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Jun 09, 2017 03:12 |  #1

I take a lot of sports photographs and the setting I found that works best is centre weighted exposure with centre spot focusing. My should I bother to upgrade to a more recent Canon camera when I use these simple settings. My do I need any more than 1 point on the camera? I also use shutter priority. I have tried using multi focusing but it slows the camera down and subject blur occurs. Why buy a Rolls Royce when you only drive to the supermarket 3 kms away.




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Jun 09, 2017 04:11 |  #2

If you're happy with what you've got, stick with it. Or invest your cash in lenses in stead of a new body.

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Jun 09, 2017 06:21 |  #3

You dont need a Rolls Royce to drive to the supermarket. Just make sure you know how nice the ride in a Rolls can be.

The 550D is a very capable camera.

A more advanced focusing system can be very beneficial, though. Expanded autofocus points, adjustable AI servo options, and a higher frame rate can be very helpful for sports photos.

But the old saying is true - if you dont know why you neeed a new camera, then you dont need it.




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Jun 09, 2017 06:45 as a reply to Jules Winnfield 2517's post |  #4

Are you referring to a Canon 7D Mk I or Canon 7D Mk II. From what I've read the 7D Mk II is a significant improvement but the Canon 7d Mk I marginal over Canon 550D. On a previous post 750D is also marginal improvement.




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Jun 09, 2017 07:31 as a reply to mikeeagle's post |  #5

Would you recommend Canon 100-400mm Ls, I have Sigma 150-500mm. Is Canon 100-400mm that much better than Sigma 150-500mm?




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Jun 09, 2017 11:32 |  #6

I shoot sports as well. Most likely drift. I only use AI Servo and center af point on my 50D. Skills are more important than a new body. Use your money for glass. For co sistency shoot on manual.


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Jun 09, 2017 20:09 |  #7

I upgraded from the 550D to the 7D II. For me the increased fps & memory buffer, autofocus & ergonomic improvements are worth it.

Matched with the canon 100-400 II it produces amazing results, even with a TC, something I always struggled to use well with my 550D.

Only you can decide if an upgrade is 'necessary'! For me these two purchases have invigorated my hobby.


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Jun 13, 2017 06:42 |  #8

erikfig wrote in post #18374606 (external link)
I shoot sports as well. Most likely drift. I only use AI Servo and center af point on my 50D. Skills are more important than a new body. Use your money for glass. For co sistency shoot on manual.

This.


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Jun 21, 2017 10:13 |  #9

You didn't even mention what lenses you're using. I suspect, since you didn't, that you probably haven't switched from your kit lens. Try looking at a new lens - it'll make a huge difference.


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Jun 21, 2017 12:23 |  #10

galelegg wrote in post #18374395 (external link)
I take a lot of sports photographs and the setting I found that works best is centre weighted exposure with centre spot focusing. My should I bother to upgrade to a more recent Canon camera when I use these simple settings. My do I need any more than 1 point on the camera? I also use shutter priority. I have tried using multi focusing but it slows the camera down and subject blur occurs. Why buy a Rolls Royce when you only drive to the supermarket 3 kms away.

It depends on your needs and if you are happy with the results you are getting whether to get a new body or lenses.

As far as a body, I moved up from the 7DI and now have two 7D II's. I wish I could afford a 1DX II but unless I win a lottery that will probably never happen.

With lenses, it depends on what type of sports you shoot for the length you need and whether you shoot just day games or you shoot night games for how fast a lens you need. If shooting at night and low light situations the Canon 70-200 F/2.8 II is the go to basic starter lens. I use that lens a lot for night games. I also have a Canon 100-400 F/4.5-5.6 which is a great lens for daytime sports. When it gets dark and the lights come on, I have to put it up. Also, you don't get as good a separation between the players and the backgrounds as you would with a F/2.8 lens. I'd love to have a Canon 400mm F/2.8 but I don't have $10,000 to spend on one. I can always dream.

If you have to shoot night games, consider a 70-200 F/2.8. If you only shoot daytime sports, the Canon 100-400 F/4.5-5.6 is a great lens.

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