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FORUMS Photography Talk by Genre Sports Talk 
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Dec 07, 2012 11:45 |  #31

The 40D's AF is not the best for fast moving subjects. Although it can be done, You just have to time your shots.....A 7D will give much better results..

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Dec 07, 2012 14:02 |  #32

Thomas Campbell wrote in post #15335265 (external link)
I like having a very consistent take. An automatic setting like Av can get fooled by the background, the jerseys, etc. If I am under lights or inside I always use manual. If you have clouds changing the exposure +/- 1 or 2 stops, Av may work better until you get used to changing the shutter speed or aperture quickly.

Don't get me wrong, I usually use manual myself. I wouldn't recommend manual to a rookie, however, unless they were also using auto ISO, which isn't true manual. There are too many variables to figure out without practice, especially if they aren't used to looking at a histogram (and what rookie is?).

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Dec 07, 2012 22:37 |  #33

Ya gotta learn sometime!

If they are a rookie, they shouldn't be out there on a job, so perfect time to learn the proper way to shoot!

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Dec 09, 2012 12:08 |  #34

convergent wrote in post #15333873 (external link)
My daughter ran in a 10K over Thanksgiving that had about 6,000 participants. I've not ever tried to do pictures in something like that. I setup along a place in the road about a mile in, and was ready to go. Then the runners started coming... first one... then a couple... then bunches... then a steady stream... then a steady sea of runners about 5 across and non-stop. I started to panic thinking I'd never even see her. If you are working in that environment, all I can say is you are a better man than me! I think my head would spin around a few times and fall off about 15 minutes into it.

Next time be a few hundred yards before the finish line. The mass has generally spread out enough to pick out individuals a lot easier.

Oh, and I'm a gal ;-)a

Thomas Campbell wrote in post #15335265 (external link)
I shoot sports with a 400 2.8 and only use back button focus, generally wide open.

I shoot pro sports and generally everyone out there is using back button focus. I don't know what you mean by the sports action is too fast for it. It doesn't seem to be a problem in the NFL, NBA, MLB or MLS.

All manual exposure
Manual WB
back button focus
servo focusing
Generally keep aperture between f/2.8-3.5
Generally keep shutter speed over 1/1250th, but over 1/800th will work
ISO wheever it needs to be

With a little more practice you can take your sports shooting to the next level by using it at a game on athletes. It will become a reflex.

You obviously didn't read my subsequent post :rolleyes:
I'm not trying to get "the" shot, or a series of shots, I'm shooting every single runner. Totally different scenario. I'll try BBF next time I shoot a team sport rather than my usual events.

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