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georgia03
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Feb 19, 2012 17:49 |  #1

I currently own a Canon Rebel XTi with crappy lenses :) and am wanting to upgrade. Both of my daughters are very active in sports so most of my pictures are being taken at softball parks. I want something that is quick enough to stop action that will not break the bank. I am tired of getting blurred pictures. I know part of the stopping action part comes in the fact of having decent lenses so please recommend a couple of those for me as well. One daughter is a pitcher and first baseman the other is shortstop and catcher so distances aren't "that" important to me. I love the feel of the 7d but can not pull the trigger on spending that much money. We also travel a lot so something that would also be great for vacations etc. Thanks!




  
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Feb 19, 2012 18:04 |  #2

Suggestion? Rent or buy one of the 70-200 lenses in the best version you can afford. You may be amazed at how much faster better glass focuses for you. I'd spend all you can on lenses and keep the xti. And get some very good noise reduction software and push your xti to maintain fast shutter speeds. Your achilles heel is not the xti, it's your lenses.


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Feb 19, 2012 18:06 |  #3

How much money do you want to spend and which lenses do you have?


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Feb 19, 2012 18:26 |  #4

I have the kit lens and a 70-300mm that came as a package with the camera as well. I have since bought a 50mm 1.8 lens that I like. I was not opposed to spending the money for the 7d but obviously want to get the best bang for my buck.




  
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Feb 19, 2012 19:32 |  #5

I'd look for a used Canon 70-200mm f2.8 without IS. You'll be shooting with higher shutter speeds so IS isn't needed. Look on here as well as Adorama or B&H's used sections, or KEH.com.

I went from an XT to a 50D, and the better body can make shooting easier. If you don't want to spend the $ for a new 7D, consider a used 40D or 50d or even a 1D mark II.


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Feb 19, 2012 21:16 |  #6

georgia03 wrote in post #13926258 (external link)
I have the kit lens and a 70-300mm that came as a package with the camera as well.

Baseball with a Canon XTi and a Canon 70-300mm image stabilizer lens.

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Focal Length: 260.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200)
ISO equiv: 800
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

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Focal Length: 165.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure Time: 0.0025 s (1/400)
ISO equiv: 800
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

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Focal Length: 150.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure Time: 0.0016 s (1/640)
ISO equiv: 1600
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB

Nothing wrong with the camera or the lens.

Part of the trick may be to figure out how to set the camera to get a fast shutter speed. Another part may be getting used to tracking action.

Unstated is whether the games are during the day or at night. That makes a major difference in light and useful lenses, of course.



  
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Feb 19, 2012 22:40 |  #7

You are getting good advice here.
Especially: learn to make the xti give you decent pix.
Maybe post one of the blurred pix so these guys can give you specifics.


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Feb 20, 2012 07:06 |  #8

thanks for all of the advice guys---I am going to look for some tips for better photography with my Xti and see if I can get some better results before I go spend some money. Any recommendations for where to look?




  
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Feb 20, 2012 19:14 |  #9

Just a little more info needed georgia03 is your 70-300 the is version... if not i would highly recommend replacing it... i had the non is lens and found it to be useless when compaired to my dad's 55-250 much better lens... i dropped the 70-300 for the 55-250 even thou you do loose some focal length. just my opinion


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Feb 20, 2012 19:28 as a reply to  @ Catfish_John1979's post |  #10

also, look into the XTi hack to get more ISO options and a few other things.

your camera is fine. as is your lens if its in decent shape.
I shot some ASA softball with my T1i. it is fine for it if you know the ropes.



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Feb 20, 2012 19:52 |  #11

you've got a very good camera.




  
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Feb 20, 2012 20:41 |  #12

i say just buy a tripod and see how well your 70-300 does. if you need better then consider a 70-200/2.8 since you will already have the tripod, you wont need the IS.

there is a reason all the pro sports photogs have tripods and monopods, those long lenses are heavy.


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Feb 20, 2012 22:04 |  #13

Catfish_John1979 wrote in post #13931991 (external link)
Just a little more info needed georgia03 is your 70-300 the is version... if not i would highly recommend replacing it... i had the non is lens and found it to be useless when compaired to my dad's 55-250 much better lens... i dropped the 70-300 for the 55-250 even thou you do loose some focal length. just my opinion

It is a Canon EF 75-300....




  
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Feb 20, 2012 22:10 |  #14

jhayesvw wrote in post #13932114 (external link)
also, look into the XTi hack to get more ISO options and a few other things.

your camera is fine. as is your lens if its in decent shape.
I shot some ASA softball with my T1i. it is fine for it if you know the ropes.

Hack? Where does one go to get a hack? Does it help?




  
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Feb 20, 2012 22:11 |  #15

Put a Tamron 70-300 VC on your XTi and you are well set up for softball pics. You can see some baseball pics of my friend's son taken on a light challenged day with it. Will only put you out about $319 right now. It is a big step up from the nifty 250.


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