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Thomas C. Rowe

Photographing Horses Jumping Fences

Please advise: I would like the best image of horses jumping fences at shows. Which Nikon camera is best for action shots? The D2H is 8F/sec, the D70 is 3F/sec. Is this burst rate? Shutter speeds seem to be the same for all three models. Cost is not an issue, within reason: $3,000 max. Autofocus seems to be a necessity.

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5/1/2004 4:41:13 AM

Damian P. Gadal
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/22/2002

I believe the D2H is the fastest for action shots, but it's pricey...

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5/1/2004 1:04:11 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Autofocus doesn't have to be a necessity, especially for something like horse shows. Prefocus on the jumps, and timing will get you through depending on burst rate, which is what the 8 frames/sec is. You'll need to consider which lens you're going to buy just as much as camera body. So don't use all your budget just on the body.

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5/1/2004 1:46:08 PM

Cookie Serletic  
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Canon D30 -50mm lens (ring side) F5.6 Ai servo
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I photograph horses mostly and do alot of hunters and jumpers. You really wont need to use the contuous mode, because only One point in time will be usable ( if you are selling or want a correct shot) It is best to either focus on the jump and wait . or use AI servo and pan with the horse until take off. I have some show photos posted at if you want to see examples. Most of these wer taken with My digital canon D30 or Nikon N-80 ( is usaully shoot on shutter priority )and large aperture. remember to get only the horse and jump not alot of "empty space or the rider and horse are too small :)

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5/5/2004 6:20:44 AM

Sherry  Trethewey Stewart   When you say you want to get the 'best image' of showjumpers--I'd like to point out that each riding discipline aspires to attain a certain 'look'. ie--hunter/jumpers most often like a 'classic' shot from 90 degrees (at right angles) While there is always room for a different approach--if you are looking to sell--just be aware that your riders and owners have certain expectations.

Sherry Trethewey

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5/5/2004 10:23:06 AM

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