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« on: August 02, 2012, 12:40:50 PM »
Well I'm looking for opinions right now.  My only job with photography, it looks like this year, will be sports.  Nothing but college sports.  I have a 1DX, 2 5D3's I was shooting weddings with, a 1D4, and a 1Ds3.  Obviously now I don't need all of those cameras since weddings will go to about nil and it'll be all about sports.  I need 2 bodies at each sporting event.  Obviously if I kept my cameras I'd go 1DX/1D4.  However, if I sold some cameras, I could afford another 1DX and maybe a longer lens (currently have the 400 f/2.8L IS which I think is plenty long on the 1D4, but if I didn't have the 1D4, not sure for track). 

My current position is to sell a 5D3, the 1D4, and the 1Ds3, and buying a 1DX, giving me a pair of 1DX's and a 5D3.  I could probably budget down the road either a newer 400mm lens or a 500mm lens.  I'm not in a bind or anything, I was just looking for some opinions on what you might do if you were going to primarily shoot sports, but do some weddings here and there.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2012, 02:11:09 PM »
I am not in your league, being a amateur (with a few paid gigs a year). However, I think it is hard to weigh in given that I don't know your sports (wast difference if it is soccer, American footbal, or basket), so it is hard to know your range requirements. Is the sports you shoot fast sports? If so, I would opt for another 1DX, then you have two 1DX with a 70-200 F2.8 IS II on one, and a 500 on the other?
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2012, 02:15:00 PM »
I am not in your league, being a amateur (with a few paid gigs a year). However, I think it is hard to weigh in given that I don't know your sports (wast difference if it is soccer, American footbal, or basket), so it is hard to know your range requirements. Is the sports you shoot fast sports? If so, I would opt for another 1DX, then you have two 1DX with a 70-200 F2.8 IS II on one, and a 500 on the other?

Thanks for responding.  Yeah it's hard to say.  I'd say at track and field, 400 might be a tad short for long distance curve shots for fast action relay hand offs, etc.  I don't really want to buy a 500mm lens for track only.  The other sports yes, are fast action.  Football I think given the fact that I'll be on the sidelines 400mm is plenty and most of the time I'd be shooting with a 300mm lens anyways.  Indoor sports won't require anything longer than 200mm.  I guess I just don't know if the sacrifice in IQ with the 1D4 for the extra reach is worth it.  I know for indoor sports I won't use the 1D4 because I just don't like the high ISO (6400) on that camera vs. the 1DX and 5D3.  It's a tough decision.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012, 02:27:55 PM »
My current position is to sell a 5D3, the 1D4, and the 1Ds3, and buying a 1DX, giving me a pair of 1DX's and a 5D3.  I could probably budget down the road either a newer 400mm lens or a 500mm lens.  I'm not in a bind or anything, I was just looking for some opinions on what you might do if you were going to primarily shoot sports, but do some weddings here and there.  Thanks!
What about ending up with a two 1DX's and the 1D4? The 1DX's would more than cover you for pretty much everything (indoors, weddings, etc), and the 1DIV would allow your 400mm lens to cover the track portions you need the extra reach for. The re-sale value difference between the 5dIII and 1D4 is what, $1000? Compare that to maybe needing to buy the 500mm or 600mm and that's nothing.

Two 1DX's and a 5dIII just seems odd...I'm not sure you'd ever actually use the 5dIII, because the 1DX does everything it does, only better.

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2012, 02:31:36 PM »
My current position is to sell a 5D3, the 1D4, and the 1Ds3, and buying a 1DX, giving me a pair of 1DX's and a 5D3.  I could probably budget down the road either a newer 400mm lens or a 500mm lens.  I'm not in a bind or anything, I was just looking for some opinions on what you might do if you were going to primarily shoot sports, but do some weddings here and there.  Thanks!
What about ending up with a two 1DX's and the 1D4? The 1DX's would more than cover you for pretty much everything (indoors, weddings, etc), and the 1DIV would allow your 400mm lens to cover the track portions you need the extra reach for. The re-sale value difference between the 5dIII and 1D4 is what, $1000? Compare that to maybe needing to buy the 500mm or 600mm and that's nothing.

Two 1DX's and a 5dIII just seems odd...I'm not sure you'd ever actually use the 5dIII, because the 1DX does everything it does, only better.

