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Old Jan 18, 2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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Since I last posted my thread about the canon 7D vs the Canon 1D Mark III for shooting sports, I have also looked into the canon 1D Mark II N.

It has the same crop factor as the Mk III, fewer pixels , a smaller 2.5” LCD
but the same 45 point focus system as the Mk III. Of course it is an older vintage camera-- But from what I see the Mark II N is often called the fastest, best auto focus camera Canon has made for shooting sports. Not sure whether I could find a “low mileage” Mk II N since most are about 5 yrs old.

So now I’m trying to decide whether this would be a good alternative to the Mark III given that I would like to get closer to a full frame body for the framing benefit that offers.

My current kit includes the 7D, a 40D (my backup camera), the canon 70-200mm f2.8 lens, an 85mm f1.8 lens, a 50mm f1.8 lens and a EF-S 17-85mm IS f4-5.6 lens (not compatible with the 1D series).

I primarily shoot high school sports for the local newspaper plus some local college/pro sports here in Ponte Verdra Beach such as TPC golf and the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars. I also sell photos on my website. High quality photos are important for my website but less so for the newspaper. FYI I probably make less than $10k a year from my photography which I use to supplement my retirement income.

The question I am now pondering is this

• assuming I could find a good condition, low shutter activations Mk II N for about $850-950 would I be better of getting one

Or

• keep shooting with my current kit and save up for a Mark III or IV (likely to be a long time since at my age I don’t buy green bananas.)

Or

• don’t get either the Mk II N or Mk III, and use the money to add a better lens (???) to my kit.

Or

• don’t do any of those and keep shooting with what I have.

I appreciate any advice you may offer and apologize for the length of this post.

Jerry
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Old Jan 20, 2012, 8:19 PM   #2
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The 7D is actually a very fast camera suitable for taking pictures at the sports events. Unless you don't find it fast enough, otherwise, there is no need for you to upgrade.
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Old Jan 21, 2012, 2:49 PM   #3
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I am considering it for two reasons
1) it is closer to a full frame sensor than the 7D
2) it is said to have a very fast AF capability...faster than the 7D

I'm not sure whether those attributes make it worthwhile considering...would my money be better spent on a better lens?
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Old Jan 21, 2012, 5:08 PM   #4
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You already have fast lenses, the 70-200mm f/2.8 and the 85mm f/1.8. The 7D can use high ISO without sacrificing much resolution unless you are thinking of getting a lens with IS.
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since most of what I shoot requires higher shutter speeds, IS isn't really a much of a consideration.
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