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p.1 #1 · Upgrading gear


Hey everybody,

So after years of scrimping and saving (and selling things I no longer use, etc) when it's all said and done, I'll have a little over $2000 at my disposal to upgrade my gear.

My current setup is:

  1. T2i
  2. 18-55
  3. nifty fifty
  4. 55-250

I shoot mainly sports for my college's newspaper, and also shoot some stuff for the college sports radio station to use on their website.

I've tried to do as much research as I can and have come up with a list of options:

Bodies

  1. 7D
  2. 5DmkII
  3. 6D


Glass:

  1. 70-200 2.8 IS verI
  2. Some variation of 24-70 - Canon, Tamron, Sigma, etc.


I'll primarily be shooting sports - but also be shooting some portraits, family stuff, etc.

Any thoughts as to the most bang for the buck? I'm open to suggestions.

Thanks!



Mar 04, 2014 at 04:27 PM
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p.1 #2 · Upgrading gear


… 7D for sports …

… 70-200 f/2.8L IS I for sports and portrait work …

You might consider a Canon 50 f/1.4 … would keep you in a good portrait range on the 7D… for the price it’s a good deal …. IMO

Jefferson



Mar 04, 2014 at 04:45 PM
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p.1 #3 · Upgrading gear


Are you planning to keep the T2i? Would you benefit on the sidelines from having two bodies, one with a tele and one with a wide?


Mar 04, 2014 at 04:49 PM
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p.1 #4 · Upgrading gear


@Jefferson - Thanks for your input! I hadn't thought much about the 50 1.4 - I'll have to look into that a little bit.

@ScooberJake - If I can I would like to keep the T2i for that reason - 2 bodies w/ one long & one wide.



Mar 04, 2014 at 04:53 PM
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p.1 #5 · Upgrading gear


"sports" is still vague. For indoor sports and portraits something like and 85 1.8 might be a good choice. The 70-200 may be short for field sports. A 300 f4 or 400 5.6 might be a better for field sports. I like FF cameras so I would choose a 5 or 6D, 300 f4, 85 1.8, keep your 50 and look at maybe adding a wide angle. The Samyang 14 is a good cost effective lens. There are lots of good combos you just have to decide what fits you.



Mar 04, 2014 at 05:47 PM
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p.1 #6 · Upgrading gear


for crop, from what I've read, I'd get the 70D over the 7D.
But I prefer ff and would get 6D.



Mar 04, 2014 at 06:22 PM
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p.1 #7 · Upgrading gear


Keep what you have. Use it as a back-up and walk around camera.

Instead of the 7D, I'd go for the 1dIII. It can be had for 900 or so used. It has smaller files (a good thing!), better autofocus and 10 frames per second. The battery lasts forever too.

I'd go with the 70-200 you mentioned. If you're always going to be shooting sports, consider the non is version. It will save you a bit (3 or 400) and it's sharper wide open. Or go for it and do the IS version.

1dIII - 900 used
70-200 2.8 IS 1350 used
70-200 2.8 non IS 950 used




Mar 04, 2014 at 07:27 PM
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p.1 #8 · Upgrading gear


You might want to consider Tamron. The reviews have the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC slightly better than the Canon v I. The cost of a new Tamron with 6 year warranty is about the same as a used Canon and you get slightly better IQ.


Mar 04, 2014 at 07:31 PM
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p.1 #9 · Upgrading gear


+1 on the 1D3 and 70-200 2.8 Non-IS....

For web and newspaper use the difference in rez between the 7D and 1D3 is a non-issue and other than that, the 1D3 is a better body.

That leaves money in your pocket for a 24-105 F4L IS..... Yes, the 24-70s have slightly better IQ but that is again a non-issue for web and newspaper work. The increased (over the 24-70s) distortion of the 24-105 at the wide end is 100% correctable in software.

