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Want to buy a Digital SLR camera - Advice?

Hey, I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am looking to buy a digital SLR camera. This would be used primarily for taking pictures of the kids playing baseball. I don't know a lot about cameras, so I decided to post this. Right now I have a small digital camera and I usually prefocus on a player by pushing half down on the button. When the ball comes into view, I fully depress the button. Often what is on the lcd is not what I get. And shooting in multiple consecutive frames degrades the quality. So I am looking and had a few questions. What should I be looking for in a camera? What size of zoom is good enough? Brand? Any help would be much appreciated!

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Might get more bites on this in the photography sub-forum.

But I've used Nikon since I started with photography and I liked it but Canon gives you more bang for the buck. Lenses are a little less expensive and I think they're a little more user friendly.

I wouldnt recommend anything other than those two
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I didn't realize there was photography section! Thanks, I will post it there and look through those posts!
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If you're on a budget, keep an eye out for a used 40d for the 6.5 fps. (~$700, I think)

If money is no object, pick up a 7d for the 8 fps and advanced AF system. ($1500)
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...R_Digital.html

As for lenses, I'd recommend the 100-400L if you want those tight crops. My buddy shoots little league and that is his go-to lens for it. But it's also on the pricey side as it is considered a professional lens. That said, it's worth every penny. ($1500)
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...6L_IS_USM.html

If you're not looking to spend that much or don't need the length of the 100-400, look at the 70-200 f/4 non-IS (assuming these are day games). ($636)
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._f_4L_USM.html

And if that's too much for you, then the "nifty two-fifty" is a very popular entry level/kit lens. For the price, it's great. ($220)
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._4_5_6_IS.html
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I prefer Nikon but if budget is a concern then go with Canon. Canon has more reasonably priced equipment.

Also, buy used. You can save A LOT of money and still have virtually brand new equipment. I have $10,000 worth of equipment at retail (B&H pricing) but spent $5k by buying used. KEH.com is a good option for used equipment, and their grading systems HIGHLY conservative, meaning the equipment is actually in far better shape than their grading system may indicate.
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You can buy my Nikon D70s for dirt cheap.
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Any issues with the warranty if buying used? Thats one thing that keeps me away from good deals for used equipment. I'd hate to have bought a camera and be out the money in case the camera was defective.
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i got my eye on the canon t1i tho.....maybe it'll be a xmas present
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IDK about the warranty. It's probably out on the D70s.
But I'll give full disclosure. The on-board flash doesn't work, and I can post the shutter count (I have already posted it somewhere, don't remember what it is, but I can find out)

The flash situation is easily fixed with a hot-shoe flash. Even a cheapo one is better than the near-useless on-board unit anyway.
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Im selling a Canon XSI with 18-55mm IS.
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I have a d90 or a D80 for sale!
Lemme know if anyone is interested
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^ interested. Please lmk the price of each camera and what all it comes with.
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What do you look for when buying a used camera??
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http://www.petapixel.com/2010/10/08/...on-craigslist/
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