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  1. Jarhead

    Jarhead Member

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    I figure this is a good place to ask this question. I want to get a decent camera before parents weekend. I have a budget of about $1200.00. I want to be able to capture the beauty and wildlife of the Colorado Springs and Academy area but also my son is a Athlete so it would need to capture action shots well. I have only purchased the cheap ones before so I have no clue what to get. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Jerry
     
  2. Navy1981

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    I have the Nikon P100. It has a built in telephoto lens with an electronic zoom. It also takes video. It has numerous features that include sports modes where it takes 50 pictures that can be played as a short video on the camera, but when downloaded to the laptop each picture can be view individually. It also has a built in video camera. This camera and some extra memory chips are all you need.
     
  3. batmom

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    Cameras to recommend

    I would recommend the Canon Rebel with 2 lenses that you can buy at Costco. It will give you great telephoto capability and regular portrait photos.
    I shoot professionally with CANON gear and lenses and love them...
    Costco usually sells the box with everything for under $1000.
     
  4. Jarhead

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    Batmom are the rebels good for action shots.
     
  5. batmom

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    Yes,
    You can set your camera to either manual mode where you are setting both the Aperture (AV = Aperture Value) and the Time Value (TV) or you can select the Time Value (TV) mode ( which is also referred to as Shutter Priority mode. A faster shutter speed can freeze the action of/or a moving subject. When I photograph a football or basketball game (for example) I am typically shooting in Tv (Time Value or shutter priority mode) so that I can capture all of the action on the field/court without the images being blurry.
    I hope this helps.
    batmom
     
  6. Jarhead

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    Yes it helps alot. I will let you know what I get. Thanks.
    Jerry
     
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    I went shopping intending to buy a canon 3xi and ended up buying a sony a57. I surprised myself as I have always intended on buying a canon. The 12 fps and hd movie mode are nice. What really sold me is how quickly it responds. We've used a friend's canon eos rebel t3 many times and we've missed shots of sporting events because it is a bit slow to respond. Just bought the camera yesterday and would love feedback.
     
  8. Jarhead

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    usafamomma,
    That is the camera I have looked at the most and still keep going back to but have been a little reluctant because it is so new. Give some feedback as soon as you can. I would really like to know how it performs in low light action settings.
    Jerry
     
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    I haven't used it yet....but typically your lense will drive how well it performs in low light. I haven't shot with a variety of lenses, but from what I've read, a lense with a f/2.8 will do the trick in low light....expensive though. I bought from a store with a 7 day return policy. Also, B and H online has a 30 day return policy. I chose to support local business and I appreciated the salesman's help. The store also offers classes etc...so I paid a little more. I'll let you know what I think. What sport are you shooting?
     
  10. Jarhead

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    I want to buy locally but they are a little hard to find and no one has the second 75-300 lens that you can get as a bundle on e-bay. My son is a wrestler and is at the Prep School this year.
     
  11. usafamomma

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    That lense, the 75-300 is being replaced this September with a 55-300mm with the ED glass (usually reserved for more expensive lenses), the DT technology (which is optimized for the APS-C processor), and the super silent zoom motor which is desirable when shooting video. It is really a value price expected to come in at about $300. Some online magazines are expecting this lense to be bundled with the a57 and an 18-55mm kit lense....maybe for christmas but maybe before.

    If I could wait, I would. I bought an a57 with an 18-55mm, then also bought a 55-200mm. I am going to return the 55-200mm, and wait for the 55-300mm. With the crop factor, this gets you 450mm zoom equivalent in a film camera.

    I'm excited about the quiet operation for shooting wildlife...which I don't do yet...but I am going to need something to occupy my time once I'm done watching AF sports!
     
  12. Jarhead

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    That sounds intriguing. I think I am going to buy this bundle so I can have it for parents weekend then I will look into that lens when it comes out.
    Does your Cadet play a sport.
     
  13. usafamomma

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    yep...she's an ic soccer player. Wanted to attend usafa since 8th grade...so we're really happy it all worked out for her.
     

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