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entry level camera needed for Sr in college - athletic photos
My dtr needs a digital SLR camera for her digital photo class, and also to complete her senior independent study project. her project consists of taking loads of pics of the college track team at meets, practices etc and compiling a brochure of some sort. Her p&s is not meeting the grade and we are in a hurry! A friend of hers has a used Nikon D50 kit (one lens) and is selling it for $500. I say the price is too steep as there appears to be many other choices in that price range for a brand new camera with a warranty. In searching for a new camera, the Nikon D40 came up, but I read on another post that camera may not be a good choice for athletic photos (track team photos). Another good buy that I found is the Olypus E410 kit (with 2 lens) @ $575.

Will this camera give her what she needs to take athletic action shots? I didn't think She would love photography so much, but if you saw the number of pics she takes, it is unbelieveable! Her major is communications media and technology, so I am sure she will use the camera long after graduation. Any suggestions are welcomed. We are trying to stay in the entry level price range, but are short on time!..

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Betjlew wrote:.

My dtr needs a digital SLR camera for her digital photo class, andalso to complete her senior independent study project. her projectconsists of taking loads of pics of the college track team at meets,practices etc and compiling a brochure of some sort. Her p&s is notmeeting the grade and we are in a hurry! A friend of hers has a usedNikon D50 kit (one lens) and is selling it for $500. I say the priceis too steep as there appears to be many other choices in that pricerange for a brand new camera with a warranty. In searching for a newcamera, the Nikon D40 came up, but I read on another post that cameramay not be a good choice for athletic photos (track team photos).Another good buy that I found is the Olypus E410 kit (with 2 lens) @$575. (Circuit City).

Anysuggestions are welcomed. We are trying to stay in the entry levelprice range, but are short on time!.

Either of the cameras you mention would be fine. Both are very capable and very good value. Whoever said that you can't take action/team shots with a D40 is talking rubbish; it is in many respects more capable than a professional level camera was a few years ago. the Olympus kit includes a telephoto zoom which will help for sports shots to get close to the action; for the D40 you would need to buy such a lens in addition to the camera and standard lens..

Get your daughter to handle them both in a store and see which she likes the feel of better; that is as good a way to make the decision as any as either camera will do what she wants..

Best wishesMike..

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Still trying to narrow down camera choice. Response to Alztybrn's question re: buying a new camera for athletic photos refers to needing a fast prime lens? Please elaborate a little and what would I look for in the camera description to know it meets the minimum she needs for track and field action photos? Thanks Again!..

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Look at the Olympus E510. It will provide in Camera IS which would certainly help with a long lens at track meets. Also you might want to look at the Pentax K10D..

MaddogOlympus E-510 and a bunch of stuff to hang on it...

Comment #3

A prime lens is a lets that does not zoom..

To change the amount of subject in your photo, you need to walk closer, or back away..

With sports, it's often difficult to do this; the hurdles are in the way, you can't cross the track because the runners are coming, etc..

"Fast" means a large aperture. The aperture is the adjustable circle inside the lens through which the light passes. Bigger the hole, the lower light level in which you can take pictures. Bigger the hole, "faster" the lens..

Generally, we think of f2.8 as fast. Even faster is f2 and f1.8..

I think the D50 is overpriced..

For students on a budget and buying used exra lenses, the D40 and D40X from Nikon are limited in lenses that work. The Canon Rebel XT and XTi have more used lenses available (it's got to do with autofocus systems) and I'd suggest a new Canon REbel XT as probably the lowest priced decent camera for a student whio is serious.Start with teh 18-55 lens that comes with it as a kit..

BAK..

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I bought a Canon Rebel XT for my wife last Christmas because she had a photography class in college way back and wanted a nice camera..

It has been a great learning tool. The kit lens was disappointing to me, but I picked up a cheap lens for about $80 (50mm f/1.8) and I love that lens. I then spent about $600 more on a 70-200mm f/4L and got a taste of pro quality glass..

All in all, this is a great camera that you can now pick up for about $475 with the kit lens I think. Though you may want to buy just the body for about $400 and get the newer 18-55mm IS lens. I haven't used it, but it is supposed to be much nicer..

Though I would still recommend the 50mm 1.8. Cheap but fast, sharp, and very good to learn on..

I don't know anything about photography. I just like to press the shutter button and hear that sound...

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I had a D40 before and it is a great camera. For sports though, I recommend a Nikon D1H. This is the camera I am currently using. For the price range, it has unbelievable value. It has a faster FPS than the D40. It also has a faster AF.

Unless you are going to print poster size, it is all you may need..

It goes for around $300 if you look around. Then you can buy a fast lens with the money you save. Since most track meets are outdoors, maybe you can get away with a nikon 70-300 G (around $110 new) if there is ambient light..

IMHO, (and take it us just that, because I am no pro), the D1H still offers great value and is great for sports photography. Plus you get a very durable body (pro quality body that is built like a tank).

Hope this helps! and remember, it not the megapixel, not the camera body, not the lens that makes the photograph. it the photographer!.

Happy shooting!.

Respects,.

Doni.

...in matters of grave importance, style not sincerity is the vital thing - Oscar Wilde..

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