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

Claudio
06-04-2006, 06:16 PM
I always try to take good pics when attending matches but my camera is not good enough... itīs 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 Iīm not considering buying a DSLR but, among the digitals, which one have you used? Iīve been having trouble to freeze shots and close-ups. I think many of us tennis fans experience the same.

Anybody?

Tks! :)

Björki
06-04-2006, 06:18 PM
check out
Minolta Dimages

They have several (good) ones.

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 06:21 PM
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

http://img2.menstennisforums.com/765/thumbs/P1050529.JPG (http://www.menstennisforums.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=21519)

Carlita
06-04-2006, 06:22 PM
I bought a Minolta DiMAGE Z5 in January and I must say I'm really pleased with it :D 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 :D

Claudio
06-04-2006, 06:27 PM
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

http://img2.menstennisforums.com/765/thumbs/P1050529.JPG (http://www.menstennisforums.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=21519)


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

pinky
06-04-2006, 06:29 PM
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...


Hope it helps a bit.

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

Claudio
06-04-2006, 06:30 PM
I bought a Minolta DiMAGE Z5 in January and I must say I'm really pleased with it :D 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 :D


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

Carlita
06-04-2006, 06:34 PM
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 :lol:

here are 2 examples of the original size pics:

Claudio
06-04-2006, 06:34 PM
Thank you! Iīve practically decided to rule our a point and shoot one... Iīm really looking forward to buying a prosummer model that would at least give me enough reach. Which one do you own?

Claudio
06-04-2006, 06:37 PM
Nice ones! Thatīs exaclty what I want... to have good close-ups and be able to freeze the player during the shot... sometimes iīve tried to do it but the results were a little bit blurry... Iīm checking the prizes of this camera in NY... itīs 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! :)

Claudio
06-04-2006, 06:42 PM
http://groups.msn.com/CarlitasVillaMoya/carlitasroom.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=1777

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

Claudio
06-04-2006, 06:45 PM
Deb, Iīve been watching lots of your pics and theyīre really great! I specially liked AAīs! Congrats! Iīve been watching some pics from Carlita too and now I should say Iīll definitely start to look for both cameras or similar models. :)

Carlita
06-04-2006, 06:46 PM
http://groups.msn.com/CarlitasVillaMoya/carlitasroom.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=1777

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

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

the Hamburg ones are taken with the digital camera

also: http://verdasco-online.com/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=191&sessionid=0aa4d9a032eb8bcd99ee8a7322d64c9f

and: http://www.tommyrobredo.net/gallery/categories.php?cat_id=56&sessionid=a917c3e0f0e572e62d70fe9d2aadfc46


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

Claudio
06-04-2006, 06:47 PM
Also... could you please tell me which model youīve been currently using? Sometimes their updates are not so good as it seems... so, if I do find your model on a better price, Iīll definitely consider buying it. Tks! :)

Claudio
06-04-2006, 06:55 PM
lol Well, theyīre also nice ones!!! Too bad it was Blakeīs day... lol Did you take all of them from where you were seated (behind Moyaīs seat)? Zoom worked perfectly but, midserve, some parts of the pic got a little bit blurry... thatīs the problem, isnīt it? Itīs quite difficult to "freeze" the complete move without a professional camera, am I correct? Iīve tried LOADS of times and only eventually I was able to get nice pics! lol

Carlita
06-04-2006, 06:58 PM
lol Well, theyīre also nice ones!!! Too bad it was Blakeīs day... lol Did you take all of them from where you were seated (behind Moyaīs seat)? Zoom worked perfectly but, midserve, some parts of the pic got a little bit blurry... thatīs the problem, isnīt it? Itīs quite difficult to "freeze" the complete move without a professional camera, am I correct? Iīve tried LOADS of times and only eventually I was able to get nice pics! lolyeah all from the same seat. Also the outdoor pics are much better than the indoor ones. But I think that's the same with most cameras.

