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Nov 20, 2009 01:29 |  #1
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Lately I've been using my 5D MK II for sports over the 7D. The 7D has much faster FPS and better reach but I still prefer the end results of the 5D II. The cropability is fantastic and I find the AF system fine. Here's an example (I know, too saturated) of what I think is a significant crop at F4 using a 70-200 with 1.4x Kenko. Anyone else feel the 5D MK II has better end results over the 7D? I'm pretty new to shooting sports so I'm trying to learn what works. I keep reading that the 5D is a poor choice over even the 40D.

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Nov 20, 2009 11:51 |  #2

off topic, that red building is very distracting


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That was the first thing I noticed. It gives the image an even more saturated look.


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Nov 20, 2009 11:57 |  #4

I'd say the end result partially depends on the AF capabilities of the camera, and a camera better suited for action will yield more suitable "end results".


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Nov 20, 2009 11:58 |  #5

I used my mark ii for sports when I had to, and could get decent results. However, I always kept saying "if only I would have had more fps, or better ai servo then I would have got that shot!"

so i got a 7d lol


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aebrown wrote in post #9050801 (external link)
I used my mark ii for sports when I had to, and could get decent results. However, I always kept saying "if only I would have had more fps, or better ai servo then I would have got that shot!"

so i got a 7d lol

The FPS sucks on the 5DII for sure. I've been considering opting for the 1D3 over the 7D but think twice because of the increased ability to crop, 1.6x vs. 1.3x and the ability to swap batteries/charger. Something makes me believe I am doing something wrong with the conversion from the 7D's RAW files using DPP. There seems to be less sharpness and dynamic range than I'd expect. Any tips Aaron?


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Nov 20, 2009 12:40 |  #7

When the kids are running around, you'll wish you had the 7d to track 'em. I was just telling someone earlier how I used the 5d for 7-yr old soccer this last weekend and it was a mess. All over the place. I didn't think the mkII had that much of an improved AF system, especially ai-servo.


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Nov 20, 2009 18:25 |  #8

What you are going to find is the 5DMkII will serve you fine with shots like these. There isn't that much movement. Certainly a 5D is going to give you better IQ. Even with the crop and the extension tube that is one sharp image. That's full frame goodness.

But as soon as you get any significantly fast subject movement is when you are going to get into trouble with the 5D Mkn AF speed. Anything faster than these little kids is going to cause you pain. I have never been much of a user of high FPS. On my 1DMKII I rarely turn it on high. Probably just reflects the sports I shoot. I know other sports shooters swear by it.

The other thing that can cause problems with the 5D is the slow shutter button lag. It is just to damn slow. But again, on kidlets, it may be good enough.

And, oh yeah, next time move that building before you shoot, will you:rolleyes:


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Nov 20, 2009 18:51 |  #9

that crop example is nice quality.. Really puts into perspective how great a camera that is.




  
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Nov 20, 2009 21:34 as a reply to  @ chughey's post |  #10

The 5Dii is a far better camera than I am a photographer. Over the past couple weeks, the consistent results the camera has continues to provide allow me to stand the claim I made when I bought it 6 months ago...while photographers in the 90th+ percentile MIGHT be able to justifiably complain about the 5d's performance for sports, it easily carries the rest of us struggling to be average.

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