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Old Mar 6, 2006, 10:08 PM   #31
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Those shots are super clear, very impresive. That's what I'm aiming for.Do you think it's posible to get that clarity shooting in jpeg xfine? I've never shot in raw I don't think elements 2 reads raw. You mentioned raw converted with C1, what is C1?
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I would shoot RAW. It gives control over exposure and white balance that JPEG can't. C1 is Phase One convertor which costs $. Try Rawshooter Essentials to get a feel for RAW. It's free.

http://www.pixmantec.com/

Also get a free noise reduction program like Noiseware community and do some post processing to get the levels, noise reduction,etc. that you want. With RAW you only change the JPEG that you convert leaving the original intact so you can experiment all you want.

http://www.imagenomic.com/download.asp

Shoot some and experiment. The 5D will kill any PS camera.
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Old Mar 8, 2006, 2:05 PM   #33
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5D, ISO1600, Minolta 70-210 F3.5-4.5 @90mm(135mm equiv.).

May I inquire about your photos?

1. Was the AF area set to spot?

2. What isthe focus "target", the boy in the #10 uniform?

3. What was distance to subject (target of focus) in each photo?

4. Were the photos cropped much?

Thanks in advance,

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Old Mar 29, 2006, 11:04 PM   #34
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Mike, As promised, I am finally posting some shots I took at an indoor basketball court, with the exact same setup that you have. KM5D with Minolta 50mm 1.7 AF lens. I simply put it into Sports mode so that the camera would choose a fast shutterspeed and engage tracking focus. These do have a little PS applied, including adding +10 brightness and contrast, sharpening, and cropping. They came out ok, not great, surelyt not as nice as nooner's first shot.


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this is in reference to an earlier part of the post but why do different apertures make the image sharper? i always thought faster aperture better low light, now theres all these other things associated to it.
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Lenses seem to have the sharpest image at about 2-3 stops down from their largest aperture (e.g. a 2.8 would be sharpest at around 5.6 or 8, a 1.4 lens at 2.8 or 4, a 5.6 lens at 11-16, etc.) Why it is exactly that way, I am not quite sure. Jim C. probably knows.
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i know someone else that takes basketball shots.... you cant use flash in indoor basketball games, at least in college/pro games, and practices. makes me wonder how people get those amazing shots.
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i know someone else that takes basketball shots.... you cant use flash in indoor basketball games, at least in college/pro games, and practices. makes me wonder how people get those amazing shots.

Well, in college/pro games the lighting is much better than in your local gym. It is much better to get action shots therewithout flash than at your kids' Junior League game. In fact, you canprobably take a shot at 1/1000 f2.8 or 4 @ISO400 if you are, let's say at the Staples center, it isthat bright. To get those super sharp brightly lit action shots you also got to have the right equipment. That's why you see Sports Journalist with their monstrous lenses that have a 2.8 aperture all the way through 500mm or more. However, security bans spectators from entry if they have any serious lens equipment.
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