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Body upgrade - experiences 5D3 Vs options

 
McChook
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Sep 15, 2012 20:34 |  #1

Hello everyone,

Currently running a 7D w/ 70-200 2.8 IS II for motorsport work.
I am making good money, and I also shoot commercial work and events (and static automotive), and business is split almost 50/50 between motorsport and commercial.

I am happy with the 7D but at 3 years old, and who knows how many shots (over 50K), I am looking at an upgrade. In certain locations, at 200mm, I am cropping to 1/9th of the image and losing resolution.

So the question is - what do I upgrade to?
Is the 5D3 "fast" enough? I lose 2fps, but I think 6fps is fine. What about AF? I chose the 7D over 5D2 because it was too slow everywhere, does the 5D3 really suit?
I need either APS-C OR FF - APS-H has no suitable wideangle option.

Or, do I change camps?

Thanks guys, look forward to your opinions.
Matt




  
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Sep 16, 2012 01:45 |  #2

Sounds like you need longer glass if you're concerned about how much you're cropping some images.


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Sep 16, 2012 03:19 |  #3

Bicknell55 wrote in post #14997565 (external link)
Sounds like you need longer glass if you're concerned about how much you're cropping some images.

Agreed.
Problem is - APS-C, and a 300mm probably covers me
FF, and I need 400mm

There's a stupid difference in price between a 300mm f4 and a 400mm f4....




  
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rc ­ mike
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Sep 16, 2012 19:17 as a reply to  @ McChook's post |  #4

400 f5.6 is a great lens and cost is comparable to the 300 f4.


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Sep 16, 2012 23:08 |  #5

I saw some photos from the Charlotte NASCAR race this past May from a 5D Mk3 and they looked pretty darn sharp IMO. I didn't hear any complaints about poor AF tracking or the slight drop in max fps.


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Sep 17, 2012 01:20 |  #6

Yeah, seems the word on the street is the 5D3 is more than capable of doing what I require - 6fps raw w/ max of 17, more than sufficient and the AF seems good with tracking. As good as the 7D? Not sure, but I am willing to find out.

deciding whether a 400/5.6 or 70-200 w/ 1.4x ext is the better option...




  
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rc ­ mike
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Sep 17, 2012 20:22 as a reply to  @ McChook's post |  #7

Depends on how much reach you need. The 400 is 120mm longer than the 200 w/converter.... I have a 70-200 f2.8L and a 300 f4L and my converter works better on the 70-200 but both are good. A friend has a 400 f5.6 and with enough light it's very very fast!


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Sep 18, 2012 03:10 |  #8

rc mike wrote in post #15006166 (external link)
Depends on how much reach you need. The 400 is 120mm longer than the 200 w/converter.... I have a 70-200 f2.8L and a 300 f4L and my converter works better on the 70-200 but both are good. A friend has a 400 f5.6 and with enough light it's very very fast!

400mm would be the max required, and I think in time I will grab a 400/5.6. I mostly shoot daylight, for night drifting I will have to make do with the 70-200 2.8 and cropping.




  
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Sep 19, 2012 05:04 |  #9

I think the price of a new 5D3 is pretty close to the price of a used 300 2.8. That might be an option, with a 1.4 converter you'd have a 420 f4. I rented one for the Goodwood Revival this past weekend and it worked really well. With the 1.4 and 2 converters you are covered out to 600mm.


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