This combo (1D3, 70-200 2.8 Non IS, 25-105 F4L) will leave money in your pocket and make you feel better about hanging on to your current Rebel.. which you should do. I would dump all the lenses you currently have. The 50 (1.8?) might be a keeper for some low-light work.....

Best of Luck!



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p.1 #10 · Upgrading gear


@ Paul - You are right about the 70-200 being a little too short for field sports, and It's pretty likely I will be shooting some football during the fall. I hadn't thought about the 300 f/4 but it looks like those can be had used for a pretty decent price. Thanks for the response!


Mar 04, 2014 at 10:17 PM
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@ jasonpatrick - Do you know how the 1dmk3 does with higher ISO? The arena I shoot in has pretty sketchy light right along the baselines. I like the idea of better AF & 10fps doesn't hurt either! Thanks for the response!


Mar 04, 2014 at 10:21 PM
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p.1 #12 · Upgrading gear


The MkIII should be fine up to ISO3200, especially with some noise reduction software. But then it jumps to ISO6400 and that's it.

If you think that a 300 f/4 should be good enough for football, then get the 70-200 f/2.8 and add a 1.4xTC. You'll get a lot more versatility that way, and the AF should still be good enough for field sports. Especially on a MkIII.

Mark



Mar 05, 2014 at 02:44 AM
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p.1 #13 · Upgrading gear


jasonpatrick wrote:
Keep what you have. Use it as a back-up and walk around camera.

Instead of the 7D, I'd go for the 1dIII. It can be had for 900 or so used. It has smaller files (a good thing!), better autofocus and 10 frames per second. The battery lasts forever too.

I'd go with the 70-200 you mentioned. If you're always going to be shooting sports, consider the non is version. It will save you a bit (3 or 400) and it's sharper wide open. Or go for it and do the IS version.

1dIII - 900 used
70-200 2.8 IS 1350
...Show more

I don't shoot sports but…this ^^^



Mar 05, 2014 at 03:31 AM
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p.1 #14 · Upgrading gear


I also agree with 1D3 and either 300 f4L or 70-200 2.8

/r
Andy



Mar 05, 2014 at 05:44 AM
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p.1 #15 · Upgrading gear


This was my experience (ISO). I also agree with the advice (1.4 extender for the 70-200 to get close to 300).

msalvetti wrote:
The MkIII should be fine up to ISO3200, especially with some noise reduction software. But then it jumps to ISO6400 and that's it.

If you think that a 300 f/4 should be good enough for football, then get the 70-200 f/2.8 and add a 1.4xTC. You'll get a lot more versatility that way, and the AF should still be good enough for field sports. Especially on a MkIII.

Mark




Mar 05, 2014 at 01:37 PM
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p.1 #16 · Upgrading gear


Adding a 1.4x to a 70-200 not only adds cost and is not quite out to 300 but reduces performance more so on the older versions. I do think that if the resolution meets your needs a 1D mark III is a good choice.


Mar 05, 2014 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #17 · Upgrading gear


1D3
70-200 2.8 v1
1.4 tc

Total used price should be right around $2,000 budgeted.

If you go with a prime canon 300 or 400 and the 1d3 you are stuck with one focal length for everything - with your $2,000 budget. That is really restricting for YOUR stated goals!

My preference for the 1d3 is to try to get iso down to 1600 (vs. 3200 or 6400), but I am not very experienced in post processing (like Jasonpatrick is).



Mar 07, 2014 at 08:16 PM
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p.1 #18 · Upgrading gear


Agree with those suggesting the 1D Mark III. The down side is that, aside from your 50, your current lenses don't work with it. So if you go with the 1D3 and the 70-200 you'll still be carrying that T2i if you want wider than 50mm. Selling your T2i and EFS lenses won't really get you much either so best to hang on to them. The 18-55 and 55-250 are pretty nice lenses too.

Might want to consider the 70-200 F4 IS as that might be better for portraits than the 70-200 2.8 non IS.





Mar 07, 2014 at 08:32 PM





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