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S2 Pro User Questions-Focus Issue

To anyone who can offer me advice on the subject, I could use it desperately. To give some background info., I shoot indoors, use the s2 pro, a Nikon 28-120 AF lens and usually shoot at ISO 200 in P mode. I have a Nikon sb800 flash, but have found that the shots look better with the settings I'm using without the flash (as with the flash everything is black when trying for distance). The problem I'm having is blur when people are moving. Still shots are beautiful, but any movement (e.g. walking) results in a blurred shot. My questions are: What are typical settings for capturing movement in low light situations without blur? And, with the equipment I have, what would you suggest to accomplish capturing favorable results. Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: s2 Pro User Questions-Focus Issue

With the camera you have, noise isn't much of an issue when pushing the ISO to 400, 800 or even 1600. Try setting at ISO 400 and change it to manual mode or shutter priority and then choose a faster shutter speed. Take some test shots. If it's still blurred, increase the shutter speed and ISO to 800 and try again.

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