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Old Aug 28, 2010, 3:47 PM   #1
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Hello,

My daughter plays soccer, but this league is at night under the lights

I have a Nikon D5000 with a AFS Nikkor 55-200 lens. I also have the 18-55 mm that came with the camera.

Could you offer some guidance to a newbie on what settings will work. I like to shoot on a mono pole but most photos are coming out blurry due to low light and auto settings.

The sports mode works fine during the day but not at night. My goal is to shoot in the m mode, or whatever will work best.

Thanks.
Paul
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Old Aug 28, 2010, 4:55 PM   #2
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Paul, unfortunately you're in a bind. The equipment you have isn't really capable of the task at hand. Soccer under the lights is f2.8 ISO 3200-6400 territory. Do you own an external flash (the built in is way too underpowered)?

Alternatively you could rent a lens for a game.
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Old Aug 28, 2010, 6:19 PM   #3
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renting a lens might be a great idea. any suggestion?
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Old Aug 28, 2010, 7:43 PM   #4
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In order of recommendation (and cost):
400mm 2.8
300mm 2.8
70-200 2.8 vrII

The challenge with the 70-200 is 200mm is only good for about 20-25 yards of coverage. That will be very frustrating for soccer. Of course for the other 2 lenses, you better have a monopod (and some space on your credit card).
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Old Aug 29, 2010, 2:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help. There all a bit pricey but I'm going to try to rent one or maybe find a good used one somewhere and see how it goes.
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