- Best for Action Photography
For action photography, you need a camera that will respond quickly, show you exactly
what you are going to be photographing, and - if possible - include program options
that work with you on anticipating and capturing the "decisive moment."
The camera of choice for action photography is an 35mm autofocus Single Lens Reflex.
autofocus models incorporate features that help you catch action shots. These include
focus modes that follow moving targets or focus exactly where you are looking.
Another feature that comes in handy is a sophisticated auto-exposure system that
reads the light and processes the meter readings intelligently and quickly. When
following a fast moving subject, the light conditions that hit the film plane change
as fast as your target moves; one moment you are looking into shadows, the next
moment your subject is backlit by a blazing sun. In order to cope with these situations,
you need an exposure system that takes advantage of technology.
A 35mm autofocus
SLR. Can't beat it. Check out the models in our Reviews section
for more specifics.
What users are saying:
"This advice was given to me by a professional journalist under somewhat providential
circumstances. It is good advice and I'm passing it along.
If you are just starting out with 35mm photography, shopping for an SLR, and are
really interested in learning the art, then don't pine over the pricey, high end
models such as the Nikon
F5 right now. Save your money for lenses, filters, film and processing fees.
The bells and whistles that come with pricey SLRs will not add one whit to the quality
of your photos. All you really need is full control over the camera, and you can
get this without taking out a second mortgage. When I bought my first camera, I
simply went in and asked about entry level SLRs, and walked out with a
Nikon N60 that came with a Quantary 28-80mm autofocus zoom lens. I won't
tell you if I think this camera is any better or worse than other comparable cameras.
All I know is that I've been having the time of my life ever since, and I haven't
looked back. I'd be having just as much fun with a
Canon EOS or some such." -Micheal C.