abhphotography wrote in post #16440296
Is it me, or does this hobby/profession/art form seem to be horribly addicting? :-/
I started with a T3 a few years ago, assuming it would be 'enough' of a camera to last me at least a few years, and would probably get replaced after five or so. It did frustrate me a little trying to shoot paintball with it at times due to the limited frame buffer, but the real breaking point was when I got into roller derby photography. Rather than being out doors in nice bright conditions I instead found myself trying to shoot in some of the poorest lit arenas one could imagine.
The 7D is a very sweet camera if you are going to be doing anything action related that as a fairly low predictability on actual action. There are a lot of sports where things follow fast but reasonably predictable patterns. The human brain is wonderful at calculating ballistics, so while judging a basketball player's jump, a catch in baseball/football, etc all take considerable skill, they are all still significantly easier to judge than the moment of impact of a breaking paintball, or a hip check in derby.
Just keep in mind that the fast burst option isn't a magic bullet that will solve all your problems for getting great shots. I played paintball for several years as a fairly average recreational woodsballer, but I honestly found photographing games to be both far more challenging and far more interesting than actually playing. Sadly I also found I got hit a whole lot more as a photographer than I did as a player. (Probably because I never got into that whole cheating bit, so I get to stay on the field far longer as a photographer. Sadly a lot of the angles I always liked to work usually put me near a nice little cross fire/over fire position.)
Do remember to keep your head up on the field, and watch for bunker bounce on the airball fields. Deflection shots can catch you by surprise.
Canon EOS 7D | EF 28 f/1.8 | EF 85 f/1.8 | EF 70-200 f/4L | EF-S 17-55 | Sigma 150-500