67cudaking wrote in post #17779249
Hey guys im in the market for a new (to me) camera, the purpose for this camera would be shooting mostly surf photography and other action only. Right now I'm using a 40d and am mainly looking for better autofocus/tracking ability and faster fps. Also better noise performance would be great but that's not hugely important. I'm both low mileage 1dmk3 for 500-600 dollars and used 7ds for 400-500 dollars. Right now I only have a 55-250 efsii lens for sports but will be upgrading to a 70-200 f4 is at the same time I get the new camera so I'm not concerned about only being able to use ef lenses on the 1d. So what say you?
The 1DIII would be slightly better at higher ISO and in general have slightly better image quality (slightly bigger sensor helps). Fantastic aggressive AF and great tracking. Great FPS. The compromise is resolution. If you're cropping a lot due to your 200mm~250mm reach, resolution can play a bigger role, where the 7D has more.
If I had to choose 7D + 200mm or 1D3 with 300mm or 400mm, I'd take the longer glass and the 1D3.
Comes down to preference. I shoot a 1D & 1D2. I like the 1D's. I like the way the files look.
The 7D is a great camera too. I could appreciate the resolution compared to my 8MP 1D2 for sure. And I could appreciate the higher ISO ranges. But, just comparing the way the images look, I just like the outputs from these older 1D's than the more modern sensor cameras. Just a preference.
I think from a straight logistic point of view, the 7D is probably the better buy (FPS, resolution, ISO is fine for day light surfing, nearly the same AF, etc, and cheaper). Also the 7D is pretty rugged and has some decent weather sealing. Much better LCD and stuff if that matters.
I wouldn't get a 70-200 though. Your 250mm is fine. Stick with it. You'll want more reach as you go forward.
I would actually start hunting for a 300 F4L or 400 F5.6L (or the 100-400L at that point) before worrying with a 70-200 for surf. Unless you just want to stand in the water and/or do large crops of your photos.