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    D800 and outdoor sport

    Just a quick test shots on a local soccer match yesterday late afternoon to see how the AF performs with this kind of action.

    Camera settings :

    JPEG Large,
    ISO Auto,
    Manual Mode,
    Picture Control : Standard, Auto sharpening,
    AF-C & Dynamic 51-points


    Lens : 200-400 VRI, handheld.



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    Last edited by Sar NOP; 29-04-2012 at 1:41pm.

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    great shots as always Sar.

    The only question I have relates to the actual speed of the D800 in this environment.

    Is the max 4fps(or 5 in jpg mode) fast enough for a fast paced environment such as sports?

    My only concern with the D800 is the occasional go kart and other fast paced situation, where I set the camera to Ch(6fps) and pray for the best.

    I'm not so concerned with the buffer performance as it seems to be in line with what I already am used too, which is usually more than I'm willing to shoot anyhow.

    But those lost 6 frames in a 3 sec burst could make a difference in some situations.
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    lucky you were shooting oldies, to help with tracking


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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurking83 View Post
    The only question I have relates to the actual speed of the D800 in this environment.

    Is the max 4fps(or 5 in jpg mode) fast enough for a fast paced environment such as sports?
    For each action I want to capture, at best I can only get 2 photos in a burst !
    Really not fast enough (I think 8 fps is a minimum for this kind of action).




    Quote Originally Posted by arthurking83 View Post

    My only concern with the D800 is the occasional go kart and other fast paced situation, where I set the camera to Ch(6fps) and pray for the best.

    I'm not so concerned with the buffer performance as it seems to be in line with what I already am used too, which is usually more than I'm willing to shoot anyhow.

    But those lost 6 frames in a 3 sec burst could make a difference in some situations.
    With only 4 fps, I need to use different techniques : for example, anticipate the action et capture it at the right time like with the old day with film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rowdy23 View Post
    lucky you were shooting oldies, to help with tracking

    It's the best subject to start with this camera.

    Tomorrow, birds in flight with the 600/4 (+TC)...

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    Hi Sar,
    If you haven't seen this thread from another forum, it may be of interest to you.
    http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1108889
    Nikon FX

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    Thanks for the link, swifty.

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