I think unless you have these HUGE lenses and mega expensive cameras, you will get the blurry bits here and there. But I can live with it. It's just a hobby, a memory of the tournament, so it's fine :)

Claudio
06-04-2006, 07:05 PM
yeah all from the same seat. Also the outdoor pics are much better than the indoor ones. But I think that's the same with most cameras.

I think unless you have these HUGE lenses and mega expensive cameras, you will get the blurry bits here and there. But I can live with it. It's just a hobby, a memory of the tournament, so it's fine :)


Oh, yes! Definitely! Iīm too old for considering being a professional photographer! Hahahahhah! I really think the main thing is: if you have a nice zoom (optical), youīll always be able to get good pics!

The one in my avatar was taken in Madrid in 2004... and my camera is way too simple! :)

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 07:15 PM
I have what sounds like the same as Deb's - the Panasonic Lumix - I love it.

And yes, zoom is the most important thing.

Love the video feature too - while I love the pictures, I really love the videos - makes me feel as if I'm back at the tournament.

Here are some of my pictures that I've taken:

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 07:19 PM
yeah all from the same seat. Also the outdoor pics are much better than the indoor ones. But I think that's the same with most cameras.

I think unless you have these HUGE lenses and mega expensive cameras, you will get the blurry bits here and there. But I can live with it. It's just a hobby, a memory of the tournament, so it's fine :)

Outdoor pixs are definitely better than the indoor ones. Its like night and day.

And one thing that I had problems with in Miami at around noon when the sun was really bright - I couldn't see the monitor - and a lot of the pictures came out too bright - but I couldn't tell that while I was taking them.

I would love love love to get one of what I call the mid-way range in cost camera - somewhere in the $1500 range but you can put the huge zoom lenses on it.

Of course would really love love love :lol: to get a professional camera - but they start at about $3000 - too much for me!

Claudio
06-04-2006, 07:24 PM
Hi, Nico! Which model of Pana Lumix have you got?? :)

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 07:28 PM
Its the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5.

I'm sure there's a more current model because I bought this last summer.

The newer ones are better because you'll find with digital cameras that there's a slight delay between when you click on the trigger and when the picture is actually taken - I think its because its on automatic so the camera is adjusting to the light for you. So what you think you're taking a picture of doesn't come out becuase its what happened 2-3 seconds later - which means when you're taking tennis pictures the player has moved on by then. :lol:

But the newer ones do it faster so you won't have that problem.

Claudio
06-04-2006, 07:30 PM
Ok! Thanks a lot for your insights! Considering what Iīve heard and seen from you, Carlita and Deb, Iīm gonna check both Panasonic and Minoltaīs cameras! :)

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 07:33 PM
I don't think you'd go wrong either either Panasonic or Minolta so you might want to look at who has a sale right now. ;) :lol: My Panasonic was originally $499 but I was able to get it on sale for $399. And since the memory cards are about $75, it was a nice savings to have.

Carlita
06-04-2006, 07:35 PM
Its the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5.

I'm sure there's a more current model because I bought this last summer.

The newer ones are better because you'll find with digital cameras that there's a slight delay between when you click on the trigger and when the picture is actually taken - I think its because its on automatic so the camera is adjusting to the light for you. So what you think you're taking a picture of doesn't come out becuase its what happened 2-3 seconds later - which means when you're taking tennis pictures the player has moved on by then. :lol:

But the newer ones do it faster so you won't have that problem.my camera is about the same as yours :) Only the delay is less with my camera....or so the guy in the shop told me :lol: And me believe him since I have NO idea whatsoever about cameras :lol:

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 07:39 PM
my camera is about the same as yours :) Only the delay is less with my camera....or so the guy in the shop told me :lol: And me believe him since I have NO idea whatsoever about cameras :lol:

I don't either! :lol:

On my camera, the delay depends on the weather. If its a nice day not too bright but not too cloudy, there's no delay. But if its really bright or like one day at the US Open where the sun and clouds were playing games with one another and the camera had to keep adjusting for the constantly changing light, there is that 2 sometimes 3 second delay. Or maybe it seems that long! But definitely some delay which makes me loca! :lol:

Claudio
06-04-2006, 07:44 PM
Btw... Iīve seen some pics of both cameras... they seem big, like a professional one... is that true?

