DSLR Filter- Narrowed my choices down, need an outside opinion on a couple details.
After reading the various MF threads and taking notes, I'm able to narrow down my question to a much finer point. This
thread in particular helped.
I am a sports/news videographer and reporter for my local TV News station who also houses the college newspaper. They provide me with video equipment but have absolutely no DSLR's for me to use and quite often I'm the only one on scene or at an event. This means no stills for the news website or for the paper. I'm not entirely ignorant of the art of framing, lighting, etc so I'm going to buy a DSLR and start using it at sports games and the other random events/festivals/what-have-you that I get assigned to. Because I'm paying for it myself I have a relatively crappy budget to work within.
I can afford a used Canon 1D Mark II (it comes with an OK lens, I can save up for a nice piece of glass) and I know it is awesome for sports, but at 8mp perhaps not so awesome for the other half of my work, especially if it's going to be blown up past 8x10. On the other hand I thought perhaps a compromise from the 8/fps of the mark II to the 5/fps on the Canon EOS 20D would lend itself to allowing me more 'all around' shooting. But I've been advised that at this point, even Canon's cheapest new gear is beyond the 20D. Finally, the Nikon D3100 seems to have great reviews, good ISO options for the lower lighting part of my job, good for the outdoor events I'm always going to and also fits nicely into my budget. The one i spotted comes with an AF-S 18-55mm VR Zoom Lens for $400.
So my question is this: I need to shoot sports in the afternoons/evenings (Domed football to regular soccer fields) and sunny, all day outdoor events alike (not to mention taking it with me hiking/vacationing.) I have a budget of $600 and could eventually afford a really nice lens. Which body & acceptable lens should I be looking for that can accomplish great shots in both of these settings? Is the Mark II only good for half of my requirements? Is the D3100 fast enough for sports? I'm truly looking to be better at my job and get those great shots that I'm missing out on. (I taped Wayne Newton singing Happy Birthday to Arizona last weekend, would have loved to been able to do more than film a wide shot of him and the crowd.)
Thanks for your time.