AF settings suggestion with D800E
I've been attending our local HS football game lately. Since the game starts late in the afternoon, the lighting quickly becomes very challenging. I've used my 1.4x TC with my Nikon 70-200m f2.8 VRII but that seems to be a little disadantage when it comes to my aperture.
I am posting two shots that I took using 21pts AF. I guess my question is what is the best way to improve the keeper shots when shooting sports? I've set my camera to Auto ISO up to ISO 6400, spot metering, DX mode (image area) and M mode. I used my Manfrotto 701HDV fluid video head for panning shots and/or to help me stabilize the lens and camera since my hand-hold technique is below average. VR was off.
1. D800E + 70-200mm f2.8 + 1.4x TC @280mm, 1/180, f5.6, ISO 5000
2. D800E + 70-200mm f2.8 + 1.4x TC @280mm, 1/400, f5.0, ISO 5000
#1. "RE: AF settings suggestion with D800E" | In response to Reply # 0
#3. "RE: AF settings suggestion with D800E" | In response to Reply # 1Tue 02-Oct-12 10:34 AM
>There is a training session over on Kelby Training "High
>School Football Photography" with Dave Black. Very good
>session by a professional sports guy that will answer
>many/most of your questions.
Thanks for the tip. Great training points.
#2. "RE: AF settings suggestion with D800E" | In response to Reply # 0
I would increase the shutter speed and open the lens a bit more since you have the lens that has this capability. I would take the TC off to allow more light in. Not enough reach?--> this is where the cropping power of the D800 will shine.
One other thing: I would do matrix metering and use higher ISO; if it gets too noisy, then clean up in software(I believe in taking the correct shot in camera first; but if the situation is challenging as you describe then the choices become limited)>
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