Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fuji X20 & Sports Photography

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Let me say up front that I am in no way connected with Fujifilm.

With that said, I've been using the Fuji X20 for the past couple of months and I've discovered that with proper use it can be used for youth sports photography. The above photos, plus the ones I've posted already, are proof that the camera is fast enough to be used for this kind of photography.

In this situation, I was photographing a Youth Church League basketball game and the above photos are just a small sample of what I was able to achieve. I really like this camera, especially shooting sports in the Black & White mode. The camera focuses fast and there is no shutter lag. As you can see I was able to capture the action quite well; even the quiet moment of a couple of very young spectators...

I tend to use the viewfinder and not the LCD. For one thing it does help to make the battery last longer, and it also helps to steady these old hands of mine when I press the camera against my face. Plus old habits die hard.

Before the game starts I practice a little to see at what focal length I want to use when the action is down the court and what length to use when it is at my end. Basically I have found myself using the 85mm setting for the long shots and the 35mm setting when the action is at my end. And the f/2 to f/2.8 aperture settings really help to keep the shutter speed at 125th of a second or higher.

I really enjoy this camera and I can see me using it a lot more for youth sports photography, especially that which is done indoors and I'm seeing me use this more and more when doing some street photography as well. For me this is an ideal take any camera.

Oh, and I really like the color film simulations as well. They do tend to give me that old film and photo look to my work...

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