recentley purchased the 20D and was in a situation where I was trying for some stop action images at close range in low light conditions using two different lenses. canon 17-85is usm & promaster 70-300. tried sports basic mode and tv mode but was not able to achieve actual stop/action. Any suggestion on what setting I should shoot with under these conditions.
Depending upon the speed of the subject you will need an aperture/iso combination that will allow you to use a shutter speed of 1/125 sec or faster.
Thank you for sharing your experience--greatly appreciated
This may be just a case of misery loves company, but the other night I was assigned to cover an indoor swim meet - no flash allowed. I started using my Sigma 15-30 with iso 800 with M mode, setting sh.speed at 180 and d.field at 4.5. Then a fellow photographer said he was using iso 1600 with a higher speed. So I tried this with my Canon 28-70 USM. Although I was not pleased with any of the photos, the iso 800 were somewhat better with tolerable noise. Yes, I set the WB at flourescent. Frankly I really don't want to do any more swim meet shots indoors, if flash is not permitted. I would apprecaite any further suggestions. email@example.com
I would consider myself disadvantaged shooting any indoor sporting event, without flash, with any lens slower than 2.8. At most indoor sporting venues I could get a 250 shutter speed with a 2.8 lens wide open on ISO 1600 film.
Actually the use of flash is one of the things that separates the pro sports shooters from the amateurs. The pro understands the limitations of their equipment. They use lenses specific to what the project is, like 2.8 fast focal length telephotos or 1.4 to 2.0 fast normal or wide angles so they can capture the image without ruining the look of the light with flash.
What always strikes me as interesting is that photographers used to be better photographers before cameras became better cameras.