new camera/lens suggestion

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  1. ctjcad

    ctjcad Regular Member

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    Uh-oh..

    :p..hehe, that WAS the plan. But after seeing the price (even a used one), i might have to put that as a backup plan..:D :(

    Thanks for the input. Hmm, so i guess it's not recommended to use a TC over a prime lens then..Thing is, getting those prime/FFL lenses might limit the location of where i'm shooting from..hmm..:p
     
  2. Cheung

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    Best advice comes from Kwun. He makes very good decisions on choice of equipment.

    Get a 40D with the 85/1.8. Can't really see many regrets with that combination.
     
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    Whoah, so fast..

    ..sorry, Cheung..did i wake you up with my constant inquiries??..:p
    Yeah, i hope that doesn't mean i will be on the road to purchasing the same gadget as what you guys have now...:( :p
    Abt your suggestion of getting a 40D, let me think about that (and check my wallet, first). I think i have a feeling now on what type of lens(es) i should go and try out...:)
     
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    i have to say, i had the :eek: :eek: expression when you first mentioned it... ;)

    then get a few more to cover them all. ;)

    seriously, for most badminton shooting, a 50/1.4 + 85/1.8 (or 100/2) will be sufficient, you can add the 135/2 if you want to, but 50 & 85/100 will be a good start and cover a lot of grounds in the beginning. don't try to plan the whole war before it is even started.
     
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    Well..

    ..take it from a pro-photography noob...:p ;)..Well, i was thinking, if i get a good enough camera body (e.g. D3 or 40Ds), then i might save a bit of money by buying Sigma or Tamron lenses; thus my initial inquiry...
    ..i think those lenses are what i'd probably end up with...now, if only i can find some used ones...:p
     
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    That is false economy. If anything, go for the cheaper body (D3 vs 40D= 40D :)) and go for the good lenses. Digital camera bodies have shorter life spans and lose value. Lenses have very slow depreciation.

    That's consistent advice you'll find across many photographers.
     
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    What are you waiting for? Just do it!:D hehe. If you want a 100/f2, I have one. If it goes out of my collection maybe there'll be space in my bag for a 85/1.2...hmm.:rolleyes:;):p heck, maybe I'll just get the lens anyway.

    Hey Chris, have you noticed that I just talking about adding lenses to my collection, not a new body;)?
     
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    if you get a nikon d40, d40x or d60 then those bodies don't have built-in focus motors. you will only be able to autofocus if the lens has a built-in motor, e.g. nikon afi/afs, sigma hsm or some of the newer tamron lenses. nikon's 50mm and 85mm primes aren't afs, only sigma's 30/1.4 has hsm. (ignoring the 200mm+ primes)
     
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    Lense is more important than the body. Badminton is a fast sport, u need to freeze motion, so u need a "fast" lense. You can Manual focus if the body is too slow, but you cannot freeze motion with a slow lense. Depending on your budget, you can consider a 40D + 70-200 f2.8 (no need IS) if you use a monopod. Add TC 1.4x if you are not too close.

    more budget? 40D-> 1dmk II or III; 70-200f2.8->300mmf2.8IS
     
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    Chris, drop the cash$$$$$$:)
     
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    Hmm..

    ..i'll keep that in mind..:cool:
    ..yes, i've noticed that..;)
    :p..hmm, if only i have the same saving as you, Cheung..;)..i think you're intimidating me away, now...:(
    ..thanks for your input, Mini Me..:cool:
     
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    Says the person who was considering buying a Nikon D3.....:p
     
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    That's very true! What a smart boy!!!;):D
     
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    just wondering, would u consider to get a d300 instead chris?
     
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    Definitely..

    ...sure, why not; i would consider any fast DSLRs..but price-wise, i believe the 40D is a less expensive than a D300; and it's quite recommendable...;)
    Any used (fast prime) lenses for the D300, red00ecstrat??..;)
     
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    I still have two fast prime lenses at the moment. A 50mm F/1.2 and a 135mm F/2.0! But those are Nikon AIS lenses!:D:D:D

    Chris, I think the first thing you've gotta do is to pick a side. Nikon or Canon? I'd never decently compared the performance between a 40D and a D300 side by side. But from my memory. I feel D300 is much closer to a pro model. At least the shutter response is really close to a Nikon F5!
     
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    I have a plan to compare D300 & 30D in badminton on 30 March. can only borrow D300 after flower show. My guess D300 is overall better.
     
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    i agree. the more time you spend to think, the more confused you will get. you already have some good suggestions here, just go out and buy it.

    also, the more time you spend to think, the less time you get to enjoy taking photos.
     
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    Hey, don't forget pentax too ;_;
     

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