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My media coverage for the fall sports season puts the biggest strain on cameras and lenses with daytime, nighttime and indoor events requiring long, fast telephotos and a camera with precise focus, high ISO performance and fast frame rates.

You go where you are told with no regards to gym or stadium lighting, weather conditions or position of the sun...you are expected to be there and produce....no excuses.

The Z9 has yet to fail me this fall and now that most football and soccer games are under the lights, the camera will get a serious workout.

Some examples:



Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    VR 200mm f/2G lens    200mm    f/2.0    1/2000s    12800 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    3200 ISO    +0.3 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens    260mm    f/2.8    1/1250s    10000 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens    200mm    f/2.8    1/800s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1250s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    12800 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    VR 200mm f/2G lens    200mm    f/2.0    1/2500s    12800 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/2500s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens    135mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    12800 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens    300mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    12800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Sep 10, 2022 at 09:33 AM
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Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/5000s    500 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    800 ISO    +0.3 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/3200s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/4000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    AF-S NIKKOR 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens    200mm    f/2.8    1/1250s    10000 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1000s    3200 ISO    0.0 EV  





Lee Woolery Speedshot Photo 2022

  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/6400s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    5000 ISO    0.0 EV  






  NIKON Z 9    400mm f/2.8D lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Sep 10, 2022 at 09:38 AM
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Yeah..I shot few events using ISO 10k too with my Z9. The result is acceptable.. Glad I don't shoot in these condition that often...


Sep 10, 2022 at 12:15 PM
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This is a really great set that clearly shows what a skilled photographer can do with a modern high end camera! Nice work!



Sep 10, 2022 at 03:30 PM
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Lee; nice work here. Will the eye detection work through the volleyball net?


Sep 10, 2022 at 09:32 PM
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farwest wrote:
Lee; nice work here. Will the eye detection work through the volleyball net?


Thanks...

It does...quite amazing...makes photographing volleyball much easier.

Also grabs eyes with helmets and face Shields.



Sep 10, 2022 at 10:30 PM
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Excellent stuff, Lee! Always appreciate seeing your work.


Sep 10, 2022 at 10:32 PM
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chad hites wrote:
This is a really great set that clearly shows what a skilled photographer can do with a modern high end camera! Nice work!


Thanks...

But I have to admit the modern pro mirrorless cameras are so good with eye focus and frame rates that much of the work is done for the photographer.

I don't mind giving Nikon all the credit for upping my game.

Action photography is so much easier now than when I started in 1980 with a Nikon FE.

In fact...I am getting football sequences this year that I could only have imagined last season with the D6 and same batch of lenses.

The Z9 is that good.



Sep 10, 2022 at 10:46 PM
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crteach wrote:
Excellent stuff, Lee! Always appreciate seeing your work.


Thanks...so busy this year with team orders, banners and specialty posters that I haven't had any time to post on Sports Forum.

Hope to share more now that I am almost caught up.



Sep 11, 2022 at 07:36 AM
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TooManyShots wrote:
Yeah..I shot few events using ISO 10k too with my Z9. The result is acceptable.. Glad I don't shoot in these condition that often...


Z9 images taken with strobes at ISO 64 are phenomenal for portraits, commercial work and team photos which is bulk of my work.

The D6 is a much better high ISO action camera (6400 and above) but the eye focus and frame rates of the Z9 make up for that.

My greatest income is from portrait and team photo work and that is where the Z9 shines but daytime action photos are a breeze with the Z9.



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I've been using D6 cameras for a while and just purchased a Z9 in July. So far it has been working out far better than I expected. I've shot 10Ks and auto racing and some birds. Last Friday was varsity football, daylight and under the lights. May I ask which auto focus setting you prefer for football. I struggled a bit deciding on which worked best. I guess I'm just to used to the D6 settings.

Thanks



Sep 11, 2022 at 04:11 PM
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threepairsphot wrote:
I've been using D6 cameras for a while and just purchased a Z9 in July. So far it has been working out far better than I expected. I've shot 10Ks and auto racing and some birds. Last Friday was varsity football, daylight and under the lights. May I ask which auto focus setting you prefer for football. I struggled a bit deciding on which worked best. I guess I'm just to used to the D6 settings.

Thanks


Wide L is the one I use for almost everything...tried different AF settings during a spring football game and was surprised at how accurate Wide L was vs. the other settings like 3D and Wide Area.

One of my co-workers told me the other night he was having Roberts find him another D6...he still has issues with the Z9 AF settings and prefers it for Ohio State football and volleyball.

I tried to explain that the D6 and Z9 are completely different animals for AF from my experience.

The D6 can find faces in 3d but the Z9 finds eyeballs...big difference in poor lighting.



Sep 11, 2022 at 05:02 PM
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Great work as always, Lee. I'm sure I'll run into you soon with Sidney slated to play Piqua and Troy the next couple of weeks.

I know what co-worker you're talking about, and it humors me he can't figure out Z9. There's a photographer in Sidney who got a Z9 in spring and hasn't figured it out yet. I've tried helping him with autofocus modes at games, but it's still giving him problems. I'll pass along your recommeneded settings.



Sep 11, 2022 at 07:37 PM
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SFIND wrote:
Great work as always, Lee. I'm sure I'll run into you soon with Sidney slated to play Piqua and Troy the next couple of weeks.

I know what co-worker you're talking about, and it humors me he can't figure out Z9. There's a photographer in Sidney who got a Z9 in spring and hasn't figured it out yet. I've tried helping him with autofocus modes at games, but it's still giving him problems. I'll pass along your recommeneded settings.


Bryant...

Thanks...Trying to figure what games to cover the next 6 weeks...need MVL and Three Rivers Conference for Press Pros, Speedshot, Miami County 10 and Miami Valley Today...bit off more than I can chew.

Will be at Lehman v. Troy Christian for that Saturday game.

The Z9 is a different beast...certain AF modes work for some sports and not others.

The guide Nikon published for the Z9 is super helpful for Olympic sports like figure skating and gymnastics but football and soccer require much more attention from the photographer.




Sep 11, 2022 at 07:55 PM
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Thanks Lee, Wide L is the one I didn't try. I agree the auto focus on the Z9 is a different beast than on the D6.
When I did have it dialed I was able to get focus inside the helmet that I've never had with the D6



Sep 12, 2022 at 08:36 AM
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threepairsphot wrote:
Thanks Lee, Wide L is the one I didn't try. I agree the auto focus on the Z9 is a different beast than on the D6.
When I did have it dialed I was able to get focus inside the helmet that I've never had with the D6


Most of the sports photographers I work around still use the D4s or D5 and only one uses the D6 which is still an excellent camera for action and the reason I kept mine instead of taking a $3,000.00 hit on the used market.




Sep 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM
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Looks great - thanks for sharing. I'm surprised that the football (assuming HS) allows mouthguards to not be tethered to the facemask.


Sep 12, 2022 at 12:23 PM
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Thanks that would be a game changer for sure.


Sep 12, 2022 at 08:06 PM
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Great stuff Lee 👍


Sep 13, 2022 at 08:05 AM
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carl_g wrote:
Great stuff Lee 👍


Thanks Carl



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