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Aug 2, 2016 14:50:17   #
Japakomom Loc: Originally from the Last Frontier
 
I currently have a Canon 6D and a Tamron 70-200mm 2.8. I am the team/school photographer for a few sports, mainly varsity/jv football and lacrosse (both are low light shooting scenarios). I have had pretty good luck shooting both of these sports with the aforementioned body and lens, but this past spring my lens after 1 year and 3 months needed to be sent into Tamron for a new focusing motor. I am now worried that since I use the lens so much that it might be somewhat unreliable. I have money to upgrade one piece of equipment. So my question is, would you replace a 3rd party lens that may not be as reliable for the Canon version or would you replace the body with the new 5D IV for a better keeper rate/focusing?

Thanks!

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Aug 2, 2016 15:40:55   #
SharpShooter Loc: NorCal
 
Japakomom wrote:
I currently have a Canon 6D and a Tamron 70-200mm 2.8. I am the team/school photographer for a few sports, mainly varsity/jv football and lacrosse (both are low light shooting scenarios). I have had pretty good luck shooting both of these sports with the aforementioned body and lens, but this past spring my lens after 1 year and 3 months needed to be sent into Tamron for a new focusing motor. I am now worried that since I use the lens so much that it might be somewhat unreliable. I have money to upgrade one piece of equipment. So my question is, would you replace a 3rd party lens that may not be as reliable for the Canon version or would you replace the body with the new 5D IV for a better keeper rate/focusingThanks!
I currently have a Canon 6D and a Tamron 70-200mm ... (show quote)


J, GET THE BODY!! And maybe down the road get the lens as well!
The 6d is the worst sports camera ever made. I used a 5dll for sports for 5 years, they are almost the same and what a nightmare of a struggle to shoot sports!!!
For sports a good body is just WAY to import and to not have one.
Even though the Canon lens is better, a lens is pretty much a lens!
SS

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Aug 2, 2016 17:53:44   #
PaulR01 Loc: West Texas
 
The 6D shoots great pictures as long as you have good light and they aren't in motion. Saying that your best investment is always glass. The version 1 or 2 F 2.8 70-200 Canon lens is an amazing piece of equipment. It will far exceed your expectations compared to your Tamron. You really don't need the IS version for sports. If you decide to up grade the body the 5Diiis are getting really cheap with the 5Div coming out.

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Aug 2, 2016 18:04:13   #
MT Shooter Loc: Montana
 
Japakomom wrote:
I currently have a Canon 6D and a Tamron 70-200mm 2.8. I am the team/school photographer for a few sports, mainly varsity/jv football and lacrosse (both are low light shooting scenarios). I have had pretty good luck shooting both of these sports with the aforementioned body and lens, but this past spring my lens after 1 year and 3 months needed to be sent into Tamron for a new focusing motor. I am now worried that since I use the lens so much that it might be somewhat unreliable. I have money to upgrade one piece of equipment. So my question is, would you replace a 3rd party lens that may not be as reliable for the Canon version or would you replace the body with the new 5D IV for a better keeper rate/focusing?

Thanks!
I currently have a Canon 6D and a Tamron 70-200mm ... (show quote)


Keep the Tamron, at least any issues you may have with it will be covered under their 6 year warranty. The Canon version is almost double the price and only has a one year warranty meaning that repair at 15 months would have cost you several hundred dollars out of pocket.
But I would recommend moving to a 7D MK II body for sports.

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Aug 2, 2016 18:07:20   #
Japakomom Loc: Originally from the Last Frontier
 
SharpShooter wrote:
J, GET THE BODY!! And maybe down the road get the lens as well!
The 6d is the worst sports camera ever made. I used a 5dll for sports for 5 years, they are almost the same and what a nightmare of a struggle to shoot sports!!!
For sports a good body is just WAY to import and to not have one.
Even though the Canon lens is better, a lens is pretty much a lens!
SS


Thanks, SS! My first thought was I should upgrade the lens first, only because I do not want it to fail when I really need it. But then I started thinking more about it and since the lens does have a fairly long warranty, maybe the body would be better. Fortunately, when the focus motor up and quit it was right at the start of spring break, so I didn't miss any lacrosse games. I know the 6D is one of the worst action cameras but with that said I have been able to get some nice sharp pictures in really bad stadium lighting - and I keep thinking the low light ability has been outweighing the % of keepers. It may be too late for this football season depending on when the 5D4 actually comes out.

Thanks again for your input!

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Aug 2, 2016 18:10:33   #
Japakomom Loc: Originally from the Last Frontier
 
MT Shooter wrote:
Keep the Tamron, at least any issues you may have with it will be covered under their 6 year warranty. The Canon version is almost double the price and only has a one year warranty meaning that repair at 15 months would have cost you several hundred dollars out of pocket.
But I would recommend moving to a 7D MK II body for sports.


I initially thought of the 7D II, but how will that perform with poor high school stadium lighting? High school stadium lighting in North Carolina is not nearly as good as it is in Texas That is why I have been sticking with the 6D.

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Aug 2, 2016 18:15:59   #
Japakomom Loc: Originally from the Last Frontier
 
PaulR01 wrote:
The 6D shoots great pictures as long as you have good light and they aren't in motion. Saying that your best investment is always glass. The version 1 or 2 F 2.8 70-200 Canon lens is an amazing piece of equipment. It will far exceed your expectations compared to your Tamron. You really don't need the IS version for sports. If you decide to up grade the body the 5Diiis are getting really cheap with the 5Div coming out.