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 07:45 PM
No.

Its bigger than the $100-$200 price camera but much smaller than the $1000 to $1500 camera.

Let me see if I can find a link of my camera.

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 07:47 PM
Here's a link - probably looks bigger than it is because its not that big compared to the $1000 and up cameras. And its much lighter. My cousin has one of the big ones and its heavy.

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ5K-Digital-Camera/sem/rpsm/oid/120727/catOid/-13062/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 07:48 PM
And shoot...just noticed the price - they've gone way down in cost. Good for you, bad for me who bought it last year. :sad:

Claudio
06-04-2006, 07:50 PM
Thatīs great! Tks! Iīm gonna look for one to have in my hands and see how I feel... since Iīll be travelling with the camera frequently I didnīt want it to be heavy or large! For travel pics, basic ones, a compact camera is better, isnīt it? :)

Claudio
06-04-2006, 07:52 PM
And shoot...just noticed the price - they've gone way down in cost. Good for you, bad for me who bought it last year. :sad:


Well, if I were you, I wouldnīt mind about it... thatīs what happens with new technologies... every time I buy something it pisses me off 3 months later when I see a 20 or 30% rebate in some website! lol
Thatīs us, victims of the ever-increasing tech run! Hahahah!

:)

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 07:52 PM
Oh definitely.

And easy to carry about the tournament too.

You're a guy so you can't do this... :lol: ... but instead of carrying those heavy camera bags, I just put it in a small women's purse to keep it safe from weather at the tournaments. And just put that in my larger bag that I always carry at the tournaments with my other stuff.

Claudio
06-04-2006, 08:00 PM
lol Well, thatīs not a problem, since Iīm always with my wife... even at tournaments... so, sheīs the one whoīll do the "bag carrying"! :)

Anyway, maybe itīs best to buy a nice and cheap ultracompact camera just for fun... and then if you want something with extra quality (like tournament pics), just take your best model! Thatīs something Iīm considering doing now! :)

Carlita
06-04-2006, 08:04 PM
http://www.monitor.si/images/clanki/slika/Minolta_Dimage_Z5_1.jpg
this is mine:) it's not big...you should see my "normal" camera.... :lol: ;)

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:09 PM
:lol: Claudio...yup, that's what we women do - carry all the stuff. ;) :lol:

Lady Carlita - what a cute camera!

I remember my old camera that used film that you had to load up - what a bulky nightmare especially when I put the zoom on it! :lol:

The professional digital cameras are heavy too though and with those big zoom lenses are even more so. I always watch the photographers at the tournaments, and they usually rest their cameras on that stick thingie - although its obviously for other reasons than weight.

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 08:12 PM
Claudio, IMO if you are picking between two similar cameras, both with good zoom and good lenses and all the features you want, go for the one with the image stabilization. It helps me soooooooo much.

Lynn i can give you some tips to improve the pictures in really bright light if you want :) Here's one I took last summer in LA with not a cloud in the sky, middle of the afternoon - and the reason it came out so clear while he was in mid-stride is the stabilization :D
http://img2.menstennisforums.com/500/thumbs/P1020373.JPG (http://www.menstennisforums.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=12854)

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:16 PM
Lynn i can give you some tips to improve the pictures in really bright light if you want :)

Oh yes definitely! I was going loca in Miami trying to get the pictures to come out right.

I'll pm you tonight and remind you.

Claudio
06-04-2006, 08:16 PM
Thanks, Deb! On imaging stabilization, you mean the system Lumix and Minolta uses, am I right?

Carlita, nice camera youīve got!

NicoFan, women do carry the stuff... but Iīm always available to help! Thatīs true! Hahah! :)

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:17 PM
Wow Deb - that picture is awesome!

