Hello, I'm feverishly looking for a digital camera that is fast enough (Sports), good battery life and fast between shots... I've been out of the camera world for a while and not up to speed on alot of models, though I've been doing research on them... So many to look at, it boggles my mind... What would you recommend that stand out over others??? I'm looking to spend 5 - $600.00.... Thanks so much, Norman email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Which camera system are you thinking about? How competitive do you want to be with the images? Are you planning on doing it professionally?
The answers will dictate whether you should spend anywhere between $1,000 to $3,200 for a body and $$$ for fast lenses.
a nice bang for the buck camera with awesome low light ability is the Nikon D70. I have owned one for over a year and routinely shoot it at 1600iso with better results then i ever got with film. I borrowed a friends' D50 and its a sweet camera and looks/feels like a D70 with only a few minor differences but still a lot of camera for the money. I did not however have the opportunity to use it in low light...so i cannot say for sure... but i would definitely look at that considering your price range
i am unfamiliar with Canon so i cannot comment..im sure other makers also have models that will suit your needs...
as for being fast enough for sports....for decades people had to rely on manual focus, manual metering and manual film advance for sports photography and they did just fine. I only mention it to point out that the difference from want and need in this situation is pretty great. if you only have $500 to spend you are looking at an entry level DSLR. They are all likely to be more than adequate for the purpose. now if you feel you NEED 7-8 FPS and a buffer that can keep up with that and low light performance and INSTANT AF then the D2X is your camera...only problem is it cost $5K.. Canon and other makers also market similar products. Expect to pay big bucks to buy the DSLR equivelent of an F6
An alternative to the high framing rate cameras is to anticipate the height of action and use zone focusing. This what was done pre motor drives. In the "really olden days", sports were shot with 4x5 cameras.
Thanks for your reply Larry.. I guess the competition is within myself... No professionalism here... Just the satisfactory of having good photos... I purchased two other cameras that just do not cut it... I find myself wanting more from a camera... I'd like to hover around $600.00 for a camera, but if the differences are so, that a few dollars more will make a big difference, then so be it...
Hello and thanks for your reply Uni-Q... I did have a quick look at the D50 and D70, just not close enough... I certainly will have another look at the D70 closely, thank you... I love taking photos of my dog (Siberian Husky) as she's in flight lol and need something that somewhat responsive... Thanks again for your input....
Hello all... Looks like I'll have to up the anti from $800.00 to $1,000 for the camera I think I'll be happy with what I'm looking for.... I just got home from work and will now look at the ones specified here such as the (Nikon D70...) Though as you all know, one link here leads to another and I have found a few others that may meet my criterias.. Others I have looked at lightly was the Cannon 350D Rebel XT and Pentax ist DS... I certainly will entertain more thoughts that you may have regarding this... Thanks again, Norman
Well Uni-Q , It's down to the Rebel XT or the Nikon D70 ... I'll have to take a trip to the camera shop and see how they fit in my hands... I do have large hands, so I believe the Nikon D70 may suite me better... But, I'm in no hurry for this yet... Gonna wait it out a few more months, save a few extra $$$.. Who knows, I hear the end of February, new models will be out... This is a great site... Ask a few basic questions and get targeted answers... You've all been great and have been of great influence in what I think I'll be happy with... I salute you all... Thanks for your input....
Have you given any thought to maybe a used camera from a very relieable camera shop local or on-line ?
when short on funds and if you look around real good you might get, lucky