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It's time for me to upgrade my 40D to something with fast AI Servo autofocus. I'm looking for the ideal camera body for the best focus tracking for BIF -- that is, under $5,000... What's your opinion/suggestions?

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7D is a great all around camera for shooting things in motion. Way under your budget, too. If you want a more pricey solution, you may want to consider a 1D4.

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5D3; full frame, latest AF and plenty of quickness for BIF.

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Well, I just read a rumor that Canon's going to release a couple of bodies around September, 70D and 7D MkII, so I'll just have to wait...

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You can take loads of pics by the time September rolls around. ;)

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I own a 40D, 50D, 7D and a 1D Mark IV. I had no problems with bif's with any of them but I really think the lens and how fast it acquires a target is more important than a camera body. I've never used the focus expansion on any of the bodies I own (if it's available) so I wasn't concerned about how many focus points it has..I always used the center focus point.

That being said...and keeping within your budget I'd say a 1D Mark IV not because it's a great bif camera body but it's a great camera body all around...mainly image quality and high ISO performance. There's nothing wrong with the 7D (I love mine and still use it) but if you can afford it go with a pro camera body.

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i think a 400 5.6 will help your BIF photography more than a new body.
the super fast AF is slightly better than your 100-400 and it does make a difference
for in flight pics.
the 100-400 can absolutely get nice in flight pics, but not as easily as the 400 5.6

I agree with Duane too. a 1d4 is probably the best all around camera out that is under $5k.
you could get a 1d4 and a 400 5.6 for under $5k

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Thank you for your kind replies... Right now I find myself leaning towards the 7D but also find myself quite intrigued by the rumored 7D II (FF) and particularly 70D... I don't really want to go to FF at this point as I hate to lose the reach...

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SYS wrote in post #14667105external link
intrigued by the rumored 7D II (FF)

Intrigue no more. The 7DII will not be FF.

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dgrPhotos wrote in post #14666055external link
5D3; full frame, latest AF and plenty of quickness for BIF.

And too few PPB (Pixels Per Bird). Unless you can get everything filling the frame you'll just be cropping too much.

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Canon 350D, Canon 5D, the Canon 30D is a best camera for the bird photography....

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john29 wrote in post #14669082external link
Canon 350D, Canon 5D, the Canon 30D is a best camera for the bird photography....

Er, yeah! But here in the 21st century it's probably the 1D MkIV.

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hollis_f wrote in post #14669098external link
Er, yeah! But here in the 21st century it's probably the 1D MkIV.

hahhahaha.
7d or 1d4 for sure.

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any ideas on 1dc, 1d2? I'm considering upgrading too

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Vixen89 wrote in post #14673880external link
any ideas on 1dc, 1d2? I'm considering upgrading too

Im sure at close distances where you can fill the frame the 1d2 will be great but will fall off after that.
Levina shoots with a 5dc and gets very good shots but I think most shots are not of moving objects.
you can add a 1.4 TC to get more reach but then you lose AF (maybe not on the 1d2).

if you have a 60d,7d or 1d3,1d4, you arent going to get any better unless you get a 1dx or something.

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