What is the best digital camera for photographing fast moving objects? (sports, children, animals)

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Christopher Love
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What is the best digital camera for photographing fast moving objects? (sports, children, animals)
Apr 9, 2013

Gearing up for a new purchase and would like to know the general consensus over which camera offers the highest quality photographs of fast movers.

Budget up to $1000.

Thanks a great deal for your advice and opinion!

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is that budget body only or to also include appropriate lenses?

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In reply to Christopher Love, Apr 9, 2013

Best would be a Canon 1Dx with appropriate lens (i.e. 300mm f/2.8L II IS USM)  But that's a $10000+ package.

Next best would probably be a 7D with something like a 70-200 f/2.8L II IS USM, but that's a roughly $4000 package.

Under $1000...   I'd say your best bet is to hit ebay,    You can get a Canon 50D body for $400-500, and you can find a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM (non-OS) for $500-600.

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In reply to scorrpio, Apr 10, 2013

Thanks for the great feedback!

I am being drawn to the easy route of purchasing a standard DSLR kit option having read a few reviews/previews:

EOS 100D

EOS 700D

I am a complete sucker for the Fuji X range and got very close to buying the Olympus OMD E-M5  however was put off by the review – "Cons: Photography of moving subjects - the only area where it falls significantly behind a good DSLR".

The budget of $1000-1200 would definitely need to include lens.

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In reply to headfirst, Apr 10, 2013

Yes, definitely the $1000-1200 needs to include a lens.

Would prefer to buy new equipment.

many thanks

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In reply to Christopher Love, Apr 10, 2013

I`d say a 650D with an 18-135mm lens (kit). Allthough only 9 AF points, they are all cross-type, which is good. 18-135 is a good kit-lens, with a versatile cover of focal lengths.

Later on, I`d also buy a 50mm 1.8 (dirt cheap, great IQ).

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Brilliant, thats definitely in my budget, thank you Pitbullo

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Pitbullo,

would you rate the Canon 7D (£800 with kit lens) as a possible alternative to the 650 (£500 with kit lens)?

is it worth it?

Thank you!

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Christopher Love wrote:

Pitbullo,

would you rate the Canon 7D (£800 with kit lens) as a possible alternative to the 650 (£500 with kit lens)?

is it worth it?

Thank you!

Which kit lens?  The 7D would be ideal.  However, for action, you will need more than a kit lens.

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Hi Olga,

at this price for the 7D its a Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens.

Planning to get the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens too.

Would you say this could work?

Thanks

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In reply to Christopher Love, Apr 10, 2013

The 7D is way superior when it comes to AF. For fast sports and so on, this would be ideal. Image Quality wise, the 7D and 650D should be identical.

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Nikon 1 Series...
In reply to Christopher Love, Apr 10, 2013

In reasonable light the AF rivals the capabilities of a "pro" DSLR for tracking moving objects, all in a lightweight, compact package.

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Thanks John!

Its great to hear of an alternative to DSLR for this type of photography.

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thats good to know, thank you

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Impartial view: a D3200 2-lens kit for <$800
In reply to Christopher Love, Apr 10, 2013

Shop carefully and you'll be able to find Nikon D3200 2-lens kits.  The camera is quite adequate for sports or action photography.  Very likely, you'd never need anything else.  Cameras that cost twice as much won't be much better, if at all, in any decent light.

I am not a Nikon fan, but merely know from experience that the D3XXXX series offer great bang for the buck, especially if offered with two lenses.  For the money, the lenses are a good deal.

To this day, the DSLR design with mirror is still best for sports action, bird in flight, and so forth.  The mirrorless cameras are improving but still trail a bit when it comes to fast action, and the lenses are not cheap.

The Canon T3i or T4i models might be a good option too, except that they tend to be marketed with only one lens.

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Thanks CY!

Great to hear about the Nikon DSLRS.

In terms of options the Canon 650D and 7D are in my price range.

Wondering what the Nikon alternative is!

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scorrpio wrote:

Best would be a Canon 1Dx with appropriate lens (i.e. 300mm f/2.8L II IS USM)  But that's a $10000+ package.

Perhaps. Having used both I'd argue that the D4 would be a slightly stronger option.

Next best would probably be a 7D with something like a 70-200 f/2.8L II IS USM, but that's a roughly $4000 package.

Highly doubtful. There are several bodies that I'd say are better at that kind of work than the 7D.

Under $1000...   I'd say your best bet is to hit ebay,    You can get a Canon 50D body for $400-500, and you can find a Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 HSM (non-OS) for $500-600.

Agreed about the eBay for a lens, although I don't think I'd go with the 50D. Perhaps an A57 which could be purchased new.

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Thanks Biggs23!

Could you suggest a body or two as alternatives for the 7D?

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Christopher Love wrote:

Thanks Biggs23!

Could you suggest a body or two as alternatives for the 7D?

The Sony a77 or a65 would both be strong choices as would the Nikon D7100. All of which are about the same price, which may be too high for your stated budget. Staying within your budget I would recommend looking into the Sony a57.

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John Siward wrote:

In reasonable light the AF rivals the capabilities of a "pro" DSLR for tracking moving objects, all in a lightweight, compact package.

Not only does it have wicked fast AF, it can shoot 30 still images in half a second and track action in focus at 10 frames per second.  It also has a large buffer that rivals most DSLRs and freeze action at 1/16000 at a second.  It can also shoot video at 400 fps and 1200 fps. The Nikon 1 cameras are exceptional in this regard.

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