What type of camera?

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  1. Riverlake

    Riverlake TPF Noob!

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    I'm getting a DSLR camera soon.

    I need to be able to photograph people, scenery, and sports.

    I need to be able to photograph Auto Racing, Soccer, Ice Hockey, Box Lacrosse, Curling, Football, Rugby, Baseball, and Basketball.

    I need to be able to photograph scenery, Auto Racing, Soccer, and Baseball at night.

    I need to be able to photograph Ice Hockey, Box Lacrosse, Curling, and Basketball in buildings with very poor lighting.

    I also need to be able to take photos that are good enough to get me employment photographing local, national, and international sporting events.

    What type of camera should I get?
     
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    First things first, what is your budget? Secondly, a fast body would be best, I think that 5 fps would suffice. Also, for those indoor shots, you'll need fast glass, and probably decent high ISO performance. You'll need quite a bit of money.
     
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    You should get a camera that will accept good lenses...because the lens will matter a lot more than the camera for the type of shooting that you have listed.
     
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    My mom told me that the budget will be whatever is necessary because I'm going to make photography my career after high school.
     
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    Well, with that budget, not much can be done. However, I would go with an XTi or even XT (I say this because a D80 would be good, but then the lens quality is limited, and the D40 does not AF with all lenses). Then buy the fastest zoom you can afford. I say zoom because it will suit you the best for all the sports you shoot.
     
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    please reply.
     
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    A Canon 40D (because it has a 6.5 FPS) and a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM :) and maybe a 100-400mm L lens...
    It will be a little expensive :p
     
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    Spend a year focusing on composition with what you have or can borrow within the family. Spend your money on film/developing/printing/framing.

    Spend a few hours a week on this forum until you are familiar with formats (don't assume 35mm is the end-all), brands and lenses. A year of this and you won't need to ask the question, which is really a personal question.

    Note what equipment others are using. Once you amass some basic knowledge you will be in a much better position to make wise choices about equipment and avoid a beginner's outfit which you regret.

    Since lenses aren't interchangeable between brands, that first outfit often tends to be a lifetime decision.

    *******
    just ran across this post which is typical of the reason why I recommend biding your time.
    http://thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=118723
     
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    Is it good for sports and night and is it difficult to learn how to use?
     
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    I think you may need to refocus and do some more research if you are asking this type of question. But, the 70-200 should/may suffice for night shots if the sports field is well lit, may not be long enough for some sports. The 100-400 will be very good for well lit sunnydays outside. Is it difficult to use? Just read the manual and see for yourself. Not too difficult.
     
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    What's the difference between 70-200 and 100-400?
     

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