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| p.1 #5 · Best body for birds and landscapes ?(no not mine a camera body !) |
Well, if I were in your shoes with your photographic desires, I'd consider a budget of around $1500 for such a body. This would put me in range of the more recent tech offerings such as sensor IQ and AF capabilities. That being said, I would think my choices would then boil down to a 1D3, or a 7D, or a 5D2.
Of the three it would seem to me that either the 1D3 or 7D would best suit my needs for BIFs with longer glass, and the 5D2 would favor landscapes. Now, of course, all three cameras will be able to do both BIFs and landscapes but neither of these three cameras will excel equally at both. So there is going to have to be a compromise on your part...work with the sport bodies to do landscapes or work with the landscape camera to do sports.
Now, it would seem that intuition would say, "Well, when you put it that way, go with one of the sports bodies. It'll be easier to get either of them to do landscapes than getting the 5D2 to do birds." And I thought so, too. But then one day, when I was out with my 300-800mm (and I just-so-happened to have both my 7d and 5D2 with me), I came upon an open meadow with a kestrel having a ball working his perch on the stump of a fallen tree for any poor insects on the ground around him. Look, look, look, spy, swoop down, return to the stump with a beetle or praying mantis. He knew I was present and didn't seem to care...it was "lunchtime" and he was having fun at the buffet. After figuring our comfort zone between he let me settle in about 100-feet or so to set up and catch him doing his thing. For 10-minutes I worked the scene with the 7D until I got the bright idea to swap it out for the 5D2. When I got home and reviewed my prize the 7D shots were amazing enough, but the 5D2 shots were simply gorgeous.
Now, granted, not a very challenging BIF scenario, and probably not what you're looking to do, but plenty of times birds are sitting down, or eating, or poking for food and I've not regretted being, um, "stuck" with the 5D2 instead of the 7D in those situations. But there have been times when I had the 7D with me and wished I'd brought along the 5D2 for a good landscape opportunity!
So, I provide this just as "food for thought" as you deliberate your choices. Keep us posted on how you decide to go. I hope this was helpful!