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WashingtonBob Basic MemberMon 31-Oct-05 01:47 PM
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Hi Everybody,
I would like to purchase a Nikon D50 and use it along with my Nikon 70-300ED lens to shoot some high school soccer matches next spring. Has anybody had any experience using the D50 to shoot fast moving sports yet. The digital advantage of +1.5 to the focal length of this Nikon zoom will be most helpful for sure but I am a bit concerned that the autofocus may not be fast enough. I am just shooting for family photos but would like to have a good chance to get some keepers. I have considerable experience shooting sports with my Nikon film cameras but this would be my first time with digital slr. I rarely use motordrive for lots of frames and prefer to shoot single shot style so I think the D50's frame rate should be just fine. Any sports shooters using the D50 please add your thoughts...I am looking forward to the digital experience.
Thanks all,
Bob

  

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paizhao Basic MemberMon 31-Oct-05 04:05 PM
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#1. "RE: Nikon D50 and sports images"
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Hi Bob,

I can't offer an opinion on the 70-300 lens but the D50 itself and DSLRs in general are great for action shots. The negligible shutter speed and lag between shots make it a world above p&s cameras. Two weeks ago, I was at a hockey game with a Sigma DC 55-200 lens and I thought it worked out well. I managed to freeze the action (some with the puck in the air) with a slow lens zoomed to 200mm. Instead of using the continuous shooting mode, I opted to focus on my timing and holding the camera steady while panning. The key is to bump up the ISO setting depending on the lighting. I had to set the ISO to 1600 to get a fast enough shutter speed. Even in good lighting, it would be advisable to use ISO 400. I hope this helps.

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edmun Registered since 16th Sep 2003Mon 31-Oct-05 05:57 PM
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If the D50 is as fast as the D70 and it should be.

Many people have had good results with the 70-300. It needs to be used in good light and bumping the ISO up helps. Auto ISO is something that can be very helpful.

For simplicity try to use a shutter speed double the focal length of the zoom used to get sharp images. This means to me at least a 1/500 of a second which means on a cloudy day at least ISO 400.

You will get good shots and you will also miss a lot as the lens is not a fast to focus as the 80200 f2.8 or 70-300 f2.8 nor is it as fast as the kit lens.

The D50 focuses about as fast as a N80 and a lot slower than a F100,

ledmun

  

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shitter_speed Registered since 31st Oct 2005Mon 31-Oct-05 11:52 PM
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Dont even think of using that lense at a night football game. Its not fast enough either and searches like crazy in low ligh taking blury photos. That said it is a great daytime lense but only after sendning it to nikon to get adjusted 2 months after I bought it.

  

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dogenia1 Registered since 30th Oct 2005Wed 02-Nov-05 10:23 PM
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I have used the lens on the D50 at tennis matches and dragraces.

As long as there is sufficient daylight yr fine.
When light drops it becomes a challenge.

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