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AF settings suggestion with D800E

gqtuazon

FPO, US
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gqtuazon Registered since 18th Nov 2009
Mon 01-Oct-12 01:45 AM

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

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2. D800E + 70-200mm f2.8 + 1.4x TC @280mm, 1/400, f5.0, ISO 5000

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Regards,

Glenn

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