Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Annika1980, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Annika1980

    Annika1980 Guest

    Took the Fab 5D2 to the UTC-Wofford basketball game last night.
    Got my ticket right down in the Bob Uecker seats .... right in the
    front row so I could be close to the action. Best seat in the
    house .... right in the corner at the baseline.

    I was not only eager to see how the Fab 5D2 would perform at high
    ISOs, but also eager to test out my new Pocketwizard Multimax. I
    figured the arena probably had house lights installed so it was just a
    matter of finding the right channel and not interfering with any pros
    who would be using them as well.

    Naturally, the chick who snaps for the local rag shows up and squats
    down on the floor 10' from me. She had her crappy Nikons with the old
    version of the Pocketwizards attached. Out of courtesy, I didn't even
    use my Pocketwizard at the start of the game since the flashes take a
    second or two to recycle and having more than one photographer using
    the same flashes can cause others to miss shots if the flash doesn't
    fire. So I figured I'd let her do her thing while I shot a few high
    ISO shots in the poorly lit gym. Most times, these newspaper people
    leave around halftime so I would have plenty of time to try out the
    PW's later.

    Just before halftime my curiosity got the best of me and I attached
    the Pocketwizard and took a shot. The chick on the floor saw the
    flash, saw me and raced over and got in my face demanding to know who
    I was shooting for and asking, "Hey, who's lights are you using?" I
    said, "The house lights, I assume."
    She yelled, "No, those are OUR lights!" (which I seriously doubt).
    She yells, "No wonder I keep missing shots!" As I tried to explain to
    her that I'd only taken one pic with the flash she stormed back to her
    spot on the floor in a huff.
    I was going to calmly explain how her missed shots could either be due
    to her crappy equipment (Nikon) or her LOFT (lack of fuckin talent).

    So I continued to shoot at high ISO settings (ISO 6400) the rest of
    the game since she stayed for the whole contest. Here is her awesome
    pic for the paper using the house strobes.
    I assume that's the best she got.

    Here's a few of my high-ISO shots without the benefit of the house

    Here's a cool shot I got after the game of some cheerleaders who were
    I don't know whether this was caused by the strobe only hitting half
    of them or some shutter timing issue.
    Annika1980, Jan 9, 2009
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  2. Annika1980

    Helen Guest

    "I was going to calmly explain how her missed shots could either be
    to her crappy equipment (Nikon) or her LOFT (lack of fuckin talent)."

    Judging by the pic she took, I'd say it was her lack of talent.
    I would've went to the newspapers office and showed them how coverage
    of a basketball is properly done. They might have even paid for your
    And it's clear to see why. Composition, lighting and the action shots
    are what they want. They are professionally captured, like in Sports
    Illustrated, and you did this with no problem. The half strobed shot
    didn't come out good. Hey, it happens to the best of them.
    The very high ISO is incredibly impressive. The 5D2 has gone above
    and beyond the call!
    Helen, Jan 9, 2009
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  3. Annika1980

    Noons Guest

    Helen wrote,on my timestamp of 10/01/2009 2:39 AM:

    You forgot "this is what National Geographic wants",
    wake up girl!
    Noons, Jan 10, 2009
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