Now we see through a glass, darkly...
- Apr 5, 2016
I have three bodies. For most of my work, I carried the 5D and R. When shooting sports, it was the 1d and the 5D. With three bodies I need two bags since some days I'll be shooting with the 5D and R during the day and then switching to the 1D and 5D for sports in the afternoon or evening. There are features of the R that I prefer for shooting events (mostly the thumb control focus). But the R sucks for sports.
It's a pain in the butt to lug everything around and switch lens systems back and forth. I now have the R5 and could get by with that and the R for non-sports shooting, but I still need the 1D for sports. So, for me, the idea of an R3 that would allow me to dump both the 1D and the R and get back to only carrying two bodies and one set of lenses is very appealing. I've gotten spoiled by the 45mp of the R5 and the 30mp of the R, so I was hoping for a little higher resolution in the R3. Still, as I said I'm coming to grips with the lower resolution which will still be higher than the 1D. I realize I'm a unique case, but you asked.
I'm in a similar place even though I'm still using only EF bodies and lenses. For outdoor events/whatever in daylight and sports even under lights or in gyms I tend to use a 7D Mark II with the 70-200/2.8 and the 5D Mark IV with a 24-105/4 or 24-70/2.8. Indoors or at night for anything other than sports I switch to using the 5D Mark IV as my "long" body and a 5D Mark III as my "wide" body. Depending upon just how dark, the long lens will be the 70-200/2.8 or a 135/2. Wider lenses will be the 24-70/2.8 or 35/2, 50/1.4, 851.8 primes.
So if I shoot an outdoor event in the afternoon and then shoot an indoor concert in the evening I have to take the 5D Mark III out of my second bag and put either the 24-70/2.8 (possibly from the 5D Mark IV) or a prime out of my main bag on it (and another prime in a cargo pocket) and then put the 70-200/2.8 or 135/2 on the 5D Mark IV and move the 7D Mark II body along with the 24-105/4 if that was on the 5D Mark IV, to the second bag.
All of this is usually done while stooping over and leaning into my car's trunk while praying no potential thieves see what I'm doing and want what I leave behind.