Thanks for your input PaulR! (I must admit, I am somewhat partial to your name and initial. My football playing son is Paul R.) I have been under the impression that the 6D was the best Canon for low light and that is why I have been sticking it out. We moved to North Carolina a year ago from DFW and the stadiums here are not as nicely lit as they are in Texas. Of course, not many high school stadiums can compare to Allen's. I wonder what kind of difference I might notice between the 5diii and the 6D? hmmm....

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Aug 2, 2016 19:34:54   #
PaulR01 Loc: West Texas
 
The 6 D is great for low light if you can get it to focus. The servo setting just can't keep up in low light. The 5Diii is everything the 6D wants to be. I shot an Iron Man Triathlon a few weeks back. They wanted most of the shots in portrait. Out of 5,000 shots in 9 hours I had maybe 10 out of focus with the 5Diii. You could zoom in on any picture 100% and they were tack sharp. I used 2 1/4 batteries all day. And the IQ is several times greater than the 6D.

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Aug 3, 2016 06:07:27   #
Zone-System-Grandpa Loc: Springfield, Ohio
 
Japakomom wrote:
I currently have a Canon 6D and a Tamron 70-200mm 2.8. I am the team/school photographer for a few sports, mainly varsity/jv football and lacrosse (both are low light shooting scenarios). I have had pretty good luck shooting both of these sports with the aforementioned body and lens, but this past spring my lens after 1 year and 3 months needed to be sent into Tamron for a new focusing motor. I am now worried that since I use the lens so much that it might be somewhat unreliable. I have money to upgrade one piece of equipment. So my question is, would you replace a 3rd party lens that may not be as reliable for the Canon version or would you replace the body with the new 5D IV for a better keeper rate/focusing?

Thanks!
I currently have a Canon 6D and a Tamron 70-200mm ... (show quote)

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Try to find a Sigma Art lens.. They are superb and built like a tank!

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Aug 3, 2016 07:09:10   #
lukan Loc: Chicago, IL
 
Zone-System-Grandpa wrote:
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Try to find a Sigma Art lens.. They are superb and built like a tank!


Although this is a true statement, the Sigma Art (nor any other lens) will better your sports shooting capabilities. For that you need fast framerate and very fast focus ability. Get the 7DMk2, then select your lens. SPEED is of the essence when action is involved.

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Aug 3, 2016 07:14:59   #
Jim Bob
 
Japakomom wrote:
I currently have a Canon 6D and a Tamron 70-200mm 2.8. I am the team/school photographer for a few sports, mainly varsity/jv football and lacrosse (both are low light shooting scenarios). I have had pretty good luck shooting both of these sports with the aforementioned body and lens, but this past spring my lens after 1 year and 3 months needed to be sent into Tamron for a new focusing motor. I am now worried that since I use the lens so much that it might be somewhat unreliable. I have money to upgrade one piece of equipment. So my question is, would you replace a 3rd party lens that may not be as reliable for the Canon version or would you replace the body with the new 5D IV for a better keeper rate/focusing?

Thanks!
I currently have a Canon 6D and a Tamron 70-200mm ... (show quote)


Easy. Upgrade body.

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Aug 3, 2016 08:41:58   #
wj cody Loc: springfield illinois
 
i would replace the lens with canon's 70-200mm L lens. it will hold up much better to hard usage, especially if you are relying on autofocus for the majority of your images.

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Aug 3, 2016 08:42:50   #
whitewolfowner
 
Japakomom wrote:
I currently have a Canon 6D and a Tamron 70-200mm 2.8. I am the team/school photographer for a few sports, mainly varsity/jv football and lacrosse (both are low light shooting scenarios). I have had pretty good luck shooting both of these sports with the aforementioned body and lens, but this past spring my lens after 1 year and 3 months needed to be sent into Tamron for a new focusing motor. I am now worried that since I use the lens so much that it might be somewhat unreliable. I have money to upgrade one piece of equipment. So my question is, would you replace a 3rd party lens that may not be as reliable for the Canon version or would you replace the body with the new 5D IV for a better keeper rate/focusing?

Thanks!
I currently have a Canon 6D and a Tamron 70-200mm ... (show quote)



You just had the lens repaired so I would bet it'll be good for several years to come if not forever; you may have just had a model with a bad motor in it. If you have the newer version of the Tamron, I doubt you will notice any difference in your photos if you bought the Canon one. But the camera is the much better choice to upgrade. As you go up the line in camera models and as they get newer, they just keep getting better and better. I am not a Canon user, so I am not in the know of their models but do your research and get the best model you can afford that has the best low light performance both in noise reduction and focusing speed. You can check Popular Photography for those pieces of information on both specs and others that are important to you in their camera reviews.

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Aug 3, 2016 09:04:03   #
Japakomom Loc: Originally from the Last Frontier
 
PaulR01 wrote:
The 6 D is great for low light if you can get it to focus. The servo setting just can't keep up in low light. The 5Diii is everything the 6D wants to be. I shot an Iron Man Triathlon a few weeks back. They wanted most of the shots in portrait. Out of 5,000 shots in 9 hours I had maybe 10 out of focus with the 5Diii. You could zoom in on any picture 100% and they were tack sharp. I used 2 1/4 batteries all day. And the IQ is several times greater than the 6D.


Maybe what I need to do is rent a 5Diii and see how it will do. Thank you for your help!

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Aug 3, 2016 09:05:07   #
Japakomom Loc: Originally from the Last Frontier
 
Zone-System-Grandpa wrote:
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Try to find a Sigma Art lens.. They are superb and built like a tank!


Unfortunately, Sigma does not make an Art lens for the 70-200 2.8. Thanks!

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