He's stealing second!!!!
Great action shots Dave!
Those guys look familiar.
I guess I need a d300 or 700...
Thanks Fred. Yeah, you've probably seen them before as I think they might be in the same league as your team.
The D300 is great when you don't have to up the ISO too much. If I had a 300 f/2.8 to pair with it then it would be better as I would not have to crop as much. The D700 with a 300 f/2.8 would be perfect though, as you could up the ISO and still crop it and it would look great. One day though...
Can you post an uncropped version of one of the images so I can get a better idea of how much you had to crop? Do you feel that a 300mm might be too long for a lot of your action shots on the cropped DX body? Also, since I just got a D300 and grip today and am still trying to decide which AF setting to use, could you tell which one you had the camera in? I'm assuming CH and 3D 51pt tracking? What frame rate were you shooting at?
Well, the 300mm on a DX might be a bit too long for some of the actions shots as they get closer to me...but I'm not worried about that. If I had full run of the venue then the 300 would be perfect as I could move around to get the shots I want. However, I'm just a spectator at most of these games. Also, most of these places don't allow you to take a 300mm f/2.8 into their parks, although some of them do, as it's just too big. I don't use my 300 f/4 because it is f/4 and if it's an evening/night game I just can't get the SS fast enough without taking the ISO higher than I'd rather take it. I don't have the grip on my D300, but I use cH with center weighted metering, 51 point single sensor and I just move the sensor to where I want to focus. My camera is in my car right now (and I'm at work) so I can't give you all of my settings verbatim.
Here is the last shot uncropped and unedited.
He is safe..Pic 2 the tag was not applied and neither in pic 3. 2nd basemen is in bad position to take pick off throw from catcher. Rule of thumb, on a pick off throw from catcher to 2nd base. 2nd basemen cover by running in shallow centerfield. shortstop take throw from catcher, because has better position to take catch. Shortstop also has better postion to block the base with his left foot. giving him the abilty to apply the tag.
Sorry baseball coach...
Looks safe to me. His foot is on the bag in front of the tag in the third pic.
This was at ISO 800 (I think the competecy limit of the D80)
this one at ISO 400 (much better I think)
So, the question is, how much more could I expect from a D300 or D700 at say ISO 3200?
This is at ISO 1600 with a SS of 1/400s Hmmm. Fred
Thanks Dave. Looking at the uncropped version, I can see where a longer lens would help.