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want good canon digital camera for sports pic taking

by RNFA / November 1, 2009 4:58 AM PST

I am looking for a good Canon digital camera for taking sports pictures from the sidelines without costing a fortune. I would like changeable lenses for zoom ability.

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Depends on what you think a "fortune" is

It also depends on your wants. The machine gun approach to shooting sports isn't for trying to get one good shot out of 10, but to catch that moment where the person has the perfect face while catching the perfect action. If you just want to get a few good shots then you could go with the XSI or T1i. If you want a faster shooting camera with better focus tracking then look at the 40D or 50D. If you want the best Canon for sports, without breaking the bank, then look at the Canon 7D.

You'll also have to figure in lens. Are you shooting indoor sports(85mm F1.8-$350), daytime sports(70-300mm USM- $550), or evening/night time/ decent indoor lighting(70-200mm F2.8 Sigma-$750 or Canon without IS-$1100). Buying the right lens can be expensive.

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Lens for indoor sports
by trilby23 / November 10, 2009 8:56 PM PST

I shoot figure skating from the stands, and at the National competitions the zoom is restricted to below 200. I've shot with the Sigma 50-150/f2.8 for a couple of years with great results. Also on the plus side: it's much lighter than either version of the 70-200, and it doesn't bother my neighbors. It's currently $749 new or $629 used at B&H Photo.

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Sport D-SLR
by hjfok / November 2, 2009 10:31 AM PST

Usually you will need a camera that has 5+ fps to have a better chance to capture the peak moment, especially if the action is fast and somewhat unpredictable. The entry level 3 fps is a little slow for sports action.

If you shoot outdoor daytime well-lit sports, then any tele lens will be okay. If you want something high quality and good value, consider the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L.

If you shoot indoor or night sports, then you will need a fast tele lens with f/2.8 or larger aperture. And I will highly recommend the IS version. You will also need a camera with good high ISO performance. I have even used ISO 3200 with my lens wide open at f/2.8, just to barely get enough speed to stop the night soccer action of my son playing in a local park. The IS certainly helps to minimize blurring at 200mm end. Night time sports action can be frustrating if you don't have the right equipment. The Canon 50D or 7D with EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS will be good to have, but may make a dent in the bank account. Canon just started their fall rebates that will run until 1/16/2010 I believe, so make sure you check them out. Nikon has great selections too, but I know Canon much better.

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