I don't know if I have a stabilization thing. I'll have to check.

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 08:19 PM
I don't know if the Minolta has it, Carlita would know :) But the panasonic ones definitely do and it's one of my fave things about it. When I was deciding what one to get, it was between a Canon and the one i got and the stabilization was the deal-maker for me. Mine was under $300 about a year and a half ago but like i said they don't even make it anymore b/c it's only 3 Megapixels.

About the price, if you don't care about having more megapixels, that's where a lot of the cost tends to be. If you're not gonna do fancy things and print them out and stuff, 3 or 4 MPs is probably just fine for you and yu can save some money. I have had mine for well over a year and have never wished i had more megapixels :)

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 08:21 PM
Wow Deb - that picture is awesome!

I don't know if I have a stabilization thing. I'll have to check.I'm sure you do, I think all the Lumix ones have it. Definitely enable it, it REALLY helps a lot. I use the second level in fact. never turn it off.

One day I just sat down and read the manual, my pics have improved vastly! :lol: One thing to improve for bright light is make the shutter faster. On a real bright day, i go all the way up to 1/1000 and it makes a nice difference, very crisp pics in bright sun with lots of movement.

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:23 PM
I'm looking at my Operating Manual and I found it - Optical Image Stabilizer.

Thanks Deb! :yeah:

The next tournament that I go to is Toronto - I'll try it there.

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 08:24 PM
Try just taking a picture of any object with the zoom from across the room to see what happens. it blew my mind the first time i tried it! :lol:

Claudio
06-04-2006, 08:27 PM
About the price, if you don't care about having more megapixels, that's where a lot of the cost tends to be. If you're not gonna do fancy things and print them out and stuff, 3 or 4 MPs is probably just fine for you and yu can save some money. I have had mine for well over a year and have never wished i had more megapixels :)

Thatīs great! I really donīt care about large prints... what I really want is a good zooming and movement control, which is exactly what your camera seem to deliver!!! Iīve also read some reviews on Canon S2 but Lumix seems more... "oriented" to motion control which is perfect for tennis, donīt you agree? :)

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:31 PM
Wow...cool!

Like you said, when I really notice it is when I zoom in! :yeah:

I can't wait to see how much it will help when the guys are moving. I hate that blurred image when they swing their racquet.

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 08:32 PM
Thatīs great! I really donīt care about large prints... what I really want is a good zooming and movement control, which is exactly what your camera seem to deliver!!! Iīve also read some reviews on Canon S2 but Lumix seems more... "oriented" to motion control which is perfect for tennis, donīt you agree? :)I think the Canon S2 was the one I had looked at and went with the Lumix instead. I definitely agree that good zoom + image stabilization, plus a few options to customize is enough for any tennis fan to take great pics. Just look at Lynn, Carlita, and me. :D

My camera also has a feature to let you take pictures in order to make an animated GIF. i am dying to try that sometime. I meant to at Davis Cup but forgot LOL.

oh and I am with Lynn, the video function on the Lumix is nice. When they do on court interviews and stuff, I can just take a video of it, or practice sessions and the like, and the quality is really quite decent!


Lynn, it will help a LOT. you will be amazed :D Especially if, in bright light, you speed up the apperture. For the real in-action type stuff, I'd suggest engaging the feature to take multiple shots on one click. it goes really fast click click click and usually, at least one of them comes out. Then you just delete the ones that are totally off :lol: It's like 3 times the pics but so what? :p

tennisace
06-04-2006, 08:34 PM
I have the Canon S2 IS and just love it. It also has image stablization and is 12X Optical Zoom. The new model just came out (S3 IS) and so the S2 can be found for less then $200 US now. The S3 is $500. And as someone else suggested go to dpreview.com. You can read all the pros and cons of practically every camera.

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:36 PM
oh and I am with Lynn, the video function on the Lumix is nice. When they do on court interviews and stuff, I can just take a video of it, or practice sessions and the like, and the quality is really quite decent!

