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Frank ­ E
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Nov 24, 2008 16:47 |  #1

I want to get into some sports photography, football, soccer, baseball etc.

I currently own a 50D, 700-200 lens and 1.4 tc. I have a budget of around 4000 and my question is should I purchase a 1D mk111 or get a 300 2.8 lens??

For you guys that shoot sports where do I spend the $ ?? on the better camera or the lens??

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Nov 24, 2008 17:08 |  #2

I'd get the 300/2.8. The 1D3 will get updated at some point fairly soon and your 50D is a great camera, but the 70-200 lacks a lot of range that you'll want for field sports, and updating to a 1D3 will give you a shorter lens. The AF on the 50D should be fine, as is the motordrive (I've shot sports for a while with a 30D and it worked in all but the darkest conditions)


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Nov 24, 2008 17:42 |  #3

If I could afford it, I'd get the lens first. The reviews for the 300mm 2.8 IS indicates that it is an excellent lens for sports and wildlife photography. The crop factor, quicker shutter speed, expanded ISO and DIGIC 4 processor on your 50D are also all very useful for sports photography.

I've concidered purchasing the 1Dmk3 for myself, that is until a colleague recently purchased the 1Dmk3 from Adorama and had to returned it twice because of issues with continuous focusing and high number of missed shots. Last month he sold all his Canon equipment and purchased the Nikon D300 and 70-200mm and is very satisfied with the decision. :( Unfortunately, I now can't borrow any of his camera stuff.


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Nov 24, 2008 17:59 |  #4

I'd buy the lens first.




  
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Nov 24, 2008 18:01 |  #5

Lens.


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Nov 24, 2008 18:17 |  #6

Lens


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Nov 24, 2008 18:35 |  #7

Another vote for the glass.


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Nov 24, 2008 18:39 |  #8

Lens as well... the 50D should be capable to do sports photog..


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Nov 24, 2008 19:33 |  #9

I haven't used the 50D but I would get the 300 2.8 it is a great lens even tho i have the Mark III and love it I think they will update it soon.


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Nov 24, 2008 19:35 |  #10

Get the lens!


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Nov 24, 2008 19:38 |  #11

idld buy the 300 2.8 first
u should have atleast 3 good lens before your next body upgrade


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Nov 24, 2008 19:40 |  #12

lens for sure


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Nov 24, 2008 19:51 as a reply to  @ tekkie's post |  #13

I have a 300mm lens and when shooting with my 40d it provides excellent photos.
For baseball and softball I often was often too close. I use my 70-200 a lot more because I can adjust the range.
That being said the 300 2.8 had got be awesome.
I have upgraded to a MK3 which I got off of Craigslist with the submirror fix and the latest software update and 3800 clicks for $2500.
The two bodies (40d) are so different that for me the body upgrade was the best thing to happen to my sports photography.


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Nov 24, 2008 20:00 |  #14

Swapping out the 50D?? I vote for glass :)


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Nov 24, 2008 20:03 |  #15

I think Lens would be a way better call...


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