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I am looking for a camera for around $1000 to take action shots of horses. The horses would be moving around 20 miles per hour.

  • Outdoors in daylight? Or indoors in a typically poorly lit arena? – Michael C May 2 '13 at 5:35
  • And how close are you going to be to the horses? – Philip Kendall May 2 '13 at 7:47
  • For that budget you will have to rent your lenses. Otherwise do you have a budget for lenses? – Itai May 2 '13 at 17:36
  • Is that a new camera body, a body alone or something to rent? – James May 3 '13 at 1:56
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I think it's got more to do with the setting than the camera. Any good SLR for $1000 should do the trick.

  • Which settings? Can it be done for less than $1000? – mattdm May 2 '13 at 14:16
  • "Good" is still subjective. – James May 3 '13 at 1:58
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I think a general answer would be: - any camera that can focus fast (so point-n-shoot is not likely an option) - a lens to go with the dSLR that can focus fast (some cheaper lenses may still give you some "lag") - a lens with enough "reach" (focal length) so you can visually see the target subject without it being too small; so you may want image stabilizer if you are at long focal lengths - a camera with a frame rate that is fast enough to capture multiple frames per second

So for example (since I am a Canon shooter, I can only recommend what I know), a good starting camera setup would be: a Canon 50D or 60D or 7D paired with either a 24-70/2.8L or 70-200/2.8L IS lens

NOTE: a lens that has an opening of f/5.6 or smaller (higher f/stop number) could cause your focus lock to take longer and given the horse is moving, you may miss the shot

This is only my opinion of what I'd recommend.

  • You may also consider renting the equipment first before spending the money to buy it; to see if that is the equipment for you. Considering the physical attributes of the equipment (size, weight, etc.). – J. Chin May 2 '13 at 16:04

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