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Honest Gaza
06-03-2007, 07:00 PM
Venturing to Telstra Stadium (Sydney Olympic Stadium) tonight to watch the Footy....unfortunately, not too close to the field (up high in a box)

Will be using Canon 400D + 70-300mm IS + Soligor x 1.7 TC.

So what might be a good compromise between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO settings ?

Will ISO 1600 be too grainy ?
Widest possible Aperture or will DOF be irrelevant at this distance ?
I'm certain I'll have to use MF (especially with the Soligor).

So hit me boys....

pagnamenta
06-03-2007, 08:10 PM
I shoot high school football (American football) at night. The stadium lighting is horrible and find myself using ISO 1600-3200 at f2.8. However, I do hear that professional stadium lighting is better. You will probably be shooting at ISO 1600 though.

Honest Gaza
06-03-2007, 08:19 PM
I shoot high school football (American football) at night. The stadium lighting is horrible and find myself using ISO 1600-3200 at f2.8. However, I do hear that professional stadium lighting is better. You will probably be shooting at ISO 1600 though.

....and probably at f/8 unfortunately.

pagnamenta
06-03-2007, 08:31 PM
Ouch. You're either going to have lower shutter speeds or you'll have to boost the ISO up to 3200. I find that if you nail the exposure, I can get very decent 5x7 prints. But if you are ever so slightly underexposed, the image can't be saved.

I've always shot JPEG because of deadlines, but you will probably want to shoot RAW. It will give you a little leniency. Also, check your histogram. I find it indispensable.

You're also lucky that your camera can handle higher ISO. Someone was shooting a 300D next to me, I can't imagine that went too well.

forno
06-03-2007, 09:33 PM
Gaz I think you may struggle with the AV factor, there will be a fair bit of light but what looks like heaps of light to the eye will be too little at f/8 I think

I know I have struggled with my 75-300 at a velodrome at a National event that had pretty good light

Honest Gaza
06-03-2007, 10:00 PM
Gaz I think you may struggle with the AV factor, there will be a fair bit of light but what looks like heaps of light to the eye will be too little at f/8 I think

I know I have struggled with my 75-300 at a velodrome at a National event that had pretty good light

The best I'll get with the 70-300mm is f/5.6 (at 300mm).
Soligor TC is going to hurt this as well.

forno
06-03-2007, 10:01 PM
You can only try;)

jcon
06-03-2007, 10:04 PM
Dont be afraid to use high ISO, gaz, you can always remove noise with NeatImage, but you cant remove a blurry face;)

Good luck and share some pics, I would love to see them.

fionndruinne
06-03-2007, 11:29 PM
I don't think the 400D has ISO 3200.

Honest Gaza
06-04-2007, 06:39 AM
No it doesn't....1600 max.

Started off by choosing Av Priority and found most shutter speeds just a tad slow.

Switched to Tv Priority (1/160 & 1/200) which left the shots a little darker, but much clearer.

The Soligor TC just couldn't hack it in this light unfortunately.

Will post some results tomorrow :)

Honest Gaza
06-04-2007, 09:42 PM
see this thread for results :

http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?p=227147&posted=1#post227147