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Camera Advice for sports photos


6 May 2009 10:03PM
I am looking to purchase a new camera to take pictures of my kids cross country and track and field events. I started taking photos this past year and making slide shows for their banquets. Someone suggested the Nikon D60 Any ideas or advice? Thanks!!!

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cameracat 16 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
7 May 2009 1:21AM
D60 Or D90 either will do what you require......Smile

That said with sports events frame rate is a consideration, D60 or D90 have a reasonable frame rate, Although some practice will be required to get the best out of them.....!

Faster frame rates tend to belong to the more expensive models such as the D300, D700, D3 etc etc....!

That said I used to shoot motor races in days of film, With no frame rate at all, Or at best 2 frames a second without any problems, So a D60 or D90 should be OK.....!
mcgovernjon 11 138 United Kingdom
7 May 2009 8:24AM
I've got the D60 and it's a great camera; especially for the comparitively low price price. However, the 18-55 kit lens usually bundled with the camera probably has insufficient zoom for what you need it for. Consider buying an extra lens (55-200 is great value: the image stabilised version is 180 on Amazon). If 6 megapixels will be enough for you (which it probably will), consider buying the cheaper Nikon D40 instead. It's only 246 with the 18-55 lens (18 is wideangle so is great for group/class photos), and the camera is almost identical to the D60... actually, the noise reduction is slightly better than on the D60. That way you can get the D40, 18-55 and 55-200 for only 426. And the 55-200 is VR so you can combat some image shake.
DaveG_photo 10 83 1 England
7 May 2009 5:37PM
I have a D60 and as mcgovernjon says the 18-55 lens isn't really big enough.
However I photographed a football match for a friend of mine with it and was very impressed with the pictures once I had cropped them down to get decent size images of the players.
I bought a Nikkor 70-300 lens yesterday from Jessops, for 429 I'm very happy with it.
8 May 2009 9:15PM
What's your budget, what sports are you trying to capture? What's your "qulity" expectation? I think we need more info on your needs.
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StephenPoole 10 10 1 United Kingdom
27 May 2009 11:55AM
I have a Nikon D40X and the sigma 70 - 300. I photographed a Jet ski event and the shots came out very well
CruiserKid 11 8
10 Jun 2009 10:47AM
I bought the D60 twin lens kit, and it is a great camera. The Nikon lenese you get with it are excellent quality, I have shot superbikes with it and got some stunning results. Good entry level DSLR
cambirder 16 7.2k England
10 Jun 2009 1:01PM
You don't say what your budget is, so its difficult to advise, but if you are starting from scratch you have a whole raft of options open to you. Don't get to hung up about any particular make or model, lens choice is going to be more important than the body. A nice 70-200 would be my lens of choice for this sort of stuff.
gaelldew 12 376 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2009 5:38PM
Go and handle some see which you feel suits your hands, and pocket of course.
Kloid 10 10 3 United States
17 Jun 2009 12:14AM
The Canon line has pretty good frame rates, such as the 50D or even the 40D is a great bargain now, about $729.00 at adorama.com.
samfurlong 14 2.5k United Kingdom
17 Jun 2009 2:45PM
The AF on canon gear is better - look at a 50D or something like that. If that's too pricey then there are a lot of secondhand 40D's around at the moment.
Nickscape 13 708 9 England
17 Jun 2009 3:05PM
You'll need a lens that covers between 70mm and either 200 & 300mm as long as you can get to the side of the running path.

A slow frame rate isnt the end of the world as long as you get used to prediciting the events. you may need good high iso performance particularily on overcast days to get a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the runners, i would go for a newer model camera such as the D60 over an older better model camera as the performance has improved in the lower end new dslrs.

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