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Badminton Photos using Nikon D40

Discussion in 'Badminton Photography' started by neavalmi0421, May 20, 2009.

  1. neavalmi0421

    neavalmi0421 Regular Member

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    Hello BC members:

    I am planning to buy my first DSLR and base from my searches with regards to indoor sports photography, the Canon 40D is a good choice. However, this is over my budget. right now only Nikon D40 is the only model i can afford.

    Can anyone pls advise and also please post some pictures also that were taken from a nikon D40 if there are some? Thanks.

    Really appreciate everyone's inputs.

    Thanks.
     
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    D40's autofocus is too slow for badminton. forget about it. you will be wasting your money.
     
  3. neavalmi0421

    neavalmi0421 Regular Member

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    Thanks for the reply kwun.

    Is the Canon 40D then will be alright for badminton action photos? guess i'll have to save until christmas to get this one.
     
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    ^^You can try..^^

    ..this website (if you haven't tried it) and look for used Canon 40Ds, but be cautious of over-priced ones. Right now, in the U.S., a used one, Body only will run abt $600-$800. With lens, abt $750-950..
    http://manila.craigslist.com.ph/

    The 40D is good, not great, for badminton pics. For samples, you may want to hover on over to the 2008 Tournaments->S'pore Open sub-forum/section->S'pore Open Pictures thread..or this recent one:
    http://www.badmintoncentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66905&page=6
    Also, lens is very important as well.

    Good luck in finding one..
     
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    yeah. 40D will be sufficient. and best that you can get for that price.

    and as mentioned, save some money for some good fast prime lens. 50/1.4, 85/1.8.
     
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    Worse: if you get a D40, you cant AF on a 50mm 1.8 or any other non-afs lens. The only prime afs you have left is the 50mm 1.4 afs, which apparently focuses slowly.

    If you are on a budget, the 50 1.8 (for both Nikon/Canon) is really really nice. They are like 1/3 the price of the other cheap prime lenses.

    I have a D90 and a 50mm 1.8, works well for badminton, and can even take decent quality movies of the games.

    For amateurs I think the slightly wider lenses are easier, cos we mostly shoot quite close to the court, framing is easier, since the 12mp or whatever can be cropped quite a bit anyway if one does not have too high standards...
     
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    chris,kwun, i wonder if canon 500D's autofocus would be fast enough, ie same as 40D?
     
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    knowing Canon. they always put a low-end AF on low end camera, mid-end AF on mid-end camera, high-end AF on high-end camera.
     

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