Hi y'all! I've been shooting with the Rebel XSi since dec 2009 and it has been my first and only DSLR. It's been a hard journey... other fancy cameras have tempted me but I'm proud to say I have held off! until now...
I got started by shooting birds in flight with the EF-S 55-250mmhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/igphoto/sets/72157626186549397/
Then later moved on to high school football/portraits. Now in college, I continued with sports, portraits and events but more than ever I find myself no longer satisfied. The low-light performance of the XSi and the limit of only 1600 is definitely straining the relationship!
I shot a quidditch tournament with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS iihttp://www.flickr.com/photos/igphoto/sets/72157632938593319/
And as you can see, my keeper rates dropped significantly once it got dark and those 'keepers' weren't as sharp.
I have long pined for the 7D when it was regarded as the best for sports photographers but I fear the low light performance improvement won't be enough... at least when compared to the 6D.
I read that the 6D is not good for sports.. mainly recommended for landscape photographers. But surely, it is going to be tons better than the XSi right? For autofocus points, I only shoot with the center point anyways on the XSi so the lack of crosstype won't be something I'd miss. Same with the fps and the RAW buffer rate... if its better than the XSi then I don't think I'll mind. The big pain right now is the ISO performance.
But the jump to full frame means I'll have to give up the poor man's tele effect of a crop sensor camera.
On the otherhand, with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8 is ii I have gotten terrible chromatic aberration and was told in the topic i made about it that it would be ameliorated with full frame sensor plus the 6D has that processing feature now.
And another thing to note is that I do want to try video on the slr but that's always going to come second to photos.
But refurbished 7d's are going for under 1k... but I don't want buyer's regret either. I also don't want to spend more than I need to. I say "I don't think I'll mind" but that could be wishful thinking.
What do you guys think?