I am looking to buy a camera and lens' set for indoor basketball. What would be a good set up. Looking at D700 or D3s (expensive). Need a 70-200f2.8 lens and a lens when for when i am at one end of the court.
Currently using a Nikon D60 with Tamrom 70-300mm tele macro.
Any thoughts on which way to go. Don't want to spend cash then find out i made a mistake.
I shoot a ton of high school basketball for a weekly newspaper in SW Illinois. If you can get down on the floor edge, you might consider the 24-70mm f2.8. You can get some very "up close and personal" shots from either side just under the basket. If you are limited to seating areas, the 70-200mm f2.8 is a good bet. I use both. The D700 will do everything you need -- I use two of them in my work, and you can grab some pretty nice ones used these days. If you choose used, I'd stick to Nikonians or a camera store you trust -- or KEH. You will pay at the latter two, but that is compensated for by the surer deal. New D700s are alledgedly reduced in price right now -- they always go down after I buy! BTW, if you are shooting high school ball, offering a CD to the school for the yearbook can grease access to the floor level.
Hi and thankyou for taking the time to reply. I appreciate it. Yes, the D700 is the way to go. I can't wait to get one. It's unreal that i am talking to someone from the USA. I will be visiting your country in late 2014 when my son comes over to play ball against some of your junior rep clubs. I am so excited about the visit. In the meantime i have uploaded a picture i took of my son playing ball last night. I am just a newbie but i am pretty damm happy with this photo. Your feedback would be most welcome.
Welcome to Nikonians! Unless the gyms you shoot in are extremely dark, the D700 should be more than up to the task. The 24-70mm that Alan mentioned is a good choice. You might want to consider a prime lens like the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM or the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G AF-S. the Sigma is a about 1/3rd the price of the 24-70mm and the Nikkor is about 1/8th the price. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
You've captured the moment, and that's the hard part. I would crop to increase the immediacy and to remove the player on the left, unfortunately, when you do that, the sharpness is not quite there, probably due to show shutter speed. The D700 higher ISO makes a huge difference. Good start and enjoy the fun of it, it's addictive. tim