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Old 12-10-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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So my indecision continues.......now considering one of the Sony SLT A37 maybe?

So I talked on here about wanting a new camera that would be good for indoor sports, no flash allowed events.

I was all set to choose a mirrorless when I read an article on DP review that says mirrorless are not a good choice for low light sports events with fast moving targets. something about the autofocus, and how you will end up missing many shots and the focus will be off on many that you do get.

the article mentioned the Sony SLT series as a good "bridge" between a point and shoot and a large dslr.
any opinions?

I really wasnt going to go for another dslr. I have an older one. the Pentax K100d.
is the sony as bulky? It is described as a compact dslr.
my pentax is kind of bulky and heavy and sometimes it takes what seems like a long time to focus and get a shot.

I know I would still need a lense if I get the Sony so I can zoom in.
I was thinking of this
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SLT-A37M-...s=sony+slt-a37
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:02 AM   #2
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Compact dslr's are generally crop sized DSLRs.

For me when I'm shooting indoor sports, the lens becomes more important than the camera. I just need a camera that can get to ISO 1600 without too much noise and I'm good. I used to worry about burst rate which is why a lot of cameras get knocked for sports. It's why I went with the 50D over the T2i when I got it. But really, I don't notice much of a difference in practical use between my old Rebel XT and my 50D, and the 50D has about twice the burst rate. If you spray and pray burst rate becomes more important, and that's the approach of a lot of photographers now which is a good part of why I think a fast burst rate has become such a sought after feature. SUre it's nice to have, but not necessary to have.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:57 AM   #3
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Why not look into the Olympus OM-D. I'd take that hands down over the A37. The autofocus is good, high ISO is pretty clean plus it has a 9fps burst rate, a plus for sports photography.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:46 PM   #4
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I picked up a A55 body for $400. I love using it for shooting indoor sports. Use it for my kids Tae Kwon Do. Used it yesterday at a kids birthday party in a poorly lit gymnasium.

It is very fast focusing, and shooting 10fps is pretty amazing.

The cameras are quite light and compact compared to other dSLRs, but the lenses can get heavy.

For indoor sports -- I shoot with the Minolta beer can. It's a 20-30 year old lens. You can only buy it used for $100-150. But there is nothing else like it on the market, and it's better quality than any other zoom lens on the market for under $500. It is 70-210mm with a constant f4 aperture. Professionals will say they want a constant 2.8, but such a lens is over $1,000. So to get close for $125 is pretty amazing.
The downside of the beer can -- it's huge and heavy.

I get a great shutter speed using the A55 with the beer can and iso of 1600-3200. BUT, I shoot in raw and do need to sometimes apply a little post processing noise reduction, especially at 3200.

Overall, I would give a positive recommendation for this camera. And if you can deal with the weight, I'd say get the beer can.
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zero issues with hockey with A33 and 55-200mm kit lens. Wish I had 70-200mm lens f2.8


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Old 12-10-2012, 02:19 PM   #6
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zero issues with hockey with A33 and 55-200mm kit lens. Wish I had 70-200mm lens f2.8


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Very nice!

Re: the olympus omd.........$1000 is over my price range right now. I was hoping to not spend more than $600
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:32 PM   #7
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I picked up a A55 body for $400. I love using it for shooting indoor sports. Use it for my kids Tae Kwon Do. Used it yesterday at a kids birthday party in a poorly lit gymnasium.

It is very fast focusing, and shooting 10fps is pretty amazing.

The cameras are quite light and compact compared to other dSLRs, but the lenses can get heavy.

For indoor sports -- I shoot with the Minolta beer can. It's a 20-30 year old lens. You can only buy it used for $100-150. But there is nothing else like it on the market, and it's better quality than any other zoom lens on the market for under $500. It is 70-210mm with a constant f4 aperture. Professionals will say they want a constant 2.8, but such a lens is over $1,000. So to get close for $125 is pretty amazing.
The downside of the beer can -- it's huge and heavy.

I get a great shutter speed using the A55 with the beer can and iso of 1600-3200. BUT, I shoot in raw and do need to sometimes apply a little post processing noise reduction, especially at 3200.

Overall, I would give a positive recommendation for this camera. And if you can deal with the weight, I'd say get the beer can.
I use a Canon 70-210 f/4. It's an old push/pull zoom and that turns some people off but the sharpness, color reproduction and contrast are outstanding. It's near L quality. It runs around $150 like new used. I think a lot of people overlook these great out of production lenses.
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I use a Canon 70-210 f/4. It's an old push/pull zoom and that turns some people off but the sharpness, color reproduction and contrast are outstanding. It's near L quality. It runs around $150 like new used. I think a lot of people overlook these great out of production lenses.
Yes, I seem to remember reading a comparison between the Minolta and Canon versions somewhere, concluding they were both excellent lenses. If you know what you're looking for, you can certainly find some bargains in out of production lenses, especially if you are willing to make some tradeoffs. For the beercan, it's just the bulk of the lens.
The nice thing about the Sony/Minolta mount, is that since the image stabilization is in the camera, you are basically adding image stabilization to a very old lens.

The only downsides I've seen --Mediocre/poor CA, but usually easily corrected when it pops up. The loud screw autofocus. And the size of the lens -- the zoom is in the barrel, so the lens is basically always massive.
But for indoor sports, and for long portraits, really can't beat the lens for the money.
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