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whitsitt1423
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Sep 03, 2014 23:09 |  #1

Hi! Looking for some basic guidance...I have a Canon rebel xti and just got a Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L ISII USM lens. I am learning on the go, and I am trying to take pictures of my son's nighttime football games. So low light, action shots. What is the setting my camera should be on? And should I have the IS on? Thanks so much for any advice!




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bseitz234
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Sep 04, 2014 07:23 |  #2

IS probably won't matter, if you can get a high enough SS.Try to get f/2.8, 1/400. ISO as high as you can stand. Probably 1600, which is the highest native ISO. Noisy shots with enough shutter speed are better than motion blurred shots that are free of noise. Oh, and set the AF to single point, that'll make it much easier to pick what you're focusing on.


You may want to pony up a few bucks, sell the XTi, and get something with the new 18mp sensor- (T3i, T4i, etc.) That'll give you the option of shooting higher ISO, and more MP makes the noise less noticeable.




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Sep 04, 2014 11:23 |  #3

whitsitt1423 wrote in post #17134549 (external link)
Hi! Looking for some basic guidance...I have a Canon rebel xti and just got a Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L ISII USM lens. I am learning on the go, and I am trying to take pictures of my son's nighttime football games. So low light, action shots. What is the setting my camera should be on? And should I have the IS on? Thanks so much for any advice!

Actual night football images from a couple of non-stabilized 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses.

IMAGE: http://i1174.photobucket.com/albums/r601/kevinlillard/08192014c/09042014a/20111028a0000c_zps475f06ca.jpg

Camera Maker: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: 70-200mm
Image Date: 2011-10-28 19:19:21 (no TZ)
Focal Length: 70.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400)
ISO equiv: 5000
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

IMAGE: http://i1174.photobucket.com/albums/r601/kevinlillard/08192014c/09042014a/20101022a0002_zps0f4d21da.jpg

Camera Maker: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS REBEL T2i
Lens: 70-200mm
Image Date: 2010-10-22 19:22:03 (no TZ)
Focal Length: 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 0.0020 s (1/500)
ISO equiv: 6400
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB
GPS Coordinate: undefined, undefined

IMAGE: http://i1174.photobucket.com/albums/r601/kevinlillard/08192014c/09042014a/20121026a0000b_zpsdb2faadc.jpg

Camera Maker: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: 70-200mm
Image Date: 2012-10-26 20:00:38 (no TZ)
Focal Length: 200.0mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 0.0013 s (1/800)
ISO equiv: 6400
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

High ISO, as high as your camera can use. Shutter priority helps in using a shutter speed that can stop action. The XTi's high ISO limit of 1600 may lead to come exposure challenges.



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ChunkyDA
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Sep 08, 2014 23:15 |  #4

Nice lens! Answer a few questions so I can help you out:
Can you stand on the sidelines?
Can you use a flash?
What is your goal? Photograph everyone or just your kid?


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lsmcnulty
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Sep 23, 2017 17:00 as a reply to ChunkyDA's post |  #5

I can stand on the sidelines. Grandson is playing so like to get him, but others also




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