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    Default Low ambient light camera

    I am not a keen photographer as such but wish to be able to take good quality photo's of my daughters Gymnastics, which means indoor sport photography with no flash, and to be fair you are always a good 20 - 30 m away so zoom lens needed.
    I have a Sony a200 with Sony lenses but it really does produce noisy images. What is the best option a low f-numbered lens zoom i.e. fairly expensive or a better camera with normal zoom lens.
    Can anyone suggest the best option and if it is the camera which one I should opt for sub 1000

    Hope this makes sense, many thanks. Mark

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    I think you could do worse than a good compact camera. I've recently bought a Fuji F72 EXR (Jessops) that does the business in low light. Only 169 and there was (is still?) 30 cashback from Fuji.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    I am not a keen photographer as such but wish to be able to take good quality photo's of my daughters Gymnastics, which means indoor sport photography with no flash, and to be fair you are always a good 20 - 30 m away so zoom lens needed.
    I have a Sony a200 with Sony lenses but it really does produce noisy images. What is the best option a low f-numbered lens zoom i.e. fairly expensive or a better camera with normal zoom lens.
    Can anyone suggest the best option and if it is the camera which one I should opt for sub 1000

    Hope this makes sense, many thanks. Mark
    If you're sticking with Sony then the a200 body will actually do you proud if you invest in a fast zoom lens. The f/2.8 70-200mm G lens is incredible, if not 40% over your budget. Take a look at Sony's range and don't fret spending such much on a single lens - especially if it'll provide a consistent fast aperture and the decent zoom combination you're looking for; that'll help you keep the ISO down. Out of interest though what are your current approximate shooting settings?

    The 'best ISO' cameras tend to be full frame however, which will immediately put them out of reach for your budget I'm afraid. I'd try the lens route unless there's some more cash hanging around somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspur View Post
    I think you could do worse than a good compact camera. I've recently bought a Fuji F72 EXR (Jessops) that does the business in low light. Only 169 and there was (is still?) 30 cashback from Fuji.
    The Fuji compact really isn't going to match up to your a200, though the EXR sensor is good for low noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lowe View Post
    The Fuji compact really isn't going to match up to your a200, though the EXR sensor is good for low noise.
    Quite. A compact seems a very strange recommendation indeed!

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    Thanks Mike, your recommendation of good optics gives good pictures compliments other advice I have. I have tried a 50mm 1.7 with the a200 and even here the picture is noisy at high ISO.
    I have been walked up the value chain somewhat, not by a salesman, to a Canon 7D with a Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS USM, slightly more than I budgeted, but I fear it is in for a penny in for a pound to get the results I am seeking. I looked at the 5d MKII but a further 500 for the full sensor is not one I wish to swallow.
    What are your thoughts to the 7D with lens?
    Once again thanks
    Last edited by Mark; 04-02-10 at 03:15 PM.

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    The WDC review is http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/equ...7d-review.html - should be a much. much better option.

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    Default Looking good

    Many thanks, I suppose my next question might be would I get acceptable pictures if I cut a slight corner and got the Sigma 70-200 2.8, but am I then negating some of the upside in the 7D i.e. putting a lada engine in a BMW, no offence to anyone owning a Lada

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    WelI I use an old model of the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX, and it's a great lens - but if you're getting too much noise with an f1.7 lens, it will only be worse with an f2.8 lens - assuming you're not just blowing the picture up more to get closer.

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    Sorry the 1.7 was with the Sony not the 7D, so I am assuming with the additional processing power of the 7D and a 2.8 lens I will be able to achieve teh results I am seeking

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