Friday, February 26, 2016

Jump Shot - Youth Sports With A Point & Shoot

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Even in old age I still do a reasonable amount of Youth Sports Photography. While I use a DSLR for much of my work, when indoors, I like to use my Fuji X20. I have had this little P&S for a little over a year now and I really enjoy it. BTW, this is just my personal opinion.

Because of arthritis in the thumb portion of my left hand, holding a camera for a long period of time creates a good deal of pain. I do not use a tripod because I like to move around and shoot quickly from different angles. So, after a couple of hours shooting I just want to hang it up.

However, with this little X20 I can use it for indoor sports and I do get quite a few good images. The camera is light, fast and gives decent photos at higher ISO's. This image here was taken at 1/250 sec at f/2.8 with an ISO of 1250. Also, in this older gym at a Y no one but players and coaches are allowed down around the court and everyone else has to sit on a balcony that runs around the gym.

In this photo I was at the opposite end of the gym up on the balcony and I had the X20 zoomed into an equivalent focal length of 112mm. Even at that range, zoomed in, and taken indoors this little camera gives me the photos that I want and need. And, more important, when the game is over, my hand does not hurt as much as if I had used my DSLR with an 85mm on it.

The point being, you can use a Point & Shoot camera for indoor sports, if it is fast, has decent image quality and is almost as responsive as a DSLR... and if you have good knowledge of the game and know when and where to concentrate on the action. I usually get more keepers than I throw away...

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