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| p.1 #15 · 300 f/2.8 IS II "deals" at Aden Camera and Adorama. |
I agree with both of you.. the vast majority of the working sports/press pros that I know have indeed not upgraded their telephoto lenses to the mkII versions..
I photographed a couple NFL games this week, and saw exactly one MkII (400) among the bunch. Mind you, both games were in smaller markets, which has a direct relevance on the kind of gear used by the local photographers. Plenty of guys were using non-IS generation lenses, including one with the original 400 from the early 90s on a 1DII. I had a chat with the guy shooting the 400 IS II, who coincidentally was the first person I saw using one last year at football games. He was shooting a 5DIII on it, and in his opinion, the AF system in the 5DIII has been a bigger difference (improvement) vs. the 1DIV and earlier cameras than upgrading to the 400 IS MkII, in regards to focus consistency. At this point, he's unconvinced the 1DX is a logical purchase and basically echoed the sentiment already expressed in this thread that clients aren't going to pay more for it. In fact, he relies on a lot of stock/royalty sales and that has dramatically gone down, according to him.
Deborah, that's a very interesting comment about better results on heat haze plagued FieldTurf fields - the bane of midday warm weather sports photography. Would be interesting to see some side by side proof. . I wonder if it might be more camera related, if you're using the 1DX or 5DIII - the AF might be better optimized to factor in this problem?