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| p.1 #1 · Buy the 5DII now, or keep saving?? |
Best I can tell there are currently 4 "affordable" Canon FF cams: 1DsIII (used), 5DII, 5DIII, and the yet to arrive 6D. (At close to $7k the 1Dx just doesn't make economic sense in my market.) I had to sell off my 1DsII to help fund a 1DIV purchase. Sport paid better than art. The 1DIV is a truly nice camera, but it doesn't have the IQ my 1DsII had (at least to ISO <=800). The IV wasn't, of course, designed to compete with an FF camera.
I see 1DsIIIs at ~ $2400, the 5DII at $1800, the 5DIII at $3500, though price is softening, and the 6D at $2100. So affordable runs from $1800 to $3K+. I need a camera for landscape, macro, and "art" work. With a real stretch and some debt I can could gin up the cash for the 5DII. The question is would I be better advised holding on till I have enough for a 1DsIII or even the 5DIII if the price does indeed come down?
I've followed commentary on the 5DII since its introduction and the principle complaint (other than the continuous "Canon DR blows threads" is its "rudimentary" AF capacity.
This question is aimed at those who have used the 5DII for the above mentioned types of photography and in particular those who have moved on to the 5DIII. How well does/did the 5DII work in normal light situations? (Say up to ISO 1600.) Are you (were you) basically happy with the IQ this camera delivers? Is the current 2X premium for the 5DIII worth it in your mind?
The 5DII and the 1DsIII are both "old" technology, though that certainly doesn't mean that they aren't capable of outstanding work. The 1DsIII advantage would be that I'd share batteries, chargers and L brackets with the 1DIV.
I'm sure given the recent price announcements others are having similar thoughts. Care to share what you are thinking?
One of the "kinks" in my thinking is that I'm seeing quite credible sports work done with a 5DIII. The AF apparently really is good. It's possible it could be a second body as well as used for other work. Serious head scratching going on here. The other thing happening is that I'm starting to get requests (only a few) for portrait work. I've never done this, but money is being offered