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Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 21, 2009, 1:51 PM
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Posted By JimC
I agree. I've seen more than one Sony A700 user...

I agree. I've seen more than one Sony A700 user recommend it for indoor sports (and one of them also uses a Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 on a Canon 7D now).

I'd just make sure to get the latest II...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 18, 2009, 7:33 AM
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Posted By JimC
If you're going to spend that much on a camera,...

If you're going to spend that much on a camera, I'd urge you to go with a model with better ISO 3200 performance, as I've already mentioned in previous posts. In addition to the review sites...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 2:11 PM
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Posted By JimC
And by the time you add in the external flash and...

And by the time you add in the external flash and 18-55mm lens, you'd be further over the $1K budget than you would by buying the brighter Sigma lens to begin with, and you wouldn't have a good...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 2:01 PM
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Posted By JimC
You're never going to have a perfect solution. ...

You're never going to have a perfect solution.

with a $1000 budget, you'll need to compromise.

My suggestion would be a camera body with a more usable ISO 3200 (and the Canon T1i or Sony A500...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 1:37 PM
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Posted By JimC
For general use, great. But. with a widest...

For general use, great. But. with a widest available aperture of f/5.6 if you zoom in much, it's not going to be very usable for indoor use without a flash (for example, taking the Gymnastics...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 1:25 PM
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Posted By JimC
If you want to "forget the budget", there are...

If you want to "forget the budget", there are lots of options. ;-)

But, AFAIK, neither Nikon or Canon offer a single lens solution in a brighter lens offering approximately the same zoom range you...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 1:14 PM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
It would with a Sony dSLR (since their models...

It would with a Sony dSLR (since their models have stabilization built into the camera body). It would not be stabilized on a Canon or Nikon body.

For indoor use trying to capture rapidly moving...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 14, 2009, 11:36 AM
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Posted By JimC
With a $1000 budget, I'd probably look at these...

With a $1000 budget, I'd probably look at these options:

Canon T1i, used Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8
Sony A500, used Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8

That would give you a focal range on the Sony that you'd have...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 10:31 AM
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Posted By JimC
And what do you think is so terrible about it...

And what do you think is so terrible about it compared to other models in it's class for AF speed and noise levels (especially since none of the competing Canon models even have ISO speeds as high in...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 10:16 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
We'll have to agree to disagree. I wouldn't...

We'll have to agree to disagree. I wouldn't suggest the Sony models if I didn't believe they were a better value in a number of areas, and I do get a chance to use models from other manufacturers...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 9:51 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
The OP was using a camera with a longest focal...

The OP was using a camera with a longest focal length of around 105mm (and indicated he could get closer if needed) at ISO 400 using apertures of around f/5.9.

Almost any dSLR going to be a huge...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 12, 2009, 9:14 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
If you go with an entry level model, you may be...

If you go with an entry level model, you may be able to get some photos using a bright prime if you can get close enough. On a tight budget, you could get a Canon 50mm f.1.8 for around $109. ...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 9, 2009, 6:07 AM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
Noise is always going to be worse in underexposed...

Noise is always going to be worse in underexposed areas of a photo. So, the conditions you're using one in come into the equation. For example,in typical gym lighting, you're not going to have as...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 8, 2009, 4:20 PM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
You're seeing differences in Noise Reduction...

You're seeing differences in Noise Reduction Algorithms (and most models allow you to adjust the amount of Noise Reduction being applied and/or turn off Noise Reduction).

IMO, there's very little...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 8, 2009, 3:51 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
From what camera? You really need to look at...

From what camera?

You really need to look at photos in controlled conditions (same subject, lighting, aperture, shutter speed, ISO Speed, etc.) on more than one web site.

You're going to see...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 8, 2009, 3:13 PM
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Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
What you need is ISO 3200 and (even better)...

What you need is ISO 3200 and (even better) higher ISO speeds in light that low for a higher percentage of keepers if you want to use a zoom with f/2.8 available.

You're going to have a lower...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 8, 2009, 2:02 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
That last photo was taken with flash (which can...

That last photo was taken with flash (which can work if you're close enough to stay within the camera's flash range).

Most of the others were taken at the long end of your zoom range (your lens...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 8, 2009, 10:53 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
I think you're misinterpreting my posts. I was...

I think you're misinterpreting my posts. I was just pointing out that the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 lens was not the "same cost" as the Canon and Nikon lenses with IS built in. ;-)

For Gymnastics, from...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 8, 2009, 10:40 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
You really want to look at models with higher...

You really want to look at models with higher usable ISO speeds and better AF algorithms like the T1i for indoor sports, as JohnG already mentioned.

The entry level Canon models (XS, XSi, XTi) are...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 8, 2009, 10:31 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
Very few reviews have comparisons using the new...

Very few reviews have comparisons using the new version 4.0 firmware for the A700 (where Sony improved noise reduction algorithms). Even some of them that managed to update samples didn't update...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 8, 2009, 9:53 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
I think you'll find that the Nikon D80 doesn't do...

I think you'll find that the Nikon D80 doesn't do any better than the entry level Sony models in the noise area (taking retained detail into consideration), given similar camera settings (like the...
Forum: What Camera Should I Buy? Oct 8, 2009, 9:22 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 17,534
Posted By JimC
Errr... Sure, stabilization isn't going to help...

Errr... Sure, stabilization isn't going to help for sports use, because you'll need faster shutter speeds to freeze action. But, let's check prices at a reputable vendor for 70-200mm lenses to see...
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