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12-05-2011, 03:30 PM   #1
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New K-5 user.

I'm shooting my daughter's soccer game tonight.

What ISO setting should I use and, what do I give up (if anything) by pussing the ISO setting higher.

Also, what mode should I be using?

Any other information that would be useful would greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

12-05-2011, 03:34 PM   #2
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Outdoors at night means poor lighting usually. Higher ISO results in more noise (grainer images). For sports action you want to focus on shutter speed primarily IMO - and want it to be 1/250th or higher with 1/1000th more useable in my experience. There are more experienced soccer shooters here but that's what I try for with my son's soccer games (U10).

Also, the more you can position yourself and anticipate the action the more likely you are to have a great shot. Add in a Monopod and you might just have some really good shots.

Best of luck
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TAv mode is a good mode to use in that situation if you're comfortable with knowing the best aperture and shutter speeds to use with your lenses and under those lighting conditions. A shutter speed appropriate to reasonably freeze action and sufficient depth of field with the appropriate aperture will do you well for most of the shoot.
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Do some test shots before your daughter performs to help you decide. I have used all the way up tp 12800 on the K5 with amazing results.
A mediocre shot would be better than no shot at all? I know, not a purist answer, instead somewhat pragmatic.

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QuoteOriginally posted by humbr Quote
Do some test shots before your daughter performs to help you decide. I have used all the way up tp 12800 on the K5 with amazing results.
A mediocre shot would be better than no shot at all? I know, not a purist answer, instead somewhat pragmatic.

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I agree. My k-10D struggled in low light with action shots. Virtually EVERYTHING I took was blurry.

I have high hopes for the K-5.
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My initial high ISO shots with the K5 have been outstanding. The noise at 12800 is less than the K10D has at 800. I've only had it a week so my experience is limited but I can't wait to take it to a hockey game.
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I'll second on "Use TAv." Letting the K5 pick the ISO to go with your shutter (prob 1/250) and aperture (prob wide open) will give the best shots overall. For hi ISO (above about 1600) you will need to use noise reduction--in camera if you shoot jpg, in post processing if you shoot raw. I've had my K5 for a couple of months and am still amazed at its high ISO performance. The TAv is a magic setting for low light.
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Thanks.

So, set the camera to TAv, go with 1/250th shutter speed and f2.8 for the lens and the camera picks the ISO! Cool.

Thank you!

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QuoteOriginally posted by hambone Quote
go with 1/250th shutter speed
You might want to bump that up to something higher, especially if the action is fast moving. And (especially) if you are using a lens 200mm or greater. Start from 1/500 and see how you go Better a bit of high-ISO noise grain than a shot that is all fuzzy due to subject or camera motion blur.
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I dont have my K5 yet, but I would also second the use of TAv for the above reasons. The advantage for me was that I could stop down (usually f/4) to give me a little more depth of field. I found at f/2.8 that I missed focus with fast moving action.
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I know this game is over... but for the next one, don't forget burst mode.
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I used burst mode last night.
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good point. Thanks
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QuoteOriginally posted by hambone Quote
I used burst mode last night.
So, how they turn out? lets see some samples.
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Some turned out good, some were grainy. How do I post images?
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