Using D2X for Sports Question

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by RDM3, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. RDM3

    RDM3

    168
    Aug 25, 2005
    Concordville, Pa
    Right now I use a D2H and I do like it alot, but I have been researching the D2X lately and I am looking for the right deal before I buy one, but I was checking out the owners manual online and I noticed the ISO only goes to 800 then to the Hi settings, the D2H can go from 800 - 1000 - 1200.

    I do shoot at ISO 1000 with a flash at night during football, soccer etc, I also set my aperature at 4.5 1/250 or 1/200 sec. I don't want to go to 2.8 just because if you miss the shot it is all blurry.

    So with that said, how does the D2X work in low light using ISO 800? I don't like the thought of having to go from 800 to 1600.
     
  2. kiwi

    kiwi

    Jan 1, 2008
    Auckland, NZ
    Steve King's the man for this question

    Can you spring for a D300 though ?
     
  3. RDM3

    RDM3

    168
    Aug 25, 2005
    Concordville, Pa
    My budget is $1000, plus I have a D100 (for reference of the grip) and it has the battery grip, I don't think it feels as sturdy,I love the feeling of the D2h.

    If I were to spend $2000 I would wait and get a D3.
     
  4. kiwi

    kiwi

    Jan 1, 2008
    Auckland, NZ
    Fair enough, but, if you are going to be shooting at over 800iso on a regular basis....
     
  5. RDM3

    RDM3

    168
    Aug 25, 2005
    Concordville, Pa
    I can always go back to my D2h for anything over 800, which would be for swimming maybe and night games outside, indoors I shoot below 800. Maybe the 800 on the d2x will produce nice shots
     
  6. kiwi

    kiwi

    Jan 1, 2008
    Auckland, NZ
    OK, well, I threw my old D2H in the bag after 800, noisy as, D2Hs OK to 1600 (just)

    D300 goes to 3200 not so bad.

    Makes a big difference at F/2.8 - you should shoot wide open to get better seperation and colours, I know it's harder, but that's why we get the big bucks, lol

    Good luck with your quest
     
  7. ISO800 looks just great on the D2X, even ISO1000, after that is when you'll start noticing some noise, but not nearly as badly as the D2H, and the color range and responsiveness will still be good too even at ISO1250. If it gets bad you can use something like Noise Ninja, which I have and rarely use (twice in a year!) if that will tell you something about the D2X.
     
  8. Taken yesterday with D2Xs at ISO 800. No noise reduction applied to this shot. I tend to push the exposure to the right with high ISO on this camera. With good technique, you can get decent shots at 800. I don't go any higher. If you need higher ISO, save your money for a D3 or D300.

    377594998_2V9e3-X2.jpg
     
  9. RDM3

    RDM3

    168
    Aug 25, 2005
    Concordville, Pa
    I hope this isn't a stupid question, but the manual doesn't show ISO 1000, it just goes from 100-800 and than the hi 1 and hi 2 options, can you change settings to get 1000-1600?

    I did buy a D2X today from Adorama, $1000 I will have it Wednesday, it has 42000 shots on it, I just need to clean it up some, it's not bad but I am just picky about the camera looking clean.
     
  10. ISO1000 is ISOHI.3, if you use 1/3 increments you'll get that. HI1 = ISO1600, so HI.3 = 1000, HI.6 = 1250.

    I'm sure you'll love the D2X, mine has 99,000 shutter releases in about 2.3yrs since I use it for EVERYTHING. Just have it serviced and cleaned a couple of times a year and you'll be OK. Man, $1000 for that body eh? That is a deal.