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I haven't read all responses, so I apologize if I'm repeating anything.
A D70s or D50 (since they will sync at faster SS than 1/250) and a couple of speedlights will do the trick on a very modest budget. With all due respect to those suggesting fast glass, for indoor sports, there's NOTHING like good light.
Off the top of my head:
D70s: about $200
SB-24 Speedlight: about $50 each; get 2 or 3. You don't need SB-800s, SB-900s and such since you're shooting manual.
Yongnuo Triggers: I dunno, less than $100, probably. But I use Radiopopper JrXs; more expensive, but totally reliable.
I was using a 200VR for these, but an 80-200/2.8 or, heck, an 85/1.8 would be sweet.
Yeah, when they're under the basket, you can get some shadows, depending on how your speedlights are set up. But, really, it ain't that bad. Would you rather have a few shadows or have to deal with the noise and cycling lights? YMMV.
A few shots to show you what I'm getting. These have been downsized greatly for posting, but they were accepted by MaxPreps.
Edited on Dec 02, 2012 at 05:58 PM · View previous versions