Stuck in 2 minds - just wanted to get my thoughts out...

Started May 24, 2011 | Discussions thread
blue_skies Forum Pro • Posts: 11,532
Re: Stuck in 2 minds - just wanted to get my thoughts out...

Herts_JoaTMoN wrote:

My took my NEX plus 18-55 to my older bothers (age 30) cup final (they also got promoted this season as well). But it couldnt keep up at all. The lighting wasnt great as it was an evening kick off. I couldnt see the 18-200 performance being any better due to the contrast focusing which is what has pushed me towards complementing my NEX with a second camera.

Did you try higher ISO, higher aperture and lower shutter speed? For soccer, you may get away with a shutter speed between 1/150s to 1/250s, no need to go too fast.

The CDAF is the same for 1855 and 18200, and only works on contrast. In lowlight and action you may not have sufficient for the lens to focus.

The metering is 'live view' - what you see is what you get. Higher ISO will help the system somewhat.

More successful is to use MF (not even DMF) and accept a number of wasted shots. Then shoot many shots in burst.


For the NEX, the hyperfocal distance at 55mm and f8 is 60ft. You can see in dofmaster that if you focus at 60ft and f8, everything from 30ft to infinity will be in focus, sufficient for soccer shots. You need to set up the camera so that f8 allows you to shoot e.g. at 1/250s.

So, no need to focus, just aim and shoot. Your (soccer) shots should turn out just fine.

In this mode, the NEX is as usuable as any other camera, and the IS in the lens works remarkably well.

An aXX may allow you to shoot lower ISO, or create more DoF, but you may end up setting up the aXX simirlarly as described, ie. obtaining same results.

Also, if you make prints that are smaller than e.g. 18x20", then you can still crop and have decent prints - meaning the action does not need to be in the center.

As to your experience, there are other optimizations - sports mode, center/weighted/avera metering, spot focus, and so on that all have dramatic effects on your results. I think that the method above will be more successful, but practice makes skills here.

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