I'll admit it. I'm a Canon girl through and through. My first point-and-shoot I received for my eighth grade graduation was a Canon - you know, the first ones with 1 inch LCD screens that weighed 3 pounds? I also worked for Best Buy for around two years and typically recommended their products over Nikon's because I found them to fit my customer's needs more often.
At the School of Journalism at MU, however, most of the equipment students can check out is Nikon. Nikon sponsors a lot of the contests the school puts on, like College Photographer of the Year, and therefore, we get a lot of products from them. Being a Canon girl, I have a limited assortment of Canon bodies and lenses to pick from, such as the 1D Mark II N whose battery died so quickly during the OSU game.
Beacuse I didn't want to be restricted to what I can do because of the equipment I have access to, I decided it was time. I needed to learn how to use Nikon.
When I went to the equipment locker, I hadn't thought about what kind of body I wanted; I just knew I wanted Nikon. I talked to the assistant at the window, senior Chris Dunn, who used Nikon for the first time simultaneously with Canon during a football game this year, and asked her opinion on what I should use to break my Nikon virginity. The consensus? Go big. I got the D3.
The D3 confusing as hell. Although I was fine on adjusting simple things like shutter speed and f/stop, it took me a while to adjust the autofocus and metering. Once I figured out what most things in the menu meant, I was fine, however. I wasn't a fan of the autofocus points, but the camera was wonderfully fast. I had one of my photographers who shoots with Nikon, Grant Hindsley, walk me through some of the menu to set it for what I was planning on shooting that night: high school basketball.
The game went really well. I tried to shoot on the 14-24 f/2.8 fish-eye I borrowed at first, but realized that women's high school basketball didn't have as much action under the net. I decided to sit in the stands with my other alumni friends and used the good ol' 70-200 f/2.8. Women's high school basketball is scrappy and the 70-200 proved to be a better choice for when the girls fought over the ball mid-court, which happened often. Because there was so much fighting over the ball and so many foul shots, there were about three injuries that night, one which left a girl on the bench for the rest of the night.
Normally it would be a conflict of interest, but since I was just shooting for fun, I concentrated on getting shots of my sister, who is the captain of the basketball team. Although she didnt' play much, I still thought she did awesome. The game was close, but my hometown, Lawson, lost. Hamilton won after a last second foul shot, 51-49.
I had fun shooting in the same court that I had taken pictures in just two years ago when I was working with my high school yearbook. It took me awhile to remember my favorite spots to shoot, but once I did I had so much fun not being restricted to sitting in one spot under the net for the entire game. I am increasingly pleased with shooting sports, and am even beginning to enjoy it more. However, I do have a few assignments for The Maneater this week that are not sports photography, which is refreshing since I've been shooting it so much.