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Old 09-01-12, 08:21 AM   #1
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Camera recommendations?

My little pocket Canon is great for a lot of stuff, but I need a better camera for high resolution still shots and video. A friend of mine at work recommended the Nikon 3200 as an entry level digital SLR. However, in reading the reviews it seems it does well for still shots in comparison to others in its price range but not as well on video. I'm not familiar with the latest camera technology so I thought I'd come to the Foo forum for some suggestions.

The main thing I'd like to have is high quality video, but with good capabilities for still shots. Most of the still shots would be at family gatherings or taking random pics while on vacation, the latter being mostly outdoors nature type stuff. As far as the video goes, that would be for documenting my equestrian stuff. I'd either have someone taking video of my lessons or me competing at shows. The trick with taking video at the shows is that I'm jumping at a good pace, so the person taking the video would need to be able to refocus quickly depending on where I am in the ring. If I'm doing cross-country jumping, that's a whole other story. There, I might be in front of the camera one second and the next I'm a 200 yards away over a different obstacle.

I haven't thought too much about budget mainly because I don't know what the tradeoffs are at different price points. Although I'm probably hoping to however around $1k.

What suggestions would folks have on what cameras to look at?
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Hmm. Back when I was shopping for a DSLR, many offered hi-res video. However, they really weren't that good at it. Mine has 720p recording, but I don't think I ever tried it. For still shots, many of the consumer grade bodies are offering in-camera effects as competitive differentiators. I haven't really used those either. I wonder if mirrorless is the way to go if video is important.

For your budget you can buy a decent camera in any of the major brands. I think you should do lens research to guide you to the brand you choose.

So what is important to you? Legacy lenses (good glass on a budget)? Sport photography (lenses with fast AF)? Non-flash indoor photography (fast lenses, good IR)?
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@SB: The most important thing to me would be sports photography. If you don't mind a PM, I can send you a link something on youtube that will show you the type of thing I'm trying to do.
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Assuming it's outdoor sports (coincidentally, I will be shooting at my nephew's first college game in a few hours), I think you should consider a 300mm f4 (outdoor) or 300mm f2.8 ($$$$) prime. chris..... has a nice one for Canon.

I had an old one, but it required that I loosen the tripod mount to attach to the camera and it wasn't dramatically better IQ than my 55-300 zoom. It was also MF. So I sold it.
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Yeah, it's outdoor sports.Equestrian Cross-country jumping mostly. The lens you mentioned looks like a great one. What do the bodies cost typically that would be worthy of a good lens?
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Yeah, it's outdoor sports.Equestrian Cross-country jumping mostly. The lens you mentioned looks like a great one. What do the bodies cost typically that would be worthy of a good lens?
The Canon 60D or 50D and 7D have better focusing and frames per second. If you are shooting sports I would stick with these for your budget. You would be better off just buying a nice lens now, otherwise you will get frustrated with the cheaper consumer lenses. The Sigma lenses are quite a bit cheaper than the high end Canon lenses. I have a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 that works great. I have bought nearly all of my stuff used, not on ebay but on photography forums like this one. I paid $650 for my Canon 300 f/4 used. The sigma 70-200 f/2.8 was about the same price used.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/
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If you can stretch a little on the budget, Canon sells a refurbished 7D for $1,359.
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I have a refurbished 7D that I got through the Canon Loyalty program (CLP) for $1088. Free shipping just taxes. Shoot my son-in-laws high school teams football games using a Sigma 120-300 2.8 lens.
Send them a broken canon camera any type or age (they ship the camera first and send a pre paid box to send old camera back) and they will give you an additional 15% or the refurb price. These by the way are not really refurbished but are a result of dealer re allotments and have zero clicks on the shutters. I have bought my last three from them as I continued to upgrade.
The phone number for the CLP is 1 (866) 443-8002. Select option "2".
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Some we took last week.
First one is mine with the 300 f/4
second one is the boys with the sigma 70-200 f/2.8




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