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Aug 05, 2009 08:55 |  #1

I don't want this to turn into another 50D vs 5D thread, but I have been one of those who have been going back and forth between the two. I would say that 90% of what I shoot is split between low and natural light portraiture and landscapes, so I know that is a pretty clear cut win for the 5D, however the remaining 10% is made up of sports (skateboarding, snowboarding, and some cycling). I know that the 5D is far from being the most capable sports camera, but CAN it perform well enough to be sufficient for the small amount of sports photography that I do?

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Aug 05, 2009 08:57 |  #2

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I don't want this to turn into another 50D vs 5D thread, but I have been one of those who have been going back and forth between the two. I would say that 90% of what I shoot is split between low and natural light portraiture and landscapes, so I know that is a pretty clear cut win for the 5D, however the remaining 10% is made up of sports (skateboarding, snowboarding, and some cycling). I know that the 5D is far from being the most capable sports camera, but CAN it perform well enough to be sufficient for the small amount of sports photography that I do?

Thanks for any insight,

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Dave I have shot sports with it and its perfectly capable of doing a fine job in the right hands.




  
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Aug 05, 2009 08:57 |  #3

Short answer: Yes. Sports photography depends a lot upon the timing of the person behind the camera. If you can manage to learn the camera well enough and get your timing down with the sports you shoot, the 5D will do very well.


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Aug 05, 2009 09:01 as a reply to  @ Cl!ckFoto's post |  #4

I have a 5D and I'm not primarily a sports photographer but like to do some occasionally. I find the 5D quite satisfactory for this and I've had some pleasing results, including motor racing and jet skis which are quite fast. Doubtless there are better cameras if you are a dedicated sportster but the 5D does the job for me.


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Aug 05, 2009 09:09 |  #5

I shoot with a 5d and a MKIII. I shoot High School and College level action sports (football, baseball, volleyball etc). I find the 5D lacking whenever I use it. Sure it is great to capture things from here to there. If had only the 5D I would stop shooting sports. I am not a 10 fps shooting so it is not frame rate that I dislike about the 5D and sports. The 5D is a very slow camera to work with. Buffer speed etc.

That being said, I love the 5D. I use it all the time for travel, events, weddings etc.

If someone came to me and said I could only have one camera it would be the MkIII hands down.

Now....in your case I would go 5D with out question.


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Aug 05, 2009 09:26 as a reply to  @ Harleypugs's post |  #6

Guys, these were the exact answers that I was looking for, you have now sold me completely on a 5D, I was getting concerned because I looked through probably half of the 5D picture thread and saw nothing in the way of sports. Hopefully I will have one in my hands in the next month or so.


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Aug 05, 2009 09:29 |  #7

I notice you're from Chester county, I lived in West Chester for 4yrs but am back in Lancaster now. You'll love the 5D, I'm searching for another one!


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Aug 05, 2009 10:35 as a reply to  @ Cl!ckFoto's post |  #8

Heres a few sports things I've shot with it. I'm not a sports photogrpaher by I do have to shoot some corporate sporting events like softball games and golf outings. Heres a few things I've been able to get with the 5D.

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Aug 05, 2009 10:38 |  #9

Cl!ckFoto wrote in post #8403086 (external link)
I notice you're from Chester county, I lived in West Chester for 4yrs but am back in Lancaster now. You'll love the 5D, I'm searching for another one!

I am actually in Marshalton, just outside West Chester, and we love it here but plan to move to the west coast in another year. You are in a great spot as well, I have a photographer friend who has made basically his entire living off of 50 solid Amish images, they are in high demand anywhere else but Pennsylvania. Personally, I have always had a hard time getting past the exploitive feeling of taking their picture, but they definitely can provide some lucrative images if you can get past that, especially if you move out of the state.


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Aug 05, 2009 10:42 as a reply to  @ helloagain36's post |  #10

Heres a couple more

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heres a couple that aren't sports but show action nad really fast action at that
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Aug 05, 2009 10:44 |  #11

helloagain36 wrote in post #8403526 (external link)
I am actually in Marshalton, just outside West Chester, and we love it here but plan to move to the west coast in another year. You are in a great spot as well, I have a photographer friend who has made basically his entire living off of 50 solid Amish images, they are in high demand anywhere else but Pennsylvania. Personally, I have always had a hard time getting past the exploitive feeling of taking their picture, but they definitely can provide some lucrative images if you can get past that, especially if you move out of the state.


I might have to make the 10min trip to the country a little more often! Start selling things in my grandpa's gallery haha.


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Aug 05, 2009 10:44 |  #12

A little off topic but I gotta say I love shots like #5. People are making such crazy facial expressions and exaggerated gestures, it almost looks like a renaissance painting :D


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Aug 05, 2009 10:51 |  #13

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A little off topic but I gotta say I love shots like #5. People are making such crazy facial expressions and exaggerated gestures, it almost looks like a renaissance painting :D

Oh thanks. See ya can get decent action with a 5D.




  
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Aug 05, 2009 11:01 |  #14

montreal wrote in post #8403566 (external link)
A little off topic but I gotta say I love shots like #5. People are making such crazy facial expressions and exaggerated gestures, it almost looks like a renaissance painting :D

I agree, I especially liked the golf photos and that one connecting softball shot is stellar, lots of facial intensity. The whole lot had some very nice images there airfrog, thanks for sharing!

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Aug 05, 2009 11:17 |  #15

when I owned my 5d, I shot sports with it.


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