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| p.1 #1 · Recommendation for camera body for sports - under $1000? |
I've shot my kids' sporting events for the past 6-7 years, and have a lot of great photos to show for it. But I've always struggled with feeling like I have the right equipment. I'm currently shooting a Sony a77, and it worked OK for my son's football games this last season (all outdoor, Saturday mornings). As I get ready for basketball season, I'm thinking about changing up my gear to better capture the games. There are two specific things I struggle with when it comes to the Sony - one, it's not the best above ISO 1600. I used it last year, and was able to come away with useable images (for my own personal use only) with ISOs as high as 5000, but I know they can be better. The other big thing is lens selection. The only lens that's really worked for me with Sony for indoor sports is the Sony 70-200 SSM. It's a great lens, but it's big, expensive, and it's only f2.8.
I'd love to have something with fast focus, and a bigger aperture, like an 85mm 1.4 or 1.8. Sony doesn't really offer anything in this range. The 85 1.4 they have is a fantastic lens, but it's not the best in terms of focus speed.
So, all that said, what would this group recommend for a camera body to shoot sports. Ideally, I'd like to keep the cost of the body under $1000. Cameras I've thought about are used Canon 5D's, maybe an older 1D, maybe a Nikon D7000 (don't think it's much better than my a77 though). I could go a bit higher on the cost of the body if it will be a significant jump in IQ and performance - maybe a used 5D II or a D700?
Thanks for any thoughts and input.