So 900AUD for body plus kit-lens. That gives you quite a choice.
Let me clear one thign up first:
- if you're into fast action shots, image stabilization (IS) is irrelevant but good high-ISO image quality (IQ) and fast lenses (if affordable) is.
- But generally for any other type of photography IS is very important.
Unfortunately there is only one stabilized body+kit-lens set out there for 900AUD (Pentax)! But you can buy a (non stabilized) Nikon- or Canon-body and add a stabilized lens later, if you have more budget. If you buy a (non-stabilized) body from Olympus chances are very restricted to upgrade with an IS-lens. But as I said: IS is not important for action shots.
So here are the best choices for your budget:
- 8MPix Olympus E-500 + 14-45mm 3.5-5.6 (look for sell-out prices!)
- 6MPix Pentax K100D (incl. IS) + DA 18-55mm (around 450EUR)
- 6MPix Nikon D40 + AF-S DX 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G ED II (around 480EUR)
- 8MPix Canon EOS 350D + EF-S 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 (around 500EUR)
These are all not the very latest models (that would be the E410/E510, K10D, D40x, 400D) but capable of producing very nice pics. Thye all don't have fast kit lenses, so the distinguishing factor could be their lo-noise/high-ISO behaviour. Of those three bodies tested here at Camera Labs the Nikon D40 certainly is very good at high-ISO. So you can crank up the ISO sensitivity and make good-quality shots at fast shutter-speeds.
For skateboarding photos, the second important thing to decide is whether you can always get close enough to the action or whether you'll need a tele-photo lens.
" means two things: You may get away with your kit-lens (there are even some sets with kit lenses going to 75mm or even 135mm) plus
you can use a moderate flash.
If you're not close enough
, fast lenses are getting increasingly more expensive and you'll need a strong flashgun with zoomable reflector. All things that can cost a lot
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