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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« on: October 20, 2013, 07:30:24 PM »
Wouldn't the newer AF of the 5D3 be better suited for action-photography even with the lower framerate?
I read that you can set the 1D-IV to use all 45 points and it should be able to track movement even if it leaves the initially chosen AF-point, but is this good enough or do you all stick to center point-AF with the surrounding points?
That's the theory but in practice you'll have a disappointing keeper rate. On the 1D4 I tend to keep an expanded AF point on the action. This become second nature with a bit of practice. The 1DX with it's dedicated AF processor and higher available voltage hits the ball out of the park.
Also, what is the highest ISO you feel comfortable with at the 1D-IV? With the 5D3 I usually don't hesitate to use 12800 and might even go higher in extremely low light.
The 5D3 will outperform the 1D4 at higher iso but not by as much as you might think.


+1 again....pw giving spot on advice.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 20, 2013, 05:47:02 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« on: October 20, 2013, 11:50:11 AM »
I shoot a lot of action. I also own a 5D3 and a 1D4. The 5D3 is a very competent camera but for shooting action the 1D4 operates in a different galaxy. No comparison. The 5D3 is not a sports action camera. The AF is fine, but frame rate, weaker ergonomics, less solid weather proofing, shutter life, and very importantly buffer depth are the factors that make the 5D3 a non-starter when compared to the 1D4. It does tick a lot of boxes, but sports action was never part of the 5D3 job description.

If your primary objective is a hot sports action camera and you're choosing between 5D3 and 1D4, don't even think about the 5D3. If the budget is there, stretch to the 1DX and be amazed...



I have a 5d3 and 1dx (and have tried a 1d4)  PW is spot on, the 5d3 is a capable sport camera, but for serious sports photography the 1d4 and 1dx are much better.   I rarely use my 5d3 for sports now, only as a second body to the 1dx.

also...fyi - the 1DX was on the canon usa refubished website for sale at $5500 a few weeks ago...it's still listed, just out of stock

and 300 vs 400....decide whether you like using a monopod or not...with the 400, it's a must, but I can shoot a whole game with the 300 attached to a black rapid strap

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 20, 2013, 06:03:49 AM »


Red Kite dance

Lousy light but I still like it

This really was a water hazard on a golf course in South Africa

Both great shots!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« on: October 20, 2013, 06:00:33 AM »
I would suggest to get the used 1D Mark IV with the 300mm L Mark II first. 1D Mark IV will give you extra reach with the 300mm lens plus the higher frame rate. Later on you can still add another 5D Mark III as a third camera.

If you would purchase another 5D Mark III, you will probably keep running into missed shots due to the lower frame rate until you have convinced yourself to buy a 1D anyway, but will a reasonably priced 1D Mark IV be available at that time? Maybe not. You will then have to bite the bullet and purchase a 1D-X. Purchasing the 1D Mark IV now at least enables you to sell the same camera body later on to finance a new 1D-X.


1d4 and 300mm ii

Although, you could go with a 1dx and used 300mm 2.8.  (there were only very small improvements made on the newer 300 2.8 anyway)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 19, 2013, 07:11:59 PM »
Walsh interception:

great football shots bdun!  love the second one!

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 18, 2013, 06:46:49 PM »

Great shot, great face, typical awful stadium (gymnasium?) overhead lights!


Yes...the lighting is tricky, but now that I'm looking at it on my iMac, I see I goofed on the colors....fixed now.  No more editing and uploading on an iPad outside in the sun.

iso 3200

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 18, 2013, 11:58:10 AM »

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 18, 2013, 11:49:22 AM »

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1999 at Amazon
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:58:13 AM »
It's only an okay price.

I got mine for $1563 in the last Canon Refurbished sale.

Don't want to deal with Canon mail-in rebates.

$1563 is a good price, but personally I would happily pay $440 more for brand new unused.

Canon General / Re: Lose or Loose?
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:54:55 AM »
For me English is a fourth language

Wow, I'd have never guessed that ! Your written English is better than mine, and I'm as English as a Red London Bus, or Fox Hunting, depending upon how politically correct I choose to be  ;)

Agreed on your command of the English language, nice job for a fourth language!

I would have guessed you were a Texan, J.R. is a common name in Texas.

I only speak two languages....English and American...but I'm working on a third - Canadian(but not the French part) ::)
When you learn Australian you will speak four languages  ;D

Ha ha!  I'll make that a long term goal....g'day mate!

Sports / Re: Rugby- Heineken cup, Connacht vs Saracens
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:37:45 AM »
Agree with Jim...faster shutter speeds are needed....though I see you shot at iOS 12500 so it's always a compromise.

Most sports photos are cropped and edited a bit....which is what I did with your photo below, just a 30 second edit...when working in poor available light with fast moving objects, you better know how to edit a bit.

3 is a cool shot and my favorite of the bunch.
I would've tossed out #1...too blurry and the fence ruins it.

Sports / Re: First time photographing a skateboarder, need feedback
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:20:17 AM »
I think they're great shots...nice!

I wonder if you could've had him jump off a ledge with you lying on your back on the ground shooting up at him...might work?   Not directly under but off to the side a bit.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1999 at Amazon
« on: October 16, 2013, 08:12:40 AM »
Wow, pretty good price....wish I had waited another two months and saved $200. 

It seems Sigma management is really kicking but right now...some nice lens additions of late !

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