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Old Oct 2, 2010, 3:49 PM   #1
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I have a 30D using a Canon 2.8 70-200 and a Sigma 18-50 IS. I am trying to shoot volleyball matches in a gym. It's a ... trying... experience.

I have bumped the iso to 1600... typically use AF as the action is so fast that manual is difficult. I use, mostly Av mode and compensate for the flourescent lighting.

The issue, of course, is blur. A lot of otherwise good shots are lost.

Do you have suggestions/settings/ideas/opinions on a decent setting suite? I know there are many who have had this problem and while there may be no perfect solution there must be some that are "better" than others.

Insights appreciated.

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Old Oct 2, 2010, 4:44 PM   #2
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you need to use ISO 3200 at f2.8. Don't shoot AV, shoot manual exposure - try ISO 3200, f2.8 and 1/400. ALso, set a custom WB (your manual will tell you how). Make sure you're using center focus point only and focus is set to AI-Servo. With the settings above take some test shots during warmups - if the FACES look good, do nothing. If they look underexposed, drop shutter to 1/320. If they're overexposed raise the shutter to 1/500.

THose settings should help you get some better results:


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Thanks, will try that. Does the 3200 get excessively grainy? Already set the WB, center focus point, AI-Servo. So, jack up the ISO, go manual on exposure and adjust accordingly. I will give it a try.

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Thanks, will try that. Does the 3200 get excessively grainy? Already set the WB, center focus point, AI-Servo. So, jack up the ISO, go manual on exposure and adjust accordingly. I will give it a try.

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You will get more noise on the 30D at 3200 ISO than one of the later models, On my MKIIN I was reluctant to go above 1600. Unfortunately to get the shot you have to decide the lesser of the evils. To keep out motion blur you need a higher shutter speed. the more motion the higher the speed. I usually try not to drop below 1/500 but you may as John stated be able to get a bit lower with VB. What you have to ask yourself is which comes out better, an image with motion blur or one with noise. A good post processs noise application is also your frined when faced with these conditions.
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