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Hi! Im a newbie and I am interested in action sports photography. Is the Nikon D5100 a good choice?

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To be honest...no...

 

But, in reality, it depends on how serious you are along with many other factors including budget...what kind of sports?  Day?  Night?  Will you have "access" (meaning, for example sideline access for a soccer game)?  All of those will help us give you the best recommendation that we can...I've shot all kinds of sports, both day and night and both with and without access.  All of those make a big difference...in addition, it would help to know your desired result from the images.  Are you doing it for fun?  Do you hope to make money?  That will matter as well.  However, in the end, the cameras and lenses are tools...the best tools for a particular job may make the job easier, but it doesn't mean they are required...

 

That said, the frames per second rate and the small buffer for writing to the card on the D5100 would be two areas where I think you will have problems with the D5100...I would suggest providing some of the info above and I'll do what I can to give you some recommendations to get you started...



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I have used my D750 for both indoor and outdoor, day and night, sports photography.  It does a good job but depends on a good lens.  I use the Nikon 27-70 and Tamron 70-200, both f2.8  I was shooting local high school basketball and soccer.



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you will want d7200 or d500 for sports on crop sensor body. you could get d7500 but its down grade of d500 and has less memory card slot and less frame rate per second too. also d7200 d7500 and d500 have low light senor which will be better then any d3000 d5000 series body will have what d7000 d7100 body will have. 



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I have used my D750 for both indoor and outdoor, day and night, sports photography.  It does a good job but depends on a good lens.  I use the Nikon 27-70 and Tamron 70-200, both f2.8  I was shooting local high school basketball and soccer.

How well does the Tamron lens work for you? I am actually looking at the same exact lens for my D5100



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I have a friend who uses the Tamron for sports photography and is very happy with it.  I used one for awhile and while I thought it did well, it was definitely slower to focus than the Nikon versions (VR1 or VR2)...



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I think that the Tamron 70-200 is a good match on the D5100, even so I am using it nowadays more regularly on the D500, but will have used it occasionally on my old D5100.

While I haven’t tried the Nikon 70-200, as Tom did, I cannot judge on the focussing speed difference, however the price difference between the two brands is substantial - so this might be an important argument when comparing all pros and cons.

If money is not an issue, get the D500 with the Nikon 70-200/2.8 ;)

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Emma, I took a look at the website you suggest.  I like the work done, but each photographer deserves a photo credit for his/her work.  We have some excellent portrait photographers on thus forum and I hope they will chime and offer to answer your questions.



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I am not sure how your question ties into D5100 and action sports, but...

 

I would look to educate yourself on lighting setups and such for that type of photography...it is about as far from action sports as you can get in photography!



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To be honest...no...

 

But, in reality, it depends on how serious you are along with many other factors including budget...what kind of sports?  Day?  Night?  Will you have "access" (meaning, for example sideline access for a soccer game)?  All of those will help us give you the best recommendation that we can...I've shot all kinds of sports, both day and night and both with and without access.  All of those make a big difference...in addition, it would help to know your desired result from the images.  Are you doing it for fun?  Do you hope to make money?  That will matter as well.  However, in the end, the cameras and lenses are tools...the best tools for a particular job may make the job easier, but it doesn't mean they are required...

Step by step instructions to pick the correct light is a standout amongst the most vital for me! Would someone be able to encourage me? 

 

That said, the frames per second rate and the small buffer for writing to the card on the D5100 would be two areas where I think you will have problems with the D5100...I would suggest providing some of the info above and I'll do what I can to give you some recommendations to get you started...

I would hope to instruct yourself on lighting setups and such for that kind of photography...it is about as a long way from activity sports as you can get in photography!

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