Hi, I just purchased a D7000 with the Nikkor AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm with VRII. I'm trying to assimilate the options this camera offers. As new user, I'm pleased to join the forum and this is my first post and question.
I want to take some shots of my young grandkids sledding on the small hill (100' run) in our backyard on their next visit. I want to capture their expressions at several points on the run and I'd like to have the camera settings figured out beforehand. I think I should shoot in Continuous-Low mode with Shutter Priority and 9-point, AF-C mode. Is that reasonable or is there a better setup? Can the focal length be changed during continuous mode?
If you're choosing Shutter priority because you want to keep the shutter speed high, remember that that's unlikely to be a problem in bright sunshine. Alternatively, you could use Aperture priority to force a desired depth of field and increase (or decrease) the portion of the image in focus.
You should take some test shots first; depending on the light, you'll probably need to use Exposure Compensation to reduce the metered exposure when shooting in bright sun on the snow. The brilliant reflections from the snow will fool the autoexposure. Try -1 or -2; see what works. "What works" is up to you, but you can look at the image on the LCD, look at the color histogram, etc. A nice feature of the D7000 is that if you zoom the image on the LCD, the histogram will show you the distribution for the visible area of the image. So you can ignore all the overexposed snow if you like.
In CL mode, you can set the number of frames per second in the Menu system. The range is 1-5. I'd start at 3 and adjust to taste.
Yes, you can absolutely zoom while they are sliding down the hill towards you to keep them properly framed.
I need to experiment with CL. I'm currently defaulting to save 14-bit lossless NEF + Normal JPEG on two SanDisk 20MB/sec cards. I don't know at what frame rate the card can keep up. The NEF files seem to be around 19-20MB each.
>The brilliant reflections from the snow will fool the >autoexposure. Try -1 or -2;
You probably meant +1 to +2 (need to overexpose in snow).
Another thought for you to consider trying is pan practicing: instead of standing at the bottom of the run and snap shots as the kids approach you, you may want to stand somewhere in the middle, and take a few continuous shots with a panning motion as they slide by. If you succeed, these can come out real nice with the happy kids, maybe faces caked with snow -- all in sharp focus against a smeared/streaked background. It will look like they go way faster than reality, and they will love you for that!