hyppy wrote in post #18462630
My 1D mkIII is dead, so I've a decision to make. Anyone care to help me make that decision?
I need something quickly as I've another semi-pro assignment planned next week. I'm buying used, and my budget would stretch to a 7D mkII, a 6D, or a high shutter count 1D mkIV.
Here's my thinking so far and choice based on that thought.
I take lots of trail-running snaps: 1D or 7D (focus and fps)
… this usually involves travel and lugging gear up mountains: 7D or 6D (size and weight)
… in wide open landscapes or in close proximity to runners: 1D or 6D (the x1.6 crop of the 7D is a concern)
I like publish on social media asap : 6D (wifi)
I can be away from power for days: 1D or budget for 6D,7D w/battery grip
I'm used to a 1D's controls: 1D
The 1D I can afford has high ~200k shutter count: 7D or 6D (may need to budget for replacement)
I have 1D accessories: 1D
The widest lens I have is only 24mm: 6D (crop worry)
The longest lens I have is only 200mm: 7D (longer 320mm equiv.)
For real world examples of what I tend to shoot, here's my running photo site
and here's my more general flickr
Which would you go for?
Just so you are aware, for $40 you can wifi-enable a 7D2 and it behaves similarly to the in-camera Wifi that the 6D would have.
Here are my thoughts:
- 1D4 is great, and if you liked the 1D3, the 1D4 is better in EVERY way. However again you will have weight to deal with, and low light AF isn't the 1D4's forte, I actually know that the 1D3 behaved better having had both, and having had to send in my 1D4 to see what Canon thought about it. The 1D4 has no available wifi option that doesn't add bulk and cost, and no GPS.
- 7D2 has an AF system that nearly rivals the 1D4, and has the burst speed one would want. A single battery won't last as long as a LP-E4, however an LP-E4 is about the size and weight of 3 LP-E6s, so you could just pack extra LP-E6 batteries to get the same longevity with a couple of extra battery changes, but your overall weight of a 7D2 lugging it around is lower than 1D4. Depends whether you want a weight savings almost all the time as you hold the camera vs the heavier weight of the 1D4 at the expense of 2 extra battery changes. The 7D2 can be wifi'd through the Canon mobile app just like the 6D. The 7D2 focuses better in lower light. There isn't that much difference between a 1.3 crop and a 1.6 crop, so the crop factor between the 1D4 and 7D2 probably adds nothing to the comparisons. The 7D2 also has GPS which could be good for what you are shooting, if you want to tag exactly where each runner was during an event.
- 6D isn't as sealed as the other two, so I would be a bit more wary using this in a hiking/trail/wet outdoors environment, it only focuses really great on the center point, it doesn't have a great burst speed, but it does with with dynamic range and high ISO noise over the 7D2 by a bit, within a stop or so. It has wifi integrated. The 6D also has GPS like the 7D2.
For me, it sounds like focus needs, burst speeds, and wifi are your critical items, therefore there would only be one of the 3 that seems to meet those needs.
EDIT: for power on the LP-E6 batteries, I have a great option for you to charge batteries while away from any power source. If you are interested, here is what I picked up and they work great on my last wedding shoot. The panel outputs 3A and seems to charge a battery in a couple of hours. This means on a day with full sun, you should be able to charge 2-3 batteries. I am not sure what exists for the LP-E4.