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Old Jun 3, 2010, 1:24 PM   #21
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shoturtle, I think you misunderstood my point. As I said in my original post - even in Canon mount I think the OP would be better suited with the 50-500 over the 100-400. What I disagreed with was the idea of selecting Pentax to gain IS with the BIgma. Or to put it another way - for sports shooting, the canon camera plus bigma (but without IS) will produce more keepers than the K-X with bigma (but with IS). The reason being the better focus tracking and the use of the monopod for such a heavy lens will trump the benefit of IS. Not to say the KX will do bad. Just relatively speaking it won't do AS GOOD.
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Old Jun 3, 2010, 1:30 PM   #22
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I agree the canon is the better sport photo tool. I was just point out that with the Bigma, you still can get the IS benefit with you went with a IBIS camera. That is all.
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Old Jun 3, 2010, 3:02 PM   #23
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So,then if you were me....new to digital, shooting outdoor sports, general family and pets and had 3 to 3.5K to spend, what would you buy?
I thought it would be helpful to put a cap on the cost to narrow down the field.
Again, thanks SO much!
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Old Jun 3, 2010, 4:16 PM   #24
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With that budget, canon 50D or 7D with the kit lens, and the canon 100-400L. That will be about 3k. 1500 for the 7D or 1200 for the 50D and 1600 for the 100-400L
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PS I am bias,

I really like the 100-400L, but you may want the longer reach of the sigma 50-500mm.
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I think you'd be better off with a Canon 50D or a Nikon D90 and a long fast lens. BTW, will you be shooting any games at night? (or rather, trying to shoot any games at night?)
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Old Jun 4, 2010, 3:30 PM   #27
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Sorry I have not read the whole thread but I would recommend the Sony A550. With up to 7fps and up to 12800 ISO its great for sports photography. You could buy the body only then get a 300 or even a 400mm lens for those zoom shots.
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The challenge with the 550 is I do not believe the focus system is as good as Canon or Nikon. From all accounts it is not as good as the A700 (which was comparable). And, the fps is a bit misleading. You don't get 7fps and continuous focus. Even at 5fps the only review I saw comment on the focus system was DPReview and their conclusion was the focus couldn't keep up with even 5fps.

I became a fan of the a700, but until sony announces a replacement for it, I wouldn't currently recommend sony as a good sports solution. Not the least of which is because there is nowhere to go from an a550 as the 700 is discontinued and sony has yet to demonstrate that it has plans for cameras that compete with the D300s / 7D cameras of the world or even the D90 / 50D cameras.
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The A550 can indeed shoot at 7 fps, but when it does so, it switches off the autofocus system, so moving subjects will drift in and out of focus. So, no, the A550 is not good for sports.
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