View Full Version : Need advice to buy a D-SLR for Australian Open ***

12-18-2009, 10:05 PM
I'm going to the quarter finals and the first semis of the Aussie Open. Lower level seats for the semis. :P Basicly I want to get a DSLR to take some close up pics of the players. Need to advice on which DSLR and lenses to buy? Of course money is an issue so I'm only looking at entry to intermediate level APSC DSLRs not those full size CMOS ones. I'd think continous shooting capability is important (3fps or more?) and also some kind of stabilization function?

Thanks in advance.

12-19-2009, 04:42 PM
Both Canon and Nikon make quality bodies for your needs. Canon have the Rebel T1i or XSi and Nikon have the D3000 or D5000. Any of these bodies would be sufficient. Canon also have the L series of glass (lenses) which arguably are the best available today. Any of the above bodies have 3fps (D5000 has 4fps) and with a kit lens would be around $800 or so. With Canon they offer IS (image stabilization) and Nikon have the VR (vibration reduction) for their respective lenses to reduce vibration at low shutter speeds.

Try to get the longest reach lense 200mm+ that you can afford. Unfortunately, most photog's are going to spend dosh for quality glass and if you're new to the hobby, it can get extraordinarily expensive for this. Practice with the kit lenses that usually come prepackaged with these bodies and practice. You may end up taking hundreds upon hundreds of shots but have 20-30 keepers. Just remember to practice and enjoy.

12-21-2009, 01:40 AM
As budget is an issue, practice with kit lens and hire a telephoto lens only for a few days (eg. if you take canon, then 100-400L will do the job).

12-27-2009, 09:58 PM
50D + 18-200mm IS

12-28-2009, 08:28 AM
I have the 50D and it works like a beast. And i'm only entry level. 18mm-200mm is freakin expensive :(

12-28-2009, 11:09 AM
I'm entry level also, I bought a Canon T1i and it is pretty easy to use. I just bought a Tamron Lens 18-200, but I haven't really tried it out yet.