Lynn, it will help a LOT. you will be amazed :D Especially if, in bright light, you speed up the apperture.

The videos are really good...Claudio I wish I had the page # to the thread that we have some of my videos where you can download them. But its got tons of pages and I'd never find the Miami ones now. And someone else did it- I can't figure out how to upload videos on the internet. So you'll just have to take our word that the camera takes nice videos. :lol:

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:37 PM
I have the Canon S2 IS and just love it. It also has image stablization and is 12X Optical Zoom. The new model just came out (S3 IS) and so the S2 can be found for less then $200 US now. The S3 is $500. And as someone else suggested go to dpreview.com. You can read all the pros and cons of practically every camera.

:wavey: tennisace!

You're camera is very nice...loved the pictures you took in Miami. :yeah:

And Canon is of course one of the best camera makers.

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 08:37 PM
here's an animation I made from using that multiple shot feature I was describing

http://img326.imageshack.us/img326/3204/animation26ee.th.gif (http://img326.imageshack.us/my.php?image=animation26ee.gif)

This was also done in the bright cloudless california sun

That's good that Canon's added image stabilization to theirs. That was a huge thing for me when I was shopping around and researching.

Something else I just thought of - the lens. Panasonics are Leica lenses. The best on the market, check the quality of other brands' lenses too and see how the models all compare on that front, too.

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:38 PM
That's really cool Deb. :yeah:

Carlita
06-04-2006, 08:38 PM
I don't know if the Minolta has it, Carlita would know :) she would? :lol: oh :lol: ;) what is that? It has an anti shake thing....is that the same??

:confused: clueless, I know :lol:

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 08:39 PM
:lol: yeah it's the anti-shake thing right before you snap the pic

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:40 PM
she would? :lol: oh :lol: ;) what is that? It has an anti shake thing....is that the same??

:confused: clueless, I know :lol:

No you're not! :lol:

Yeah its the anti-shake thing.

tennisace
06-04-2006, 08:40 PM
she would? :lol: oh :lol: ;) what is that? It has an anti shake thing....is that the same??

:confused: clueless, I know :lol:

Yes, that's it.

Claudio
06-04-2006, 08:42 PM
Wow, people! After a glorious day of tennis watching Iīm quite happy to have learned a lot from all of you! Tennisace, now I know Iīve another option! Now itīs up to finding good deals in the market!!

NicoFan, tks for helping but Iīm sure the videos must be amazing! If you do find them anytime, please send me a message with the link, will you?

Thanks a lot to everyone! Gotta go now! :)

Carlita
06-04-2006, 08:44 PM
No you're not! :lol:

Yeah its the anti-shake thing.cool! :lol: I always have that ON :) I love the little videos this one makes too. Although it took me a while to figure out I could :lol:

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:44 PM
Will do Claudio.

And thanks for starting this thread! I learned a lot this afternoon.

Can't wait to do that animated thing that Deb did.

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 08:45 PM
That was a handmade animation. I've never actually tried the feature within the camera itself, but I will remember to do it one of these days :lol:

Claudio I can upload a video for you... any preference? :p

Claudio
06-04-2006, 08:45 PM
Before I leave... Tennisace, what about S2 and videos? :)

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:46 PM
cool! :lol: I always have that ON :) I love the little videos this one makes too. Although it took me a while to figure out I could :lol:

I knew I had video capability but couldn't figure out how to do it. But when I was in Cincy last year, a guy had the exact same camera and showed me how to do it. I thanked him a lot right then, but if I had known how cool the videos were once I downloaded them on to my computer instead of just watching them on the monitor, I would have hugged him about 100 times! :lol:

Claudio
06-04-2006, 08:48 PM
That was a handmade animation. I've never actually tried the feature within the camera itself, but I will remember to do it one of these days :lol:

Claudio I can upload a video for you... any preference? :p


Wow! Can I choose? Do you have anything with Safin? Iīd love watching it! Tks!

