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Shutter Speeds For Taking Dog Agility Competition


jaspernina e2
7 1.0k Wales
9 Aug 2007 4:12PM
Hi all.

On Tuesday I'm off to our county show, were my friend has entered his dog in the agility competition. As you can see all my photography has been of static objects apart from the odd dog portrait. What i need help with is; what would be a good starting point for my shutter setting's on my D200 (or any other settings that might help) I'll be using a Sigma 24-70 2.8 Ex lense, the event is out doors, a tripod would be a hiderence because of the obstacles the dogs will have to jump.

Hope you can help me out.

Stephen.

PS Any suggestions on how i can practice this technique with out being at such an event?

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Coleslaw e2
9 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Aug 2007 4:14PM
take pics of other dogs in the show first and see how fast the shutter speed you need.
I would guess at least 1/500 sec, maybe
9 Aug 2007 4:28PM
Watch a few of the dogs going round the course first, and work out the best place to stand. Ideally you would need a longer lens Sad but you can probably find a spot that will give you some decent pics. There are some obstacles where the dogs aren't going too fast, eg. weave poles, see-saw, and if you are worried about shutter speed try getting the dog coming towards you over a jump (or through a tyre - that always looks effective).

Sheila
jaspernina e2
7 1.0k Wales
9 Aug 2007 4:44PM

Quote:Ideally you would need a longer lens


I have a Sigma 135-400mm APO lense, but for some reason the focusing is really slow, I'll also take that with me and give it ago.

Thanks for you advice.

Stephen
ZenTog e2
12 7.9k 1 England
9 Aug 2007 4:45PM
buy a 70-200 2.8 l series it will beat any other lens for this kind of work
Geoffphoto e2
8 13.5k United Kingdom
9 Aug 2007 4:46PM
I second that !! Smile
ZenTog e2
12 7.9k 1 England
9 Aug 2007 4:48PM
if you canget in really close a wide angle like a 17-40mm wil lbe great the longer depth of field will mean virtually every bit of action will be in focus
jaspernina e2
7 1.0k Wales
9 Aug 2007 4:51PM
I have a Nikon! Sigma makes a 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG Macro, is that any good, Nikon 80-200mm f/2.8 D ED but that costs even more. I'll just see how i get a long with the kit i have. I've run out of excuses to tell the wife about why i HAVE TO have this piece of equiptment Wink
ZenTog e2
12 7.9k 1 England
9 Aug 2007 4:55PM
one of my togs bought the 70-200 2.8 siggie, He bought a used one, rubbish, he then bought a new one from the same shop, still , he went back and changed it for the canon version . yes a lot more money but a hell of a lot more optics, instant better results, could see the results straight away
buy a used nikon 70-200 if you can afford it , it probally will not cost much more than a new siggie
tell her that bloddy Paulfrost bloke of ephotozine says you have to buy one!!
Geoffphoto e2
8 13.5k United Kingdom
9 Aug 2007 4:59PM
A quick search for you, Grays have got a 80-200mm f/2.8D AF IF-ED Zoom-Nikkor N with case in mint condition for 525 - which is not bad and cheaper than a new Sigma !

Grays
jaspernina e2
7 1.0k Wales
9 Aug 2007 5:06PM

Quote:A quick search for you, Grays have got a 80-200mm f/2.8D AF IF-ED Zoom-Nikkor N with case in mint condition for 525 - which is not bad and cheaper than a new Sigma !


Your getting me in to trouble now, I'll blame it all on you if 'she who must be obeyed' finds out that I've blown her shoe allowance on another piece of kitWink
Geoffphoto e2
8 13.5k United Kingdom
9 Aug 2007 5:07PM
LOL It's OK Stephen, I'll take the blame ( My name is Paul Frost) Smile

And tell her that she does'nt need shoes in this weather !!
ZenTog e2
12 7.9k 1 England
9 Aug 2007 5:10PM
shoes at 500 quid , you must be joking theres perfectly good car boot sales where she can buy shoes if she needs them , buy the bloddy lens, its tax deductable at the end of the day!!!
Geoffphoto e2
8 13.5k United Kingdom
9 Aug 2007 5:15PM
I third that !!!!
jaspernina e2
7 1.0k Wales
9 Aug 2007 5:15PM
LOL. Does your partner see things that way then? Wink

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