Looking for equipment best for action sports:

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  1. iHTCHBK

    iHTCHBK TPF Noob!

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    I am an aspiring action sports photographer.I have owned a Nikon SLR but back then I had no clue what I was doing and currently I own a simple point and shoot.I am not looking for a high dollar camera but something I wont get bored with or use to it's full potential.Here is what I am looking for in the camera:

    -flash sync of 250th of a second
    -quick shutter speed capabilities for sequencing
    -auto focusing

    Basically something that is great for action sports,cars on a track and other faster moving subjects.Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    I was told to check out the Canon Rebel series - XSi
     
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    I wouldn't call an XSi a high dollar camera.

    A D300 sounds like a good start though.

    51AF points, 8fps, flash sync of 1/250th AND you can use the nikon speedlights wirelessly---even in high-fp.

    if you don't know what any of that means, then a D5000 would work just fine.
     
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    more important then the camera in my opinion is the lens you use.

    Depending on the sport i would decide which camera has the best options for you.

    And the big question is budget...
     
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    I wasn't saying it was high dollar,someone told me it seems best and great for the price.


    I have read alot up on the lens's the pro's use and other great photographers of bmx,fmx,skating,etc..
    As far as the sport planned mainly bmx alittle skating here and there and of course just all around fun shooting family,friends on the side.

    My budget honestly is alittle low I'd say under $1k for starters.But hey we all got to start somewhere that's about all I can fork out for now.
     
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    Your best bet is to spend on a good fast lens. Even a lower priced body from any of the manufacturers will give you what you need. Now how big of a lens you need deppends on how close you can get to the action. For BMX a really fast 50mm lens may do the trick as you might have access right at the track side.

    Basically for good stop action it would be good to have a f/2.8 lens or faster. That will give you the most shutter speed latitude for different lighting conditions (dark overcast days).
     
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    Look at used Nikkon D300 or used Canon 40D. Look up the specs on those and go from there.
     
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    Just get a cheap, old Nikon D200 (5 FPS... not that bad considering your budget) and a 50mm f/1.4 and you're set.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    That means that he would need to get a little too close to those race cars to get any meaningful shots... lol

    There is no one cheap answer to his question. Action sports outdoors in the daytime you can get away with almost anything, but the moment it starts getting dark... uh-oh, blur city. :)

    That is when something like a D300 and a Nikkor 70-200 F/2.8 are likely the best answer to his needs. This camera/lens will also keep him happy for years.
     
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    All are posibilities but most would be at least 2x or 3x his budget. 2nd posts states less than $1,000! That will not get a used D300 let alone a lens as well. Or a 40D and fast lens used!

    He might get a Used D80 and a used Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 with that budget. And that would be just fine for a start! I agree on fast glass. But he cannot get a new body and lens, or even used in the better bodies and glass.
     
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    In summary you budget is very tight. $1000 get's a start but your best bet is definatly second hand.

    KEH have the following second hand :-

    D 80 10.2 M/P WITH 18-135 F3.5-5.6 G WITH BATTERY & CHARGER (SD CARD ), DIGITAL SLR INTERCHANGEABLE LENS CAMERA OUTFIT $849

    Lens is a bit short on focal length but it's a respectible start.
     
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    Thanks I'll look into each answer and see what is best.I honestly do not need the best for $1k just something respectable.I could always but another lens down the road..
     

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