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2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« on: October 19, 2013, 11:57:07 PM »
Hello all-

I posted a few weeks back about my first experience shooting college football and it appears I'll be doing quite a bit more of that as well as basketball and general PJ work. As of right now, I'm shooting on a gripped 5D III, a 16-35 II, a 70-200 II, and a nifty fifty.

CPS loaned me a second 5D III as well as their 400 IS II to shoot that last game, but as you may or may not know, these are evaluation loans and as such you can only "borrow" each item 1-2 times, depending on your level of membership. As such, I've decided without a doubt that I need another camera. In truth, I would prefer to cover football with 3, but we'll worry about that in due time. With all of this, keep in mind I will also be buying EITHER a 300 2.8 IS II OR a 400 2.8 IS 1.

So, the question becomes which one? As I need to sort this out fairly soon, I don't have a ton of time to save. Yes, I know the answer to this question is 1DX, but I can't do it right now. I'm between another 5D III, maintaining battery and control compatibility, or a 1D IV.

I love the 5D III, no real complaints. It's great at what it does, and honestly, it's not a half bad sports camera. If I get a third camera later next year, it will be a 5D III more likely than not. I did notice some shots missed due to having "only" 6 fps. The tracking though was largely fine. IQ I was happy with. I did some cropping, but not a ton with the 400. If anything, I could use to back off a bit.

This leads me to consider the 1D IV. I can pick one up in good shape for roughly the same price as a refurb 5d III + grip. I could get the newer 300 2.8 IS II and get slightly less reach than 400, while gaining fps. I expect tracking to be fine, metering fine, etc. After all, this was THE sports camera before 1DX, it's not all the sudden bad.

I've got a 1DX (I'm gonna hate myself) and 300 2.8 IS II coming in for my next game, shooting Teddy Bridgewater against UConn early November so I should get a feel for both the speed of the 1D-series and the difference in reach, should I go 5D III on a second camera and stick with 300.

Your thoughts on 5D III / 1D IV and on 400 ver I / 300 v II would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a ton!



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2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« on: October 19, 2013, 11:57:07 PM »

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2013, 11:59:50 PM »
Also, for anyone about to recommend it, I'm picking up a 24-70 II in December. I use my 16-35 at games, but it's a very particular shot. the 24-70 will be more useful more often I think, both for endzone work and for near-court in basketball. I'm still hanging on to the 16-35, however, as there are times when the shot just calls for wide I think.

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2013, 05:32:42 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.

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #3 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.

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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)
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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2013, 06:23:08 AM »
Without reading I'd recommend another 5D3, because you are able to continue shooting without any adaptation to another body. And if reach is needed I'd go for the 1.4 converter. Cheaper solution, newer body. My two cents.
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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2013, 07:14:32 AM »
I'd recommend the 1D Mark IV along with the 400mm 2.8L IS....  You'd already have the 300ish range covered with the 70-200 + 1.4x....   esp. for football....
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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2013, 07:25:56 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...

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2013, 07:25:56 AM »

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2013, 10:23:46 AM »
I certainly wish the budget was there for a 1DX, but as a college student (though at 28 years old its a bit better) it just isn't right now. I can't utilize the 70-200 w/ converter option bc I use that heavily as my second lens on a second body heavily for the near sideline work. The intent is to have one body for a long Tele (300 or 400) with the 70-200 on the second. Later, the 16-35 or a 24-70 will be on a third for wide shots in the end zone and of the crowd, etc.

This sports shooting (for the next few years at least) is just from fall to spring, so in summer I travel and shoot wildlife, travel stuff, etc. I may even apprentice with a wedding pro. Regardless, I see a lot of utility in the 300 for other stuff and think it should still suffice, at least on a 1d iv, for sports. So that's the direction I'm leaning.

The older specs do bother me a bit about the 1D IV though. Anything in particular that I should be aware of?

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #8 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...

-pw

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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
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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2013, 01:59:12 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?

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.

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2013, 02:35:49 PM »
p.s.: reason I'm asking is that I could get a used 1D-IV for just above 2000 € and am seriously tempted by this, as I suppose I would find it very useful as primary/second body with the 5D3 for the upcoming African safari  ;)

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2013, 06:54:40 PM »
Wouldn't the newer AF of the 5D3 be better suited for action-photography even with the lower framerate?
Emphatically...no.
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.

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #12 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?
Emphatically...no.
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.

-pw

+1 again....pw giving spot on advice.
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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #12 on: October 20, 2013, 07:30:24 PM »

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2013, 12:43:47 PM »
Stupid me, why do I keep asking?  >:(  About every time I do, I end up having to slaughter another one of my piggy banks   ;)

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2013, 06:09:52 PM »
I see them as pretty equal price-wise... A good 1D IV seems to fetch around $3k on the used market, maybe less if you wait a bit and search, while you can pick up a refurb 5D3 for roughly $2500 through CLP. Add $275 for the grip and you're at 2775. In the scheme of things, pretty close.

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Re: 2nd Body... 1D IV or another 5D III
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2013, 06:09:52 PM »