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Blurry Action Photos

I have a Minolta Maxxum STsi 35mm SLR. When using a 100-300 autofocus lens to take pictures of the athletes at a gymnastics meet (where flash is not permitted), the action/motion pictures come out blurred, even when using 800 film. I use the automatic settings on the camera. Should I use manual settings and/or a faster film speed? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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1/11/2004 3:37:26 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  I have a feeling that a 100-300 zoom is some where close to a f/5 lens. Maybe at the 100 side it's f/4, but at 100 you may not feel that it brings you in close enough. You'll have to use the fastest film you can get since you don't have an f/2.8 lens. And then you have to time your shots when their motion slows or when they do the poses on the balance beam.

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1/11/2004 8:52:24 PM

Carol Brill
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2003
  David, I had the same camera and lens which I used for taking high school football pictures, no flash, poor lighting at night. I got the best results using Fuji Press 1600 film and a monopod, and setting the camera on manual mode with a shutter speed of 1/250 or 1/350, aperture 5.6 (the widest open this lens would go). Try not to zoom all the way out to 300mm if you can help it, the lens is soft at this end and is best up to about 250mm. Good luck!

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1/12/2004 2:31:43 PM

Leanne M.E. Boyd
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/16/2003
  Gregory and Carol, I was wondering this same question. I went to a concert with dances, singers and musicians - and most came out blurry. Next year 800ISO film, and a monopod.

Leanne Boyd

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1/13/2004 11:05:06 AM

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