I've been saving, now I need to know what I'm saving for. Knowing that I have been doing a lot of ice hockey, will continue to do equestrian sports (jumping, flat work...) and hope to do more team sports, family and pet portraiture, would the recommended camera be a used Canon 1D III or a Canon 7D? I am not at all concerned about video, and both have high frames per second ratings. Whatever the choice, it will be eventually teamed with a 70-200mm f/2.8. (I am certain on that point!) For the past two years, I've been using a Canon 40D that I purchased used from Ebay. It has had the shutter replaced once and the clicks are really getting up there again.
Price wise, there have been two used 1D IIIs for sale in the region for around $1600. A new 7D body goes for about the same amount. At times, the camera will be used to produce photos (mainly sports) that will be offered for sale. (I just finished registering as a business yesterday.) Besides shutter replacement, is there anything that could go seriously wrong, from wear, on a camera? For example, do sensors eventually wear out? That bit of unknown is making me hesitate on the older camera. I have also read that the first versions of the 1D III had focussing issues. Of course, with the internet, that could have been one person's opinion which was relayed many times over.
I have been going over and over this in my head for the past few weeks. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. I think making vehicle purchases and deciding whether or not to marry someone is a lot easier than selecting camera equipment!