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Nikon D40 shutter speed problem

Recently when I set my D40 to Sports the shutter speed is real slow. So all my sports pictures are blurred. How do I fix the shutter speed for sports pictures

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  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    I have the same problem with mine. I have it set to sport and the shutter speed is really slow. I tried to figure out what was wrong, however I was unsuccessful. Do I have something set wrong?

  • dennis hunt Feb 12, 2009

    rapid fire is very slow on sport setting or on just taking a picture on rapid fire..any idea

  • dennis hunt Feb 12, 2009

    very slow on rapid fire...sport mode or other...any ideas

  • keznawt May 21, 2009

    I have the same problem with a Nikon D40, my daughter is in competitive dance so a flash is prohibited. All the pictures I take with either the flash off or in the sports mode are completely blurry. I am so disappointed. When I take with a flash it works nicely, but when the flash is off it looks terrible, and again, they don't allow flash photography and was one of the reasons I bought this camera as it was supposed to be preset with the sports mode, etc. Anyone have any suggestions for me? I'm hoping I'm just missing something. I have tried higher ISO also. Thanks!

  • James Dolan
    James Dolan May 11, 2010

    What lens are you using?

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Read understanding exposureby peterson. get a fast lens.

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Don't use Sports mode to take sports images. Use Shutter Priority or Aperture Priority mode. What event are you using and in what lighting condition?

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The D40 will not take great photos of an indoor event without blurring or noise. You need a fast lens and a high ISO using the popup flash or on camera flash would be ideal but some of these events you can not use flash. All these images I shot with a Nikon D40. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?src=fftb#/pages/Keller-TX/Raving-Design/78762448229?v=photos&ref=ts Learn to use the camera for ur events. Experiment it's all about trial and error. Ray

Posted on Jan 22, 2010

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Congrats on the D40! It is a great camera! Best buy out there for a DSLR. You can spend more, but for the money you can't get a better camera.

I've been shooting football games from the sidelines for four years with a Nikon D70, which is almost the same camera as the D40.

For shutter speed, you'll need to use a maximum of about 1/350. With the lighting at most high school stadiums, you won't likely be able to get enough light at this shutter speed with the "shooting modes".

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ISO to 3200 (max)
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This will give you photos at most locations with the 18-55 that are a bit dark, and you'll need to adjust the lighting in whatever software you use. If this gets you photos that are acceptable at your location, you can stop here.

But if not, then you'll need to move to some more complicated "tricks".

I could describe some techniques, but Ken Rockwell has a good explanation of how to do this on his website (you also may find it useful for general photography hints).

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d5000/high-iso-comparison.htm#3200

And then look at where he talks about "pushing".

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/photoshop/pushing-iso.htm

Ken also talks about setting ISO to 6400, which can be done on this camera. You'll need to work with removing the grain (noise) afterwards, though.

If you're using the 18-55 and are happy with the zoom, then you could potentially switch to the straight 50mm f1.8 lens that Nikon sells for about $120. This won't autofocus on the D40, but the f1.8 will get you far better low light capability. The 50 is easy and fast to focus manually.

You could also go after the 80-200mm f2.8, which goes for about $800 new or $500 on ebay. Again, you'd have to manual focus, but the f2.8 will get you way more light into the camera.

If you post what you are using for lens and give a general idea of what you use for software, I can point you some other places that will show how to deal with noise and also lighten your exposure if you need to.

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