Good morning, ladies and gents. Currently, I am in the market for a second camera. I currently own a Canon 7D and a 70-200 f/2.8 NON-IS. I do like the Canon camera and has served me greatly but I'm having some problems with low light situations. I dont mind working with the 7D to get better at that but I have always wondered about Nikon cameras. I initally was going to get a D7000 but ended up with a 7D due to its quicker autofocus, higher fps and buffer.
I rented out a D7100 and used a Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8 VR II and I really liked the combination and I got great shots of baseball. The crop mode came in handy when I took shots of the outfield and base position players. I was using JPEG so the buffer wasnt a problem. The thing that was tricky with the Nikon is to me you had to know your ISOs because auto-iso wasnt yielding good results, but once I adjusted the iso and set the shutter priority, I was doing fine. The shots were going off smooth with the occasional out of focus shot. I didnt have to spray and pray as much and it made me anticipate the shots better. I was happy with the D7100 and 70-200 f/2.8 combo. The camera never stopped shooting and hit it's mark even when the sun was gone. Nothing but baseball stadium lights and the camera and lens were great.
Now, I decided to up the ante a bit. During the shots, I constanlty shot at 200. Generally 200 was enough and got enough of the player. So, I wanted to rent the prime.I rented a 200 f/2. This beast is heavy but I didnt have a problem hand holding it. The focus was fast but during this week, I had to shoot through a fence. I couldnt get the autofocus to cooperate. It would focus on the player and then shift to the grass. When I wanted to take the shot, the camera would shoot but the fps would drop to 2 to 3 fps. My settings were correct, I believe. I was in aperture priority when it came to the batters in the box and went to shutter when it came to action on the field but the camera wasnt cooperating. I wonder if the lens with the hood on was having to bypass the fence too much.
I dont think it was a problem with the lens. I went to manual focus and once I got the player in focus, it shot the full 6fps and 7fps in crop. Only a few times this way, itwould get stuck trying to shoot and would dip to 3 fps. I had better luck with the autofocus taking pictures of the nephews on Easter but there was still trouble with the AF and D7100. Using it on manual focus and it was fine.
So, what do you think I need to adjust my settings to? Am I using the 200 f/2 wrong? Today, it would focus quick on my nephew but then would shift to the right and get the tree in the back, or the building. I'm thinking I need to adjust my AF settings. Maybe I needed a monopod but I really had no trouble holding the lens. It didnt act up on manual focus.
I'm not gonna lie though. When I got the lens and camera to work, it was fantastic! This 200 f/2 is going to make me sad to let it go. The bokeh on a portrait shot is the best I've seen and even on a crop body (where apparently it's more like 2.8) it was great.
I will end up getting a Nikon body. I really have enjoyed shooting with the D7100. It simply is a better low light camera than my Canon 7D and that took a bit to admit. Still, I like my 7D and it does some things better than the D7100 so I wont be getting rid of it. I'm looking at getting a D7100, but I can try for a used D3 or wait for the D9300. My plan is to have two cameras for events and me and someone else can help shoot events if I need it. One of my nephews wants to learn photography and I think having a second body would be useful and learing two different systems wont hurt. I will likely use Canon for daytime events and sporting events and the Nikon will be used for low light and portraits. I dont have a lot invested in glass so to me, a second body will be fine.