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Indoor Ice Hockey w/ Nikon D80

hockeydad 11 3
21 Jan 2007 11:48PM
hi, i'm a newby with a Nikon d80 w/ nikor 55-200 1:4 -5.6g lens trying to shoot my sons indoor ice hockey games. problems are i can't stop the action without it being too dark an image. My ISO SETTING IS auto 200 with 1/60 @ 5.6. I tried manuel ISO 800 but aperature will only go to 5.6
I am looking for a compatiple lens that I can shoot at ISO 800 f/4 @ speed 100....ANY SUGGESTION WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
THANKS from the hockeydad

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wotashot 14 2.2k
21 Jan 2007 11:56PM
For that sport f2.8 glass is the only real option to be honest. You may get away with something thats constantly f4 but better to shoot at f2.8 and freeze the action,

hockeydad 11 3
22 Jan 2007 4:58AM
what lens would you suggest that is compatible with my
nikon D80? thanks for your imput.

sk8mk 11 223 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2007 9:02AM
well, i recentley did some ice hockey shots, and found it was harder than it looks, i had a canon 350D, with a sigma 70-300mm lens with a 2x tele converter. As i was up at the top of the stand, it is quite hard to get light and non blury images, i have a iso of around 1600 and appature of 4.0, i found that its best to experiment with different shutters. I have some pictures on my profile if you want to see some results.

User_Removed 13 3.3k Russian Federation
22 Jan 2007 9:55AM
For that kind of situation, I would bump the ISO up as far as it would go - 1600 on a D80 I think... Even then you might struggle.

Quote:what lens would you suggest that is compatible with my
nikon D80?

If you've got the money, then I'd suggest either the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 or the Nikon 80-200 f/2.8D at the lower end (you can pick them up around the 360 - 400 mark 2nd hand). Alternatively, the Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR is the big budget, top end lens, but it'll cost ya!

Best bet is to go back and have another go with the ISO cranked all the way up. If you still don't have any joy, then try and find a place that'll rent you a lens to try... Have a play and see how much luck you have!
Strobekid 11 369 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2007 4:54PM
Hi Hockeydad,

I use D80 as well. Sports photography, especially indoors ones, will require lots of cash, unfortunately. I have bought Nikon 70-300mm VR, and while that is good for slower moving people/actions outdoors, I struggled shooting indoor go cart last weekend (which is faster action than hockey, but still).

Ended up shooting at the closest corner with my 50mm F/1.8 lens. That came out pretty good - easily froze the action of the go-carts. I preferred the panned shot to accent the speed, though.

As Magicboy suggested, try renting a Sigma or the Nikon f/2.8 lenses and see if either will work for you. Good luck.
hockeydad 11 3
22 Jan 2007 8:41PM
thanks everyone for the input. I will start researching lens' that were recommended. I also will try to crank up the ISO to to 1600 and will see what happens. I am assuming it will raise aperature when ISO higher. at any rate I am still hoping for more suggestions.

I will also try to find one to rent.

best regards, hockeydad
Strobekid 11 369 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2007 11:32AM
Just to clarify, when you raise ISO, what you are doing is raising the sensor sensitivity to light, making it require less exposure time, meaning quicker shutter speed at the same aperture. I would assume as you are shooting action shots, you are shooting in shutter speed priority mode? In that case, raising ISO will not automatically adjust the aperture.

Set to the highest shutter speed with best balance between exposure/crispness? Also, shoot in RAW, and raise exposure in post process. This will probably give you the best results until you get yourself a new camera. Make sure to keep checking that histogram.
RickT 11 2
28 Jan 2007 4:24PM
I have not shot ice hockey indoors before myself, surprising I know, considering I am in Canada. If I were to try, considering my lense options, I think I would try with ISO 1600 and shoot at F4 using my 70 - 300 Nikkor Zoom and as suggested prior, in raw format.

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