Baseball & Nikon 80-400VR

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I took some shots with my D3 and 80-400VR at a minor league game this past weekend. I had four 8-yr old boys in tow with me, so I didn't think it was a good idea to bring my Sigma 120-300 w/monopod - can't run to the concession stands or bathroom with it every time.

I have not take pics at a game before, other than Little League. Not the fastest lense and as evening came upon us, I had to ditch the lens since I couldn't get the shutter speed high enough.

These are a few of the ones that I thought came out well. I'd appreciate comments on making them better.

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And here's one with my 35mm of a bored fan.
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not bad, on some of those earlier shots you iso looks to be around 2 to 400 at 1/200. You could move that up to 1/800 to 1/1000 and your iso I believe would be around 1600 which the D3 laughs at (might be higher but still, at 3200 ISO it is still low for the D3)
 
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Some good action, like the last one...

As always, crop tight. I don't have a D3, but I think you could push it further than you did in terms of ISO to get a higher shutter speed. The action is good in all of the shots.

JMHO.
 
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Nice shots John. I sat in the same area last year but was able to move up to the dugout area w/o question. I am headed there next Friday night. I assume you shot in Aperture. Next time try Manual and like the others said, bump up the ISO and crop, crop, crop!
 
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I'll have to remember to shoot manual next time. Thanks for all the kind comments.
 
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If you want to shoot in aperture just change your minimum shutter allowed in the ISO sensitivity settings.

Or just shoot manual and let the auto iso work.
 
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i'm impressed considering the lens
#1 is my #1

crank up that iso...go to 6400 if you have to

here's an easy way:
shoot in Manual, f5.5, 1/500 and turn Auto ISO on and shoot away

since you have 400mm try to make your composures so cropping is minimal (too much cropping might show some noise)
 

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