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10-30-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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K-5 settings for basketball

Need help! Gonna try shooting pics at
daughters basketball game today with tamron 70-200 2.8. Can you guys give me recommended mode and settings to shoot with? Keep in mind I'm shooting in a poorly lit gym not staples center or such.....also, I'm a novice at this so keep it kinda simple please. lol. Thanks in advance

10-30-2011, 11:17 AM   #2
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Well use TAv and just look how much light you have. Set aperture at f2.8 (or 3.2 if you van), try to koop 1/500th as minimum, but if you have 1/640 that would be better. Set iso-range in your menu from 160-6400 (or if you have to go to iso 8000 or iso 10.000 that is possible, but not preferred). Good luck and let us look at some pictures.
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TAv definately gives you the perfect mode to balance out loss of sharpness due to misfocus, noise and subject blur. I generally agree with Ron, You can try if 1/350 could be enough in very bad light or if you can afford to go to f4 if light is better.
If you are shooting jpg be sure to set the wb to manual and correctly, also set the exposure compensation to expose to the right. That helps to improve the IQ.
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I shoot a lot of basketball. I would advise you to shoot in manual mode and use the green button to get close. Take a few tesat shots before the game to get the white balance right and the proper exposure. In most cases a speed of 1/320 is enough. I would also be careful not to zoom too much, reduces camera shake and improves IQ. Centre point autofocus is mandatory and use continuous shooting mode.

I actually prefer to shoot with my DA 70 F.24 LTD (usually at F2.8-4) or mu F501.7 at F2-4. I get better results due to superior optics and faster autofocus. I try to stay at ISO 3200 with my K-5, but 6400 is OK in dimly lit gyms. The 50mm lens is great on baseline shots and the 70 is great at midcourt or almost anywhere else. Cropping usually gives better results than pushing the zoom in my experience in small gymnasiums.

Have fun.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Primes4ever Quote
I actually prefer to shoot with my DA 70 F.24 LTD (usually at F2.8-4) or mu F501.7 at F2-4. I get better results due to superior optics and faster autofocus. I try to stay at ISO 3200 with my K-5, but 6400 is OK in dimly lit gyms. The 50mm lens is great on baseline shots and the 70 is great at midcourt or almost anywhere else. Cropping usually gives better results than pushing the zoom in my experience in small gymnasiums.

Have fun.
I do use FA*85mm for such events, when I have a rather close access to the floor. I would like in future a DA*135mm/f2.0 for such sports.
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I am sure that the DA*85 is excellent. That 135 is on my wish list for a LTD lens. I do a lot of CIS basketball (Canadian University) and there is always easy access and shoot a lot from midcourt about 5 or 6 rows up or on the baselines. High school games are usually just as easy. I have watched a lot of newbies (mostly parents) get frustrated when using 70-200 zooms since there is a tendency to go too long which makes camera shake and focusing more difficult. Frequently with a zoom, they also frame the picture too tight which can present a problem when printing an aspect ratio other than 3:2. A decent prime lens will allow flexibility in cropping and excellent IQ.

Positioning is very important, especialy if you want to get great facial expressions. Some of the best shots are playing defence. A midcourt placing up 5 or 6 rows gives great photo ops. It also is fantastic for tipoffs (I use my DA40 LTD for those). A 40 or 50 mm is the best for baseline shots in my experience. Of course, in larger arenas or gymnasiums, longer lenses may be required (I do a lot of hockey as well). They tend to have better lighting which makes a faster shutter speed possible.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Primes4ever Quote
I am sure that the DA*85 is excellent. That 135 is on my wish list for a LTD lens. I do a lot of CIS basketball (Canadian University) and there is always easy access and shoot a lot from midcourt about 5 or 6 rows up or on the baselines. High school games are usually just as easy. I have watched a lot of newbies (mostly parents) get frustrated when using 70-200 zooms since there is a tendency to go too long which makes camera shake and focusing more difficult. Frequently with a zoom, they also frame the picture too tight which can present a problem when printing an aspect ratio other than 3:2. A decent prime lens will allow flexibility in cropping and excellent IQ.
But with a longer lens you can also make shots from above which sometimes do make excellent shots as well.
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haha. well include me in the group of frustrated newbies. Very few in focus shots from yesterday's shoot. Do I purchase a ltd 70, 85 or 135 to reduce camera shake and AF faster? Whatever will make things easier. I've taken nice shots with the 70-200 but those subjects weren't running around.

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Sorry to hear that you are not happy with results. Are you sure misfocus is the main problem?
For such action shots having AF-c and auto selection from mid 5 points usually worked well for me.
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Just putting some of the pictures of the thread:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-k-5-forum/115277-k-5-sports-photog...ml#post1693899
Look into it and maybe there are things to learn.

This set of Handball is made with K-5 and Sigma 70-200mm/f2.8 EX DG OS HSM and that set was new to me (new K-5 and lens) and my first visit to that sport.

I went to photograph the international game Handball between the Dutch and the Norway team on the way to the worldcup in Brazil later this year.

Wow, what a fast game that is and the women don't stop, they just walk over you.

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6) Vrije worp.


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New sport for me, and i do have to practice this more.
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A handball indeed, especially shot #9. Great captures Ron, congratulations!
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