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Old Nov 19, 2014, 5:06 PM   #11
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i recently rented a sony A6000, and its focus was super fast in good light, still good in not great light. burst mode was superb - it did 11 fps in jpg and it did 9 fps while shooting raw+jpg. the sony e-mount lens selection is limited, but if you can work within the current lenses, i was pretty impressed, and i was only using the kit lens and the rather slow (not in speed - in aperture) 55-210.

and it should be on super sale at best buy for thanksgiving through cyber monday.
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Old Nov 19, 2014, 8:28 PM   #12
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As far as image quality is concerned, the A77 II, the A6000, and the A77 are about the same, with the A6000 edging out the other two. (See http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compa...___953_942_734 )

As far as features is concerned, the A77 II is the best, with the A6000 and A77 trailing slightly, though for different reasons.

As far as the selection of lenses and accessories is concerned, the A6000 is a distant third.
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Old Nov 19, 2014, 8:37 PM   #13
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I'd like to add that the image stabilization in Sony's E-Mount lenses is only good for about 1.5 to 2 stops, while the image stabilization in Sony's A-Mount bodies is good for about 2.5 stops. Canon and Nikon put image stabilization in their lenses as well, and can get 3 to 4 stops out of some of their lenses but only 1 to 2 out of others.
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The Sony A77 mark II does 12 FPS. The buffer is 64 images for JPEG only. It's 25 for JPEG+RAW images combined.
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 12:51 PM   #15
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What sports?
For each sport, where will you be shooting from?
some sports are obvious, but specify indoor vs. outdoor day vs. outdoor night
Good question - no large venue professional sports like NFL or NCAA Basketball.

Mainly outdoors during daytime, pretty close to the action. Snowboarding, wakeboarding (from boat or doc), pole vaulting, etc.

Some indoors, but still fairly close to the action. Volleyball, indoor rock climbing, indoor track, etc.

Thanks to all the responses so far, really got me thinking and investigating. Am getting excited to be able to take high quality shots soon, and not late or blurry shots :-)
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A good basic arsenal consists of a 70-300/4-5.6 for outdoor shooting in good light and a 70-200/2.8 for indoor shooting. Canon, Nikon and Sony can all fill that bill nicely.

In general, Nikon and Sony have 24MP sensors with lower noise and better dynamic range than Canon's 18MP sensors. That won't matter so much with the outdoor shooting, but for indoor shooting, Nikon would probably be your best choice.

Image stabilization isn't very important since the shutter speeds you'll need to avoid motion blur due to subject movement will also prevent motion blur due to camera shake.

One of the key features that delineates the pro cameras from the amateur cameras is the availability of battery packs/vertical grips. They let you shoot uninterrupted using two fully charged batteries, instead of having to swap batteries in the middle of a shoot. Depending on how serious you are, you might want to check whether or not the body you're considering has one.
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In general, Nikon and Sony have 24MP sensors with lower noise and better dynamic range than Canon's 18MP sensors. That won't matter so much with the outdoor shooting, but for indoor shooting, Nikon would probably be your best choice.
Something like the Nikon 7100? Happens to be on sale for $949 at the moment.

Still looking but curious if this fits the bill. Know I still need to track down some good lenses to match up. Thanks for the tips on the lens zoom and focal length, helps a lot.
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The D7100 is a very good choice for what you want to do.
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The D7100 is a very good choice for what you want to do.
Awesome - thanks for all the help and great information.
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Now comes the fun part - the part where I spend A LOT of your money: The lenses.

70-300mm f/4-5.6 lenses in order of suitability:
  1. Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR ($587)
  2. Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD ($449)
70-200mm f/2.8 lenses in order of suitability:
  1. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G AF-S VR II ($2,397)
  2. Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI VC USD ($1,399)
  3. Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM ($1,199)
  4. Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 DI LD (IF) Macro ($769)
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