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 08:49 PM
Wow! Can I choose? Do you have anything with Safin? Iīd love watching it! Tks!You ask for Safin you get Safin. Gimme a few to upload it to one of those free sites :)

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:49 PM
Oh ... btw... I'm taking a digital camera class this summer - just at the local high school at night but if I learn anything interesting, I'll let y'all know. :)

Carlita
06-04-2006, 08:51 PM
I knew I had video capability but couldn't figure out how to do it. But when I was in Cincy last year, a guy had the exact same camera and showed me how to do it. I thanked him a lot right then, but if I had known how cool the videos were once I downloaded them on to my computer instead of just watching them on the monitor, I would have hugged him about 100 times! :lol: well a lady in front of me, turned the button on the top and I saw she made a movie then....so I looked at the camera and saw the button! And I was like: :eek: :woohoo: oooooh! :haha: and I started filming :lol:

Claudio
06-04-2006, 08:52 PM
You ask for Safin you get Safin. Gimme a few to upload it to one of those free sites :)


Thank youuuuuuuuu! Would you prefer to send it to my e-mail? :)

Carlita
06-04-2006, 08:52 PM
You ask for Safin you get Safin. Gimme a few to upload it to one of those free sites :):bounce: i ask for verdasco :lol: :angel:

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 08:54 PM
:bounce: i ask for verdasco :lol: :angel:I didn't get to see him play OR practice :bigcry: :hysteric:

Here you go Claudio a few seconds of Marat practicing in Indian Wells a couple months ago :)

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=N3IN24M9

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:55 PM
Senorita Carlita - you have lots of videos of Fer! :lol:

Carlita
06-04-2006, 08:55 PM
ooooh sorry debs :hug: :awww:

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 08:56 PM
Yeah, damn rain messed everything up :( :hug:

Carlita
06-04-2006, 08:56 PM
Senorita Carlita - you have lots of videos of Fer! :lol::angel: :angel: :angel: a Nando Chica can never have enough Fer footage, you should know my dear ;)

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:58 PM
Nice video Deb!

I love megaupload. That's what Alexito in the Video Players thread uses. Even I can figure out how to download them. :lol:

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 08:59 PM
:angel: :angel: :angel: a Nando Chica can never have enough Fer footage, you should know my dear ;)

So true...so very very true! :lol:

And Deb sorry you didn't get to see Fer V in IW - he's fun to watch in practice.

I know I have a lot of videos of Fer - I'll try to figure out how to download them on to that site. And I have a couple of Andy too.

tennisace
06-04-2006, 09:00 PM
Before I leave... Tennisace, what about S2 and videos? :)

I take videos all the time but not at the tennis because they take a lot of memory. They come out great though and the sound is in stereo.

The only thing I hate about the camera is the lens cap, which is crap on every Canon.

It has a zillion modes too, most which I've never even tried.

I'm far from an expert though and am sure if I really knew a lot about photography my pictures would be even better.

I took the picture in my avatar and in the bigger size you can see each individual sweat droplet dripping off his nose. :)


And OT - Hi Lynn!

Claudio
06-04-2006, 09:04 PM
I didn't get to see him play OR practice :bigcry: :hysteric:

Here you go Claudio a few seconds of Marat practicing in Indian Wells a couple months ago :)

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=N3IN24M9


Tks!!!!!! Now Iīm trying to deal with the website... I guess I have to install the toolbar... lol

NicoFan
06-04-2006, 09:07 PM
I take videos all the time but not at the tennis because they take a lot of memory. They come out great though and the sound is in stereo.

I took the picture in my avatar and in the bigger size you can see each individual sweat droplet dripping off his nose. :)

I have 2 memory cards now - but I'm going to get a 3rd. And because I love the videos so much I'll use 2 for videos and one for pictures.

I love that when you can see the sweat droplets! I have one of Andy (that I posted in the 2nd page) that has a sweat droplet coming off his chin.

And one of my fav pictures is of Fer V when he poured water over his head at the Pilot Pen in practice last year - and then shook his head and you can see all the water spraying out everywhere - very cool.

