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Sports Photography: Unable to maintain 5 frames per second

timberline12k

Kansas City, US
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timberline12k Registered since 10th Sep 2008
Wed 03-Dec-08 02:22 PM | edited Wed 03-Dec-08 02:31 PM by timberline12k

I would like to depress the shutter button and hold it down to capture as many shots as possible. Unfortunately I only get 2-4 shots and then I need to depress the shutter again. There is also lag time before the camera takes the shot. I think the camera is searching for a focus point or calculating exposure. What settings should I use to capture 5 frames per second? Can this be saved as a custom setting menu selection - how?

I would like to get better shots of my son swimming in an indoor swim meet. I have been setting the D700 to shutter priority 400 (do I need this high of speed?), continuous shooting option CH, maximum ISO 6400.

I have tried the focus selector and metering selectors in each location, but it does not seem to speed up the process.

The best lens I have for this situation is an AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED. (My only other lens is a AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED.) I would also like to know what settings should be used on the lens:

M/A or M (I have been using M/A)
FULL or ~0.5m (I think I should use ~0.5m)
VR ON or VR OFF (I have been using VR ON)

I must be missing something since I can not maintain continous shots.

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