What camera equipment to take to the world cup: great sports photography cameras
- Wed, 2 Jun 2010
The beautiful game will provide great photo moments, so here's five match-fit cameras to capture them all and avoid any own goals...
Sports camera for the pro:
Canon EOS 1D MKIV
Price: £3800 (BODY ONLY)
The pro sports photographer's DSLR is nearly £4k for the body alone - but in the same way we dream for victory every four years, so this can stay on the wish list.
Sports camera for the enthusiast:
Investing in that DSLR will provide optimum control and Nikon's entry level offering is an ideal choice on a reasonable budget.
Sports camera for the all-rounder:
The stylish HX5 somehow crams a 10x optical zoom lens into its small body. HD movie capture and innovative Sweep Panorama make it a winner.
Sports camera for the videographer:
Taking pricey, bulky kit to a match is never a good option. The FZ38 is a superzoom with an 18x optical zoom for catching all the action.
Sports camera for the kids:
This is a tough compact that can take a knock and a soaking yet still snap great images. With 5x zoom it may not be ideal for getting right into the action, though it's ideal for the kids to play rough with when having a kick about.
Top 5 DSLR lenses for sports photography
Sigma 50MM F/1.4 EX DG HSM
Full-frame perfection in this ultra-sharp 50mm
Tamron 18-270MM F/3.5-5.6 DI-II VC LD
All-encompassing zoom range is an all-round winner
Nikon 16-35MM F/4G ED VR
Unusual mid-wide zoom range renders superb results
Sigma 10-20MM F/4-5.6 EX DG HSM
A phenomenal wideangle zoom sets the standard
Top 5 Flashguns for sports photography
Canon Speedlite 580 EX II
Canon's most pro-end hotshoe flash is weather-resistant
Sigma EM-140 DG ring flash
Perfect for close-up macro or studio portrait work
Metz 76 MZ-5 digital
A hammerhead flash to push out big flashes en masse
Nikon's top-spec hotshoe flash with LCD for full information
Designed specifi cally for Alpha's ADI flash metering system