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looking to purchase my first DSLR camera to take pictures of my sons sporting events

Mainly basketball and football.  Not looking to spend much over $1000.  Also best place to purchase.  I need all the help I can get!

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Re: looking to purchase my first DSLR camera to take pictures of my sons sporting events

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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.

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Re: looking to purchase my first DSLR camera to take pictures of my sons sporting events

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.

 

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Re: looking to purchase my first DSLR camera to take pictures of my sons sporting events

Basketball indoors.  football evening/night, and morning.

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Re: looking to purchase my first DSLR camera to take pictures of my sons sporting events

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.

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Re: looking to purchase my first DSLR camera to take pictures of my sons sporting events

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.Smiley Happy

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Re: looking to purchase my first DSLR camera to take pictures of my sons sporting events

I'm half way there - purchased a canon 60D today!
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Re: looking to purchase my first DSLR camera to take pictures of my sons sporting events

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

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Re: looking to purchase my first DSLR camera to take pictures of my sons sporting events

That is the one I bought today!! Seemed like a great deal so I went for it - can't wait to see how clueless I am when it arrives at my house!!
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Re: looking to purchase my first DSLR camera to take pictures of my sons sporting events

In anticipation of it's arrival you might want to download the manual from Canon Support & Drivers.

 

http://usa.canon.com/cusa/support

 

You might also find my reply here helpful

 

http://forums.usa.canon.com/t5/PowerShot/SX280HS-do-auto-settings-give-best-results-w-o-adjusting/m-...

 

And although wrote for my R/C friends most of the info applies to sports too.

 

http://www.rccanada.ca/rccforum/showthread.php?t=147971

 

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