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    Quote Originally Posted by red00ecstrat
    as u guys know. a 50mm is just a cool weapon when u are shooting in the middle of the court under the umpire. and because of it's big max aperture. i can shoot at iso 800 with 1/500 or faster in most of the situations. and with iso 800. the images are more "solid" much better than using iso 1600. here are the examples.
    Did you use f1.4 for those shots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung
    Did you use f1.4 for those shots?
    most probably...or a f1.8 50mm maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung
    Did you use f1.4 for those shots?
    i had stepped it down to f2 instead.

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    fortunately for Canon, they have the relatively affordable 135 f/2 though I think the ideal lens for badminton action shots is the 200 f/1.8 in order to have maximum blurring of the background.

    regarding positioning etc, this year's Singapore Open was the first time i had photographed a sports event , however, i noticed that there were certain set pieces that you could anticipate in advance... the easiest was the men's doubles jump smash.... when you see a high lift from the opposing side, you have 1-1.5 seconds to prepare to shoot the rear man doing a jump smash. That should be enough to get the rear man in focus.

    Similarly for men's singles... you can use your 'badminton experience' and figure that sooner or later, the opponent is going to put a high clear into the forehand or backhand rear corner. At this higher level, it's possible that the player will smash the return even if in the rear corner. So just prefocus into the backhand or forehand corner and watch the match.

    When the opponent does a high clear into the corners, look into the viewfinder and fire away to capture the jump smash (or drop shot disguised as a smash)

    As a bonus, when the player is smashing from the rear corners, this means the net is further away and not so distracting in the photo.

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    what do u guys think. what's the best looking action posture that we can capture on court. can be a forehand smash, backhand drop shot or peforming some net tricks etc etc.....
    for me. the best looking action posture would be a player who's peforming a crosscourt smash from his/her backhand side.
    like this shot which was taken by ants in the singapore open 05. i like that shot not just because she's jiang yanjiao hehe.. that's really nice indeed!
    it's funny that. that kinda posture can't be found from all players. somebody can perform it beautifully. somebody can't!
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    Quote Originally Posted by red00ecstrat
    what do u guys think. what's the best looking action posture that we can capture on court. can be a forehand smash, backhand drop shot or peforming some net tricks etc etc.....
    for me. the best looking action posture would be a player who's peforming a crosscourt smash from his/her backhand side.
    like this shot which was taken by ants in the singapore open 05. i like that shot not just because she's jiang yanjiao hehe.. that's really nice indeed!
    it's funny that. that kinda posture can't be found from all players. somebody can perform it beautifully. somebody can't!
    high jumpsmashing pose with legs, waist, shoulder, elbow, arm all cocked ready to unload for me please

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    For me, I just love the way Sigit smashes. Looks like some kung-fu master

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    Quote Originally Posted by storkbill

    For me, I just love the way Sigit smashes. Looks like some kung-fu master
    nice pose

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler
    high jumpsmashing pose with legs, waist, shoulder, elbow, arm all cocked ready to unload for me please
    yep. that's cool. i've also found that an overhead smashing is equally cool!

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    Kung fu master Sigit is really good.

    My favourite posture are:
    1) The Korea player jumped very high, with limbs fully extended preparing for the smash.
    2) Xie Xingfang is very beautiful, we can see her face after she hit the shuttlecock.
    3) Kellogg's facial muscle is tense, good expression.
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    Photo like forehand stroke with fully extended elbow is less preferably to me, although shuttlecock can be seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by storkbill
    fortunately for Canon, they have the relatively affordable 135 f/2 though I think the ideal lens for badminton action shots is the 200 f/1.8 in order to have maximum blurring of the background.
    Strokbill,
    Is the Sigit photo taken by primes Canon 200mm f/1.8? The quality is very good indeed. Which model of carmera and setting for the photo you've used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AChan
    Strokbill,
    Is the Sigit photo taken by primes Canon 200mm f/1.8? The quality is very good indeed. Which model of carmera and setting for the photo you've used?
    yes, 200 f/1.8 + 1D2. Setting - whatever it takes to get 1/1000 shutter speed.

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    What ISO? Is it 1000?

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    Ok went to look at the exposure details

    The Sigit shot is f/1.8 1/1250 ISO 1250. This was my first setting as I was still figuring out how to shoot badminton photos and didn't know what shutter speed was needed for a jump smash.

    Now I go fastest 1/1000 which means f/1.8 1/1000 ISO 1000.

    For the technically minded, sometimes I overexpose by 1/3 stop if i feel it's necessary, which means f/1.8 1/800 ISO1000 because it helps with dynamic range (that's what I do sometimes, may not be right, just works for me).

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    Form your comments I think you are using manual. Is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by storkbill
    The Sigit shot is f/1.8 1/1250 ISO 1250.
    I can't find Canon prime 180mm f/1.8 from Canon official website.

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