Ok, I admit that I don't have a lot of experience with shooting strobes. All my previous experience has been shooting Nikon speedlights, and never for sports. All my previous rodeo experience is shooting outside.
However, the barrel...the point of focus in the images...is tack sharp. If there was camera movement, wouldn't it be logical that this couldn't be the case?
1. Tripods are not an option shooting in a rodeo arena.
2. The most motion blur I had was during the day, esp when the sun came out on Sunday. However, to shoot w/o flash required 1/640 min shutter to stop action...something that standard pocket wizard setup won't do.
3. If there's no camera shake as evidenced by everything else in the image being sharp, would VR really help?
4. The strobes aren't mine...but those are the ones I have to use, unless you wish to contribute to my "buy Tim other gear" fund. Same with the Flex units. I've been out of work for 2 years, and sold a lot of stuff to be able to get a new camera that can do lower light work better than the D200 can.
If there is so little to do with the 1/50 of a second differnce, can you explain how my boss' camera, @ 1/250 of a second is sharp while my Nikon @ 1/200 is not, when all other settings are the same? Remember, in both images, the barrel around which the rider traveled is sharp.
If I don't have to return it, I'd rather not. I like the camera for everything else i've done. It's just that, as it sits right now, I cannot use it for one of the primary reasons I purchased it, since none of the images I took during the daylight, using 3 AB1600's, were usable.
(the ones I took Friday night, using only 2 AB's with small reflectors, actually came out OK...this is why I think it's an ambient light issue...that said, I'm limited on the number of lights we can put in that arena, or that my boss can spare since she has multiple shows going on each weekend.