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Tennis pics - how to take them without using a SLR camera and pricy equipment

I always try to take good pics when attending matches but my camera is not good enough... it´s a Pentax Optio 555. I want to buy a new one and would like to share tips with you guys on which one to choose for less than $500. Of course I´m not considering buying a DSLR but, among the digitals, which one have you used? I´ve been having trouble to freeze shots and close-ups. I think many of us tennis fans experience the same.

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Re: Tennis pics - how to take them without using a SLR camera and pricy equipment

I really really like my panasonic lumix. I have an older model but they have some new ones that are well under $500.

For tennis I would recommend one with a huge zoom (mine's 12x optical and is just lovely), adjustable appertures so you can adjust for high and low light to be able to avoid washed out pics in bright sun but also avoid the flash later at night.

But the most important thing for me is the image stabilization that the Panasonic ones have. It makes taking action shots really easy because it freezes the frame for a split second before it takes the picture, so I can get great pics mid-shot, mid-serve, etc. And those are typically my fave pics So I would say for primarily tennis photography, that feature is a must-have for non-pros like us.

Mine also has a feature that i like for tennis to take a few pics at once with one click. It increases the chances that one or two of the shot you want will turn out because it's taking multiple pics at a time.

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I bought a Minolta DiMAGE Z5 in January and I must say I'm really pleased with it It costs around 350 euros. My Hamburg pics are just great it's got 12x optical zoom and I think 4xdigital as well. I don't use the digital, the optical is good enough most times

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I really really like my panasonic lumix. I have an older model but they have some new ones that are well under $500.

For tennis I would recommend one with a huge zoom (mine's 12x optical and is just lovely), adjustable appertures so you can adjust for high and low light to be able to avoid washed out pics in bright sun but also avoid the flash later at night.

But the most important thing for me is the image stabilization that the Panasonic ones have. It makes taking action shots really easy because it freezes the frame for a split second before it takes the picture, so I can get great pics mid-shot, mid-serve, etc. And those are typically my fave pics So I would say for primarily tennis photography, that feature is a must-have for non-pros like us.

Mine also has a feature that i like for tennis to take a few pics at once with one click. It increases the chances that one or two of the shot you want will turn out because it's taking multiple pics at a time.

You can see a lot of the pics i've taken with my camera in my photogalleries here on MTF, if you want Here's a random one


hi, Debra! Which model is that? FZ25? Sounds great!!!

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You basically have two problems with Point and shoot digital cams:

1) The reach: a lot of the lower budget cams only have a 3x zoom, equivalent to something like 28-84mm or something. This is generally too short to take anything "correct" unless you are sitting at the very front row...
You can now find more and more prosumer point and shoot cams that have a 10 or 12x zoom. I am no specialist, but some of those may be in your price range...

2) The sensivity (comparable to ISO): Point and shoot camera have generally a low sensivity, somewhere around 50 to 400 ISO. Also the quality of the pictures at 200 or 400 ISO is often awful.
I won't enter into detail, but this basically makes it such that you won't be able to take any good picture indoor basically (because your shutter speed will be too long).
Outdoor, you can have enough light, but you have to ensure that the shutter speed is high enough. You will need something around 1/200s or faster to have some good motion freeze...


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There would be tons of things to say, but check www.dpreview.com, great website on digital photo with some great forums as well

PS: these are just a few pics i took with my D20 last year in Zurich. Now of course it is a DSLR and not a p&s http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?p=6501325

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I bought a Minolta DiMAGE Z5 in January and I must say I'm really pleased with it It costs around 350 euros. My Hamburg pics are just great it's got 12x optical zoom and I think 4xdigital as well. I don't use the digital, the optical is good enough most times

Hi! Do you have a gallery where I can see your pics? Tks!

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Hi! Do you have a gallery where I can see your pics? Tks!
well there are pics in Villa Moya, Verdasco Online and TommyRobredo.net (links in my sig) Only I had to resize them

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Thank you! I´ve practically decided to rule our a point and shoot one... I´m really looking forward to buying a prosummer model that would at least give me enough reach. Which one do you own?

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Nice ones! That´s exaclty what I want... to have good close-ups and be able to freeze the player during the shot... sometimes i´ve tried to do it but the results were a little bit blurry... I´m checking the prizes of this camera in NY... it´s definitely in my list now... going to compare it with other models, read some reviews and, any doubt, can I get back to you? Tks!

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http://groups.msn.com/CarlitasVillaM...o&PhotoID=1777

This pic´s GREAT! Did you really take it with your own camera??? CONGRATS! Amazing one!

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Deb, I´ve been watching lots of your pics and they´re really great! I specially liked AA´s! Congrats! I´ve been watching some pics from Carlita too and now I should say I´ll definitely start to look for both cameras or similar models.

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http://groups.msn.com/CarlitasVillaM...o&PhotoID=1777

This pic´s GREAT! Did you really take it with your own camera??? CONGRATS! Amazing one!
hahaha, no sorry...

mine are in here: http://groups.msn.com/CarlitasVillaM...ry.msnw?Page=8

the Hamburg ones are taken with the digital camera

also: http://verdasco-online.com/gallery/c...ee8a7322d64c9f

and: http://www.tommyrobredo.net/gallery/...70fe9d2aadfc46


but all resized so they wouldnt take up too much space the bigger versions are much better though as you can see with the Carlos ones I posted here.

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Also... could you please tell me which model you´ve been currently using? Sometimes their updates are not so good as it seems... so, if I do find your model on a better price, I´ll definitely consider buying it. Tks!

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lol Well, they´re also nice ones!!! Too bad it was Blake´s day... lol Did you take all of them from where you were seated (behind Moya´s seat)? Zoom worked perfectly but, midserve, some parts of the pic got a little bit blurry... that´s the problem, isn´t it? It´s quite difficult to "freeze" the complete move without a professional camera, am I correct? I´ve tried LOADS of times and only eventually I was able to get nice pics! lol

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