We have a International Karate Kumite Tournament this Weekend. I decided for several resons (Image-Number,Publishing, Image Ordering etc) to use digital equipement.
Aktually, I wanted to buy myself a D100, but it did not make it in Time. (First Demos this weekend in local Store (Nikon-Shop - Zürich) ...grrml)
So I ordered a D1x from Nikon for Testing.
-It's an Indoor Tournament. (artifical light)
-It's full contact. (disturbing can have inpacts on health of Competitors)
-I'd like to take a LOT of Pictures. (use the gear if u got it)
Since I used to fight myself, I know flashlights are annoying. You hate to risk a KO for a good picture ...
what are your experiences and tips/hints in shoting high ISO (>400) with the D1x using NO Flash (AF-speed, noise, colors (artifical light))
Lenses at Hand:
AF28mm/2.8, AF50/1.4, AF24-85mm/2.8-4, AF80-200mm/2.8
Offcorse my F90 an some rolls of good old (B/W) highspeed film will be at hand to backup...
#1. "RE: Hints needed...." | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberThu 20-Jun-02 06:03 PM
I'll confess up front that I'm giving advice on something I've never tried and a camera I don't own (I have a D1), but since no-one else has replied yet I'll try and set the ball rolling...
First off, and I'm sorry to say this, but you'd have done better from the high ISO / low noise point of view with a D1h. But in either case you really need to try and keep the ISO as low as you can to minimise noise.
Artificial light: use either manual or preset white balance, don't rely on the auto setting. Watch out for high pressure mercury vapour type lights which flicker at 50Hz and don't output a constantly coloured light through their cycle - high shutter speeds can cause some strange results. Try to get the chance to take some sample shots before the tournament starts so you can check the colour is going to be OK and that nothing strange happens at high shutter speeds.
Taking lots of pictures: make sure you've got plenty of storage - this is a situation where a 1Gb IBM Microdrive would be useful, although that would be harder on the cameras battery than a Compact Flash card. Use JPEG mode and set the quality to 'Fine' unless you're likely to run out of space. Make sure the cameras battery is fully charged and don't use the colour LCD unless you really need to.
Hope you get some good photos,
#2. "RE: Hints needed...." | In response to Reply # 0Kntfst Basic MemberThu 20-Jun-02 07:35 PM
Agree with using White Balance Preset, take along a grey card or preset off something white in the area the pictures will be taken. Can fix white balance later with an image editor, but might as well get it right first time.
In order to stop action, get the shutter speed at or over 1/350th second. ISO800 has got a change in a well lighted arena. Can use the custom setting menu for ISO1600. Try everything first to just go as high as ISO800. Use either Apreture Mode (Set at F2.8) or Shutter Speed Mode (set at 1/350 - 1/640th sec). If it's underexsposing at those speeds need to pick when to take the picture. Wait for least amount of motion then shot.
Unless you like grain, ISO800 or ISO1600 may require some image editing to smooth out the grain.
Unless you have portable storage like a Digital Wallet. Suggest using Jpeg fine setting. That way you can take thousands of pictures without too much a hit on the quality of the image. A choice arrises because of type of photography you do mostly decides the storage needs, fast preformance Type I or high capacity Type II CF cards. Portable storage or egisisting CF cards hold enough per session.
Use 3fps continious setting, AF set to single AF set on the lens and Center weighted metering.
If the ISO only needs a little help to obtain the fast shutter speeds, adjust the EV negatively -.3 to -.7. Correct later using an image editor.
The D1H is better suited for indoor sports. It's FPS is faster but mainly ISO1600 is in its normal range, not a custom setting. The D1X will allow Cropping images better. For instance using the 50mm F1.4 lens cropping a perfect composition.
#3. "RE: Hints needed...." | In response to Reply # 0Kronenberg Basic MemberFri 21-Jun-02 10:52 AM
Thank You Alan, thank You Kntfst,
I'm going to pick up the D1x now,
We have to do some preparations tonight, so I'm able to test the equipement and make myself used to the maual White Balance. (I've got the graycard.)
CF Cards are no problem, got a bunch of them. I've got a Subnotebook, too. Just wrote a little Batch file to move the pictures to the HD and delete the card at the touch of one button. So I can set my mind on taking pictures .
The only thing that conserns me now is the 50Hz (Shutterspeed > 1/50) and Shutter-Speed of 1/350 to freez...well see.
In the worst case, I convert the pictures to Grayscale. Since the most of my pictures are B/W (except for Hollyday-Pictures...to please my Girl )
again Thank You and have a nice Weekend.