Great sun but cool. Not a cloud in sight.
The smell of bacon on a bun and burgers on the Que. I even tried one of the burger so I can tell you it was good.
Nothing... nothing is as great as the start of football season. The rep teams started last week, but the Novice House League players suited up for the first time ever, today. (OK, I admit the Season Opener in baseball is pretty good too)
I was ready for some football.
Cracked open a new Gitzo Carbon Fibre, overpriced monopod. The Gitzo that I've used for the past 20+ seasons is a little dented and just a touch short with the 70-400G lens from Sony on it. The 300 f2.8 is a bit taller and it works great on the old stick.
The A77 was outfitted with the Vertical Grip. When you buy the camera, do yourself a favour and order the VG at the same time. It holds a second battery, but is comfortable to shoot with. I think it's more comfortable to shoot vertical than horizontal with the camera.
I shot the entire day in the burst mode. This gives me 12 frames per second, the lens shoots wide open and I get to set the ISO speed to 400. This gave me an exposure of 1/2500 for most of the full lit shots. When you're in the burst mode you can only shoot jpegs, which is fine with me since I usually only shoot jpegs anyway.
I've been asked a number times about the buffer filling up at 12 fps. I tested it twice. Once on my foot and once on the grass. I was able to 18 frames of my foot before the camera stuttered once. On the grass I was able to get 17 frames before the stutter. The camera continued to shoot in both situations but not at 12 fps. During the actual game I had two or three times when the camera buffer was filled and the frame rate dropped off. It would have been nice if it went farther but 18 frames of a running back with the ball gave me a couple nice choices. The shots of my foot were nice too.
If you need a Gitzo Carbon Fibre monopod, send me an email and I'll get you a quote.