NesianStyle wrote in post #17495035
So the camera has been gathering dust for the last 2 years and so I dusted it off to take some photos of my girls playing basketball. It's a little 400d and I think it's time for an upgrade so as I haven't been doing any photo stuff for the last couple of years I have no idea what is the best bang for the buck.
I would like to stay with canon but could you give me an idea of what I should be buying now, keep in mind that I'm not looking at doing this professionally and I just enjoy taking sport photos mainly. The added advantage of video is a big plus too as my camera obviously doesn't have it.
Any help is appreciated!
We need a budget really. Otherwise, you're going to get tons of out of your price range recommendations.
I'll go another direction, and ask what lenses you currently are using and have? The 400D is a fairly capable camera. Are the sports indoors or outdoors? The 400D can do outdoor sports just fine! Indoor it might struggle a little as you will max out the ISO to freeze motion, but it's still ok for some work in there too if it's decently lit. But, the lens matters here. Were you using a kit lens? Was it a slower zoom? Or were you using a faster wide aperture prime? You can get so much more for your money sometimes by using appropriate glass for the task.
Depending on budget:
Look for a used T3i (600D) (has good ISO, video, etc, modern, but not too expensive). And look for a used EF 85 F1.8 lens (if you don't already have one).
Look for a used 7D, and again, an EF 85 F1.8 lens.
Stress picking up a fast telephoto prime. Adding 2~3 stops of light from that, instead of trying to use slow glass and max out ISO, will give you better quality images. If in a dark gym, you will still max out ISO even on the fastest glass.