really low light. Just curious which way you've been shooting lately.
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Maybe try shooting at 1/250th.

Then you might get an F4 aperture, which would give you good depth of field.

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Old Feb 3, 2006, 7:37 PM   #14
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and an unacceptable amount of motion blur ....
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Old Feb 3, 2006, 7:40 PM   #15
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Been using one shot and not servo. I have found that servo works OK if the action is coming directly at you or directly away from you but if someone cuts, the result is a picture thats totally blurred.

So, I use one shot and shoot it one at a tiime. In my setting, I seem to get better results. but that could also be my inexperience

I have also been using all focus points. Maybe I should try center weighted?


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Old Feb 8, 2006, 8:17 AM   #16
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David,
These are great fast pace shots.
You have the right lens 1.8 and 85mm=120mm( around ) depending on crop factor.
Fast lens 1.4-2 have their sweet spots around 2.5 upward.
My experience is that 2.5 almost max out already (re darkness and 1/400). That leaves very little elbow room at all.
I use Pentax and recently its 85mm1.4 price has gone up like crazy. There is a reason for its sudden popularlity.
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I was shooting 1/500 at f2.2 ISO1600

I probably could have gone to 1/400 at f2.5 or f2.8. The pictures came out pretty dark at 1/500 f2.5 and real dark at f2.8. The lighting in this gym was just awful. Worst HS I have shot in this season.

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Nice set of shots, I really liked the content of #6 but as noted the focus was a problem so I played with it. AF missing is a constant problem so I have found ways to abuse post processing to save images IF the action makes the picture worth it.

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And to push it a little further.

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BTW I do these variations so the human eye is drawn to the main subject.
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really nice shots all round.

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Old Feb 22, 2006, 11:12 AM   #20
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Nice shots! What were all your settings set on...ISO 1600? shutter 500? aperture 1.8? Metering mode ? Manual focus? Tri-pod? etc......
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