Camers for Sports Pic
I'm looking for a "sports camera" and lenes to take pictures of my kids playing Sports (Baseball, Football, and Basketball). A digtal camera that can take fast pictuers, print no lager than 8 x 10's, and if it makes a difference, I consider myself an Intermediate level. It's been awhile since I had fun with a camera...

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Distance is an obvious issue. A baseball diamond is fairly large, so no matter where you stand, there's going to be some action that takes place far away. This may not matter to you if you're happy with, say, sticking to action along one baseline (say, home to first) and don't mind forgoing action in left field..

Lighting is another bit if the basketball games are indoor, then the usual recipe involves a DSLR and fast-focusing, large-aperture telephoto lens like a Canon 85mm f/1.8, and you're still likely to be using pretty high ISO values to stop motion. Some would also make careful use of flash, simply because the lighting levels otherwise aren't conducive to action photography..

If the football and baseball games are outdoor evening games, lighting is likely to be both even lower and much more uneven because there aren't going to be light poles in the middle of the field, and amateurs aren't likely to have a beautifully lit dome to play in. In addition, flash becomes much more problematic; it would take a rather powerful flash to illuminate a sufficient distance away, and the effect on participants in terms of distraction or loss of night vision is going to be more significant...

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Thanks your reply, all the concerns will help me make a better decision on purchasing a camera and lens..

My kids mostly play in the day time in baseball and football and indoors for basketball..

Any recommendation s on which camera and lens I should purchase?.


Comment #2

1DMkIII, 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8IS, 300/2.8IS and 400/2.8IS.

D3, 24-70, 70-200/2.8VR, 200-400VR or 300/2.8VR, 400/2.8VR.

Either setup will get the job done:-).


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It's hard to imagine a woirse reply useless, out of context generally ridiculous..


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Depends on the OP's budget. Then again if the budget was that large the OP could just hire someone...

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Sorry, I haven't had a chance to do basketball or football yet. Here are some samples of E510 and kit lenses. In this case all are taken with a 150mm..

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Olympus E-500, Olympus E-510..

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For what it's worth I think you should consider a Canon 40D with a Canon 70-200mm f4 IS USM lens.or a Canon 100-400 IS USM lens..

A great number of sports photographers use canon with USM (ultra Sonic Motor) lenses because they focus very fast and can hold track on a moving subject very well..

I recommend you look seriously at this combination because it will give you what you want at a resonable price, there are higher priced Camera's and Lenses but this will achieve your goals..

The 70-200 doesnt have a lot of "reach" but if you are relativley close to the subject it will be OK, the 100-400 will give you all the "reach" you need but is also pretty big and heavy, you would need a Monopod to be successful..

I have recommended getting IS (image Stablistion) as it's invaluable in helping minimise Camera Shake, whilst not overly useful when panning..

That would be your call if you want IS as it adds weight and cost to each lens you buy. above all if you buy canon lens it should be an "L" lens..

Nikon make great Camera's too D200 or D300 and they also have great lenses but whatever you do, dont buy a good Camera and put on a cheap lens, buy the best lens you can in the focal length you choose, yes they are expensive, can be much more than the price of the Camera but one thing you can be sure of with lenses is YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR...

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Hcervantes wrote:.

I'm looking for a "sports camera" and lenes to take pictures of mykids playing Sports (Baseball, Football, and Basketball). A digtalcamera that can take fast pictuers, print no lager than 8 x 10's, andif it makes a difference, I consider myself an Intermediate level.It's been awhile since I had fun with a camera..

Unfortunately for you, you've picked the second-most expensive type of shooting, sports. Only birding is more expensive to do "right." Gyms and fields are rather poorly lit- especially at the HS level. You can get away with a "relatively" short 70-200/2.8 for basketball, though you'll get tremendously better shots if you can strobe the court than if you're just going to try to shoot with what light there is. Unlike one of the other posters, I don't think an f/4 lens is going to get you the results you want. The Canon 100-400 is way too slow for anything other than full daylight outside with an f/5.6 aperture you're looking at needing 4x the light of an f/2.8 lens- and when you're talking about moving subjects you'll need lots of light. The penultimate outdoor sports lens is a 300/2.8- not cheap from any manufacturer.

The couple of stops of a D3 might let you get away with an old 300/4, but you'd probably end up spending as much on a cheap D40 and 300/2.8. Sigma and Tokina have some 300/2.8 and 120-300/2.8 options that may save a few hundred over the manufacturer's prime options..


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I'm familiar with Canon. For outdoor daylight field sports the 100-400IS works well. For indoor basketball you need a fast prime with fast focus. I don't like the reach of the 70-200 for soccer-too short for my shooting sytle. The 85 1.8 should work well for basketball. I'd recommend a 20d/30d/40d in the canon line. -Bruce..

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