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nikonD80new
10-06-2006, 09:35 AM
Looking for some advice on settings for taking pictures of hockey in areanas and figure skating. I just purchased a Nikon D80, I know it has a lot of settings but when I use the auto mode it relies off the flash, and thats not effective for the distance. If I use the sports mode it either blurs or is dark.

Any advice on manual settings:confused:

Sintares
10-06-2006, 09:59 AM
What lens are you using for the shots ?

For sports shots in badly lit arenas, you will be requiring a good fast telephoto lens plus you will want to raise the ISO to say 1600 (3200 if all else fails) .

Basically you need to pull in as much light as possible while still maintaining a fast shutter speed to capture fast moving players.

nikonD80new
10-06-2006, 10:07 AM
The lens that came with the camera was a Nikokor Af-S Dxzoom Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED

hope this helps

nikonD80new
10-06-2006, 01:45 PM
Any other tips on this. It's minor hocke, so getting close to ice level is a non issue

pagnamenta
10-06-2006, 02:25 PM
You will need to shoot with the high ISO, say 1600 -3200. And you want the lowest possible f/stop, for that lens, it probably varies from 3.5-4.5. You'll need a high shutter speed aswell. Experience and see what happens.

RichNY
10-06-2006, 02:53 PM
You are definately up for a challenge with that lens. Getting close to the ice is going to be very important because using the longer focal lengths of your lens will decrease the maximum aperature you can shoot with.

You want to set your ISO for 1600, put the camera into shutter priority mode and set your shutter speed to 1/250 and see if you have the ability to take the picture. If you still don't have enough light try a slower shutter speed.

nikonD80new
10-11-2006, 07:29 PM
Thanks RichNY, that has worked very well

Scott6
10-16-2006, 10:07 PM
I play club hockey, and I have tried to shoot before (no pun intended) I can get as close as, "really on the ice." I have found that even my 24-70 f2.8L is really hard to shoot hockey.

At f2.8 ISO800, I still need around 1/160 to let in enough light to properly expose the picture. the problem with that is 1/160 is not fast enought for hockey, at least where I play.

With my 430ex on top, and my skates on my feet, I have found 1/320 to be the speed spot, but i need to be close to the action for the flash to fill it up. (again ISO800 f2.8, I hate noise)

On that note, I got a run with my bros, 85mm f1.8 and it was really nice, ISO640, 1/320, f1.8 no flash! shot were very well exposed.. but not so sharp all around, due to the very shallow DoF. I might be buying that lens soon, its headshot portrait ability is great. and its seems sharper than my 70-200..

Needlesss to say, im about 1/10/70 Great/Good/crap picture ratio of indoor ice hockey.

BTW: I have yet to try the 70-200 on the ice, or in the arena. Maybe this weekend. The 24-70 needs to learn to stay at home, but i love it sooooo much...

RichNY
10-16-2006, 10:14 PM
At f2.8 ISO800, I still need around 1/160 to let in enough light to properly expose the picture. the problem with that is 1/160 is not fast enought for hockey, at least where I play.

With my 430ex on top, and my skates on my feet, I have found 1/320 to be the speed spot, but i need to be close to the action for the flash to fill it up. (again ISO800 f2.8, I hate noise)


Not trying to start a flame war, but this is where the Canons low noise/high ISO advantage comes into play. Have you tried shooting at a higher ISO and then using Noise Ninja or the like in post processing to eliminate it?