That's actually a superb idea.  Thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2012, 02:33:10 PM »
That's actually a superb idea.  Thanks.
No problem, it's easy to spend other people's money. I'll accept one of the 5dIII's as my commission  ;)

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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2012, 03:11:37 PM »
That's actually a superb idea.  Thanks.
No problem, it's easy to spend other people's money. I'll accept one of the 5dIII's as my commission  ;)

You're assuming I SHOULD have purchased anything I did :)
Best I can do is a discount :)
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2012, 03:36:26 PM »
I agree on keeping the 1D MK IV.  I'd also hold off a little and look at the 200-400mmL when it arrives this fall.  With the built-in TC, it becomes a 280-560mm zoom on FF, and longer on the 1D MK IV.
It really sounds handy for sports.  There will likely be a lot of reviews from Olympic shooters who have loaners from Canon.

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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2012, 03:40:26 PM »
Thanks guys.  As much as I like my 22mp cameras, they're not going to make me any money whereas the 1DX and 1D4 will.  18mp is plenty for wedding photography anyways, as I usually only crop down to about 12-14mp off a 21mp shot.  And Mt. Spokane, thanks for the heads up on the 200-400L potential announcement this fall.  That would certainly come in handy down the road. 
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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2012, 03:45:42 PM »
Well I'm looking for opinions right now.  My only job with photography, it looks like this year, will be sports.  Nothing but college sports.  I have a 1DX, 2 5D3's I was shooting weddings with, a 1D4, and a 1Ds3.  Obviously now I don't need all of those cameras since weddings will go to about nil and it'll be all about sports.  I need 2 bodies at each sporting event.  Obviously if I kept my cameras I'd go 1DX/1D4.  However, if I sold some cameras, I could afford another 1DX and maybe a longer lens (currently have the 400 f/2.8L IS which I think is plenty long on the 1D4, but if I didn't have the 1D4, not sure for track). 

My current position is to sell a 5D3, the 1D4, and the 1Ds3, and buying a 1DX, giving me a pair of 1DX's and a 5D3.  I could probably budget down the road either a newer 400mm lens or a 500mm lens.  I'm not in a bind or anything, I was just looking for some opinions on what you might do if you were going to primarily shoot sports, but do some weddings here and there.  Thanks!

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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2012, 04:15:38 PM »
As long as you guys think 18mp is no big deal vs. 22mp, I'm comfortable with that decision.
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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2012, 06:20:23 PM »
As long as you guys think 18mp is no big deal vs. 22mp, I'm comfortable with that decision.

I've got my 1DX but I'm going to hold out for a high megapixel camera like a 1DXs or something as a second body. Until then I will continue to use my 5D2 and 1D4!

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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2012, 06:27:55 PM »
In your position I would keep the 1dx and 1d4 with a 5dmk3 for backup
But if you insist on selling the 1 d4 let me know what you are gonna be looking for I might be interested
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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2012, 06:33:02 PM »
As long as you guys think 18mp is no big deal vs. 22mp, I'm comfortable with that decision.

I've got my 1DX but I'm going to hold out for a high megapixel camera like a 1DXs or something as a second body. Until then I will continue to use my 5D2 and 1D4!

Mark, if 400mm is plenty long for any sports for you on a FF camera, I can sell the 1D4 and keep the 5D Mark III, which I really like.  I think 2 1DX's for sports and the 5D3 for high mp camera sounds good too.  However, if 400mm is a bit short in your opinion, I will keep the 1D4 and wait like you are for a higher mp camera.  Problem is I can't see much difference 18 vs 22mp, but that's still 4000 less pixels. 

wickidwombat,

If I went that route, of course you can look at purchasing the 1D4.  I bought it in early May to finish up the outdoor track season and that's all I've shot with it.  When purchased, the EOS Utility showed something like 7k actuations.  I may have 10k total, but I'll run the Utility again.  I guess I could always keep the 1Ds3, but that doesn't do well in low light and I will need that.

Oh decisions, decisions.
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« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2012, 06:57:13 PM »
Keeping a 5d3 will be valuable for its silent shutter if you shoot golf, tennis anything where someone might brain you with a club or raquet if they get the sh!ts on also if you are mainly shooting with 2 1 series bodies then you just keep it in you bag with a wide lens on to grab the odd total scene shot
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