best sports/general purpose gear combo?

Discussion in 'Sports' started by danzel_c, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. I currently own the following all canon equipment:
    7D, 17-40 f4, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200 f2.8 IS, 85 f1.8, 135 f2
    The 70-200/2.8 lens just wasn't cutting it for indoor volleyball so I recently purchased the 135/2.0 and haven't picked up the 70-200 since. The combo of 85 f1.8, 135 f2.0, and 24-70 has worked great for indoor basketball and volleyball.
    My problem is for general purpose and travel I find that I need to carry 2-3 lenses with the 7D.
    I'm thinking about selling the 17-40, 24-70, and 70-200 and buying the 5D Mk II, 35/2.0, 24-105/4.0 and basically considering the 7D my sports camera and the 5D MkII my social event, travel, general purpose camera. The only hesitation is that I may miss my 70-200 when baseball season rolls around but crops look great with the 7D 135/f2 combo.
  2. I think the 5D Mk II will disappoint compared to your 7D.
  3. Oh wow that's interesting. In what regards?
  4. 7d has better auto-focus and a much improved sensor. There is a Canon that wouldbe excellent for both types of work but
    it may be out of your price range. It's called the EOS-1D X.
  5. I use the 7D and a 1D MK3. I have the 50 1.4, 85 1.8, 300 2.8 and the 70-200 2.8. Those four lenses I wouldn't give up for the world. I rarely use a slower (F/4) zoom for sports. but I use them for everything else, especially weddings. I have a Tamron 25-75, F/2.8 which I love because of the sharpness. I haven't tried the 135 because I have the 70-200 zoom. I would buy the 1d-X tomorrow, but I'd have to get the wife another mink coat. It's the speed (fps and good, clear ISO) in the camera body and the high speed of the lens for sports. Those 8-10 fps really do make a difference.
  6. Perhaps waiting for the rumored 7D mark II and hoping for a reasonable increase in ISO capability would be something to consider.

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