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Aug 24, 2012 11:23 |  #1

I recently jumped into the FF world by upgrading to a 5D2 from a T1i. However, even more recently a gig came up from my school: photographing all of the institute's athletics. I definitely don't want to let my 5d2 go. So, now I'm looking for a faster body for $500-$800. What is recommended?

(Yes, I know I will need a lens upgrade also :confused:)


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Aug 24, 2012 11:27 |  #2

It would probably be best to stretch your budget and try to go for a 7D. That being said, you don't necessarily need high FPS to capture sports. A friend of mine that shoots for fun shoots an XS and covers soccer locally for a website.

I think the 7D would offer more improvements other than high fps that might be useful though.


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Aug 24, 2012 11:31 |  #3

Do you need high MP count or high ISO? If not, a 40D could do the trick.


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Aug 24, 2012 11:50 as a reply to  @ joeblack2022's post |  #4

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Aug 24, 2012 11:58 |  #5
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I saw a couple of 7D postings for $900. If you could afford some more $$$ you could get a 7d


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Aug 24, 2012 12:07 as a reply to  @ CanonCleGuy's post |  #6

I highly recommend the 7D but for that budget a 50D or 60D will do you just fine.


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Aug 24, 2012 12:32 as a reply to  @ Talley's post |  #7

Used 1d2n. I've seen used one as low as $700.


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Aug 24, 2012 12:39 as a reply to  @ Talley's post |  #8

7D or 50D. Max framerate dropped on the 60D.


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Aug 24, 2012 12:44 |  #9

1D2's are bargain-priced now that Canon won't repair them anymore.

Classic 1D's are always cheap and perform amazingly well if you don't need to crop or you aren't printing large by huge.

40D's are available for around the same price of a 1D if you look around. 50D's are generally 1-150 more. If you'd plan to use the body a lot, the 50D might be worth it not for the extra 5MP, but rather for the in-body microadjust.

A Canon refurb 7D could be a good choice, and with the better AF and faster frame rate, the new T4i could work as well. I've considered a T4i as a replacement to my 40D, but I'd benefit more from a full-frame sensor these days.


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Aug 24, 2012 14:00 |  #10

There really is no reason you can't shoot sports with your 5DII the center point will work fine and with the file size there is plenty of room to crop. Now I understand if you don't want to put that kind of frame count on your 5D. On the cheap you might want to look at a 40D, I shot a pro circuit tennis event earlier in the year and it performed well. Knowing about the sports you are shooting will be the biggest key, knowing where to be and learning to anticipate the action.


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Aug 24, 2012 14:06 |  #11

delhi wrote in post #14901404 (external link)
Used 1d2n. I've seen used one as low as $700.

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Aug 24, 2012 14:25 |  #12

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Now I understand if you don't want to put that kind of frame count on your 5D.

Yes, that's exactly why I want another body. I'll be shooting lacrosse, soccer, softball, baseball and probably indoor basketball. I know the actuation number is going to be insane.

The 7D is out of my budget. I don't think I could justify putting down a grand for one since I just bought the 5d2. It looks like it's between the 50D and 1DII. For sports, it seems like the 1DII is better in all categories other than lcd and liveview. Is that correct?


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Aug 24, 2012 14:44 |  #13

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For sports, it seems like the 1DII is better in all categories other than lcd and liveview. Is that correct?

The batteries should also be a consideration. The old NiMH bricks are likely to have relatively short life if they've been used extensively for several years, and OEM replacements are expensive. Thankfully you can get generic-brand versions off eBay for $30, just make sure you allow enough time for shipping before your event.


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Aug 24, 2012 14:57 |  #14

Is this a paying gig for the institute? If so, can you pony up for a 7D, and then pay yourself back to cover the upcharge? If not, maybe the school can help you pay the difference if you explain the impact/potential improvement of the 7D over the other contenders...



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You already have two quite capable sporting cameras. I'd use center-point AF on both. Put your 17-40 on the 5D2 and the 70-210 on the T1i. You need a good fast long lens more than you need a body. Suggestions: 70-200 2.8 for indoor/court sports, 300 f/4 or a 1.4X TC for the field stuff. I used a 70-300 for field sports and sold it. I needed more aperture and more IQ at 300. Even under good lights (at night) and f/8 (5.6 is muddy on that lens) I was shooting 3200/6400 to get the shutter speed up.


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