Commack High School Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Longwood - Senior Day - Fuji XT-2 Eval Part 4
Congratulations to the Commack girls soccer team on their win over Longwood. Got some decent shots of the game and the seniors. On to the playoffs. For the fourth day with Fujifilm's XT-2 camera and 100-400mm lens I shot another soccer game. This time I reset my white balance to daylight rather than auto, which made the late afternoon colors a lot more accurate. Once the sun gets low in the sky and everything is bathed in that rose-orange glow most camera's auto white balances start to freak and over-cool the image. Fuji's cameras are no different when it comes to this so it's best to select a manual white balance.
The fact that Fuji's XT-2 body is much smaller than my Nikon D3s makes it easier to shoot with both eyes open. This can be a big advantage when trying to follow the action, especially when shooting with a long telephoto lens like the 100-400mm. Since the XT-2 sensor is an APS-C size the 100-400mm effectively becomes equivalent to a 140-560mm on a full frame camera. That's great for field sports since you can shoot the plays on the opposite end of the field but makes it a bit harder to follow the action because your field of view is a smaller area. Being able to shoot with both eyes open helps with this.
Since the sun was going down fast I shot this using auto-ISO. I noticed that in low light situations the XT-2 seems to overexpose by pushing the ISO up higher. Although this seems like a bad thing (higher ISO = more noise) pushing the image values toward the higher end produce less noise with this camera than exposing "correctly" at a lower, but still high, ISO. The one thing you definitely don't want to do with the XT-2, and most other digital cameras, is underexpose at a high ISO. This will produce some extremely coarse noise that's difficult to get rid of using any noise reduction software.
Next, we'll try this camera and lens combo on field hockey.