Which gear would you pack for a night MLB game?

Started May 22, 2014 | Discussions thread
jimoyer Senior Member • Posts: 1,879
Re: Results Are In

kshepp wrote:

Thanks for the advice, everybody. In the end I took the D7000 + 70-200mm f2.8 VR II ... and used a Nikon TC-17E II for much of the night. I wish I'd had the dynamic range of the D700, but I think the crop factor and higher pixel count was for sure the right way to go. Aside from the one wide shot below of the park with a Sigma 10-20mm, everything else was just manual, wide open (either f2.8 without the TC or f4.8 with) at 1/1000 or 1/1250 with auto ISO.

I learned a bunch from my first night shoot... in particular...check your gear: I didn't realize until a few innings in that my VR was off. Ugh. And I'm a little spoiled shooting day sports, where I can just set the 70-200mm at f2.8 or f4 in aperture priority and let shutter speed float up above 1/1000. If I were a bit better in manual mode, I'd have slowed down the shutter to cut out some of the high ISO noise when I didn't really need to catch action shot.

What would I do next time? Rent a D4s and 400mm f2.8

Edit: I just realized my gallery uploads don't have EXIF data. I'll add it manually...

10mm f4.0 1/1000 ISO 720

120mm f4.8 1/1000 ISO 800

200mm f2.8 1/1000 ISO 220

175mm f3.2 1/640 ISO 200

270mm f4.8 1/1250 ISO 2200

330mm f5.0 1/1000 ISO 3600

210mm f4.8 1/1000 ISO 1800

135mm f4.8 1/1250 ISO 5000

240mm f4.8 1/1250 ISO 6400

340mm f4.8 1/1250 ISO 6400

195mm f2.8 1/1250 ISO 3200

Nice job shepp.  When I'm shooting baseball with my D7100,  I'll normally shoot in M at f4 unless it's getting late/dark where I'll sometimes drop to 2.8, keep the shutter speed between 800-1600 (sometimes a bit more for an especially fast pitcher or for batting images...both of which I try to stay away from), and shoot auto ISO with a cap at either 3200 or 6400 depending.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Nikon 1 V2 Nikon D7100 Olympus E-M1 Nikon D4S +14 more
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