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Shooting an MMA fight

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by ilockert, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. So I finally get a chance to shoot the fights on Saturday night. Ill be using my D300 and a D200 the d300 will have my 18-200vr and the D200 will either have the 17-50 2.8 or Im putting the nikon 12-24 on it. How well do you think this will do. I ask cause I've never done these before and I don't want to walk in guessing.
  2. My recommendations.

    Use D300 with 17-50 2.8--- the 18-200 i think will be too slow (preferred lens 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8)

    camera settings:

    manual exposure.... shutter 1/250 - 1/400 f/2.8
    white balance ....PRE (with gray card) reading taken from inside ring
    ISO ..... auto ( start low 400 up to 3200)
    ISO NR.... low
    focus...dynamic focus -AF continuous -21 focus points
    meter.... center weight

    that should get you in a really good ball park. the challenge you will face is the lighting. the d300 does a great job with high ISO the trick is to not under expose so to keep noise down.

    I have posted MMA pictures on this forum for you to view.

    NIKON D300    ---    70mm    f/2.8    1/320s    ISO 1000

    NIKON D300    ---    70mm    f/2.8    1/400s    ISO 1600

    NIKON D300    ---    31mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 1400

    NIKON D300    ---    48mm    f/4.5    1/250s    ISO 3200

    good luck
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