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| p.2 #2 · Shooting D700 JPEG or RAW? |
Anyone who is shooting sports with the D700, are you shooting JPEG to get some extra frames per second or shooting RAW and living with a slightly slow frame/sec count to have greater ability to post process your images?
Any thoughts on D600 for sports? 5-6 frames/sec vs 8-9 with a gripped D700 shooting JPEG
Been using DSLRs since 2002 for sports photography. 99% of time I shot JPEG Normal on my Nikons. Almost always in manual exposure mode, WB, ISO, especially indoors where the lighting is constant. Only shoot RAW for the awards presentation, team shots, and the like, where I prefer to have the control to maximize the image quality. Those type of photos my clients tend to enlarge and hang on the wall.
Given the volume of exposures in any given sporting event, and the eventual image usage, it is not practical to shoot RAW from both a time and storage perspective.
For other paid jobs such as wedding, corporate headshots, and personal projects, I shoot RAW.
Don't rely on fps to capture good sport images. Learn the game, know the players, learn to anticipate the action. Learn the camera, whatever it may be, and how it performs under the various situations.
Re: D600 vs D700 for sports. I have recently used the D600 for a few basketball games. In my opinion the 51pt AF of the D3/D700 is better suited to sports/action compared to the 31pts of the D600. But the D600 is pretty good once you get to know and understand it. Learning the sport and to anticipate action, the fps difference matters little. 5.5fps is still respectable.