7D vs 50D for HS Football at night?

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7D vs 50D for HS Football at night?
Mar 31, 2012

I need some advice on my upgrade path for shooting my son’s Varsity football this coming season (his last one!). I currently have a 550D, a Tamron 18-270, a broken Canon 50 1.4 and the 18-55 kit lens as well as a monopod. Last season, at times I was able to borrow my brothers 70-200L 2.8 IS along with the 1.4x extender. So far the 550D and the 18-270 has met my needs in every way except for shooting football at night.

Access to my brother’s lens was spotty and I think my first upgrade for next season would be my own copy of a non-is 70-200 2.8. I could probably have better access to the 1.4x because he does not use it much.

So the question is; should I buy a 50D and plant the 70-200 on it with the monopod, then use a different lens (get the 50 1.4 fixed?) on the 550D as a close up camera? Or sell the 550D to help fund the price of a 7D?

I can see the pluses of a second body as well as the added expense and upkeep, not to mention having to juggle two different types of memory. With the 7D I get better fps and a one-camera solution. With the 50D, I spend less money and still have the 550D.

I guess another thought would be to settle for a Sigma or Tamron 70-200 2.8 and use the extra funds for the 7D.

I had been hoping for a 7D MkII to come out and drive down the cost of a 7D but it does not look like that is going to happen before August.

Of course the budget is limited but I really want to get good shots this season.

Any advice to help me make the best “bang for my buck” decision would be greatly appreciated!



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