Claudio
06-04-2006, 09:07 PM
I take videos all the time but not at the tennis because they take a lot of memory. They come out great though and the sound is in stereo.

The only thing I hate about the camera is the lens cap, which is crap on every Canon.

It has a zillion modes too, most which I've never even tried.

I'm far from an expert though and am sure if I really knew a lot about photography my pictures would be even better.

I took the picture in my avatar and in the bigger size you can see each individual sweat droplet dripping off his nose. :)


And OT - Hi Lynn!

Thatīs nice!!!! :)

All in all, I think I can cope with a crappy lens crap if I find a good bargain on the camera!!!! THANKS! :)

Claudio
06-04-2006, 09:12 PM
I didn't get to see him play OR practice :bigcry: :hysteric:

Here you go Claudio a few seconds of Marat practicing in Indian Wells a couple months ago :)

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=N3IN24M9


Oh, no! I think there are no slots available for a free download...

:crying2:

Claudio
06-04-2006, 09:13 PM
Itīs coming now!!! :)

tennisace
06-04-2006, 09:13 PM
I have 2 memory cards now - but I'm going to get a 3rd. And because I love the videos so much I'll use 2 for videos and one for pictures.

I love that when you can see the sweat droplets! I have one of Andy (that I posted in the 2nd page) that has a sweat droplet coming off his chin.

And one of my fav pictures is of Fer V when he poured water over his head at the Pilot Pen in practice last year - and then shook his head and you can see all the water spraying out everywhere - very cool.

I have two also, and it's still never enough even though I never take videos at the tennis.

Claudio
06-04-2006, 09:27 PM
I didn't get to see him play OR practice :bigcry: :hysteric:

Here you go Claudio a few seconds of Marat practicing in Indian Wells a couple months ago :)

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=N3IN24M9

Tks! Just saw it! It has great audio quality as well! And of course itīs nice to have the option to store these moments! :)

Claudio
06-04-2006, 09:41 PM
One last subject, guys! Iīve read something about a lag between pushing the buttom and the pic... some say it depends a lot on the camera. Some Lumix owners said something about Panasonic being reducing this lag in their latest models...

Can someone say something about it?

:)

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 09:43 PM
Sorry, I had a phone call. glad you got the video to work and stuff, I've been quite happy with the videos I've taken and yes, the audio is good. It's not like a camcorder, but for capturing those little moments it's nice :)

I have never noticed a problem or time lag in between pressing the button and getting the picture. but this is my first digital camera so I haven't got much to compare it to. I just know I've never been upset by the timing. The zoom on the Lumix also goes in and out pretty fast so that's nice. And the battery life is excellent, I can go a whole day of tennis and take several hundred pics without having to worry about the battery :)

tennisace
06-04-2006, 09:47 PM
Sorry, I had a phone call. glad you got the video to work and stuff, I've been quite happy with the videos I've taken and yes, the audio is good. It's not like a camcorder, but for capturing those little moments it's nice :)

I have never noticed a problem or time lag in between pressing the button and getting the picture. but this is my first digital camera so I haven't got much to compare it to. I just know I've never been upset by the timing. The zoom on the Lumix also goes in and out pretty fast so that's nice. And the battery life is excellent, I can go a whole day of tennis and take several hundred pics without having to worry about the battery :)

Same with the Canon re lag time and batteries. When I had my cheap digicam the lag was terrible but I think on all the good ones that problem has been taken care of. Now if only they could come out with one that takes decent pictures in the dark.

Claudio
06-04-2006, 09:52 PM
Thatīs great, Deb! I think in the end Iīve got 3 excellent choices: Lumix, S2 and the Minolta models! :)

Having the opportunity to store small videos is great. Since there are now even 4GB cards... thereīs plenty of space for videos and pics! We can even buy a "video-only" card and another one for pics! :)

Thanks again! Btw, Iīm really sorry about what happened to Blake today, regardless of what I think about Monfilsīs attitude (I donīt have any particular feelings about him, being it nice or not). Anyway, Iīve been to Court 1 and itīs like a battlefield. People get so close to the players... it must have been really tough for James being out there. Let the grass season begin. And Iīm quite sure Djokovic will stop Monfils. Or so I hope!!!

