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If you had $3,000 to spend, what would you do?

 
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May 02, 2014 14:06 |  #1

I'd like to upgrade from my 60D. I shoot my kids sports, including low-light indoor basketball and outdoor lacrosse, some at night. Also take candids and portraits of my kids as well as landscape and vacation picks.

I feel like I'm currently set on glass as I have the following:

35MM f/2.0
85MM f/1.8
24-105 f/4.0L
70-200 f/2.8L IS USM MKII
70-300 f/4-5.6L

I'd like better high ISO performance as I'm having a hard time getting good images over ISO 3200. I also don't want to go backwards in FPS and would also prefer not to sacrifice the "reach" the crop body gives me, but am intrigued by FF for portraits and landscapes. Not sure I can get everything I want in one body so would consider going to two.

While I don't have a formal budget, I wouldn't feel comfortable going much over $3k as a hobbyist. A couple of options I am considering are:


  • Used 1DMKIV = $3,000
  • Used 5DMKIII = $2,500 - $3,000
  • Used or New 6D and 70D = $2,400 - $3,100
  • Refurb 6D and wait until rumored 7DMKII materializes = $1,400 + ?



Interested in what y'all would suggest or if there are other options I should be thinking about...



  
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May 02, 2014 14:09 |  #2

6D + 7D


Nikon D810 | 24-70/2.8G | 58/1.4G
EOS M | 22 f/2 STM

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May 02, 2014 14:10 |  #3

Tony_Stark wrote in post #16877678 (external link)
6D + 7D

13D ?


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May 02, 2014 14:11 |  #4

5D mrk III would be my choice. Its auto focus system + great Low light performance makes it hard to beat.




  
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May 02, 2014 14:13 |  #5

Six6Sicks wrote in post #16877682 (external link)
13D ?

67 Double D :D


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May 02, 2014 14:18 |  #6

flashpoint99 wrote in post #16877684 (external link)
5D mrk III would be my choice. Its auto focus system + great Low light performance makes it hard to beat.

I agree.....5d mkiii




  
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May 02, 2014 14:24 |  #7

Tony_Stark wrote in post #16877691 (external link)
67 Double D :D

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May 02, 2014 14:56 |  #8

While I am waiting for the 7D Mark II, it seems to be a good policy to actually buy it some 6 months or so after introduction. So, that's probably in 2015. Meanwhile, I'm quite liking the more modern 70D that I recently bought, over my 4-year older twin 7D's. In fact, I'm thinking of getting a 2nd 70D, to maintain my policy of twins for field, location, and studio use.

For action fotos, the 70D will serve you well. I also use this camera in low-light with fast primes. It has also proved remarkable in the studio.

The 6D has fantastic high-ISO performance. I borrowed one for belly dance club fotos in low-light, again with fast primes. The ISO 10000 OOC JPEG performance rather shocked me: velvety smooth dark tones that looked like Noise Ninja had already been run...

Seems like your budget would allow both 6D and 70D, with a little change for sales tax, if you're in one of those states.

Nice thing about this combo is that your lens kit will be like two sets of glass.


7D Mk II | 70D | 7D | 1D Mk III
EF-S 10-18mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM | EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM |
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May 02, 2014 15:57 |  #9

I'd get one of those new Sigma 120-300 and try it.




  
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May 02, 2014 16:07 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #10

I would wait for the 7D2 reviews then decide, they're already predicting a 5D4 in 2015 (giving you more 5D3 bodies to pick up and a more better used price as the new model approaches) becuase of all the issues i'm sure you've read about on the 5D3.

Have you considered a 5D2? Yes, the 5D3 is pretty feature rich but before it came out people were "raving" about it...i still see a few 5D2s when i'm shooting local sporting events and those shooters produce some good images.




  
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May 02, 2014 20:58 |  #11

For what you are shooting, I would go with the 6D. I don't see anything that you want to shoot that would tax the 6D system. I would keep the 60D for the reach factor, you could put a wide angle lens on it for example to take other shots, while putting your longest lens on the 6D for the action.

I would also learn a bit on how to muster ISO 6400 out of the 60D. What do you shoot now (raw?) and how do you process it? There are some tricks to shooting the 60D using a bit of ETTR, and using some tools like Noiseware to process.

These 2 bodies would make nice siblings for what you would like to shoot. :)


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May 02, 2014 21:10 |  #12

I am currently shooting with a 1D4 5D2 and 7D. I am in indonesia and the 7D has been sitting in the bag for 2 weeks. If its not moving I shoot the 5D2 exclusively and if it is moving at all i have my 1D4 ready.

If i had to travel around with 1 camera i would sell it and buy 2 cheaper ones.

So if your questions is what camera would you compliment with your "backup" 60d i would say a coin flip of 5D3 or 1D4.

There is zero replacement for the benefits of a 1D series camera, but you may have zero need for those benefits. The 5D series has always provided incredible image quality.

Me personally, I cannot speak more highly of what the 1-series has proven in the past so I reach for them first as a primary.


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May 02, 2014 21:52 |  #13

Fuji XT-1
Fuji 10-24 f/4
Fuji 23 f1.4




  
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May 02, 2014 22:03 |  #14

Keith_D wrote in post #16878512 (external link)
Fuji XT-1
Fuji 10-24 f/4
Fuji 23 f1.4

:cool:


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May 02, 2014 22:16 |  #15

You got a flash?


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