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Basketball Action Photography Woes

ultrafast

New York, US
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ultrafast Basic Member
Thu 24-Nov-05 01:53 PM

Hello!

I am in need of some help from the more experienced sports shooters on this site. I volunteered to shoot the local HS basketball team and I am having quite a bit of trouble. The trouble is that I have difficulty getting really SHARP shots, either because the focus is not on, or because the players are moving too fast. The setup I used was a D2x with 85mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/1.8. I had the camera up to ISO 800 and stopped the 50mm down to f2 and the 85mm to f/1.8, as I find the quality from either of these lenses wide open to be sub-optimal. I also had a great deal of difficulty framing many of the shots without a zoom lens.

My question is simply; What should I do to get better shots?

I do intend to get the 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom lens, will this make things easier? My worry with this lens is that it is significantly slower than either prime. I also plan to get the 50mm f/1.4, which hopefully I should be able to use at a wider aperture. Is the solution to bring my SB-800 and take shots from angles that wouldn't be too obtrusive? What do you pros at this do?

My somewhat disappointing efforts are online at www.incandescent-earth.com/hghs/bball

Please help me out here. THANKS SO MUCH!

www.incandescent-earth.com

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