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Old Nov 16, 2010, 12:59 PM   #21
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Hi there, I would like to suggest Nikon D90,Canon t2i with the choice of lenses above or the Pentax k-x($600) or k-r($900) with the 18-55 and 55-300(price quoted includes the 2 lenses).K-r(my personal favourite) is the latest mid-level entry from Pentax released in Sept 10.
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Old Nov 16, 2010, 1:01 PM   #22
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dxo site gives a scietific value to sensor performance but the differences aren't as big as you might imagine - you can get a good image from just about any DSLR infact not just about EVERY dslr - if you couldn't there wouldn't be anyone using them

as for lens rental - its a good way to test gear before buying it if its a big purchase and your not 100% sure - also if you need something for a specific shoot but dont want to buy it for just that occasion then rental is the obvious choice - same if you've been commisioned to photograph some event and dont have a backup camera then might make sense to hire backup if you can afford the outlay for a backup gear

but it doesn't make finacial sense to just rent a camera all the time - would end up costing mroe than buying and you'd hyave nothing to show for it at the end
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Old Nov 16, 2010, 2:26 PM   #23
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Thank you I had more in mind trying a couple of models of cameras/lens and seeing if I can get good Tae Kwon Do shots. From what folks here are saying indoor sports shots are challenging and expensive. Right now I dont have much confidence I can get the shots I want under the conditions I have.

The folks with experience can with more expensive equipment than I am likely to afford (for now).

Kind of a chicken and egg problem, If I had a friend with the equipment I probably would not be bothering you folks. Hopefully this thread will also be helpful to some other folks.

Thanks I always thought "rent to own" was silly. However before I bought my last car I rented different models from the dealership for weekend trips, really helped to bad I cant do that locally with camera's.
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You could go with a T1i kit and 50 F1.4 for $1050. If you are that close it work. It will shoot to ISO 3200 (6400 with some good noise reduction) pretty well and the F1.4 lens is much better than the F1.8.
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or you need more reach, the ef 85 1.8 or the ef 100 f2 should work also.
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renting out several cameras to test and compare sounds a good idea but total up the costs and likely you could buy a camera for that money

might be cheaper to buy from amazon - think they give a 30day return period - quickly test them and send back the one your not happy with (not sure though they might not let you send them back if you've opened the box - better check that first)

but what it comes down to is fast lenses/good high iso - combination of both and your set - the rest comes down to your skill as a photographer possibly with a side order of photoshop skills =)
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Thank you Mr Pattullo, Im keeping that in mind. Im trying to buy locally since I will need local guidance but I notice Costco has a few of the cameras I am looking at and they have a good return policy.

I know I dont have the skills but I think I can develop them as long as I am not buying a pinto to do a racecar s job.

Thank you for you advice, gets tempting to look at better and better gear as I get into this. Perfection is the enemy of good enough (I used to be an engineer)
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