Sports and action with the Nikon D5100

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Taking sports and action videos requires stopping the motion of fast-moving objects Shutter speed is integral to taking sports and action photos – with a dSLR you can have full control or let the camera determine the settings Sport Mode – gives priority to fast shutter speeds, wide aperture, and allows for continuous frame rate of up to 4 fps For more on this camera, please visit Featuring Mark Cruz, technical representative, Nikon Canada


Circa829 says:

Hi Mark,
I got a Nikon d5100 + 18mm-55mm lens for Christmas. I am wanting to buy a Telephoto or Zoom or Telephoto zoom lens for a good price. I was looking at rather a 55mm-200mm telephoto zoom, or should I get one that goes up to 300m? With it, I would probably do wildlife,birds,nature.

CheckerdSailor says:

Taking sports shots of somone kicking a football, incredibly blury with a 18-55mm + 55-200mm, if I make the shutter speed higher the picture is black -help? 🙂

NikonCanada says:

Hi Paul,

Glad to hear you shoot with Nikon! We have a couple of lens suggestions for you: AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR or AF-S NIKKOR

70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II. Both lenses are great for low-light situations, sports, portraits and more.

You might also want to use the Lens Simulator on the Nikon USA website for more info too. When you visit the website, simply enter “Lens Simulator” in the search box.

Hope this helps!

Paul Oliver says:

I use a Nikon D5100 with a 18mm-55mm and a 55mm-300mm lens. I take photos of high school sports indoor and outdoor. My Nikon 55mm-300 lens seems like it’s not improving the photos of indoor sports and events. I am a beginner photographer who is learning about photography in school. I am looking for a lens that can do more zoom and focus. I have used 55mm-300mm for over a year now. Anyone have ideas for a lens upgrade from a basic 55mm-300mm lens? Under $5000.00. A Nikon, Sigma or Tamron lens???

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Anuj Srivastava says:

I’m using NIKON D5100 with 18-55mm lens, but when i set my camera to SPORTS mode (running man) the fps is not as fast as you showed in the video, actually it is pretty slow. Are there anyother settings i need to change? Please advice

Rafa Moon says:

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jeffrockr says:

your sd card might not be good enough, or try lowering the quality

Alex Mex says:

Very helpful videos

NikonCanada says:

Hi Jonaticanify,

For sports action, the 70-300mm VR is a good option (the lens we feature in the video), however some alternatives to this lens would be the 55-300mm DX, which is a bit smaller and lighter, or the 18-200mm VR II.

Thanks for your comment! Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Jonaticanify says:

What lens do you use?

4Alpha7Kilo says:

I ran out of characters to type, 😀 For capturing sports action, your shutterspeed should be 1/250 and above to help stop the action. like I had said, look at exposure compensation here on YT and how to use it if you’re still experiencing blur in your images. Under exposing will allow your shutterspeed to be increased, and you will just have to bump your exposure in post. (An editing program like photoshop, lightroom, etc can help you with that! Feel free to PM me on here if you have questions:)

4Alpha7Kilo says:

Just my $0.2, you can use the ‘A’ mode on your camera. Though you WILL have to set your aperture, and iSO, but the camera will select a shutterspeed for you based on your aperture and ISO. Make sure that your shutterspeed is ABOVE your focal length of the lens, for example if you’re shooting on a 70-300mm lens at 300mm, your shutterspeed will need to be 1/300 of a second or higher. To capture sports action, your SS should be 1/250. If you still get blur, look at exposure compensation here on YT.

HearSeeYellRell says:

my shutter speed preset for sports on my d3100 is really slow there is still blur.. is there a way i can fix that without using manual S ??


Any idea why my D5100 shoots really slow in continuous mode? I’ve got a vid up

HingerlAlois says:

Well I would say use a tripod, guess where the next lightning will be (probably where the last one was) and use a slow shutter speed of at least several seconds to increase your chances of taking a picture of it.

CRANKYONE100 says:

good vid man. what is the best quality affordable tele lens you wuld recommend for the 5100?..Tamron, Sigma?

alwaysmiss1 says:

hey mark was wondering how do i take photos of lightning step by step please i have no idea what to do

soham goswami says:

Hey Mark, u explain well but pls focus the shoot on the nikon d5100 buttons .. that would help us to follow the features that you are explaining.

NikonCanada says:

You cannot set the shutter speed when shooting video on the D5100. However, if you are looking for such a capability, please check out our D7000 and D3s cameras.

pandabjQrn says:

Is it possible to set the shutter speed when shooting video on the D5100? I am thinking that could be great, cause then it would be possible to make slowmotion with Twixtor ! 🙂

teestarsince89 says:

I absolutely love this feature on my D5100!

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