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Having problems with the flash\ blurred and grainy images

I'm trying to take indoor action shots in a gym (not the greatest lighting so I need to use the flash) with the 2100. I'm having two problems. 1. There is about a 10 sec. delay for the flash to recharge before I can take another shot, is this normal of digital cameras? 2. The shots I am getting are blurred (arms and legs) and grainy images. I have tried the s-prog in action mode and the s mode where you can adjust the shutter speed. If I up the shutter speed the pictures are dark.

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Re: Having problems with the flash\ blurred and grainy...

I haven't seen this with mine, it usually takes about 4 seconds. As the batteries drain it does take longer. I haven't tried this with the 2100 but on some other cameras I've had it does take longer if you use the flash repeatedly. Try manually setting the ISO to 400. I don't know about S-Prg but in S mode the ISO is automaticly set to 100 if you were in auto ISO before. So I would switch to S mode, set the ISO to 400, and use the fastest shutter speed you can, even if you have to under expose a little to freeze the action. You can adjust the brightness or gamma later with software. I can't comment on the grainy, the CCD in my 2100 seems to have much less thermal noise than others. Also remember as you zoom your minimum F-Stop increases, so you get less light into the camera the more you zoom.

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Re: Having problems with the flash\ blurred and grainy...

You should not use the flash for these shots (unless you connect a powerful external flash), it won't help you at this distance. You should use the shutter priority mode and experiment with shutter speed (no flash) to get the best result - for sports action it should probably be faster than 1/100 sec. If the light is too low you may use higher ISO setting - 200 or 400 (though higher ISO will result in grainier images, it may be your only option for blur-free photos).

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-- Are your hands steady as you take the shot, and are you moving the camera before the shutter actually clicks? As a test, put the camera down on a table top and take a picture without moving the camera until well after the shutter clicks. If the resulting image is not blurry--you just proved that your holding technique needs improvement!

--This camera has image stabilization to help you deal with camera shake--do you have this feature turned on in the menu?

--If your subjects are moving and your shutter speed is slow (meaning that the shutter stays open a relatively long time to gather enough light) then you will get blur. And, even if your subject is not moving but the shutter speed is slow, then your camera shake will come back to haunt you.

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Even so, you're shutter speed will most likely be too slow to freeze the action. You can combat this somewhat by raising the ISO. This will increase the noise, but I'd prefer a noisy picture to a blurry picture.

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You can gain an additional stop or two with faster lenses, but such lenses can cost more than $2000. Unless _Sports Illustrated_ is paying for your pictures, that's probably not an option at this time.

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