Wireless for D300 for Sports Action shots
Wifey is off to the World MAsters Athletics Champs next April in Finland and I am toying with photo ideas in my mind already. I am seeing my D300 set up at the finish line of the 60m dash and me sitting in the grandstand and as she crosses the line in first place I press on the transmitter in my pocket and my (pre-focussed) D300 takes its burst of 8 fps shots capturing the moment for all eternity or close to it.
My question is this: Whats your suggestion for the wireless remote? I have looked at the phottix brand and there's a satechi and vivitar one and so on. But they seem to be more geared towards portraiture or slower moving things than athletics. I'll probably only get one chance at this photo op...
Thanks so much,
#1. "RE: Wireless for D300 for Sports Action shots" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Fri 01-Jul-11 11:24 AM
Pocket Wizard Transceivers are what you are looking for.
Since you will be at an event with a large number of other Photographers, you best bet would be a pair of Multi-Max Transceivers as they provide 32 channels which should be enough to allow you to shoot without interfering with other Photographers and visa versa.
The potential problem may be that the Pocket Wizards available in your country may not be legal to use in another country depending on the frequencies that they use.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#2. "RE: Wireless for D300 for Sports Action shots" | In response to Reply # 1Sun 03-Jul-11 06:41 AM
Thanks for the info.
So you are saying 2 x multi-max transceivers will get the job done - I'm guessing one attached to the D300 hot shoe and the other in my pocket? Probably just under $500 investment all-up.
Is there a cheaper alternative or is this like when i bought my 70-200vr 2.8 i.e. just suck it up, pay the dollars and love it forever?
#3. "RE: Wireless for D300 for Sports Action shots" | In response to Reply # 2MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sun 03-Jul-11 12:49 PM
>So you are saying 2 x multi-max transceivers will get the job
>done - I'm guessing one attached to the D300 hot shoe and the
>other in my pocket? Probably just under $500 investment
You will also need a Pocket Wizard 10 pin Motor Terminal Release Cord w/ Pre-Trigger plugged into Port 2 of the Receiving Unit. There is no way for a PW Transceiver in the cameras hotshoe to trigger the shutter. The Multi-Max Tranceivers sell for $295.95 US each in the USA. The Pre-Release cords sell for about $100.00 - $130.00 US depending on the model.
As I wrote above, you may have issues with the Radio Frequencies Australia) that your PW use not being legal in another country (Finland). In addition you will have to make sure that you choose a channel that doesn't interfere with the channel(s) any of the Pro's working the event are using. Keep in mind that if you don't have credentials you might not be allowed to set up your camera and use the PW's to trigger it.
>Is there a cheaper alternative or is this like when i bought
>my 70-200vr 2.8 i.e. just suck it up, pay the dollars and love
There are less expensive options available. I suspect most if not all the options will have the same legal issues regarding RF frequencies. Most of the other options do not have the range or reliablity of the PW's.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#4. "RE: Wireless for D300 for Sports Action shots" | In response to Reply # 3Sun 03-Jul-11 10:19 PM
Thanks mate - I'll go with your suggestions all the way.
I will be accredited for the meet through the Australian team so access trackside wont be a problem, but i am hoping to video tape wifeys race and shoot the finish line at the same time, hence my positioning in the grandstand. Of course the other athletes wont get the same attention....lol.
Even if the freq thing is a problem in Finland, it will still come in handy at local meets upon my return to Oz.
Cheers and again thanks,
#5. "RE: Wireless for D300 for Sports Action shots" | In response to Reply # 4KnightPhoto Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006Mon 11-Jul-11 04:59 PM
I'd be doing some serious DOF calculations before I went too far with this.
Just thinking out loud here but depending on focal length and aperture, in your 8fps burst, might you only get one photo in focus? The reason I wonder this is won't you be forced into more or less pre-focussing on a single point such as the exact finish line from a set angle?
Maybe if you are using a wide-angle you would have some latitude on DOF...
Best regards, SteveK
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#6. "RE: Wireless for D300 for Sports Action shots" | In response to Reply # 5Wed 13-Jul-11 12:29 AM
Yep agreeing with you here.
I've been thinking my sigma 10-20 around f8 pre-focused prior to the race with a model posing as her crossing the line. I will know what lane she is in prior to the final (God-willing of course but she is going there to win and is competitive with her times etc)so I should get ample time to iron the kinks out.
I'm working on getting the race videoed plus using my 70-200 vr with my spare hand...
#7. "RE: Wireless for D300 for Sports Action shots" | In response to Reply # 3gkaiseril Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Wed 13-Jul-11 03:36 PM
An article about the frequency requirements by country.
Since Australia is a member of the UK, it follows the UK standard which is also the standard used by many European countries including Finland.
This article only describes the restrictions on selling within or to a specific country, and does not cover the restrictions on an individual bringing in a device from another region. I would suspect one can not use a radio device not authorized within the country of use. So you can not take an FCC approved PW device and use it in Europe.
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