Claudio
06-04-2006, 09:55 PM
Oh, yes, Tennisace! Pics in the dark, at night or indoors are usually the trickiest... concerning your cam, does it allow you to take multiple shots (for instance, if you want to capture the serving motion, you would take up to 6 or 10 shots in a row...)?

:)

Deboogle!.
06-04-2006, 09:55 PM
Thatīs great, Deb! I think in the end Iīve got 3 excellent choices: Lumix, S2 and the Minolta models! :)i think that whichever of the three you get, you will be just fine. So look for a good deal on the prices and check the little features in case one has something you speicifcally want. But they're all good camera companies with good reputations who make good products so I don't think you can go wrong with any of them! :)Thanks again! Btw, Iīm really sorry about what happened to Blake today, regardless of what I think about Monfilsīs attitude (I donīt have any particular feelings about him, being it nice or not). Anyway, Iīve been to Court 1 and itīs like a battlefield. People get so close to the players... it must have been really tough for James being out there. Let the grass season begin. And Iīm quite sure Djokovic will stop Monfils. Or so I hope!!!aw you're sweet :) I wasn't expecting James to win so I'm not upset and I think he handled the crowd ok for the most part. :) In fact surprisingly, I didn't care much about this result at all, dunno why :lol:Oh, yes, Tennisace! Pics in the dark, at night or indoors are usually the trickiest... concerning your cam, does it allow you to take multiple shots (for instance, if you want to capture the serving motion, you would take up to 6 or 10 shots in a row...)?

:)The lumix does that, but not while using the flash (which makes sense of course). Most of these cameras have the adjustable appertures and shutters so you can always slow it down, but that makes it harder to get a clear picture b/c you have to be still for longer.

I'm with you, tennisace, we need a night vision lens or something :lol:

Claudio
06-04-2006, 10:06 PM
Nice, Deb! Lumix is at the top of the list, I guess! Unless the S2 has the same feature... then it will all be about price!

And about James... Iīll never forget the day I stopped him in the middle of the Champs-Elysées... in the same day heīd lost to Ljubicic in 2003... I couldnīt resist but asking him to taking a pic with me. He was GREAT! Gave me a huge smile and posed for the shot! That tells a lot about someoneīs character! Since then, heīs been one my favs and Iīve been quite happy about his latest results, specially on clay. It may not seem too much but heīs done just fine and Iīm quite sure heīll end the year at the top 5! Also, itīs hard not to admire a guy with his background. Heīs been through a lot and now is a top 10 player. Well done, James! :)

Goodnight, Deb! Now I really gotta gooooooooooooooo! :)

And thanks for everything!

:)

tennisace
06-04-2006, 10:09 PM
Oh, yes, Tennisace! Pics in the dark, at night or indoors are usually the trickiest... concerning your cam, does it allow you to take multiple shots (for instance, if you want to capture the serving motion, you would take up to 6 or 10 shots in a row...)?

:)

Yes, and there is no limit on how many it will take in continuous mode. Up to as many as your memory card will hold. It also has a feature called bracketing in which it takes 3 pictures of the same shot but with different apertures and you can see which one comes out better. Truthfully I never use either - though I've tested them out. I'm just too lazy and and with the bracketing my eye isn't that discerning that I can really tell the difference between the shots.

I have taken some decent pics at night. You need to just need to change the ISO to 400, but that in itself causes them to be grainy. And we'd all be able to get better pics at night at the tennis if we could use a flash, but that'll never be allowed.

Claudio
06-04-2006, 10:13 PM
Great, tennisace!!!!!!!!! This camera seems awesome too!!! Goodnight and thanks for everything! :)