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04-15-2012, 10:27 PM   #631
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QuoteOriginally posted by joe.penn Quote
A few U8 soccer pics from two games over the weekend - all shot with the K5 and Sigma 70-200 OS FLD
These soccer pics are awesome. Sure makes my track pics extremely soft and oversaturated. I am learning quite a bit just by looking at the pics on here.

04-16-2012, 01:07 AM   #632
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Nice shooting, Ron--the last one is a splendid portrait!
Yes I like the portrait from Marleen Veldhuis also the most. In black and white because it was underexposed. Somehow the lights went out and I forgot to adjust my settings. So in lightroom I upped the light with 1,5 EV and that with iso4000 is even a lot for K-5. This picture will be used a lot as a sidemark picture to newsitems on Marleen for the coming months.

@joe.penn that is a nice set of soccerpictures
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Bike race last weekend
K5+Tamron 18-200, jpgs from raw using cameras converter
That's not far from my office and even closer to the local Pentax dealer.
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I shot a soccer match using the Bigma yesterday afternoon. I only wish I had remembered to bring my monopod. It did make the Tamron 70-200 seem light when I switched to it when the lights came on. I did have a few more blurred shots but I would expect that with hand holding the lens. I shot TaV mode to control the shutter speed and aperture.









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Yeay, you got some issues in the sharpness. I see that your Shake Reduction isn't ready, so that gives some blur. Maybe because of little movement of your camera/lens by you that makes your SR keep working. Nice shots in it. I like #2 and #4 A little dark to my likings.
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Yeay, you got some issues in the sharpness. I see that your Shake Reduction isn't ready, so that gives some blur. Maybe because of little movement of your camera/lens by you that makes your SR keep working. Nice shots in it. I like #2 and #4 A little dark to my likings.
I'm not sure I had SR turned on. I will have to try checking and shoot again with the SR active. I used shutter speeds around 1600-2000 in the early part of the match and then slower speeds as the sun set. None have really had any PP applied, just minor adjustments in Picasa to get them into a gallery.
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I mostly shoot handheld indoors with the settings 1/450-1/640, F2.8-4.5, ISO3200-12800 and no SR so I can pan when I get the opportunity. Shutter speeds around 1/1600-1/2000 should give you pinsharp shots without SR, are you sure its shutter speed and not ISO?
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Jazz Dance is sort of a sport. Studio rehearsal, went to get familiar with choreography. Fluorescent lighting at high shutter speeds gives color bleed, the way it is. No room to move like a theater rehearsal. In the last photo, I guessed wrong, had camera vertical, missed dancer and got picture of me in the mirror. Unlike my usual SR On, AFS and track with rear AF, I turned off SR, used AFC and tracked kike always. Responded a bit quicker but I didn't see much difference. This week, theater dress and performances.

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Brooke I like your first shot! That is a sport also. The last one is funny with you in it
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QuoteOriginally posted by VisualDarkness Quote
I mostly shoot handheld indoors with the settings 1/450-1/640, F2.8-4.5, ISO3200-12800 and no SR so I can pan when I get the opportunity. Shutter speeds around 1/1600-1/2000 should give you pinsharp shots without SR, are you sure its shutter speed and not ISO?
According to the EXIF data all were shot at 1/1600 f/8 with ISO between 500 and 640.
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That is really weird and they should be pin-sharp with those settings. I doubt that a monopod would be any better as your shutter speed is so fast that it will freeze everything. They almost look backfocused on the ones you posted and if that's F8 it's a lot of back focusing.
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That is really weird and they should be pin-sharp with those settings.
That first image is at 420mm, directly in the "soft zone" of that lens, without any sharpening that is the best that lens will do at that focal length - not sure about the others, didn't peak at the settings on those... (the AF speed could be playing a factor on the more blurred ones)
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QuoteOriginally posted by joe.penn Quote
That first image is at 420mm, directly in the "soft zone" of that lens, without any sharpening that is the best that lens will do at that focal length - not sure about the others, didn't peak at the settings on those... (the AF speed could be playing a factor on the more blurred ones)
Is that really true? At such a small aperture? I don't want a Bigma if that's the best it can do that far from max zoom. Still when I look at the grass it looks like the grass a bit behind the players looks way sharper the grass directly in front.
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Is that really true? At such a small aperture? I don't want a Bigma if that's the best it can do that far from max zoom. Still when I look at the grass it looks like the grass a bit behind the players looks way sharper the grass directly in front.
Focus speed also is playing a factor in it - if you look at the second picture down, that one looks more in focus but the image is still soft a little - some sharpening in PP can clean this up.
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I did have a few more blurred shots but I would expect that with hand holding the lens.
I only shoot hand held with my Sigma 150-500 and for me the problem isn't the lack of monopod. Bad focus is caused mainly by using AF-S instead of AF-C when the subject is moving from the focus point while I keep the shutter button half pressed. That may be the case here as well. In the first picture the girls are clearly moving towards the camera, which is the most common situation for "back focused" football pictures when using AF-S.
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