>Thanks... >As the tourney photographer I always get to shoot from the >bench. It's in my contract...so the glass proves no issue. >Your settings are close to mine (I always use +0.3 or so on >EV) but I always shoot shutter priority and RAW. I have no >interest in shooting below 1/500th and risking frames that are >blurred. For hockey I am NEVER below 1/500th .....ever ! >Your ISO 900 shots must be one terrific rink.....I am >jealous....as the best I get are around ISO 2000. That rink >is brand new and lit wonderfully. >The rink I am shooting this weekend is a dungeon (as well as >freeeeezing.... brrr) so it will require me to push the limits >for JPEG on the D3. >I should be able to get by with ISO 5000 but may go all the >way to 6400 so I can get off f2.8 .....images are just better >at higher f-stops. > >Thanks for the input. I'll post a couple results after the >tourney. >I have to admit the arena I shoot at is nicely lit. I really like manual, set shutter speed, set aperture, let the ISO fluctuate depending on light. I prefer faster shutter speeds and I like F4 or F5.6 but the ISO really jumps up. Not a problem for 5x7 but if you do 16" x 24" prints, the higher ISO is not as nice. We have a couple arenas without glass or net. Completely different without the glass. At the bench, I recommend you wear a helmet at least. I did get to shoot from the penalty box but even at Atom, the puck can hit you pretty hard from an errant slapshot. At Major Midget, you don't want to be on the bench with a camera. Good luck. Hockey is a huge challenge to shoot well. Worst conditions of just about any sport.