Upload & Sell: On
I currently shoot primarily landscapes, and dabble in some casual birding in the winter. Big birds mostly, not the little tweetie birds. Sports? Not so much. Portrait/Wedding? Not at all if I can avoid it. Why do I have a 1D4? Well, I bought it thinking I would replace my 7D with it but have never done that. For BIF, I find the 1D4 focuses much more reliably than the 7D, but I do use the 7D on my 300 F2.8 IS w/2xIII extender on a tripod for stationary birds. The 1D4 holds the 100-400 for BIF.
So, I really don't need 3 bodies anymore and I'm considering a consolidation. Here are my options:
Sell 5D2 and 7D, replace with 5D3. This leaves me with 5D3 and 1D4, potentially the best of all worlds but I loose the 1.6 crop for when I'm focal length limited. However, I have a real love-hate relationship with my 7D, when it works, it's spot on, but it's those time when I think it should work and it doesn't that I get frustrated with it.
Sell 5D2 and 1D4 for 5D3. I have 5D3 for BIF and 7D for stationary, and of course the 5D3 will be the landscape body.
So, for those of you using a 5D3 for BIF, with a 100-400, other than the change from 1.3 crop to FF, will I really miss my 1D4? I do love that body, it's just so reliable, but I feel I'm not doing it justice and could use the funds in other ways.
Your thoughts and experiences would be extremely helpful in my decision.