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digitalunderground
02-25-2005, 06:23 AM
I would like to get advice on the best settings for getting great sports shots for Indoor track, basketball ect.

Cold Snail
02-25-2005, 06:35 AM
A lot of variables here, but a fast lens will make the most difference.

shevbo
03-01-2005, 10:05 AM
I have a D70 and its not very good for taking indoor shots. And the flash on board will is not powerful enough.

You will need a fast lense (as Snail said) and at least an SB600 to start with. As well as an ISO of 1600.

Samuel Lo
03-01-2005, 11:05 AM
I have a D70 and its not very good for taking indoor shots. And the flash on board will is not powerful enough.

You will need a fast lense (as Snail said) and at least an SB600 to start with. As well as an ISO of 1600.

Yes, a fast Lens: a AF-S 70-200/f2.8 or 200/f2.8 or even 300/f2.8 as well as a monopod. For flash, I think SB800 will be better.

D70FAN
03-01-2005, 01:47 PM
Yes, a fast Lens: a AF-S 70-200/f2.8 or 200/f2.8 or even 300/f2.8 as well as a monopod. For flash, I think SB800 will be better.

You are talking about some pretty expensive Nikkor lenses there. About $1800, $4000, and $4300 respectively (Note: the 200mm is f2.0). Of the 3 lenses the 70-200 f2.8 VR would probably suffice. BUT...

Lower cost alternatives might be: For about $800 the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM might be worth a look. And last, but not least, for about $2300 is the Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX APO HSM.

Even an SB800 is only effective if you are fairly close to the action. For indoor track, basketball, hockey, etc. you need to be on, or near, the floor where the photographers are (that's why they are there).

Samuel Lo
03-01-2005, 08:57 PM
You are talking about some pretty expensive Nikkor lenses there. About $1800, $4000, and $4300 respectively (Note: the 200mm is f2.0). Of the 3 lenses the 70-200 f2.8 VR would probably suffice. BUT...

Lower cost alternatives might be: For about $800 the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX APO IF HSM might be worth a look. And last, but not least, for about $2300 is the Sigma 300mm f2.8 EX APO HSM.

Even an SB800 is only effective if you are fairly close to the action. For indoor track, basketball, hockey, etc. you need to be on, or near, the floor where the photographers are (that's why they are there).


Yes, AGREE. The Lenses that I list is just an example, Sigma's can be the alternative. My AF-S 70-200/f2.8 VR is US$1,200, is $400 different from Sigma's.