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Nov 11, 2007 17:41 |  #1

Hi

I have been asked to do some shots of some martial arts. However my main experience is motorsports. As such I am after some advice. Take it that flash would not be appreciated? Which means using fast lenses, which starts to rule out zooms.

What kind of focal lengths are likely to be needed? In gym lighting, what kind of aperture is going to be needed with a reasonable ISO to get a high enough shutter speed?

Sorry for the really basic questions, just hoping for a few pointers so I don't start off totally out of my depth.

Currently the only pretty fast lense I have is a 50mm f1.4. Have a Sigma 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 F2.8, but suspect the first will be too slow on the A/F while the 2nd will be too long.

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Nov 11, 2007 19:31 |  #2

My experience in a gym might help: Some Volley Ball Tournament Tests **56K Warning!**

OTOH, the refs probably wouldn't complain about flash from the bleachers?


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Nov 11, 2007 21:01 |  #3

I think it can vary immensely both in terms of distance and in terms of light available. Most of the amateur karate tournaments my family has been in you could be close - 85 1.8 or 50 1.4 close, at some of the bigger ones I've shot from bleachers using my 100-300 F4 and a flash. Nobody seemed to mind flash, but I'm sure it will vary. I think you really need to get a sense of how close you'll be and whether flash is allowed before you can get very specific advice.


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Nov 12, 2007 06:41 as a reply to  @ lungdoc's post |  #4

Hi

Thanks.

This would be from right beside the "ring", so the 50 1.4 might well be good for a start. And 85 F1.2 is on the shopping list but not yet!

I assumed flash would be really off putting . From your comments it seems that might not necessarily be so.

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Nov 12, 2007 12:11 |  #5

These shots were mostly taken with a 50mm and no flash.

http://the-aperture.com …p?exhibition=44​&u=11807,7 (external link)

It's worthwhile, if there's constant lighting, to set up a custom white balance. This helps out post processing quite a bit (in my experience, it was pretty close to correct).

It really depends on what you're shooting. If you talk to the instructor and it's ok, then suggest doing some staged shots with the flash (so it won't be distracting to the sportsmen)


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Nov 12, 2007 18:55 |  #6

Hi

Probably will be a few posed shots as well.

Interesting to see the shutter speeds you have used for those shots and the effects it has had. Thankyou.

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