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Old Oct 6, 2012, 4:45 PM   #1
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Default $700 budget - indoor / night sports camera

I had decided on the Pentax K-R but have now reconsidered.

I am not opposed to used equipment! Budget less than $700.

I'm a mom with 2 kids who play baseball / soccer / basketball - day & night.
Attached are the best photos I've ever taken, so obviously I'm an inexperienced user.

Any suggestions are much appreciated . . . OR . . . any links you would like to provide is fine too.
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Sports photography is tough. Sports photography indoors, especially so. $700 is less than an appropriate lens would generally cost.

I suggest that you tackle one thing at a time. For outdoor sports, like baseball or soccer, in good light, you'll need a telephoto zoom lens that goes from about 70-300mm. Tamron's 70-300 SP Di USD sells for $349 (after a $100 mail-in rebate), and that's probably the least expensive you should go, but in a pinch, you might do ok with the Tamron 70-300 Di LD which sells for $200. These are available for many brands of dSLRs.

That leaves $350-$500 for the camera body. There are some factory refurbished dSLRs from both Canon and Nikon that might fit your budget. Take a look at what Adorama has to offer.
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in a pinch, you might do ok with the Tamron 70-300 Di LD which sells for $200.
For about USD 200, maybe she should also consider Canon's 55-250 mm? The 55-250 has image stabilization, while I think the $ 200 Tamron does not, and probably IS would be good to have when shooting at the long end of either lens. Plus, the 55-250 is generally considered to be great value for the price.
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any suggestions on camera? I was set on the Pentax k-r (obviously k-5 is better but there's always that money issue) or should I go with a canon? and if canon, any suggestions?
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For about USD 200, maybe she should also consider Canon's 55-250 mm? The 55-250 has image stabilization, while I think the $ 200 Tamron does not, and probably IS would be good to have when shooting at the long end of either lens. Plus, the 55-250 is generally considered to be great value for the price.
The Canon 55-250 IS is probably better than the Tamron 70-300 Di LD, but it's not as long, and for sports photography, image stabilization isn't a big deal. You're using shutter speeds fast enough to prevent motion blur due to subject movement, which will also be fast enough to prevent motion blur due to camera shake. But I should have included it. Thanks for catching that.

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any suggestions on camera? I was set on the Pentax k-r (obviously k-5 is better but there's always that money issue) or should I go with a canon? and if canon, any suggestions?
For what you want to do, Canon has a better AF system than Pentax. I would suggest you look at the refurbished Canon T2i that Adorama has for $479. It comes with a 90 day store warranty, which is something you won't get with a used camera.
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Thank you! I will do so.

And thanks for everyone's input, it's greatly appreciated.
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