Need some help with what to buy...

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  1. StreetShark

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    Well I mostly photograph action sports such as snowboarding, skiing, and skateboarding and I need some help choosing some new gear. right now I have a rebel xt with the kit lens and a 28-90mm. I can get a lens for christmas with a limit of about $1000 plus I have about $700 of my own money. This is what I was looking at getting:
    A tripod: Manfrotto 055 Tracker Tripod: $240
    head: Induro SA-0 SA Tripod Head: $60
    Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM Wide Angle Zoom: $860

    Total spent: $1160
    Left over: $540

    What could I get with the remaining money or what could I change about what I want? I have a good bag and I don't want/need a flash.
     
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    dont you need something longer for action sports snowboarding ?
     
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    well usually im im really close to the action.
     
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    Unless you're really not satisfied with the performance of your kit lens, i think the 17-40 is kind of redundant. If you like sports and such, a tele is a must and a lot of fun. The Sigma 70-200 f2.8 is what i have and can't get enough of it.

    Regarding the flash - i think everyone needs one, so my money would go there. It's "sunshine in the palm of your hand", a very valuable tool that may take a long time to master, but once you do, it opens up a whole new world.

    There's also the ultra-wide angle lenses that are fun and could be used for interesting shots of skiing, skateboarding and the like. The Sigma 10-20 and Canon 10-22 come to mind.


    G'Luck.
     
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    yeah I was thinking of a super-wide but I can only see using it as a novelty. and about the tele I think I may get one.
     
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    That 28-90 is really kinda slow and short for what I'd imagine myself using.
    I wouldn't leave the house on a sports mission without a fast telephoto.
    But if your happy with the results from that, I say buy a flash to compliment it, you'll certainly squeeze every last bit of performance out of that 28-90 using flash.
    It will come in handy with that 17-40, f/4 aint the fastest.

    you dont want to hear that:lmao:
     
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    I'd have thought that a ski slope is the last place on earth a flash is required!!! I cannot think of a situtation where the light will be more abundant from every direction imaginable. In fact you might want to think about a circular polariser to cut out some of the stray bit of light bouncing about all over the place.

    Then again I know nothing about skiing and snowboarding photography so I stand to be corrected! Ultra wide sounds like a fun idea though...
     
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    What about a 70-200 2.8L and a circular polarizer instead?
     
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    Just to make sure, i'm not talking about a circular fisheye. Just a "regular" ultra-wide. Check out Canon and Sigma's sites for sample images. They're very useful lenses for close-quarters, like in small rooms and such.

    Astronaut - you're right, but he does shoot things other than skiing, so a flash might come in handy when he steps off the giant reflector that is the slopes.
     
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    What about 200mm f/2.8L II USM Telephoto Lens and a 50mm f/1.8? I was thinking about it and to really stop the action I need something fast and also it's very easy to take a few (or alot) of steps back on the hill but I can only get so close and still be safe. Also this winter ill mostly only be using my slr for snowboarding and out-door stuff so I don't need a flash.
     
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    I shoot a tremendous amount of sports. Everything from equine, softball, volleyball, football you name it. My main lens is a 70-200mm 2.8L, if you get that lens you will never regret it. Also makes a very respectable portrait lens and an incredibly versatile wedding lens.
     
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    what about the 200mm prime? i cant efford a f/2.8 tele zoom
     

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