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Old Feb 18, 2006, 7:44 AM   #1
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I've got a feeling I may be in for a promotion towards the end of the year. IF that does happen, I want to buy myself a little treat in the form of a DSLR (an entry-level like a 350D or D50/D70). I'm in no doubt that I would go for the twin lens option but my question is this - would the kit zoom allow me to get photos similar to the ones that everyone posts here - i.e. shallow depth of field around a single point of focus. I know that the standard apertures aren't as large as the high-end lenses that most of you guys seem to have but will that be such a problem? I couldn't justify spending another £500 + on a lens!

At the moment this is purely hypothetical because I haven't been promoted yet and may not get it anyway! I'd be interested to know the answer though.

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Old Feb 18, 2006, 11:21 AM   #2
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It depends which sport your trying to photograph, and whether you'll be photographig indoors and outdoors.

Generally indoors your looking at lenses F2.8 or faster.

Outdoors you can get by with an F4 or slower lens if it's during the day.

Nightime shooting is another story ie. night football game.

Sounds like you'll be going with a kit lens and maybe a reasonably inexpensive telehphoto zoom.

I'd say try it out and see if you like the results.

You can always shoot in RAW mode and push up the exposure by one to two stops (ie. brigthen up the image) using software to make up for the fact that the lens your using might not have the light gathering ability to produce a nice bright image in low light or night situations.

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Old Feb 18, 2006, 12:05 PM   #3
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Thanks Terry. It's most likely to berugby and football I'll be photographing - all during the day, except the floodlit (and only occasional) night games.
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Hi Frenchy - You will be fine in good daylight, but will struggle under the lights with a 'standard' lens. I used to use (and still have for a lot of shots) a Tamron 70-300 4-5.6 which is fine and give the following shot on a Konica Minolta 5D. The shot below that is taken with my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 at f4 (I think it's best setting) and is so much sharper. So my answer is yes you will be fine in daylight, but probably like me you will get hooked and want a better lens..... lol.

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Old Feb 19, 2006, 7:59 AM   #6
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Lol! Thanks for the advice Mark.
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Or you could buy a DSLR like Nikon or Pentax, that lets you use older fast telephotos.

Of course, you lose some automation, but you probably do better with manual exposures anyway.




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Ah, interesting - thanks Barbarian.
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