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Can a 5D MkII handle sports?

 
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Sep 17, 2010 11:21 |  #46

TeamSpeed wrote in post #10926246 (external link)
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I think in the end, with proper glass, the 7D could do a wide range of studio and portraits shots better than the 5DII could do a variety of sporting events, thus my comment that the 7D is a bit more versatile at the end of the day.

Agreed. The 7d is much more capable of portraits and landscapes than the 5d2 is of sports. ;)


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Sep 17, 2010 11:25 |  #47

The 5DII is not bad for sports, depending on the sport. I just got a 7D so I'll see how many more keepers I get.

The one thing that a crop can't do is this

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Sep 17, 2010 11:50 |  #48

bohdank wrote in post #10926994 (external link)
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The one thing that a crop can't do is this...

Those are very nice shots, but why couldn't a 1.6X crop take these?


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Sep 17, 2010 12:03 |  #49

The ability for shallow DOF.

First shot 300 F4..... on a crop you might do similar or better with a 200/f2. A 200/f2.8 would get you close, I think. Someone can chime in on this one.

Second shot 135mm F2. You could also do this one on a crop if you had the 85L although I'm not sure the 85L could keep up, in terms of focusing or IQ wide open compared to the 135L wide open.

So, in terms of DOF control, a crop can keep up in the longer focal lengths but it is going to cost you. The shorter you go, the less options there are on a crop.


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Sep 17, 2010 12:09 |  #50
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versedmb wrote in post #10926967 (external link)
Agreed. The 7d is much more capable of portraits and landscapes than the 5d2 is of sports. ;)

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Sep 17, 2010 12:15 |  #51

If you want more sports.... how about pro snowboarders...

I've only shot 3 sporting events, ever, so I still have a lot to learn about how to do it... camera setup...etc.


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Sep 17, 2010 12:26 |  #52

I think it was well stated earlier, the benefits are when you look at things in aggregate. % increase in keepers over large #'s of images probably is reflected in someone's professional business. However, if you're just shooting an event for pleasure or for casual customers (e.g. kid's soccer team) the % difference might not matter so much because there is less emphasis on getting the 'key' play of the game like there might be in the pro realm of sports.




  
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Sep 17, 2010 12:29 |  #53

Yes it can, as Bohdan already demonstrated:

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We used to do sports with slower cameras, lenses and MF as well a bunch of years ago.

However, the photo this shoot is from made me get a used 1D III :D. A fast camera designed for sports etc. does make ones life easier. It was a little frustrating the 5D II AF had problems following the action. Although to be fair, I had problems with that myself too, with these guys racing around at 60 km/h and more on this track, especially when aiming straight at me :D.

This was with 100-400L at 400 mm and F/5.6. IOW, not an optimum combination for sport sphotography, especially not in this weather towards dusk :D.

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Sep 17, 2010 12:34 |  #54

A friend's Flickr page of 5DII sports sets and collections. He does pretty good with his.

http://www.flickr.com …ctions/72157603​758734826/ (external link)


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Sep 17, 2010 12:49 |  #55

i use to shoot NBA with my 5D mkII and it was sufficient, minus the FPS. i eventually upgraded to the IV.

all these were shot with the 5D mkII..

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Sep 17, 2010 14:13 |  #56

versedmb wrote in post #10927128 (external link)
Those are very nice shots, but why couldn't a 1.6X crop take these?

it can.


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Sep 17, 2010 14:49 as a reply to  @ versedmb's post |  #57

Just get a 7D and a canon 135 F2 and you'l be able to take on the world!!!!!


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Sep 17, 2010 15:18 |  #58

It certainly CAN shoot sports. Is it the best for the job? Certainly not. The 7D with its much better AF and much higher FPS will surely make it easier to shoot sports, but the 5dii can shoot sports. I shoot sports as a freelance photographer with the equipment in my sig, and the studio has been please with my shots thus far. Of course timing is much more important, as is tracking the subject, but it will still get the job done.


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Sep 17, 2010 15:19 |  #59
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canon rookie wrote in post #10928130 (external link)
Just get a 7D and a canon 135 F2 and you'l be able to take on the world!!!!!

But this world is not called "High ISO"


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Sep 17, 2010 17:09 |  #60

aboss3 wrote in post #10928315 (external link)
But this world is not called "High ISO"

Up to 3200, it's pretty much a wash. I even think the character of the 7D noise is better, less blotchy, more random grain.


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