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Old Mar 2, 2009, 1:24 PM   #1
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I'm considering selling my Oly 510 and getting a Nikon D90 with a 85mm f1.4 lens for taking indoor sports photos. Having read many posts here I have come to the conclusion that the Oly will never get it done for me.:sad: Am I headed in the right direction with the D90? Is the ISO at 3200 usable on this camera/lens combo? (I currently don't have any processing software but am considering Aperture for my iMac.) Is there another camera/lens combo that is better in the this price range. Canon XSi looks OK but I would think the D90 is better. I'm open to options here so don't hold back.....unless the body crosses the $1000 barier I've set. Thanks! And anyone want to buy an Oly 510? :-)
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Old Mar 2, 2009, 2:30 PM   #2
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Take a look at the Sports & Action Photosforum and see what others are using for indoor sports.
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Old Mar 2, 2009, 3:04 PM   #3
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Thanks. Yes, I've been reading through there and there are a lot of Nikons (D40, 60, 80, 90, 300) and Canons (40D, 50D, xti, xsi). I don't have the funds for the D300 or 50D so I've pushed it to the D90. I guess I'm asking ..."is there a camera that will outperform the D90 for less than $1000?"
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Old Mar 2, 2009, 5:25 PM   #4
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you cannot consider the camera in a vaccum. You have to consider the entire solution - which includes the lens. Furthermore you have to consider each sport. So, what sports are you wanting to shoot? Where are you allowed to shoot from? This makes a difference. If you are shooting volleyball from the stands you need a longer lens than if you can shoot from the floor. Given the sport/shooting position information we can help recommend some body/lens combinations capable of the job(s) at hand.
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John is right, the lens/lenses are key to getting good sports shots that mixed with a body capable of giving good AF and in certain situations fast continuous shooting.
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Old Mar 2, 2009, 5:56 PM   #6
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I will be shooting volleyball in various locations but at worst, inshool gyms. And will be able to get courtside for almost all of it. I am looking at the Nikon D90 with an AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D lens.Thanks for all your help.
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Old Mar 2, 2009, 6:11 PM   #7
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I could be wrong but I don't think the Nikon 85mm f1.8 is as fast at AF as the Canon equivalent so the 40D with Canon lens is probably better for this sort of shooting, however you will need to be court side to use either of these combos, after that you need to go longer and you start pushing the price quite noticeably.
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A Nikon screw drive lens AF speed will depend on the body it's mate to - The 85mm f/1.8 lens only needs 1 full-turn of the screw to go from up close to infinity so its AF is quite fast on a D300 (faster than an 85 f/1.2L on a 1DMrkII...) albeit not as silent

I just don't know about the D90 (torque) though...
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/forum/topic/739976
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Old Mar 3, 2009, 6:09 AM   #9
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The combo you're considering should do quite well. The 85mm 1.8 is the go to lens for HS volleyball in both systems. Although with the advent of relatively clean ISO 3200 and usable 6400 (or more), a 70/80-200 2.8 is also possible and provides a lot more flexibility if you're willing to pay for it.
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FYI: http://dslr-video.com/blogmag/?p=456
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