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| p.4 #7 · True value of the 5D3? |
But if you don't need double the resolution? (which would make the 5D2 a proper business decision not the 5D3 at double the price almost). I've had a long play with the 5D3, incredible camera. I read through the manual and wow but they packed it full of features. Point stands though, as a business decision, unless you need the AF in which case you already had a 1 series, the 5D3 needs significant justification, it's not a 'no brainer' at that price. Honestly, the 5DII especially with the magic lantern software is enough to make any business seriously question the need to upgrade if the 5DII was enough for the business in the past. My business cannot justify the 5DII nevermind the 5DIII, it just doesn't need LV, video, superior AF, sensor cleaning, etc enough to justify the investment as a business expense, i.e. features which will pay for themselves.
I think you're approaching it a bit too black-or-white. It seems that you're saying a feature is either crucial to business and therefore an absolute need, or isn't crucial to business and therefore unjustifiable. To me there's an in-between state: a feature that would be very helpful to have and allows one to produce better results, but the lack of which isn't necessarily crippling. For me good AF is that kind of feature. To say that if "you need the AF in which case you already had a 1 series" is an extreme position. I'm also still rolling with a 5D. I don't need any features of the 1 series that are better than the 5D except for AF and definitely don't want to pay for said unnecessary features. That's why I skipped the 5DII and will probably end up with a 5DIII once the price settles under $3K where I think it belongs. Is the lack of 1-series AF stopping me from creating with the 5D? No. I'm not a sports/action shooter for whom such a feature is make or break. But great AF will certainly allow me a higher keeper rate, and since a lot of my work is candid shooting I'll end up throwing away a lot fewer pictures due to missed AF than I am now with the 5D. I can easily justify such an expense, just not at the $3500 mark they were asking for at launch.