new camera for mostly indoor basketball

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    Hi guys, I sold my 7D markii and is looking for a new camera.

    Mostly I do indoor sports( sometimes with awful light)shooting, but will also take my camera out when I go on a trip.

    Based on my needs, now I'm considering between three options;

    1. sony a6400+ 70-200 gm
    2.sony a7iiii+ and wait for the Tamron 70-180 f2.8 to come out
    3. fujifilm xt-3+50-140

    I can't get both the a7iii and the 70-200 gm at the same time because of budget problems,

    but a7iii seems really good and so does the xt3;

    wondering if anyone got any suggestions! Thanks


     
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    Whichever camera has the best high ISO performance, to deal with the DIM gyms.

    IMHO, unless you are up in the bleachers or shooting the far court, the 70-200 on an APS-C camera is too long.
    I shoot on the floor with an APS-C camera, and if I shot with a 70-200, it was the far court. And I had to pair it with a second camera with a shorter zoom, for the near court. Swapping cameras was ok for the slower Freshman and JV, but Varsity moves fast, and swapping cameras becomes a problem.

    My standard setup for basketball has been a 35mm f/1.8 prime, simply so that I could shoot at f/2. And I ignore the far court, as too far away for the 35mm prime.
    Yes, the prime is not as flexible as a zoom, but it lets me shoot in the DIM gym at a reasonable ISO 3200.
    The f/2.8 zooms would have me up at ISO 6400, and the f/4 zoom has me up at ISO 12800.

    The Sigma f/1.8 zooms are another alternative. But they have a short 1:2 zoom ratio; 50-100/1.8.
     
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    Nikon D810, used. Canon 5D-3, used.
     
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    Hello and welcome, good luck with your camera choice......
     
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    Nikon D750 would be my choice.

    With a 50/1.8 for really BAD lighting, or a 24-70/2.8 where you have a bit more light.
    Again, this is from the court floor or first few rows.
     
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    From what I read, crop sensor body with a 85mm f/1.8 or faster is also a good choice. If you search "basketball 85mm f/1.8" in flickr, you will find quit a bit of photos were taken with a cropped sensor body and 85mm f/1.8 lens including 7dmkII and EF 85mm f/1.8 lens.
     
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    For indoor basketball at the nearby D3 college and high school I use the 70-200 f 2.8 at the college as the light is better and the 85 f 1.8 at the high school where lighting is poor. I always use the full frame for best low light performance.

    As far as which body to buy, given what you want to shoot, go with the best low light performer.
     
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    Used Nikon d750 or d810 or d3s or used canon 5d3/1dx. The focus ability is as important as the sensor for those conditions. Tamron 70-200 g2 will set you back less than canon or nikons versions with very little difference in quality
     
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