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  1. Albert Smith
    February 8, 2021 @ 5:08 pm

    Nice article. Working within limitations can make you do and see things that you wouldn’t if you had access to all the gear and any position that you wanted.

    One tip from my time in the old film and manual focus days, sometimes don’t track the subjects. The rims are going to have a lot of action and since your angle of view is wider than you’d like, focus on the rim, compose a nice frame and wait until the players enter your shot. I did this for years with an 85mm on film ( just a bit tighter than your 50mmon dx) with good results.

    Nice photos, thanks for sharing.


    • Stefan Panaitescu
      February 8, 2021 @ 5:41 pm

      Thank you so much for the message and I am really glad you liked the pictures.

      I will keep in mind your advice and will work harder on improving my photos.

      This has been my first try but I love it and can’t wait to go back shooting again


      • Mark Hefetz
        February 9, 2021 @ 6:24 pm

        Nice photos, really show the atmosphere on the court.


        • Stefan Panaitescu
          February 10, 2021 @ 9:20 am

          Hi Mark and thank you so much for the comment!

          I am really glad you like the pictures and more will follow since I love photographing sports(basketball in particular)


  2. Claudio Debiasi
    December 7, 2022 @ 6:18 am

    Complimenti per le foto e per l’articolo. Interessante capire come hai superato i limiti della tua attrezzatura, io sto valutando di acquistare un Viltrox 85mm per gli eventi sportivi nei palazzetti.
    Ciao e grazie.


    • Stefan Panaitescu
      December 7, 2022 @ 8:22 am

      Thank you so much Claudio!

      I think you will enjoy the Viltrox.. It is a very good focal length for indoor sports.

      Happy shooting and many beautiful pictures!


  3. Rafael Figueiredo Rosa
    January 2, 2024 @ 3:15 pm

    Excellent article and great photographs, Stefan..

    As there is no perfect equipment, knowing how to deal with the limitations of our equipment is the key to being able to still take high quality photos.. And Fuji provides us surprising results with underrated lenses, so much so that I have used the XC 50-230mm a lot in my professional activities as photojournalist and sports photographer at the main soccer tournament of South America and the results is equivalent to those obtained by other professionals with their heavy sets of DSLRs..


    • Stefan Panaitescu
      January 2, 2024 @ 4:53 pm

      Hi Rafael and first of all thank you for the message and I am so glad you enjoyed the pictures!

      Working with what you got is the best way to improve tour photography. In all honesty I would love to own the 50-140 or the new cameras but due to their price, they remain a dream for me.

      Thank you again and I wish you a Happy 2024 filled with great light and plenty of events to photograph!


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