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  1. libbyd

    libbyd TPF Noob!

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    Hello, I'm new to the forum and completely new to photography. Taking pictures is something I've always enjoyed. I would like to take that enjoyment to a more professional level. Im looking to purchase a camera. Have no clue what kind. My budget is pretty wide open, because I'm looking at this as a business investment. I would like to get into sports photography.

    Any suggestions on cameras, lenses, or any other sites I can learn more?
    I appreciate the help!
     
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    I think your best bet is go out and actually hold the cameras and see how the feel for you. A lot of stores have models out that you can pick up and test. Some are bulkier than others and some are heavier or lighter. It has a lot to do with personal opinion. People who shoot with Canon will suggest Canon, Nikon users will suggest Nikon. Good luck and let us know how it turns out!
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I second the suggestion by 'khallene'. Actually holding and trying out the different camera brands and models will go a long way to helping you choose what is right for you.

    Remember that the lenses are just as or more important than the camera itself, and in many cases, they are more expensive (especially if you want to shoot sports).

    My suggestions would be to have a look at the Nikon D700 and the Canon 50D. Maybe the Nikon D300 with grip. Canon's pro level 'sports' camera is the 1D (current model is the mark III). It's a great camera in terms of features, but many people are having AF issues with the mark III, the older 1D mark II might be a good choice though. The Canon 50D is a step down, but still a great camera for sports, especially at it's price point.

    For lenses, look for 'fast' lenses (large maximum aperture (low F numbers)). 70-200mm F2.8 for example.
     
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    Wow, there is a wide selection for you. When going out to get a feel for the different cameras just remember that there are ways that alter the feel of your new camera.

    For eample, you can buy a grip which enlarges the camera body that can affect the feel. Don't forget to take these into account when selecting a camera based on feel. Also, remember that if you are into sports photography, chances are that you will probably be purchasing a telephoto lens which is often heavier than the camera body. More reason to buy a grip to get a better hold on your camera. If you are considering a camera with a heavy lens, a good idea would be to buy a handstrap to help you hold the camera more steadily without slipping.
     
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    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    How wide open is wide open? That D700 is $3K. :)
     
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    This looks pretty, since you don't really have a budget.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. ANDS!

    ANDS! No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Get a D300 for 1200/1300 used/refurbished, and spend the rest on lenses.
     
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    mrcrassic TPF Noob!

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    Again, I advocate that you try a search on old threads discussing this. You'll find some really good results that way.

    Or, we can just lust and fantasize and all get this:

    [​IMG]

    ...though it might not be good enough for football.
     
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    GeneralBenson TPF Noob!

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    WTF is that?!?!?

    I bet if you shine a laser pointer through it, you can blow up the moon.
     
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    maulrat TPF Noob!

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    yeah! Deathstar... eat your heart out!
     
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    Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM. And no, it's not a mirror lens.
     

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