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| p.3 #11 · Unscientific 1DX vs 5D3 high ISO test |
When the 1DX came out at only 18MP and no crop and no f8 focus, a lot of people, esp. birders, called foul and swore never to upgrade. Newsflash: the only two camps that won't upgrade are those who can't afford it, and those who are stubborn. Personally I would upgrade from a 1D4 to a 5D3 in a heartbeat; to the 1DX is a complete no-brainer. Yes, there's the pixel count, and it's a bitch. Trust me. As I said I'd prefer a very slow 40MP machine myself, it wouldn't even have to be tough as nails. But the 1DX _owns_ the 1D4. All your base are belong to us.
Now, is 2x the price worth it over the 5D3 for the majority of the people? There's something to be said about having two perfectly identical bodies. Then there's something to be said about having a camera that gives you the last squeeze of advantage that you can get. Is that worth $3500 to you? It greatly depends on your bank account, honestly. I stick with my earlier statement that very, very few people _need_ it, putting only the frame rate into the "true need" category.
Now as for high ISO - whether it's 1/3 or 2/3 or 5/3 stops, quite honestly I don't care.
Like Stan, I do not care whether it is "said" to be 1/3 or whatever. I ask: "Is it better?" If it is, that means a plus.
The frame rate? In many cases, 6 fps is sufficient, but twice that is a plus. I would not say that it is decisive for everyone, but a plus it is. But for me, subjectively, it is far from the most important reason why I would pick the 1D X over the 5D III.
Of course the 1D X is superior to the 1D IV, given the considerably higher price it would be near impossible to sell unless that was the case.
However, I have to say that the price is the only possible reason why I might hesitate for a moment before I save up for a 1D X over the 5D III.
- The 1D X has greater battery capacity, which is invaluable when in the wilderness with no possibility of charging. No, it is not an argument that you can always carry a spare battery - that holds true for the 1D X too, and then you have still greater capacity.
- The 1D X has an environmental sealing that is much better than what is found on the 5D III. Some might disagree, but the 5D is not properly sealed. If the wilderness is your arena, or if you are a sports photographer who just have to take the picture whatever the circumstances, this advantage is invaluable too.
- The 1D X is constructed to withstand 400 000 exposures as compared to 150 000 for the 5D III. This really makes a difference, which translates into a sound economic decision in favor of the 1D X. Yes, you could buy two 5D III for the price of one 1D X, but that does not change anything since the 1D X is a better camera to work with.
- Built-in vertical grip and ultimately better image quality is the icing of the cake, and a matter of course for a superior camera.
For the wedding, concert, studio and portrait photographer, the 5D III is a brilliant tool that should meet the needs.
For those who regularly venture into the wilderness and all sorts of weather conditions, bird or sport photographers with high numbers of shutter clicks throughout the year, I would say that the 1D X is neither overkill nor something that "very very few" are in need of.
The price is unpleasant, but the superior build, battery capacity and sealing as well as handling is what you get in return. I have helt prototypes of both camera in my hand, and I am not in doubt that many would be better served by the better camera.