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Old 05-12-2012, 03:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to upgrade - anyone here shoot in door action?

Hi everyone

I currently have a Pentax K7 which shoot pretty well except for shooting in door action photos (especially winterguard). I am looking to upgrade to the next level with higher ISO and less grainy when shooting at higher ISO.

Anyone have any recommendation?

I am debating between a Canon full frame and a Nikon full frame. The canon full frame (used) seem cheaper than a Nikon one. Anyone else have experience in shooting indoor?

Should I just focus on upgrading my lens instead? Currently I have a basic tamron lens.

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Old 05-12-2012, 11:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Should I just focus on upgrading my lens instead? Currently I have a basic tamron lens.
Yes. Fast glass is the way to go for indoor sports. 70-200 2.8. Expensive, but not as much as a full-frame body.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sigma 70-200 f2.8 is hard to beat for the money. I shot with one on my 7D for a local reball match and it worked really well.
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Sigma 70-200 f2.8 is hard to beat for the money. I shot with one on my 7D for a local reball match and it worked really well.
was it the OS or the non OS version? The Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD has had me really intrigued as a much more affordable option to the canon version. I'd really like to try one out sometime.

I am still a noob at camera's, but I think my feeling on this is good glass is good glass. The camera bodies can push things with lower end glass and get good results, but you are still in the end limited by the glass. especially as you start to add in factors like low lighting, movement etc. Of course, you also want to figure out what body series you are wanting to go with before investing heavily in lenses.
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I used the OS version.

Only thing, it's about the same price as a used Canon 70-200 f2.8 1st gen.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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In-door sports is a pain in the *** plain and simple. Even with quality glass you'll need to shoot in the 6400 ISO range to properly stop action and that's with 2.8 glass. The real kicker is typically the lights them selves. Most facilities don't use calibrated lights and replace burnt bulbs with what ever they can get. This leads to massive swings in light temperature meaning you're white balance won't be accurate, even pre-setting typically can't really account for poor lighting.
Best thing I can say is get a camera that can turn out a sharp image at 6400 ISO (D7000 is respectable) and get a fast piece of glass (2.8 min.). Don't rely on the hopes of post imaging to correct your images, once it's taken even in raw it's hard to adjust of dull images, believe me I know. If your location has built in strobes (ask the gm) spend $180 and get a Pocket Wizard, your life will be much easier.
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