I would like your advice: I am thinking of purchasing a 5D MK II. The problem is I do a wide range of photography assignments for my school, ranging from candid shots to sports and performing arts. My photos appear on school publication and website.
I have rented the 7D and the 5D MK II.
The 7D captures outdoor sports such as football, soccer and track & field with ease using the high speed burst setting. My basketball photos IQ depends on how much natural light I get from the skylights and eventually the artificial light when it gets completely dark outside. The AF is amazing fast in any sports where I dont have to go beyond 1600 ISO.
The 5D does well in classrooms, labs, or the theater where I can push the ISO a bit higher than the 7D and not get too much noise. It also does very well in candid shots of students and faculty. But I have difficult focusing with this one in sports. I have more misses than keeps. Yet, the keeps are unbelievable beautiful (see attached photos).
Having both bodies would be great with my set of (3) 2.8 L and 1.8 lens. Unfortunately, I can only afford one. My current camera body is a 20D. I am ready to upgrade to a better body.
A friend suggested I get the 7D now and wait for the next 5D to come out as posted in Canon Rumors.com quote here:
"5D Mark III: I received 2 different announcement dates. September timeframe and in the 28mp range from a decent source and 30mp and June from an unknown source."
September of 2011, June 2012? With current events in Japan, who knows...
Another friend suggested I hang on to the 20D, rent the 7D or 5D MK II when needed, until the Mark III comes out.
Your thoughts and feedbacks are appreciated.