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Golf with the D800 - Tour Championship

ericbowles

Atlanta, US
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Thu 20-Sep-12 01:25 PM | edited Thu 20-Sep-12 01:36 PM by ericbowles

I was out at the Tour Championship practice round yesterday with my D800E. Lots of good images under a wide range of conditions. The big difference was the dynamic range of the D800/E as this was a case where flash was not appropriate and lighting conditions were harsh.

I do have to say that the frame rate of the D800/E is not very good for golf. I was with a couple of other photographers who had D4's and the faster frame rate of those cameras is a huge advantage.

Here's an example of the distance the club travels in a golf swing. This is Rory McIlroy on the par 3 18th tee at East Lake. This was a second ball played for practice, so I took the shot during the downswing. These are consecutive frames on Continuous Hi. This was typical of my experience.

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Here's another image with better timing right after impact. This is Dustin Johnson on the tee of the 17th hole.


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I actually think the V1 is a good addition/alternative for golf - in combination with a D4. The ability to silently take shots during the swing, and the fast frame rate of a mirrorless camera is a nice compliment to a pro body.

With my gear, I would use the D800E and V1 in combination next time I shoot golf. I'd like a D4, but no more camera bodies.

By the way - my pick for the win is Ernie Els.

Eric Bowles
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