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Image stabilization on a SLR
We are looking at getting a SLR for our kids HS basketball, volleyball and baseball. The cameras we are looking are the Cannon Rebel XTI, Nikon D40x Pentax K100D and the Sony RA100..

We like the idea of image stabilization built into the camera. It seem future telephoto lenses would be cheaper in the long run but I can not find anything that tells me how important this feature really is..

Any thoughts on the IS or the cameras we are looking would be appreciated...

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Puck1027 wrote:.

We are looking at getting a SLR for our kids HS basketball,volleyball and baseball. The cameras we are looking are the CannonRebel XTI, Nikon D40x Pentax K100D and the Sony RA100..

We like the idea of image stabilization built into the camera. Itseem future telephoto lenses would be cheaper in the long run but Ican not find anything that tells me how important this feature reallyis..

Any thoughts on the IS or the cameras we are looking would beappreciated..

Hi.

I find the stabilisation on my Pentax K100d VERY good and at all focal lengths including 300mm 2.8 lens and 1.7x adapter. To me in body stabilisation works well...but then so does in lens. The differences are that ALL lenses are stabilised with Pentax in body (other brands with inbody may only stabilise some lenses)with in lens you pay each time..

Each system works well (fact) and as well as the other (opinion)..

All those cameras are good...you should buy the one YOU like the most. There are far more tele lenses available for Canon and Nikon but they cost a mint for the most part....at the lower end there are reasonable lenses for all makes..

One thing though if sports are your thing then I would suggest the Canon but IS lenses that you need for sport are NOT cheap, so unless you are going to spring for a grand or two....just get the camera you like the most and a decent lens or two..

Neil..

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Puck1027 wrote:.

We are looking at getting a SLR for our kids HS basketball,volleyball and baseball. The cameras we are looking are the CannonRebel XTI, Nikon D40x Pentax K100D and the Sony RA100..

We like the idea of image stabilization built into the camera. Itseem future telephoto lenses would be cheaper in the long run but Ican not find anything that tells me how important this feature reallyis..

Any thoughts on the IS or the cameras we are looking would beappreciated..

While IS is a great thing to have, if you are looking to shoot indoor sporting events, you need speed and not stabilization. IS will only help dampen the effects of camera shake, not freeze motion in low light environments..

For that reason, you'd probably be looking at f/2.8 and is not cheap..

You can get yourself a monopod which will help stabilize your camera and basically serve the purpose of IS (not exactly the same, but will minimize camera shake plus help you heft the long lens for the length of a sporting event)..

You will also want to make sure that the camera you get has good high ISO (1600) performance. I can speak for the Canon 40D that it truly does..

Good luck,.

=Glen=-.

Http://www.pbase.com/gsansoucie..

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IS is great and I agree that having it in the camera is a good idea. However for indoor sports it does not do that much for you. IS will only offset camera shake and not make up for low light. You will need a long fast lens. By fast I mean F2.8-3.5 and by long I mean 200mm (35mm equiv) or better to get really good shots. You will also need to use fairly high ISO probably no less then 400..

Also what are you going to do with the shots. Print them or just post them to the web? If you are doing prints what size prints. If you are only going to post on the web or do small printsmy suggestion would be to get a good USED DSLR around 6MP and put the $$ into a good fast lens. If you have to go for a new camera then based on the ones you have listed look at the cost of body only and then the cost of a good lens. Any of the cameras listed will provide good quality images..

I can't leave without saying take a look that the Oly 510 as well..

MaddogOlympus E-500, Olympus E-510..

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Rob.

Everyone, everywhere, has to do everything for a first time. There is no shame in failure, only in failure to try...

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Maddogmd11 wrote:.

IS is great and I agree that having it in the camera is a good idea.However for indoor sports it does not do that much for you. IS willonly offset camera shake and not make up for low light. You willneed a long fast lens. By fast I mean F2.8-3.5 and by long I mean200mm (35mm equiv) or better to get really good shots. You willalso need to use fairly high ISO probably no less then 400..

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True, but he could get the Pentax K100D and the DA* 50-135 f/2.8 and get the speed and reach (and in-body shake-reduction) you suggest for less than with any other manufacturer. Plus, the K100 has VERY usable ISO 800, and 1600 is pretty darn good too..

I can't leave without saying take a look that the Oly 510 as well..

Yeah, that's a nice one too...

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