05-27-2013 08:12 PM
Mainly basketball and football. Not looking to spend much over $1000. Also best place to purchase. I need all the help I can get!
05-27-2013 08:21 PM - edited 05-27-2013 08:25 PM
Any Rebel series camera will do just fine at this task. For sports, especially football, you will likely need a telephoto zoom lens like a 70-300mm in addition to the standard kit lens (e.g. 18-55mm). There are many kits available that will include two lenses. For your price range, I'd recommend either a T3i, T4i or T5i.
I usually shop online (B&H and Amazon). For things that I'd like to touch and feel, Costco can't be beat. They give you an extra year worth of warranty for your purchase.
05-27-2013 08:40 PM
Is the basketball indoors or outdoors? Also is the football primarily played during the day or are there evening games in less than ideal light? Makes a big difference on lens recommendations.
05-27-2013 09:42 PM
Indoors & low light demands what's known as "fast glass" meaning lenses which have large apertures (light path to the sensor) & they are expensive compared to consumer grade lenses. You will most likely need a lens like the 70-200 f 2.8 L to get good results at the indoor & night games along with using a high ISO setting to freeze the action. Even with a crop body that may be a bit short on the football field but anything longer & fast is really expensive.
05-27-2013 10:01 PM
Certainly not at the $1000 price point you required but the absolute best buy in the DSLR world today is the Canon 7D with a Sigma 50-150mm f2.8 EX DC. This set-up is awesome. My second choice which would get you closer but still not a a grand is a Rebel T4i with the same lens. Maybe you could get one at a time. You won't be disappointed.
06-04-2013 10:22 AM
Not sure if you are still looking, but I just bought one on QVC. The EOS 60D at an amazing price. Its today's Special Value and will prolly sell out. So move quick
06-04-2013 10:47 AM
06-04-2013 11:14 AM
In anticipation of it's arrival you might want to download the manual from Canon Support & Drivers.
You might also find my reply here helpful
And although wrote for my R/C friends most of the info applies to sports too.