A little help anyone?

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  1. flttrkgrl69

    flttrkgrl69 TPF Noob!

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    Right now I'm currently using a Nikon Coolpix P80, which is a less than desirable camera for what I am looking to take pictures of.

    I race motorcycles, as well as all of my family. I want to be able to take clear action shot of motorcycles doing 20-130 MPH.

    I've been looking at a Nikon D3000, and was wondering if that will be the right camera for what I need.

    I can't spend over $500, I just need some feedback.


    OH, Also: The Nikon D60 was the best camera near my price range but I was told that the D3000 has replaced it... is this also true?

    thank you!
     
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    fokker No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Most any DSLR camera will be fine for what you need. Good autofocus will be the most important thing, though as far as I know they are perform fairly similarly around the price you mentioned.

    You'll need a decent telphoto lens, exact specs depending on how close you will be to the action. Depending again on budget, a 70-200/55-250/70-300 type lens will likely be ideal for you.

    Look into a technique called panning, it will help you get good action shots even with a P&S camera, provided you can get close enough.
     
  3. cnutco

    cnutco No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    How about some still shots of the bikes you race?
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Sort of.

    Either way the D3000 has a better autofocus module than the D60 had.

    There are used and refurbished D3000's on Amazon for about $400.

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-D3000-Digital-18-55mm-3-5-5-6G/dp/B002JCSV5I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1271814766&sr=1-1]Amazon.com: Nikon D3000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens: Camera & Photo[/ame]
     

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