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alvitdk Dec 24, 2004 11:24 PM

First tries with my new *ist DS Pentax DSLR, I wasn't allowed to use a flash so I needed to go with ISO3200, Sigma 28-200mm zoom and NoiseNinja to remove the noise. Still, much better than with my Fuji S7000 I had before. Since it is my first DSLR I still have a lot to learn, so please let me know what you think.

Mr_Saginaw Dec 26, 2004 8:54 PM

Nice job capturing the action! May want to try lightening the pics up or setting the exp. comp. I also find that I get the best results in gyms by setting a custom white balance (not sure the capabitly of your camera..)


alvitdk Dec 29, 2004 9:57 PM

Thanks John,

I have the Pentax *istDS , the problem is always that the lens isn't fast enough. I used alreaddy 1600ISO to get still a fast enough shutter to freeze the motion but I also create a lot of noise( even though it's much better than on my old Fuji S7000 at 800 ISO). Anyway, I ordered totay on ebay a 50mm F1.4 lens which will gain me 3 stops, that should be enough to compensate for the exposure, w'll see.

Thanks for your comments


Mr_Saginaw Dec 30, 2004 5:57 AM

Hey tom,

I find that Neat Image does a great job on the noise in my gym pictures... I purchased the Pro version so I can do them in great big batches... :G

alvitdk Dec 30, 2004 1:46 PM


yeah, I use Noise Ninja Pro which is great but I realy hope to not have to exceed 800ISO because you still lose some details by doing so. BTW. I checked out your website, great job and defenitely a even nicer car. Back 7 years ago when I lived still in Berlin/Germany I used to have a Porsche 928 S4 but your Boxter really tops it (My Dreamcar). Well, know some years later, having 3 kids and collages coming up (was free in Germany :-) I need to wait some more years but I will get soon my new bike.

Anyway, have a happy new Year


DannyO Jan 25, 2005 1:58 PM

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Just found this post and thought i'd give you a few tips for shooting basketball. The pictures look very dark and the colors are off. I'll add a few of my pictures to show you how mine come out. Try getting an angle where you can get the most lighting. I try and stand on the side line a few feet in front of the basket, that way I can get the players faces as they run, pass, dunk etc.I ussually use a sigma 24-70 f/2.8 with an iso of 400.

murphyc Jan 25, 2005 3:33 PM

Good first efforts!
I agree with Saginaw and Danny about lighting since it appears a bit dark. What shutter speed, aperature speed and WB setting did you use?
Also, I would recommend getting into the habit of shooting vertical as much as possible. It looks like the first pic may have been vertical, or else it was a highly cropped horizontal shot. By shooting vertical, you get rid of a lot of stuff on the sides that detract from the focal point of the pics.
I would also second Danny's suggestion on where to take pics from. I don't know where you're allowed to stand but closer to the action would allow better angles. If you're using a 50 1.4 being closer would be especially helpful since it would be hard to fill the frame from the stands with that lens. :cool:

alvitdk Jan 25, 2005 3:46 PM

Thanks for all your advise, in the meantime I got the perfect lens for it, it's a Pentax SMC 85mm f1.8 compare to the zoom which gave me an f5.6 at 85mm. I will get some pictures on my girls basket ball game on Friday and will post the result. The 50mm did not work out that well, as you mentioned I can't really get much closer to the action so the 85 should do it. I also have a 135 f2.8 which is s bid to close for most shots. What I need is a 50-135mm f1.8 altheway trough:-).

The shots I posted by the way where shot with a Temron 28-300 at f5.6 and 1/125sec, which shows the bad result.

Thanks again


bugshutter Jan 29, 2005 7:21 PM

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Thought Id post these 2 done with the 50-1.4. Seems that I have solved the dim light problem, though I had to shoot at iso 1600. That allowed me to use a shutter of 200. Not as sharp as I would like, but I guess that comes with practice.

bugshutter Jan 29, 2005 7:30 PM

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