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| p.1 #1 · Tips for shooting College Hoops with 1DMKIIn |
I've been shooting sports for years with a 1D and 40D (and many other Canon bodes). I recently moved to a 1dMKIIn and find that my images are not as sharp and lose focus more easily.
I use mostly the Canon 85 F/1.8 lens at ISO 1600 at 1/400 to 1/400 at F/2. I use the center focusing point (with expansion to 7 or 13 points). I am experimenting with various AF tracking modes, from average to fast.
At FAU arena, 1/500 is fine for Caucasian and lighter-skinned black players, but I need to drop to 1/400 to get some detail in the darker players' faces. Perhaps I am causing some motion blur by dropping the speed? When I see the off-focus, I cannot seem to find the actual focus point.
I tried shooting with a 550EX flash with battery pack, bounced off the ceiling, but the MKIIn has a flash sync speed of 1/250 and I wound up with some blur and overexposed images. This process worked fine with my 1D, which has a 1/500 sync speed.
I am trying to avoid ISO 3200.
Please offer some tips and tweaks to my process. Thanks.