Having problems with your Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Digital Camera ?

What is the best setting for taking indoor action shots? My shots always turn out fuzzy and dark

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There is no good solution for this. There's only a limited amount of light indoors.

First, you need the widest aperture you can get on your lens. You can get this by going to the Aperture-priority (A) mode.

Even so, you're shutter speed will most likely be too slow to freeze the action. You can combat this somewhat by raising the ISO. This will increase the noise, but I'd prefer a noisy picture to a blurry picture.

That still probably won't get you great pictures. Since you probably can't rig more floodlights in the gym, you'll be limited to using your flash if the action is taking place close enough to you (and if flash is permitted).

You can gain an additional stop or two with faster lenses, but such lenses can cost more than $2000. Unless _Sports Illustrated_ is paying for your pictures, that's probably not an option at this time.

I realize this doesn't really solve your problem. Unfortunately, as I stated up front, there is no good solution.
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