what to buy

firstlastbuildFebruary 28, 2010

I want to purchase my fist real camera. I currently use a Sony Cybershot. I want to be able to take sports pics (baseball, basketball, soccer), wildlife and children. I have never been able to take good baseball pics. I have very limited photography knowledge at this time. I want a camera that will last because this is a splurge! I won a raffle; otherwise I would never justify the purchase. It has to be less that $500. Also, I need to know if I need an additional lense to take the pictures. Thanks for your help!

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I am looking at the Canon EOS Rebel XS DSLR with 18-55mm IS Lens. Is this a nice camera?


    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 8:25AM
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If you are talking about stadium photos, one of the high zoom point and shoots works well. Some venues don't allow larger cameras. You can get some great shots from the cheap seats with the new high zoom P&S's. I enjoy sports photos and have taken many.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 6:41PM
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I want to take sports photos of my kids--baseball, basketball, soccer and horses.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 10:21PM
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If you go to the DPReview site (www.dpreview.com) and click on Discussion Forums at the left, and then go to the Beginners Questions forum, you'll find lots of questions and answers about Canon DSLRs, including the one you're looking at.

Although the DPReview members consistently recommend DSLRs over every other kind of camera, I sometimes question the wisdom of that advice. Too many people think DSLRs are going to take great pictures out of the box, whereas a considerable amount of learning is almost always required to get good shots from a DSLR.

I'm concerned that you, with "very limited photography knowledge," might find a DSLR overwhelming. I have extensive experience with photography, but.........Well, here's what I wrote in answer to someone else's question recently:

After a lifetime of using 35mm SLRs, I thought I'd have no trouble adjusting to my first DSLR. Wrong! I really need to put some time into reading the manual (more than once) and working on this.

I find myself reaching for my Panasonic Lumix superzoom most of the time because I know it's going to give me the results I want. I'm not sorry I bought the DSLR; it was something I would have to do at some point. But if I could afford it, I'd also get the latest version of my Panasonic.

So....... I can recommend the Panasonic Lumix FZ35 superzoom. The price is down to around $325, and all owners I've heard from are thrilled with it.

My older model, the FZ5, is good enough to have produced images good enough to have filled two exhibits last year.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 8:05AM
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thanks... I purchased a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H20. I got it at Sam's, so I have 3 months to decide if I like it.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 2:19PM
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