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Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 10:54:16 AM PST
which nikon camera the 3200 or 5100 is best for shooting kids in athletic events - basketball football volleyball as well as still shots.
also which lenses is best for the above.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 4:07:36 PM PST
If you plan on blowing the photos taken up into large format images, the 3200 would be a good option as the resolution is higher.
the 5100 is lower resolution, but a better camera in performance and features. I would suggest a large zoom lens for sporting events- there should be something in the 55-300 range, different lenses can vary significantly in quality, so just remember, you get what you pay for, but for the everyday joe, the inexpensive lenses are not bad options (also look into sigma lenses if you are looking for good quality at a lower price pointNikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 8:50:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 20, 2012 8:52:27 AM PST
eric says:
for sporting events you want a good auto focus (AF) system, and honestly, neither of these cameras has them. both use nikon's older 11pt AF system, with one cross type sensor (highly sensitive/accurate) in the middle. i would suggest stretching your budget to get the d7000 if possible, which has a 39pt AF system with 9 cross type sensors. the d7000 also has a much higher burst rate, which is ideal for sports shooting. and the d7000 is overall just a more advanced and capable camera. i have both the nikon d3100 and d7000; the d3100 uses the same AF system as the d3200 and d5100. i've done sports shooting with it (surfing), and honestly it was not fun. the AF system was slow to acquire focus, and caused me to miss quite a few shots. i've done the same type of shooting with the d7000 and had a much higher success rate (less missed focus shots). sorry i didnt really answer your question, but i honestly think you'd be better off with the d7000 for action photography. the d3200 and d5100 are good cameras, they do well in alot of situations, but fast action is not thier strong suite. the just announced d5200 has the d7000's AF system, so that might be an option for you, but i'd just get the d7000, it's an amazing camera, one you will have a hard time outgrowing. you can easily outgrow the 3200/5100 if you push your photography skills.

as for lenses, get the best you can afford. lenses also contribute to the AF performance of a camera, and poor quality lenses will cause the camera to hunt excessively for focus lock, causing you to miss shots. the nikon 55-300mm af-s vr rates very well, and isn't a huge budget breaker. but if you can afford it, the nikon 70-300mm af-s vr is an amazing lens. it's the top non-professional telephoto lens nikon offers, and performs really well. it can hunt a bit in low light situations, but that's a problem all non-professional telephotos suffer from. the image quality of this lens is superb, and the AF performance is very good as well. for action shots turn vr off, it's only good for slow/stationary subjects.

now if you dont have budget concerns, the nikon 70-200mm f2.8 af-s vrII is what you really want. that's a $2400 professional lens, and it's AF and low light abilities are legendary. you really do get what you pay for. it's on my dream list. ah if only dreams became reality....

hope some of that helps. again, sorry i didnt give you a direct answer to your question, just sharing my experiences. good luck, let us knw what you end up purchasing and hwo you like it.

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 6:35:08 PM PST
R. Raheja says:
Having used both extensively (D3200 + 55-200mm and D5100 + 55-300mm) for the purpose of catching kids sports soccer, the D5100 with 55-300mm worked so much better. Sharp pictures even closer to 300mm. Now it could be the camera or lens, but the D3200 with 200mm had a camera shake/blur in practically every other picture (and I am not the only one having this issue). No, it wasn't the shutter speed (1/1250 and even 1/2000) and yes, I tried with and without VR!

It seems the ultra high resolution is not easily resolved by the "kit" lenses, and even the smallest shake shows magnified when pixel peeping at 1:1 resolution. The 55-200mm may also be at fault, although I am not certain. In contrast, D5100 was able to handle 300mm fast shots even at 1/250 and f/5.6 with zero shake/blur. Again, it could be the VRII in the 55-300mm lens, but either way, I found the D5100 and 55-300mm lens to be a far better solution (especially given its lowered price now) than the D3200 with a 55-200mm.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 8:00:59 AM PST
eddy says:
i am not a professional photographer...however, i have identified an interest in the location where i work.
realize there is a lot of 'strange' animals that are not so common in the city where i live.
thinking about getting a Nikon camera that an amateur (like me) will find handy and easy to use; but can capture quality pictures of the animals around from a distance

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 8:30:06 AM PST
Does the D5100 take video as well as the D3100? I am between the two, I want to take good action shots of my kids playing sports but I also want to take good short videos of them as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 8:39:22 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2012 8:39:40 AM PST
Jean-Luc says:
The D5100 captures hi-def videos up to 30 fps

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 9:06:17 AM PST
Gatorowl says:
The D5100 has an articulated screen, the D3100 does not. This is a huge advantage for video.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2012 9:35:55 PM PST
R. Raheja says:
On the other hand, the D3200 has a 720p 60fps mode for fast action shots. But I agree that the D5100 articulating screen is far more useful in practical daily use for video than the 60fps.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 4:33:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 26, 2012 4:34:06 PM PST
Somebody says:
Considering the D5200 and the D3200 and need a lens that can capture indoor hockey which often has low light. Any recommendations?
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