Camera Recommendation for Kids Sports Action Photos

Started Aug 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
John_A_G
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In reply to RobDDD, Aug 20, 2012

You say football, baseball, etc...

We need more specifics:
What other sports besides football and baseball

What level of play - there's a huge difference between HS baseball or football and 6 year olds.

For each sport - where are you shooting from? This is critical - no matter how much you spend, if you try and take photos from the stands at a HS varsity football game the pictures will be mostly crap. You need to be inside the fence. Now - a sport like volleyball you can actually get decent shots from stands if you have a long enough lens.

As others have alluded to - the lenses you use are very important. A lot depends on the situation. But different sports have different requirements. A 70-200 2.8 can work for varsity football if you're on the sidelines but it's too short for baseball - where a 70-300L might be a better choice (even though you give up aperture) if games are all in daylight.

Bottom line is this - there is no magic point-and-shoot camera for sports shooting. The body is only part of it. You need the right lenses, right access and even the right external flash/strobes depending on sport and expectations.

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