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czirak Jan 12, 2005 7:41 AM

I have a Sony F828. Last night I was trying to take action shots of my granddaughter , doing gymnastics. I had the camera set to, shutter priority . the speed was at 1600,, with a flash and all of my shots came out blurry? (On some of the shots I was using the Zoom lens), with or without the Zoom none of the shots came out crystal clear? What am I doing wrong?

I'm brand new to this and trying to experiment I way through it all, with the help of a couple of books and the Sony manual? Any help would be greatly appreciated. And if the question is to basic . I apologize:?

Meryl Arbing Jan 12, 2005 12:21 PM

I'm not sure why that would happen if you were at 1/1600th. I am wondering if you set the camera for 1/1600th but really got a much slower shutter speed because the camera wanted to synch with the flash. My Sony V3 drops to 1/60th of a second when the external flash is operating because it relies on the speed of the flash to freeze motion.

I expect that you were pretty far away from the gymnasium floor while shooting your granddaughter and probably using the excellent zoom capability of the 828.

If that was the case, then the flash range was probably exceeded and, if the camera defaulted to its flash synch speed then you would have a darker picture at a slower shutter speed...and blur.

Also, using the zoom, you might have run into camera shake which is, of course, worse the more you zoom out. If nothing else, camera shake would have contributed to blurry shots (especially if shutter speed was reduced).

Can you give us a sample and the EXIF readings from the file? We could then have a better idea what the camera was actually doing.

Meryl Arbing Jan 12, 2005 1:10 PM

Given enough light and a steady camera, you should be able to freeze action shots quite easily.

kski Jan 12, 2005 10:27 PM


I find that setting my camera to the "S" (sports) Mode, and set it to 1/400 of a second, I get very clear, not blurred at all shots. You still need to aim the camera at your subject and press the shutter button halfway down until it beeps indicating the auto focus is locked and then continue to press the shutter button all the way down. Then you get excellent action shots!

ThaKhinGyi Jan 21, 2005 12:57 AM

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kski Jan 21, 2005 4:00 PM

Wow! Excellent!! Amazing!!!

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