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Canon EOS Rebel XT

by amcdan2000_1 / September 13, 2007 7:13 AM PDT

I just got this camera. I need to know a copuple of things. What flash setting does it need to be on for motion. Football lights are present, some sun left. I'm not trying to take from far away, but some of the people in the photo are clear and some are blurry. Can you help me?

Also I need to get the lens that is longer than the 18-55 that it comes with. What would that be. I mostly would like it for action shots. I know I need a new flash also. Any suggestions?

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For analysis, ...
by Papa Echo / September 13, 2007 8:00 AM PDT
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...try posting that photo. HERE. Just browse to your saved photo and post the link provided to you.

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There is no flash setting for action.
by Kiddpeat / September 13, 2007 8:30 AM PDT
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A flash is very fast, and will freeze action if the subject is close enough. The key is the shutter speed. You need a fast shutter speed to freeze action.

Long lenses (for distant subjects) are not usually used with flash. The reason is that the flash cannot illuminate distant subjects. You need to look at your flash's specifications to see how far it will reach.

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look to the lens, not the flash
by fionndruinne / September 13, 2007 2:14 PM PDT
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To get truly good action photos, the lens is your best tool; flash will just not do in nine out of ten situations. What you need is a "fast" telephoto lens, that is large-aperture. Unfortunately, these lenses are big, heavy and expensive. But the enhanced light-grabbing abilities of a fast lens will allow for much faster shutter speeds, allowing you to capture the action. Plus with greater depth-of-field, resulting in blurry backgrounds which isolate your subject, visual quality of the photo will be better.

I'm not well-versed in Canon's fast telephoto lineup - what I do know is they tend to be expensive. Sigma makes a good 50-150mm (that's up to three times the long-zoom-end of your current lens) f/2.8 (that's the minimum for low-light action photography - and happens to be the maximum aperture for almost every zoom lens). This lens is quite a bit lighter/smaller than the 70-200mm f/2.8, the standard for this kind of shooting, and costs much less, at $600 (ouch!).

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Action lens
by hjfok / September 14, 2007 2:12 PM PDT
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You can consider the Canon EF 100mm f/2 and if you need something longer then it will get expensive, the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. Sigma has a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens which is good but lacks IS and you will need to use a tripod or find some bench or surface to stablize your hand and camera.

You will need a better wide aperture lens more than a flash. Here are a few night action shots I shot with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens handheld without flash:

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