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
#1. "RE: Nikon D50 and sports images" In response to Reply # 0
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.
#3. "RE: Nikon D50 and sports images" In response to Reply # 2
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.