sports photography on a budget - which body + lens? 2nd hand?

Started Jul 19, 2009 | Discussions thread
mugget
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Re: Photographers have been buying 2nd hand gear from day 2.
In reply to Michael_J, Jul 24, 2009

hey Tim,

interesting that you mention about motorsports... i was just talking with a guy tonight - he is a photographer but i didn't realise that he covered F1 for 10 years, so he knows just a little bit about sports photography.

i didn't even ask him about bodies, just lenses. his recommendation was a fast lens, so f2.8. now the only 2.8 lens in my price range would be the 70-200mm f2.8 L. with a 2x TC you get 400mm with about the same speed as the closest priced 100-400mm lens?

i'm going to try and check out a local camera shop tomorrow and see if they have any 2nd hand stock.

i'm a bit wary of buying from eBay or anywhere without seeing the gear now. but i guess you get it cheaper buying 2nd hand and you can always just sell it straight off if it's no good. but i would still think that any major problems with gear would be very noticeable by large dents and scratches etc?

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