« on: March 05, 2014, 12:18:33 AM »
It always amazes me as to how users think that AF is such a big issue with modern cameras, I guess that they somehow don't wonder how photos were taken for 100+ years without any autofocus at all, and yet fantastic images were captured of sporting events, bif, and other demanding events. Certainly, good AF is nice, but hardly a big issue for me. I did just as well with my Argus C3, my Yashica TLR, my Canon FTQL, any number of P&S cameras, and several early DSLR's. I have had several 1 series DSLR bodies as well as Rebels, all the 5D series, even a D800! I've had no issues capturing sports with any of them, its just a matter of paying attention and learning timing. There were probably a billion supurb images captured with those old Graphlex 4X5 cameras where you had to slide in the film carrier, then pull out the film cover, and capture the image as quickly as possible. Then reverse the process, flip the carrier over and take a image using the film on the other side. They could do that in a second or maybe two.
I recently discovered some old pre 1920's National Geographic issues in my attic, and, sure enough, there were great photos of sporting events, wildlife, and birds in flight from the early 1900's using primitive cameras, the photographer just learned to deal with what he had..
Get as good of a camera as you can afford, and learn to use it. You will do fine.