Thinking of going FF need some guidance

Started Oct 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
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riderfanreturns Contributing Member • Posts: 902
Thinking of going FF need some guidance

Here is the deal.  I use a 7D and shoot a lot of my boys doing indoor sports (high school and university volleyball and basketball).  I like almost everything about the 7D except its high ISO IQ (3200 - 6400).

I'm thinging about possibly going to 5D MkIII when I can get a good price.   The better high ISO and much larger view finder will be nice to have.  My understanding is even lower ISO (below 3200) will be noticeably better.   Then there is the shallower DOF which will be nice for portraits but perhaps a disadvantage for shooting sports at F2 to F2.8?

My real challenge (aside from cost) is restructuring my lens line up.   I'm prepared to give up a bit of range and/or up to 1 F Stop if it is a "good" trade off.

What I have:



17-55 IS

40 2.8

50 1.8 mkI

85 1.8

70 - 200 F2.8 IS mkI

55-250 IS

35-105 F3.5/4.5 pump zoom (circa 1990?)

Thinking of going to:

5D mkIII

17 - 40 F4 (eventually)

24 -105 F4 IS (right away if buy kit or I could use old 35 - 105 intially to until I find deal used)

40 2.8

50 1.8

85 1.8

70 - 200 F2.8 IS mkI

I'm worried about giving up 2.8 on main "walk araound" lens and concerned 85 1.8 will now be too short for sports forcing me to use 70-200 F2.8 and loosing about a stop.  Yes I get it back with better high ISO but am I further ahead??  Would 135 F2 be the answer (this keeps driving up the cost to switch)?  Its tough enough knowing I'll be dropping from 8fps to 6fps.

One other consideration is when I travel I like to keep it light. Currently my kit would be 7D+10-22+17-55 and possible the 55-250.    The new kit would likely be 5DIII+24-105+40 and maybe 17-40.

I was hoping the 6D would be suitable but it doesn't look like it will be good for sports.

I have given some thought to Nikon D600 but not sure I want to make the switch.  Maybe I should give this more consideration?

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I think I have GAS. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

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Sony RX100 III Olympus Tough TG-4 Olympus OM-D E-M5 Canon EOS 5D Mark III Olympus E-M1 +16 more
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