shooting junior soccer and baseball?
I have done some research on the internet, incoulding this forum; but most of the infornation relates to the faster 2.8 lenses. With my present budget I have obtained an Nikror AF 70-210mm 1:4-5.6D lens. From what I have found; the auto focus is fast on this lens and should work will when shooting sports. I this true? My concern is the lower than 2.8 lens speed. I an new to digital and sports shooting.
Through my research, I am getting alot of info framing shoots and how to fade out the background. What I hope to obtain from the forum members is information regarding the use of this lens and suggestions as to shutter speed and aperture settings. With this lens, I feel that I am going to stick to daylight shooting. I do have two other lens types: Nikkor AF 50mm 1.8D and Nikkor AF 28-80mm 3.3-5.6G. I will be using an Nikon D200 camera.
Thank you for your help, Bob
#1. "RE: shooting junior soccer and baseball?" | In response to Reply # 0IanCT Registered since 15th Sep 2008Thu 24-Feb-11 05:15 AM
The 70-210 should be perfectly fine for outdoors in broad daylight.
Indoor sports and outdoors at night - I would go with your 50mm 1.8 and crop it as needed in post.
You'll also need to boost the ISO if you're going to use faster shutter speeds at night to keep from underexposing the shot.
#2. "RE: shooting junior soccer and baseball?" | In response to Reply # 1Ace55 Registered since 12th May 2009Thu 24-Feb-11 09:33 AM
I have been shooting outdoor sports for some years now. With the 70-210 you will just need to wait for the action to come into your "zone". I shoot Australian Rules football (among other sports) and that is played on an oval about four times the size of a soccer pitch. I started with a 70-300 4-5.6 lens. On a bright day this isn't a problem - the main problem is waiting for the action to come to you. In our winter and later in the day (as light levels fall) then I needed to make some compromises ... increasing ISO and slowing the shutter speed.
For football (Aussie Rules) I usually like to shoot at 1/1250 sec if I can. This usually has the players sharp with a slight blur as the ball is being kicked. As the light drops I drop the shutter speed down to as low as 1/640 which is OK for some of the less active moments of play (I really prefer to keep it above 1/800 if I can). I have a D300 and I'm happy to raise the ISO up to 1600 if I have to (I then use "Noise Ninja" to try and control the noise). I really haven't been satisfied with ISO performance above 1600 and usually pack up for the day. I also use spot focussing as I have found a better keeper rate than using a matrix of points - camera always seemed to focus on the non-action! I use continuous shutter and generally fire off say 3, 4 or 5 shots per "play". If I can shoot with a aperature of 5.6, 6.3, 8 I'm happy. For me it strikes a balance between soft background focus and increasing chances of sharp action. Your lens will naturally compress the scene and push the background into soft focus. My shutter count is very high but that's the nature of sport's photography. I usually keep around 30% of my shots (really I SHOULD keep less but the kids like to see themselves on the web so I accept some are not dead sharp). Best piece of advice I had for shooting sports was "if you wait to see it through the lens, you have missed the shot" ... knowing the game is a huge advantage to anticipating likely/possible action shots.
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#3. "RE: shooting junior soccer and baseball?" | In response to Reply # 0
I photographed a lot of kids soccer and baseball with a 70-300ED f/4-5.6. I used aperture priority at f/5.6 or f/6.3. Increase ISO to get the desired shutter speed (probably 1/400+).
Blurring the background is difficult with a slow zoom. I wouldn't be too concerned with that shooting kids sports. But if that is your objective, at least some of the time, try shooting your 50 f/1.8 wide open when you are relatively close to the action.
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