Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
I'm less interested in MA/instructional purposes and really only want this to be able to capture nice photos of skiing. I usually find that in order the get decent shots a continuous shot mode that can shoot very quickly is required (then you end up with several photos to choose from). 8 FPS would be great, but I won't get out of that for under 2 grand probably. I have found a few Casios that can shoot at 4FPS for a reasonable price. I have a MiniDV camera with a DuoPro slot that I use for MA, so this would be more for shooting action shots for eye candy purposes.
By the time you get through reading the responds, the price of dSLR would have dropped into the sub-$1000 range! And I'm not kidding!
You want high frame rate. Get a dSLR body with good frame rate. Even the "budget" lens for SLR are much better quality than what you'll get with other digitals. So, don't get side-tracked by the "pseudo professionals" into buying expensive lens, your total package price will be well under your $1500 target.
There're literally one new dSLR coming out on the market every month. What that means is there're also a lot of very lightly used dSLR from a year or two ago that's very good quality on the market too!
Last but not least, if you're shooting skiing, you're probably talking about tele-photo lens. Guess what? Tele-photo for dSLR is "normal" for film SLR, which is the cheapest abd best lens available on the market.
I'd say you can get a very good dSLR package for under a grand NEW. Less if used.