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Old Jun 22, 2011, 11:20 AM   #1
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Hi,
I am trying to take photos from volleyball matches however my pics are very often blurred. What settings I should use for
Nikkor AF, 70-300 mm, 1:4-5.6 G lens and
Nikkor AF5, 18-55 mm, 1:3.5-5.6 G ED lens.

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Old Jun 22, 2011, 11:27 AM   #2
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Is the volleyball indoors or outdoors. If it's indoors, you're simply not going to get good photos with your current camera & lenses. If it's outdoors, then we can do some things.
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 11:47 AM   #3
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I do both
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I have another older lens Sigma Aspherical, 28-80 mm D, it has MACRO settings as well.
I think this one is not good for indoor as well
Does it make sense to update lens for indoor photography with this camera?
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Old Jun 22, 2011, 12:10 PM   #5
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You're definitely going to have to update to a newer lens for indoor. With the age of the D50, you don't have the luxury of ISO 3200-6400 available. So, indoor work will need to use a prime lens - f2.0 or wider. The 85mm 1.8 is the logical choice. One benefit of the older D50 is it still has a focus motor - so it will autofocus with the nikon 85mm 1.8. Of course 85mm is only good for about 25 feet of reach which means you need to be shooting form on the floor with it and not 50 feet away in the stands.
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Thank you for your help
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there is a Nikon 85 mm f1.4 available here. Is it good lens as well?
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I have a D50 and both of those lenses, not happy with action photos. Look at something like the 80-200 f2.8. It's around 700 and that'll get the job done!
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I have a D50 and both of those lenses, not happy with action photos. Look at something like the 80-200 f2.8. It's around 700 and that'll get the job done!
Unfortunately, at ISO 1600, f2.8 won't provide fast enough shutter speeds for indoor volleyball unless it's a professional or Div I venue.
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Unfortunately, at ISO 1600, f2.8 won't provide fast enough shutter speeds for indoor volleyball unless it's a professional or Div I venue.
Damn, need 1.8 I guess and the d50 sucks at 1600 lol.
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