From: ipy2006 on
I have to shoot action photos in low light conditions. What is the
best DSLR for this purpose?
Thanks,
Yip

From: ASAAR on
On 7 Mar 2007 04:03:00 -0800, Yip quipped:

> I have to shoot action photos in low light conditions. What is the
> best DSLR for this purpose?

It's never just a matter of getting the best DSLR for the purpose.
It's a DSLR body + lens combination that must be considered, as well
as the low light level and specific types of actions you need to
shoot. Some combinations will be so demanding that there may not be
a suitable solution. Others may be so easy that almost any DSLR
will do. If you can determine the minimum gear that will suffice,
you can save a lot of money buying a body and lens(es). If you
don't know but have enough money to burn, you could start with a
Canon 5D and see if that and a typical "kit" lens gets you what you
need. If not, you might need to spend about $1000 or even several
thousand dollars getting a better lens if the kit lens proves
inadequate. If your sports shooting demands long bursts of shots at
very high frame rates, you might need to get a much more expensive
body than the 5D, ie, one of the "pro" bodies from Canon or Nikon.

You gave no information at all as to the kind of action photos
you'll be shooting or in what kind of low light levels. If you can
tell us what they are, you might get some concrete examples of what
kind of DSLR will meet your needs. Which brings up another point.
You really want to know what kind of cameras will be suitable. You
don't want to ask what the BEST DSLR is, because the "best" for one
person won't be the best for another, and the absolute "best" for
*you* might be $8,000 above your budget, whereas a $1,200 camera
with kit lens might do everything you're looking for, and would be
good enough. Care to share which camera(s) you're currently using,
if any?

From: tomm42 on
On Mar 7, 7:03 am, "ipy2006" <ipyasa...(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I have to shoot action photos in low light conditions. What is the
> best DSLR for this purpose?
> Thanks,
> Yip


I'd look at a Canon 30D, about the best for a reason able price, the
Canon 5D is better but 3X (approx) the price. Canons seem to have a
heavier in camera noise reduction than the cameras with a Sony sensor.
Remember you won't get by with a kit lens here. If you are in school
gyms, swimming pools etc you will neeed at least an f2.8 lens. A
70-200 f2.8 pushes $2K. If you buy single focal length lenses 85 -
135mm should cover what you need, just look at lenses that are f1.4-
f2.8, price escalate dramaticly after 135mm. Some claim they get by
with a fast 50mm, doesn't seem long enough for me. An 85 f1.8 or a 135
f2 should be good lenses to look at, depending on the distance of the
action. Just calculate what f-stop and ISO can get you to a shutter
speed of at least 1/250 of a second.
Vibration reduction will be of minimal usefulness you should be at
shutter speeds that don't need it and the blur will come from the
action.

Tom

From: ipy2006 on
On Mar 7, 7:58 am, ASAAR <cau...(a)22.com> wrote:
> On 7 Mar 2007 04:03:00 -0800, Yip quipped:
>
> > I have to shoot action photos in low light conditions. What is the
> > best DSLR for this purpose?
>
> It's never just a matter of getting the best DSLR for the purpose.
> It's a DSLR body + lens combination that must be considered, as well
> as the low light level and specific types of actions you need to
> shoot. Some combinations will be so demanding that there may not be
> a suitable solution. Others may be so easy that almost any DSLR
> will do. If you can determine the minimum gear that will suffice,
> you can save a lot of money buying a body and lens(es). If you
> don't know but have enough money to burn, you could start with a
> Canon 5D and see if that and a typical "kit" lens gets you what you
> need. If not, you might need to spend about $1000 or even several
> thousand dollars getting a better lens if the kit lens proves
> inadequate. If your sports shooting demands long bursts of shots at
> very high frame rates, you might need to get a much more expensive
> body than the 5D, ie, one of the "pro" bodies from Canon or Nikon.
>
> You gave no information at all as to the kind of action photos
> you'll be shooting or in what kind of low light levels. If you can
> tell us what they are, you might get some concrete examples of what
> kind of DSLR will meet your needs. Which brings up another point.
> You really want to know what kind of cameras will be suitable. You
> don't want to ask what the BEST DSLR is, because the "best" for one
> person won't be the best for another, and the absolute "best" for
> *you* might be $8,000 above your budget, whereas a $1,200 camera
> with kit lens might do everything you're looking for, and would be
> good enough. Care to share which camera(s) you're currently using,
> if any?

Here are some scenarios,
Indoor shooting of people talking with hand gestures, people walking
or pacing in the room, kids playing, women cooking in kitchen, or
groups of people in meeting rooms etc. Sometimes I don't have the
ability to use lights, I need to depend on flash and high brightness
setting. Currently, I am using a Sony Digital Camera, Cyber-shot, DSC-
H2. My budget is $1000 and at the most $1500.

I read some review that Canon Eos Digital Rebel xTi DSLR is good low
lighting. Nikon D80 was good but the article said more as a available-
light camera.

Please comment.

Thanks,
yip

From: bworthey on

"ipy2006" <ipyasaswi(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1173274977.039356.148330(a)h3g2000cwc.googlegroups.com...
>
> Here are some scenarios,
> Indoor shooting of people talking with hand gestures, people walking
> or pacing in the room, kids playing, women cooking in kitchen, or
> groups of people in meeting rooms etc. Sometimes I don't have the
> ability to use lights, I need to depend on flash and high brightness
> setting. Currently, I am using a Sony Digital Camera, Cyber-shot, DSC-
> H2. My budget is $1000 and at the most $1500.
>
> I read some review that Canon Eos Digital Rebel xTi DSLR is good low
> lighting. Nikon D80 was good but the article said more as a available-
> light camera.
>
> Please comment.

From what it sounds like with the situations you described there will be
some sort of lighting source, not like the people are in complete darkness
or anything or not lights on in the house/room at all. I have teh Canon XTI
and I have been suprised wtih the situations where I have not had to use the
flash at all, with just appropriate adjustment with shutter, aperture, and
white balance I have gotten some really good pictures.

B-Worthey