View Full Version : Camera advice please

21-04-12, 08:01 PM
I am looking to make a foray into the world of semi serious digital camera photography.

I guess i need to explain my needs and what to use the camera for, so here goes

I am an avid Motorbike rider and I enjoy travelling to motorbike racing around the uk.
Therefore I require a camera that will take great pictures of what may well be a very fast moving object.
This object more than likely will be the otherside of a chain link fence, so I will need to be able to zoom past this.
I have a compact camera at the moment and it does take some decent pics, but i find that i am having to guess where the bike will be when i press the button and allow a certain amount of lag. I do not want to do this with my new one, i would like to point and shoot preferably without having to calculate a delay into the photo.
I am looking to spend a rough price of 700 for the body and say an 18-55 standard lens, I can then buy other lenses to suit various aspects.
I do not have a camera model preference but would like the best i can afford to do what i would like it to

Chris Cool
21-04-12, 10:47 PM
Hi and welcome

Whatever camera you buy, you want to create motion in your shots and that can only be achieved by Panning Clicky (http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-shutter-speed.htm)

As for cameras and lenses in your price range. I would go for either the Canon 550D Clicky (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/canon_eos_550d_review/) or if you want an articulated screen, the Canon 600D Clicky (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/canon_eos_600d_review/)

As for the lens. I would suggest the Canon 55-250mm Clicky (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-55-250mm-Telephoto-Selected-Digital/dp/B000V9D5LG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1335046838&sr=8-2) at 148

The Canons will have a crop factor Clicky (http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/techniques/camera-skills/mastering-your-camera/445465/focal-length-explained-focal-length-equivalents.html)of 1.6, so the 55-250 will in fact become 88-400mm.

Worth checking out this pictorial walk through of a DSLR and what all the different functions do Clicky (http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/index.html)

And don't forget, post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with any camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool:



23-04-12, 07:29 AM
i can only ditto the above but i would go and try out the cameras see how they feel