Canon EOS 650: Hockey Pictures

Discussion in 'Canon' started by CADDman, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. CADDman

    CADDman Guest

    I was wondering if someone can give me some advice. I will be taking a lot
    of pictures this year of my son's hockey team and I was wondering what
    settings I should use to take good pictures without using a flash. The
    hockey rinks are pretty well lit and I do not want to use a flash to disrupt
    the players. I have a Canon EOS 650. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Thank you,
    CADDman, Sep 27, 2003
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  2. Hi

    Try a good non-zoom lense (eg. 85 mm 2,8), if you got the money the perhaps
    a Sigma 28-70 2,8 or a Canon 24-70 2,8. Then load a fast film, I like to use
    the FujiPress 800, it a little grainy, but that is what you can expect from
    a ISO 800 film...

    Venlig hilsen/best regards

    René Ernst Nielsen

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    René Ernst Nielsen, Sep 28, 2003
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  3. CADDman

    Mark Loyd Guest


    Much of your success is going to depend on what lens you use. You really
    need something with a 2.8 or larger aperture that will allow you to use a
    shutter speed of at least 1/250th of a second. Use 800 speed film and Fuji
    800, the kind you can buy at the grocery store or Wal-Mart has worked well
    for me in the past. 1600 speed film can be purchased at camera store, but
    can result in grainy photos.
    Mark Loyd, Sep 29, 2003
  4. Like the two before me said, you'll need a fast film & fast lens. For
    hockey ideally you'll have a 70-200 f/2.8 zoom lens and use 800 or
    1600 speed film. In the arena here in Phoenix I can shoot Arena
    Football at ISO 800 & 1/250 shutter so shooting hockey with that
    enormous white reflector they are skating on should be just as good.

    But, I would invest in, at the very least, a gray card or, the best
    choice, a light meter. Your eyes can be fooled quite easily and I
    doubt that a non-professional hockey rink is going to be lit as well
    as a pro arena. There are a couple gyms I shoot volleyball in that
    both seem to be fairly lit. One I can shoot 1/250 at ISO 800 and the
    other I have to push all the way to ISO 3200 to get 1/250.

    You can't trust your eyes to gauge man-made light.

    Michael Stevens, Sep 30, 2003
  5. CADDman

    CADDman Guest

    Thanks for everyone's advice. I will test it this weekend.
    CADDman, Oct 1, 2003
  6. Use a flash for a tad of fill. None of the players will notice - or care.

    I don't know if you're digital or film, but run at least 800 ASA and try
    to get to 1/250 or faster.
    vern(notafanofhormel), Oct 1, 2003
  7. Fuji 800 is the best high-speed film in the market. When I used film, I
    tried 'em all - fuji 800, agfa, kodak 800, 1000, 1600 (all Kodak high
    speed film was grainy and flat).

    Fuji was the best.
    vern(notafanofhormel), Oct 1, 2003
  8. CADDman

    EktarEd Guest

    An EOS 650 is film, unless it has installed one of the vaporware digital
    EktarEd, Oct 1, 2003
  9. While I would normally agree as to using a fill flash, I do for indoor
    football, for hockey it may not be necessary since the players have a
    200' white reflector undeneath them.

    If one is used it should be set to -2 or -3 exposure.

    Michael Stevens, Oct 2, 2003
  10. One thing that worked for me last year was over-exposing by one stop.
    Compensates for the reflected light off the ice. The meter will try to
    darken all that white ice to grey, and that will leave the players
    underexposed. But it will force you to use a slower shutter, and the
    processing place can brighten them up for you later anyway. So you can try
    that if you can.

    Jeremy Hodges, Oct 2, 2003
  11. That's a good call that I forgot about simply because I don't let the
    camera meter for me. I use a light meter and the display on my digital
    body to gauge the exposure. I'll set the meter to 800-3200 speed film,
    depending on the arena, and work the shutter speed until I get a f/2.8
    aperture and stick with that number.

    Michael Stevens, Oct 2, 2003
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