Good Camera For Soccer Pics?
I am a high school soccer coach/teacher and am looking to purchase a good digital slr to take pictures at our matches. I'm thinking Canon and wold like any input you could give me on the XTI and the D40. And what lens would you suggest I go with? Thanks in advance for any help you may give me...

Comments (7)

My first question for you is have you ever used an SLR camera before? If not, the XTi may be more than you bargained for. I have the XTi and I love it and I think it would be an excellent choice for you with the right lens. You are going to want a lens with a long reach such as the telephoto zoom that comes in the two lens kit. Or maybe a Canon 70-200 f4L. Maybe a Sigma 18-200 would be a good choice..


Shoot liberally!..

Comment #1

Thanks for the reply Bill. I have used the XT before and am pretty quick on the uptake with electronics. In the process of spending some quality time with my school's journalism teacher so I should be up and running pretty quickly..

Would I have a good chance of getting some good shots with this lens on the xti?.

28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 DG Aspherical Macro Autofocus Lens.


Comment #2

No. Specially in night games, even if they are well lit..

You need some lens that can yield fast shutter speed and that means large apertures. The 70-200 f4 is ok for day use but might not be as good for night time. How about the Sigma 70-200 f2.8? Johnny

Comment #3

Welcome to the world of shooting soccer...I've been in soccer for 33 years as a player, coach, referee and a photographer. Here are my lessons learned:.

You need the highest Frames per second you can afford.You need a zoom telephoto - I shoot Sigma 50-500 for day gamesYou need a minimum of an 200 2.8 for games that will stretch into the night..

I shoot at 1/500 second to stop action....anything slower and the players/ball is blurry.

Start out by taking lots of shots and learn from yourself what you did and didn't do right...

As a general rule, no one is allowed behind the goal will likely want to set up near the 18yrd box..

Best of luck and enjoy it...

Comment #4

And Sigma 70-200/2.8..

You need 2.8 not only for low light but for that nice background seperation you see in the magazines..

F4 is marginal depending on the focal length and the distance to the background, and especially the "super zoom" lenses you mentioned or were mentioned to you will make your images not much different than the ones taken by the soccer moms and their P&S cams..

DOF control is a major point of having a DSLR, so use it. The imagas will be much better for it..


Comment #5

Thanks guys. I will definitely look into those two Sigma lenses. Do you think I would be better off with the XTI or 40D with those lens choices. I'm leaning towards the XTI..

Thanks again...

Comment #6

The 30d can be found new for less than 1K..

The Xti and 30D share the same AF (supposedly), but the 30D has a larger, brighter VF, a much nicer, better build and feel, shoots 5fps vs 3 (a big difference) and has ISO 3200 for when you really need it..

The 40D offers better AF, cross type senors at all points plus a new double cross X type sensor in the middle. Canon claims 30% increase in AF performance. I had a 30d and now a 40d and I do get more in focus shots now..

The 40D shoots 6.5fps (or there abouts) it's noticeabley faster than the 30D, has dust reduction (like the Xti- for what it's worth) a 3inch lcd that while not sharper than the 2.5 inch the color is better and it's easier to see in bright light..

The VF is bigger still and shows ISO all the time..

Has live view if that's of interest to you..

3 custom user settings as well as "my menu" setting both of which are very handy..

Bottom line though is if sports is going to be a priority, get a camera that's more designed for the job..

30D or 40D.


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