Canon EOS 60D – Bare Necessity

October 11, 2010 by Galvin Tan in Technology with 0 Comments

Ever since I got my Canon EOS 60D, I haven’t really got a chance to go for a proper shoot. However, I did get this one chance to go for a shoot and I want to share my experience and my need for a DSLR like the EOS 60D.

My job requires me to shoot sporting activities and I need a camera that can do just that. The Canon EOS 60D shoots  at 5.3 fps in bursts of 58 full-resolution JPEGs which is totally awesome to capture that splitting moment.

Over the past 2 weekends, I’ve managed to put the EOS 60D into good use. I was covering the AFC Midnight Football event and managed to give the EOS 60D some good drilling. I’m only equipped with the standard 55-135mm IS kit lens with a 580EX flash, good enough to get me some pretty decent photos. The real test was to shoot some football action shots… at night! Yes, you heard me. Action shots taken at the field of Taman Ikan Emas residential flats, Cheras.

The Midnight Football program is a pilot CSR project by Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Social Responsibility department targeting youth-at-risk of age 18 years old and below. In partnership with variety of NGOs, government agencies and representatives of the private sector, the campaign aims to promote the importance of education the young people and celebrates their willingness to develop their ability for better future.

This event gives me great opportunity to try out the EOS 60D’s 5.3 fps and high ISO settings. Now be reminded that the field is only lighted with generator flood lights which provide minimal lighting for the games to go on. Good enough for football but terrible condition for photographers.

Here are some photos taken with the new Canon EOS 60D with the 55-135mm IS kit lens.

The time was around6pm in the evening when the sun is setting.

Neighbourhood kid playing football in the evening – 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, No flash

More kids playing football – 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, No flash

Balls in the field – 1/200 sec, f/4, ISO 800, No flash

Now the above photos are taken when the sun is setting. Surrounding is getting dark however the generator flood lights are already running. Photos are pretty good with low noise level despite shooting at ISO800.

As the sun sets, I found a perfect spot to shoot some great shots.

Players chilling around before the match – 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 800, Flash

Player with ball – 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 800, Flash

AFC Director of Social Responsibility Department, Mr. Ingill Ra with his family – 1/125 sec, f/4, ISO 800, Flash

These photos above are pretty awesome with an attached flash. Noise level at minimal and I love the vibrant colours.

The next set of photos are the tricky ones. These photos are action shots taken during the actual match at around 8pm at night.At this hour, photos taken at ISO 6400 are still not visible. Thanks to the extended ISO speed of 12800, only then I can barely shoot a decent action shot at shutter speed of 1/250 sec.

Free-kick – 1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 12800, Flash

Running – 1/320 sec, f/5.6, ISO 12800, Flash

Attacking – 1/250 sec, f/5, ISO 12800, Flash

1/250 sec, f/5.6, ISO 12800, Flash

The field – 1/5 sec, f/4, ISO 500, Flash

Shooting at extended ISO of 12800 has got it’s disadvantage. The eminent noise level is quite an eye sore. Shooting an action shot with a standard kit lens with low lighting, you will have to disregard quality and sharpness. The High ISO may not be something to be proud of but it does come in handy at times when you only have the basic stuffs.

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A creative professional and social media junkie, Galvin Tan has been blogging since 2005 and he writes about everything from food to gadget. An avid fan of football and loves playing foosball and basketball. For latest updates, follow him @galvintan on Twitter.

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