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  1. #1
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    Which best digital camera for shooting soccer from the stands between $1-2,000

    Hi folks.
    I am new here. Hope to help and be able to help.
    I am strugling to make my decision on getting my new camera. Need it to shoot soccer action and closeups from the players, from the stands. The distance is about 2-300 feet. Which camera and which lenses. I want to be able to print 8x10 and 13x19.
    I have in my heart the Nokia D200 and 18-200 or 28-300. am I getting careless with my spending for what I want. I want top quality pictures, don't want to miss the action, want to be able to do fast multiframing to get more than one choice.
    With a 28-300, will I be able to take fairly good wide angle shots, such as team pictures without going too far back? Will 18-200 be enough zoom from the stands? Please HELP!
    The new Sony 100, seems to offer plenty with a superstady shot and all, for much less money. What do you think? Will I be sorry later for not being more flexible and getting the Nikon D200? Do you know a better choice, now that you know what I want?
    Your Help will be great... A lot from a new guy. Thanks in advance. John

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    If your goal (no pun intended) is to shoot purly from the stands I would suggest a Canon 20d (about $900-$950) and the canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS (about $1,400). While this is clearly about $300 over your innitial budget it will offer you the quality of Canon lenses (and an 'L' Lens at that) along with the 5fps on the 20d. While the 100mm minimum focal range of the lens is not wide at all it wil provide you with the distance you need to get a clear, close-up shot of the players. For the group shots I would suggest a Canon 50mm f/1.8 ($80). In total the package will cost you about $2,500, less if you find a used 20d, but will provide you with excellent quality shots.

    I am not sure whether this is just for hobby, or if it is for a profession, I also don't know if this will be the only use for the camera. If you provide a little more detail others can give a better recomendation.

    A final note - I noticed your interest in the Nikon D200 - remmeber that the body (while important) is not nearly as important as the lenses you purchase. This means consider a D80 or D70 instead of a D200 - Spending $1700 on a body (D200) will only give you $300 for a telephoto lens, which IMHO is not nearly enough...The extra spent on the lenses will make your pictures much better.
    Hope this helps.
    Ken
    Last edited by ktixx; 08-25-2006 at 10:29 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktixx
    This means consider a D80 or D70 instead of a D200 - Spending $1700 on a body (D200) will only give you $300 for a telephoto lens, which IMHO is not nearly enough...The extra spent on the lenses will make your pictures much better.
    Hope this helps.
    Ken
    I guess I went a step lower since I purchased the D50, then started spending on lenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktixx
    If your goal (no pun intended) is to shoot purly from the stands I would suggest a Canon 20d (about $900-$950) and the canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS (about $1,400). While this is clearly about $300 over your innitial budget it will offer you the quality of Canon lenses (and an 'L' Lens at that) along with the 5fps on the 20d. While the 100mm minimum focal range of the lens is not wide at all it wil provide you with the distance you need to get a clear, close-up shot of the players. For the group shots I would suggest a Canon 50mm f/1.8 ($80). In total the package will cost you about $2,500, less if you find a used 20d, but will provide you with excellent quality shots.

    I am not sure whether this is just for hobby, or if it is for a profession, I also don't know if this will be the only use for the camera. If you provide a little more detail others can give a better recomendation.

    A final note - I noticed your interest in the Nikon D200 - remmeber that the body (while important) is not nearly as important as the lenses you purchase. This means consider a D80 or D70 instead of a D200 - Spending $1700 on a body (D200) will only give you $300 for a telephoto lens, which IMHO is not nearly enough...The extra spent on the lenses will make your pictures much better.
    Hope this helps.
    Ken
    I'd 2nd that.

    Some will argue differently, but IS can be a big help at 400mm, even for sports. That's 680mm effective, so rule of thumb says you'll need 1/650th minimum SS to avoid vibration affecting your photos. However those are heavy lenses. 1/650th is plenty to freeze the action, but you may have some soft images due to vibration without IS - just depends on how steady you are. When light starts failing and you're forced to 1/500th (or lower), and getting goalie standing (not leaping at those SS's) then your photos will be blown because you didn't have IS.
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