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03-25-2008, 12:11 PM   #1
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Lens and settings for action shots

What lens/ settings do you use for action shots?

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any lens and shutterspeed can be used for action shots - it just depends what limitations you have in getting close to the action

To take a pic of a surfer from the beach 100m away would need a minimum of a 300mm lens and if taking from the water with a housing a 14mm and less will do - there are so many variables.

To freeze action anything from 500sec upwards will do it depends on the effect you are desiring

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03-25-2008, 01:13 PM   #3
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Fastest lens possible, say F2.8.

High ISO if indoors, regular ISO if outdoors.

Shutter speeds of 1/250th or more if you are trying to "stop" action.

Be more specific with which kind of action you are hoping to photograph, and you'll likely get a better response than this quickie. If you're into hockey, check my site, you'll see several hockey shots in the archive.

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QuoteOriginally posted by sweet bay Quote
What lens/ settings do you use for action shots?
Couldn't you have asked for something more easy?

Preferences differ on this forum.

Some like to work in continuous auto focus mode, others like to pre-focus (manual focus, aim at a point where subject will be later, press shutter when it is there).
The bigger the glass the better, you want fast shutter speeds. Depending upon the type of photo you want a lot of DOF as well, now it gets difficult.
Without a lot of DOF some people fall back to trial and error, they put the camera in continuous shooting and they keep the shutter button down! With predictive AF they expect the camera to handle it all for them. Alas, it doesn't work like that yet. Not even in N/C country.
That''s why people cry for faster cameras: 6 shots a second or more. They do not take photos; they spray around and expect one or two pictures to be ok.
I’d try and learn the trade. Get yourself a good lens 200mm or more, f4.0 or better, and pre-focus. Just like to old days. You decide when to make a photo.
Use continuous shooting and take 3 frames per scene. You might want to bracket on Ev value, always shoot raw, that gives you the most freedom to correct in PP.

Hope this helps.

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if you're in a pinch and you have scene modes, you can use the action scene mode
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Please give the type of event, indoor or outdoor, and what equipment you may have. Too many variables to really answer the question.
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All I currently have is the K10 with a 18-55 lens. I'll be photographing horses that are going anywhere from 5 to 35mph.
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And how far away will you be? Do the events still run in inclement weather?

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And will this be taking place indoors or out or both?
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Outdoors. No, I will probably not be taking pictures in inclement weather. Riding, maybe...
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QuoteOriginally posted by sweet bay Quote
All I currently have is the K10 with a 18-55 lens. I'll be photographing horses that are going anywhere from 5 to 35mph.
I found my 75-300 in good light outdoors wasn't too bad ... it depends how close you get to the action ... If you look in the Post my Photos section I have a thread in there with some images.

I tried with my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro ... but it was too hard as I had to move around too much and I was limited in where I was able to shoot from ... a zoom is much better.

After reading here and there ... I suggest the Tamron 70-300mm out of the entry level 300mm zooms to get you going.

If i can stretch it later though ... I am after a Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 (along with the x1.4 AF Teleconverter). This lens is going for around the $700US mark when it does eventually come on the market ... quite cheap for what it is really.
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Outside - fine weather.
Yep a Tamron or Sigma 70-300, or wait for the Pentax 55-300. Or maybe the Pentax 50-200 will do you, depending on how close you are.
Or if you're getting serious, a 70-200 f2.8.
Basically I agree with the above.
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Thank you for your replies everyone. The information is very helpful.
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