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Old Mar 25, 2012, 2:38 PM   #1
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Default What camera should I get for horse shows?

I am wanting a camera to take pictures at hunter/jumper shows

I have a Sony Cybershot right now and I just find that it has really blurry action shots and I want something that is decent for indoor arenas as well as outdoor. I heard good things from Canon and Nikon. I want something that is easy to use but that I could possibly switch lens out. I am not to good when it comes to electronics but I am willing to learn.

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DSLR
Good with action shots
No more than $1500 with lens I would need

Any recommendations would be great!!

Here's what I heard some good things about



Nikon Coolpix L100
10.1 megapixels | 3" screen | 28 420 mm (15)

Nikon D60
10.2 megapixels | 2.5" screen | APS-C sensor

Nikon D300S
12.3 megapixels | 3" screen | APS-C sensor

Nikon D3100
14.2 megapixels | 3" screen | APS-C sensor

Canon EOS D30 with 75-300mm lens

Also I heard the 18-200mm lens is good for what I am wanting
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Old Mar 25, 2012, 5:42 PM   #2
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Indoor sports is a quite specific genre of photography- requiring quite a specific bit of kit and more importantly,know-how.
However- just sticking with the "kit" side of things....
If the D300s is affordable(lucky you) it's a very nice bit of kit(and fast)- and if you're not shooting at too far a distance,then Nikon's 17-55 f/2.8 or 28-70 f/2.8 are decent affordable lenses- as is Sigma's 28-70 f/2.8...
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For outdoor equestrian events, you'll need a telephoto zoom lens that goes out to at least 300mm on an APS-C body, and something that goes out to 400mm or even 500mm wouldn't be a bad idea.

For indoor equestrian events, a large aperture telephoto zoom lens that goes as big a f/2.8 is a must, and you'll still need to use a high ISO setting in order to get shutter speeds fast enough to avoid motion blur. Something as long as 200mm on an APS-C body would be a minimum, and 300mm would probably be better.

Keep in mind that you want to shoot sports/action in low light. There's nothing harder to photograph well, and good gear is important, but so is experience. Don't expect to get great shots on your first outing.

I think you should start out with a good 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 lens. Tamron has a good one that sells for about $400 for any dSLR, but don't spend any less than that. Canon, Nikon and Sony have better ones for their respective dSLRs, but they cost much more. I suggest that you get your feet wet with the outdoor stuff first, and save the large aperture lens until later, especially since you've got a budget of $1,500.

For what you want to do, you'll need a fast autofocus system. For that, I'd stay away from the entry level Nikons, like the D60 and the D3100.
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Also I heard the 18-200mm lens is good for what I am wanting
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i would add stay away from the entry canons 1000d and 1100d you get a 550d for not much more and still use the tamron lens.
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...I'd stay away from the entry level Nikons, like the D60 and the D3100.
That leaves her with the Nikon D300S (she should also consider the D90) and maybe pair it up with a Nikkor 55-300 or the 70-300 from Tamron!
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There are many bodies from many manufacturers that would do well and are within her budget. I think her selections are overy narrow. Something like Canon's T2i/T3i, Nikon's D90, D7000, and D300s, and Sony's A35 and A55 would do better than the low end Canons and Nikons, especially the older ones she listed.
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i shot horse shows for 2 years, at first just for fun, then eventualy selling the photos to the owners, i started off with a pentax k20d which was ok but not great, but as i was now making money from photos i sold up and bought a nikon D90 which was much better for taking action shots of horses, my lens of choice was the nikkor 70-300
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