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Old Jul 17, 2014, 6:33 PM   #11
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And, yes, the 'sunny 16' rule presumes you're shooting outdoors. Plus, long focal lengths will generally preclude the ability to shoot at f4.
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unless you have 'pro' glass
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In bernabeu's post, "'pro' glass" means > $1,000 for primes, > $5,000 for zooms.

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so, you boost the ISO and settle for the 'noise' and the hours of required post-processing
No, you slow down the shutter speed a little.

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... sometimes a little motion blur is a good thing, especially in sports shooting.
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'pro' glass result:

300mm (35 equiv) 1/2000 @ f4
I've seen better results on this forum from bridge cameras so if your post is to prove that Pro lenses of themselves will not produce great shots then you are spot on!
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Old Jul 17, 2014, 9:28 PM   #14
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Lisa, I will try to stay out of this rapidly heating discussion to say this. You do not need pro equipment to get pro results in most cases. Any "entry level" camera from Nikon, canon, sony, or pentax, paired with the kit lens and a tamron 70-300 zoom will get you going. The tamron is capable of spectacular close-ups (1:2), fast enough to shoot the blue angels and other aerobatic planes, and does great for portraits. I've been using the original tamron 70-300 for six years, and the Sony A300 for that long. I'm going to move up this year, to an A77 or maybe a step slightly back to an A57. I also have a Minolta 70-210 f4 "beercan", a sony 50 f1.4, a cheap tamron 28-300 zoom and an external flash.
I guess what I am trying to impart to you is that, unless you are shooting pictures for Nat Geo, you don't need a pro level camera and lenses, unless you win the lottery, or receive a large inheritance.

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Old Jul 17, 2014, 9:57 PM   #15
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Lisa, here's links to some picture posts with the Blue Angels at Pensacola Beach. All shot with my Sony A300, and that Tamron 70-300 which cost me about 125.00.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/tr...ola-beach.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/tr...-part-two.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/tr...-part-3-a.html

In the last link, the last photo is missing for some odd reason.. So I found it and here it is in case anyone was curious about it ( I would be haha).



The exif data is probably missing from these, but 99% were shot at f8, 1/400 or faster, and iso 100. Autofocus set to continuous. Metering set at center-weighted.
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Lisa, here are some close ups with that lens.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...more-bugs.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...cts-today.html

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/cl...onfly-bee.html

One day maybe I'll break down and buy a dedicated macro lens. Or not.
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Old Jul 18, 2014, 3:13 AM   #17
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To reiterate, a Tamron 70-300/4-5.6 SP Di VC USD paired with either a Canon T3i or a Nikon D3200 will serve you well for outdoor sports and be within your budget. Indoor sports is another matter however.

Sports shooting requires a fast Phase detection AF system, which generally precludes anything less than a dSLR, though there are some exceptions. For instance Sony's A6000 mirrorless camera has a fast AF system, but it doesn't have any lenses that are capable of sports shooting, indoors or out.
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To broaden your choices, the 20MP Sony A58 is also within your budget.

The Pentax K-50 is close, but for your purposes there are no suitable lenses for it.
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