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Old Jul 28, 2009, 9:47 PM   #1
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Can you recomend me the cheapest dslr equipment suitable for field hockey, my interest is take pictures of my daughter for my family album, my bubget is very tight, i will take the pictures from the sideline, all games are daylifht.
I intent with superzoom digicam but the results was poor.
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Old Jul 29, 2009, 8:12 AM   #2
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IMO - Mate if you have a bit to spend you should try a Canon 1000D with 75-300mm lense kit. It is the basic DSLR set up for canon and will set you back about A$1200. Very basic set up but with practice some good shots will come out of it.
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IMO - Mate if you have a bit to spend you should try a Canon 1000D with 75-300mm lense kit. It is the basic DSLR set up for canon and will set you back about A$1200. Very basic set up but with practice some good shots will come out of it.
No, no, no and no..... did you spot that I didn't agree?? LOL

The 75-300 from Canon is probably the lowest quality of all of the 70/75-300mm lenses on the market so don't touch it.

A Tamron 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 is a better option if you are keeping budget low. I'm not sure of the market in Australia so can't give pricing so if someone can point me to a website I will look at options available.

Check out New to sports shooting and wonder if you can improve?!?! where the first photos were taken with a basic dSLR and a Tamron 70-300.

The kit is not the only element but also the skills so hopefully some of the info will help.

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Thanks Kronnic and Mark for your advice (and for tolerate my poor english) i catch the thing about lens, for the camera is worth the extra money for xsi than xs.
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In Mexico the cameras and lenses cost 2X-3X more than USA.
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Mates. If you have a budget of 1500 US dollars and with USA prices what is your recomendation.
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Mates. If you have a budget of 1500 US dollars and with USA prices what is your recomendation.
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Canon XSi with Sigma 100-300 f4
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Canon XSi with Sigma 100-300 f4
scrap that - I just checked and prices have really gone up. 100-300 is now $1400 (used to be 1000). And XSi is $650.

So you'd have to go with XSI and Canon 70-300 IS USM.

The canon 70-300 (NOT the 75-300) is the fastest focusing of the 70-300s on the market. Tamron may be a bit sharper but it's not as fast to focus.
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It's crazy John how much everything has gone up by. Over here I can sell my mkIII 2nd hand for what I paid for it new almost 18 months ago!! The 120-300 has gone from 1600 to 2400 so again I can sell it for more than I paid. I'm not complaining as I wouldn't be able to shoot with what I do if I didn't buy a while ago.

I agree about the 450 and Canon 70-300mm IS USM. I only mentioned the Tamron as it is a lot cheaper but with the budget there then the Canon wins hands down.
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How about a Sony A700, which is down to around $999 new here, combined with a used Minolta 100-300mm f/4-5.6 APO (D) Autofocus lens, which is around $350 used in Excellent condition for the latest D (ADI/Advanced Distance Integration) version. Large vendors of used gear like http://www.keh.com usually keep them in stock (and they also ship internationally although I don't know about shipping cost/import duties to your area).

Here's a link to their used Minolta brand Zoom Autofocus lenses (and they also carry third party lenses from Tamron, Sigma, and others that you'll find under "Non Manufacturer" Minolta AF lens choices). I see multiple Minolta 100-300mm APO listings there now (just make sure to get an APO version for best results). That camera/lens combination should keep you at around $1350, depending on prices in your area.

http://www.keh.com/OnLineStore/Produ...BCL=&GBC=&GCC=

Or, how about a new Sony A230 with the new 18-55mm kit lens for around $549.

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665879068

Then, add a new Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM (Supersonic Motor Focusing) lens for daytime sports use.

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921665345645

That kit should keep you at around $1350, depending on prices in your area. You're paying more for the lens compared to budget lenses like the Tamron 70-300mm mentioned by Mark. But, this Sony lens is designed to be a "best in class" lens with very sharp optics and fast autofocus.

On a tighter budget, a Sony A230 body combined with a Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro AF lens should focus roughly twice as fast as a Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D with it (as in the photos mentioned by Mark1616 that were taken using a KM Maxxum 5D with the Tamron 70-300mm lens).

That's because Sony redesigned the newer cameras like the A200 and A230 with faster Autofocus motors, shorter viewfinder blackout time, faster internal processing with improved algorithms compared to the older Konica Minolta model Mark1616 was using before switching to Canon dSLRs. The Sony models were based on the Konica Minolta dSLR models and Sony has refined them over time, while still maintaining compatibility with Minolta Autofocus Lenses.

But, the budget lenses like the Tamron 70-300mm Di LD Macro that Mark1616 mentioned using (and I'd get the latest LD Di Macro version if going that route), are not as good, and are not going to focus as fast as higher quality lenses like the Canon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM or Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM.

So, I'd go with a higher quality lens if budget permits.
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While the lower end sonys have had improved AF, I haven't seen anything which tells me it has caught up to Canon and Nikon. So while I would have no issue recommending the A700 based on sports photos I've seen, I can't say the same for the lower end models.
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