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D600 settings for indoor track


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poc Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2008
Tue 05-Feb-13 12:56 AM

Hello all,
This would be posted in a different section, but my questions are specific to the settings on this camera.
I am ging to be photographing my son's H.S. indoor track meet this Friday and would appreciate some recommendations on D600 settings.

I'll be shooting with the 24-85 VR which should be an ideal range in close quarters. I will not have a monopod and will need to move around. The 70-200 VR II will come out in the outdoor track season. 2.8 would be nice for light and isolation, but this is not a big place and I will be photographing him coming around the corners and straight at me. I do not anticipate that there will be much room for readjustment so I need to go in well prepared. The good thing is he runs 1600 meters so he will be coming around a few times.

1. ISO settings. I could test a few shots and just play with it but I am tempted to use auto ISO with a maximum of 6400. I have dialed this into the u1 setting. Better ideas?

2. Autofocus. as I shoot mainly landscape, this is where I really need help. Autofocus continuous I would assume. Do I shoot 3d setting or 39 points? Because of the fast action and limited space, would I be better off setting the focus manually and increasing the f stop for depth of field?

3. I always use the back button for autofocus. I am used to it. Would I lock in as soon as I find him in the pack and just leave my thumb on the button while shooting multiple shots?

4. Metering- This place has fairly even, lousy lighting so my thought is to use matrix meeting. Would using spot metering for exposure and focusing together be an advantage?

5. VR - will this slow anything down?

Thank you in advance for any insights. If I've missed anything, don't hesitate to jump in.



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