swatcop169 wrote in post #17678757
Hey guys. Its been a long time since I posted here. I've decided to get back into photography after being away for a long time. Like many I'm limited to a budget. I will have $5K to spend. I was looking at used 1D MK IV, and used 300 2.8 IS. I would love to be able to pickup a 400 2.8 IS but it might be out of my budget with the 1D MK IV.
On a side note, how are the 300 2.8 IS? I know we are up to the II's now so I'm wondering how much better the II is over the firsts.
swatcop169 wrote in post #17694121
Thanks guys. Sorry for the long delay in response. I'm looking at Baseball, Football, and Hockey.
Starting out, I'd definitely be looking at 7D2 & 1D4 for cost, both being under $2k and delivering the speed and high ISO performance that you'd need for low light sports like Hockey and potentially Football at night. A 70-200 on those crop factor cameras will have good reach, and their high resolution allows for large crops while keeping good quality, but I definitely see the benefit simply for the look in a 300 F2.8 MKI. You don't need the IS version, nor the MKII, etc. An older 300 F2.8 non-IS will do the job. Even with a 1.4x TC it will still do a great job and be fast and sharp.
An alternative, if you care to consider, is something like the Sigma 120-300 F2.8 OS. Sharp and fast. Takes TC's. Very flexible sports lens.
canon rookie wrote in post #17695190
I'd get a 5dMKIII any day of the week over the 1DMK IV,slower but WAY better in low light.
"Way" better is an over-statement. It has less than 1 stop of improved high ISO performance. That's not a good trade off for the slow FPS for someone shooting sports that are high speed where the difference between the magazine shot and the internet web viewing is the facial expression and body positions, etc, which happen in less than a second, and why people shoot fast FPS cameras for these events to improve chances of capturing those moments. Far more important, than less than 1 stop of ISO performance.
swatcop169 wrote in post #17695347
While it may be better in low light, the 10FPS that the MK IV has is needed.
8~10FPS is definitely the way to go for pure sports.