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Old Feb 21, 2011, 9:52 AM   #1
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Just got fz40 having trouble geting pics not to blur and focus problems.shooting basketball games and sometimes guy on side of pic in focus and middle blurry.Also lots of pics blurry. Help plz.
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 10:12 AM   #2
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The blur is probably due to subject movement.

If you're trying to shoot basketball indoors in a typical high school gym, you'll usually need ISO 3200 with an f/2.8 lens to get your shutter speeds up to around 1/400 second (which will freeze most movement, although you may still see a little blur with rapid hand/ball/foot movement).

With your camera, the lens will get dimmer as you zoom in more, too. IOW, you'll only have f/2.8 available on the wide end of the zoom range. At full zoom, the widest aperture is down to around f/5.2 (only about 1/3 the light you'd have at f/2.8, requiring shutter speeds several times as long for the same ISO speed and lighting to get the same image brightness).

IOW, your camera is really not the right tool for the job for indoor sports (lens not as bright as needed when you zoom in much, camera will have too much image degradation trying to use it at ISO speeds that high).

As a general rule of thumb, you'd want a dSLR capable of good results at ISO 1600 if using a bright prime (fixed focal length versus zoom lens) at around f/2 (twice as bright as f/2.8).

Or, you'd want to shoot at ISO 3200 using a zoom that's able to maintain f/2.8 throughout the focal range (for example, a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM, which sells for approx. $800 now).

Now, if you can time your shots for when there's not as much movement (top of a jump, etc.), and carefully "pan" the camera with any action (to try and keep your subject in the same spot in the frame so that it appears to be motionless to the camera), you may get some keepers (sharper torsos, although I'd expect to see blur from hand/foot movement).

You'll need to set ISO speeds as high as you can tolerate to keep shutter speeds as fast as possible.
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Old Feb 21, 2011, 10:39 AM   #3
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With your camera, I'd probably set it to ISO 1600 and 1/200 second and try not to zoom in any more than you have to (to try and keep the aperture as close to f/2.8 as possible).

Then, see if the images look properly exposed in playback. If they're too dark, use a slower shutter speed. If they're too bright use a faster shutter speed.

You'll still have a lot of blur that way (1/200 is too slow to freeze rapid movement) and image quality is not going to be very good at ISO 1600. But, you may still get a few keepers if you take lots of photos.
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You could try putting the camera into "high sensitivity mode", turn the mode dial to SCN and choose "high sensitivity". The camera will drop down to 3M pixel but it allows higher ISO to be used automatically by the camera.

Look for links by Sarah Joyce, she makes this mode look so impressive - the downside to it is if you try and print images too large the dreaded noise will be seen... try it, if you don't like the results then you have lost nothing by trying



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SquareOne is correct!

The High Sensitivity Scene Mode while, only 3mp can produce some very good photos. If you want to make larger prints, using any good photo editing program like Photoshop Elements 6.0 and higher, you can get a 10 to 12mp image out of one of the HSSM photos, if the image is clean and sharp.

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