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Feb 01, 2015 20:21 |  #1

I have been using my 5D3 for school photography mainly. (I'm a teacher/designated photographer). I mainly shoot school trips including week long senior trips to Thailand, various sporting events indoor and outdoor, and I shoot auditorium events such as concerts, graduation and talent shows. The 5D3 is versatile and gives me awesome and constant results.

Recently, I was able to acquire a 7D2 which has helped me capture more precise moments (indoor and outdoor) at the sporting events. But then, I noticed the other night that the 7D2 does a pretty good job in the dark auditorium as well. Maybe not as well as the 5D3, but darn close and plenty enough for my/school use. Now I am wondering if keeping the 5D3 is a good idea. I can cash in now (price going down rapidly) and apply it to the 5D4 if it's significantly better under low light, or if not buy some more glass. I didn't count on the 7D2 doing so well in the all the areas I needed. I know many keep both cameras. Thanks for your kind input.

And yes... money is an issue. The school does NOT pay for my equipment, unfortunately..... :(


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Feb 01, 2015 21:00 |  #2

Only you really know if you need two bodies at these school events. I don't own either but from experience I have had bodies fail on me when I most needed them - that is when the back up body becomes a necessity. Bodies are always going to drop in price, and you look as those you have the glass covered in your sig.


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Feb 01, 2015 23:24 as a reply to  @ Brian500au's post |  #3

Thank you Brian,

I am very fortunate in that I have never had a body fail although I shoot 1000 shots daily during a trip or at an event. Doesn't mean it couldn't happen though. I dropped my last camera a few years back in Thailand, a D300 and the case cracked in the corner but it worked fine after some duct tape.


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Feb 02, 2015 00:54 |  #4

If the 7D2 covers everything you need out of a camera well enough then it might not be a bad idea to sell the 5D3. When the latter's successor comes out you could put the money towards that + sell the 7D2 too at that point.


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Feb 02, 2015 00:56 |  #5

I'd keep it unless you have a particular piece of glass that you are longing for. Looks like you have things quite covered as-is.


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Feb 02, 2015 02:35 |  #6

Get shot of the 5D3, it'll be worth nowt when these new ones come out.




  
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Feb 02, 2015 02:41 as a reply to  @ FoxTrot's post |  #7

Thanks for posting. I'm finding the 10fps really handy when shooting tennis and field hockey where the racket/stick travels really fast and I can still nail the exact moment I want. I could be wrong but I doubt the 5D4 will have a comparable fps count given that it's really not a sports camera. I may not be willing to part with the 7D2, but I am considering parting with the 5D3 and using the cash toward the 5D4 when it comes out.


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Feb 02, 2015 02:42 as a reply to  @ FarmerTed1971's post |  #8

Thanks. Yes, The problem is I don't really have any glass I terribly need now, although I can easily be persuaded, as always..... lol


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Feb 02, 2015 02:46 as a reply to  @ Paulstw's post |  #9

Thank you, yes, that's what I'm afraid of. If I don't sell it now, I'll probably keep it for another round (5D5), which isn't all that bad either, I guess :)


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Feb 02, 2015 03:39 |  #10

Japokies wrote in post #17411281 (external link)
The problem is I don't really have any glass I terribly need now

Well you will if you sell the 5D Mk III, because (except for that mysterious 8mm, whatever it is) you'd then have no ultrawide. Certainly you'd have no ultrawide zoom, which I'd regard as an indispensable lens for travel with groups.

Here's a novel suggestion: don't consider upgrading anything, and then the resale value won't matter.




  
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Feb 02, 2015 03:55 as a reply to  @ melcat's post |  #11

The 8mm is a Sigma fisheye circular I use occasionally for around campus photos. It does produce good pictures for yearbook and alumni news photos. You're right, I would probably have to add the EF-S 10-22 or something. Good advice, thanks.


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Feb 02, 2015 06:18 |  #12

Pairing a 5D Mark III and 7D Mark II is a really, really nice combination to have. Sometimes doing nothing is the best thing regarding the bodies.


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Feb 02, 2015 11:26 |  #13

I'd say sell now.

If you regret it a few months later, buy a used one for less $$.

Pocket the difference...

Although, it is still pretty early in the year so not really a seller's market.




  
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Feb 02, 2015 14:07 |  #14

I agree with those who say hang on to it. I take my 7D and 5D3 to every event, and sometimes it is really handy to have (a) a spare body) or (b) a second camera ready to go for grab shots. Those two complement each other very well; having the extra reach of the 7D series can be very useful, while the 5D3's option of narrower DoF is also good to have. You have a good set of lenses already.

I basically keep two cameras, getting rid of the older and upgrading it in a 'leapfrog' fashion so I always have a second body that's not too far behind the curve.


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Feb 02, 2015 16:46 |  #15

Heya,

If had both, I'd look at it like they compliment each other. With your current glass, they all become very different on APS-C and you have a lot of "long" glass. On the full frame, you have ultrawide to telephoto covered very nicely. Both have great AF features, you shouldn't have any issue tracking kids or taking photos of school stuff, it's not a studio obviously, so it's not like you really even need this stuff probably.

You already have great glass, and a great zoom. I don't see a need for better, chasing kids around.

If I had to choose to keep one of those, I'd keep the 5D3, as it simply compliments the glass you have more.

But if you want to simplify things, you can always sell the 5D3 and just keep the cash for when "GAS" strikes later, such as a really interesting piece of glass or a mirrorless option, or more interesting options beyond school/kid things that you're into.

You don't always need to buy stuff. Something tells me if you were shooting more, you'd not be thinking about buying as much.

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