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2009/67: She’s Back!

Yesterday was the first game of the spring soccer season and she had a blast! Wish you all could have been there to see her play!
All pics were taken with my new 18-200mm lens 🙂





15 responses

  1. plainmama

    Those are great! You are already rocking the new lens! The last 2 are my favorites!

    8. March, 2009 at 07:57

  2. I agree, your rocking that lens. Awesome shots

    8. March, 2009 at 09:05

  3. doreen3boys

    WOW, these shots are amazing!! That is such an awesome range………were most of your shots sharp? Great bokeh too, what was your ap at these?

    Go Sara Go, she looks like a superstar!

    8. March, 2009 at 09:17

  4. Thank you!
    No, not all shots were sharp, I had quite a few blurry or out of focus ones. User error!! I need to change the focus points setting (it’s set to use all 51, and that’s just too much for sports).
    I took the camera out of manual (gasp!) and shot in aperture priority. I had it set to 5.6 because that’s the widest at 200mm.

    Scott, if you read this…. any sports photography tips when using this lens?

    8. March, 2009 at 09:50

  5. Thanks for the good morning smile! I know that the auto-focus needs to be on C.

    8. March, 2009 at 09:55

  6. Thanks, Michael. I did have it set to C, and single point AF. (Tried dynamic, but that does NOT work with a bunch of moving kids. Poor camera was completely confused! Didn’t help that it was set to 3D tracking as well. LOL)

    8. March, 2009 at 10:09

  7. Excellent series. I like how you were catching her in mid-air (both feet of the ground). Looks like that 18-200 was just what the doctor order’s. And the fun is just beginning!

    8. March, 2009 at 10:41

  8. She looks great! GO SARA!

    Love these pictures!

    8. March, 2009 at 11:07

  9. Hee hee…well, you have found out that the 18-200 is not a sports lens. While it is fast focusing compared to the 80-400VR you were using, it wasn’t designed with sports in mind.

    However, it does do well with lots of light. You need to find a focusing setting between 51 and single, I think. Does the D300 have something like that? I know on the D70, dynamic with only 5 points didn’t work well but I bet with a few more it would be better. Working with single point focus is hard, as that’s what I do with hockey.

    Oh, the more you use it, they better it will get. 🙂

    8. March, 2009 at 11:14

  10. Forget to comment on the shots….you did great with your first time out with new equipment. Not just the lens but the camera, too.

    8. March, 2009 at 11:16

  11. Well, it’s a MUCH better sports lens than the 80-400!! Focuses much faster, too. And the range is good no matter where they are on the field. I primarily wanted this lens to replace the kit lens and I’m pretty happy with it for soccer so far.
    Yes, the D300 has several other focus point settings. 9 and 21…. there might be another one, but I’m not sure. I will try the 21 next and see how that works. The 51 is just too much when you have to move the focus point.
    When I went through the pictures yesterday evening, I did notice that towards the end of the game, I was getting better results than at the beginning.
    Thanks for the tips and compliments.

    8. March, 2009 at 11:25

  12. dalia

    these are awesome!! the last one is incredible!

    8. March, 2009 at 19:15

  13. great funny that you are back to spring sports already, we don’t start until sometime in April. Yes, our seasons are fairly short…lol!

    So glad she had fun and that mom had fun with her new toy

    8. March, 2009 at 19:21

  14. Such adorable action shots. What a sweetie.

    11. March, 2009 at 14:01

  15. Look at her go! Doing great with that new lens. Colors look good here!

    12. March, 2009 at 19:59

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