waterrockets wrote in post #17292193
Nice! I have about 50% battery at the end of my 3K shots, and it's the original battery as well. Very durable unit.
For AF, I have a lot more misses than you, but I'm shooting swimmers at f/2.8 while laying on the deck near the water level. Most of these shots are of butterfly stroke, where the swimmer disappears, then reappears only briefly, while moving a distance that covers the DOF completely. Still, the camera is so good at AF in this situation, that even with the occasional misses, I can get about 15 keepers in 15 yards of swimming -- and I'm talking about 30" canvas print kinds of keepers. This is a situation where I need every millisecond of speed this body can offer, and it delivers.
Amazing shot! Yes for sure that would be hard to track. For me when I have to get fitness competitors basically doing gymnastics in theatre lighting, I get about 95% keepers (took a bit of practice on my part). The 70-200 MkII takes credit too.
I always remember people saying "once you get a 1D you wont go back". I've heard that of various things, like "Macs", heck I had a Mac, went back to PC right away (LOL, didn't like the OS). But with the 1D it's really hard to leave. Mine is now over 7 years old I realized (ACK) and I do need a new camera, especially "just in case" something happens. The 5D III felt really good when I tried it at a store, not "toy like" like the 5D original I tried years ago (yuck, no offense). But then I worry about the teeny tiny battery performance. As you would know, not fun switching batteries 10x during an event like this!
I remember all the complaints of the 1D3 being a dud, not 7 years later I can say it's the best camera I've ever owned. Noise performance is great (95% of my shots are taken at ISO1600), AF is very good, and it feels solid.
As for dynamic range...
I was out taking shots of a fitness competitor and bodybuilder, in an alley at about 9pm this summer, using my 2 flashes and STE2 trigger which as we know with infrared can be finicky without line of site. So a few shots I didn't get the flash to fire. I had this one shot I loved, so had to work with what I had.
ISO 400, underexposed by about 2 stops: