Originally Posted by jtwampler
Finally got out of church.
Nikon D300, 18-200 VR lens.
Things that worked -
3200 ISO. Not that there isn't noise, but that it was available and usable
"Motor" drive - hold down the button, burn up a card. Really quickly. Kids blink during exposure? No problem. Pick out the one that they had their eyes open out of the 12 you took in 2 seconds.
Things that didn't -
18-200 VR lens.
I have to get faster glass. The 18-200 is a good walkin' around lens - if you're walkin' around Disney World or Cedar Point and only want one lens to haul this is a good candidate. But today I needed more speed than the 3.5 max this lens will give. I've got the 50mm 1.8 - but I wasn't allowed to get up and move around to get shots, and no flashes were allowed; in addition the church is not well lighted. Tough shooting, and a faster lens would have made things easier.
Live View -
I'd not tried it ahead of the shoot (shame on me
) but decided to give it a go; I'm doing something wrong in the setup (too long to 'splain here) and will have to get out the manual to see where I'm goofing up.
I've still got to wade through the shots, and won't be posting because they are mostly of my kids and grandkids who have already let me know they don't want to be posted...
But I took one of the cross behind the altar. To appreciate the job the camera and lens tried to do you'd have to see the ambient lighting. I shot .jpg L fine rather than RAW and the shot attached has been reduced to fit the 102 K limit for uploading. No adjustments in Elements made, this is straight out of the camera.
Overall the camera did very well; I think it does need a bit of bottom ballast with this lens (if I'd had the Speedlite mounted it would have moved more weight towards the back but I didn't have it); the battery grip coming in tomorrow looks like maybe a good idea after all.
One note that was funny - the priest took individual photos with the kids after the ceremony. The relatives all lined up with their point 'n shoots, and at that point the ban on flashes was lifted. I didn't bring the SB600 and after cranking in 1/3 exposure I got a pretty good exposure reading so didn't bother with the little built in flash. When I got my turn I had the continous shooting to "fast" and held down the trigger for a burst of eight. The priest was "I'm sorry, you're flash didn't go off; should we do it again?"
But I've got to look at some faster glass when the budget allows.