rholly wrote in post #17929105
Is your conclusion that your 5D III > 6D > 70D?
I no longer have my 70D, as I've passed it onto one of my boys. I've decided to dump crop bodies all together. But, that has been my plan for years. That is probably mostly because I shot 35mm film for two decades before going digital. I only bought the 70D as I had been advised that crop bodies were better for sports.
I'm still learning the 5D III. I've shot 5000+ images with it so far (I'm shooting a hockey tournament right now). There are some things I'm still trying to dial in, but I'm impressed.
Does you query relate directly to ice hockey? Or, is it more general than that?
The 5D III is important to accomplishing my next set of goals as far as shooting ice hockey goes. Goals, of course, are a very personal. We each develop our own as we progress through life.
For ice hockey, I would at this point in time, rate the cameras 5D III>70D>6D. Yes, the photos from the 6D are better than the 70D, but the 70D has a better focus system and has less shutter lag and higher FPS in burst mode.
My 5D III is now my "everything but astro and landscape" body. My manual focus Zeiss 21mm Distagon now lives on my 6D.
The 5D III is the better all-around body, but the 6D has a significant edge (less long exposure, low light, noise) for astrophotography. The 6D is a smaller and much lighter body than the 5D III, so that makes it great for trekking of any sort. And, the 6D's IQ is great. The single cross type AF point isn't a problem with narrow aperture landscapes, wide field astrophotography, or with manual focus lenses. The 6D also focuses very, very well in low light situation. The thing will practically focus in the dark (with the centre point).
The weight of the 5D III with a battery grip has been a difficult adjustment for me. I've pulled a muscle in my neck, my shoulders are killing me, and I'm going through ibuprofen like crazy. After shooting one practice and one game handheld, I've had to pull out my monopod. I HATE using a monopod. I think I'm actually going to have to put together a weightlifting plan with dumping the monopod in mind. The weight increase has been very significant and could become a real problem.
The 5D III and 6D are very different camera bodies. If I had to get rid of one, I'd get rid of the 6D, but I wouldn't be happy about it. I've already gotten rid of the 70D. So, with that in mind, if I had to generally rate the cameras, it would be 5D III > 6D > 70D. But, that really is subjective and should be taken with a grain of salt.