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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-08-2017, 08:44 AM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By ScooterMaxi Jim
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That's interesting to see. In my days of reporting on and shooting sports facilities years ago, I was aware that MLB had been trying to get matching rules - and thought they would be there by now. I think 12 inches is a reasonable standard that allows for some discretion (although bringing the lens in it will be compact, but in use it might expand beyond 12 inches - very tough to enforce). As I had said in the earlier post, the FF rig gets to be pretty large and could cause distraction. The K-3 rig probably is the better choice. Shooting from the stands can be fun and interesting, but you just have to be satisfied that you won't be getting stunning close-in results. My best shots were always the environmental ones, wide angle showing life in the stands.

If you are shooting a night game, the best shots can come in the early innings when you get a nice combination of sun and ballpark lighting - softer shadows than midday and enough light overall. June and early July games give you that added light, especially in the northern states.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-07-2017, 11:24 PM  
Going to a baseball game...
Posted By ScooterMaxi Jim
Replies: 45
Views: 5,460
MLB rules allow for cameras, as long as you aren't thought to be disturbing the game experience for others.

It sounds like you want to be shooting the action. For a night game, you will need 1/800 at least - and the reach of the 300 zoom on the K-3. Yeah, it might be worth renting the 450 zoom for the K-1; pretty big and heavy for shooting from the seats. If you are more than 20 rows back, you'll be doing a lot of cropping. As for the AF experience, either camera can handle it for the normal base-running, pitching, hitting kinds of plays (linear action) from a distance. So, you are looking at 3200 ISO, or a little lower for the K-1 with the faster lens.

It helps a lot - if shooting neighborhood ballgames - to mount a monopod for shooting action. I'm pretty sure you aren't allowed to bring a monopod to MLB games, though.
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