digital camera recommendations (for hockey arena)

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by jfall, Aug 30, 2004.

  1. jfall

    jfall TPF Noob!

    Aug 30, 2004
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    My sister is looking for a new digital camera, and she came to me with some questions.. but honestly I don't have a lot of experience with digital cameras. Right now she has a 4mp olympus camera that she is looking to replace with something better.

    99% of the pictures my sister takes are in a hockey arena, most of the time she is shooting through plexiglass from maybe 30-50ft. away from the ice. What should she look for, something with a good optical zoom? she is looking to spend around $1,000 canadian / 750 usd.

    Any recommendations?

  2. LizM

    LizM TPF Noob!

    Jun 29, 2004
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    Heart of the Heart of Dixie
    I got some good results with my Canon Digital Rebel. I set it on action and had no issues.
  3. Sharkbait

    Sharkbait TPF Noob!

    Nov 4, 2003
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    Indianapolis, IN

    I'm one of the team photographers for the Indiana Ice hockey club, and I shoot a Canon 300D. I'd gotten passable results with the cheap-o $200 Canon 70-300 f4-5.6 EF lens, but the shots required a lot of tweaking in PS to bring up brightness or get rid of ISO noise. I just picked up a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 lens, so I'm really anxious to try it out in a few weeks.

    The trick with hockey games is balancing between the fast shutter speeds (I usually shoot around 1/250s) and getting enough light into the camera. At long zooms that can really become a problem (hence me moving to the big 2.8).

    Feel free to drop me an email ( ) if you've got more questions. Oh, and you can see some of my hockey shots at:

    :D :D

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