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I shoot mostly landscapes and my camera history is 10D-20D-T2i(which I still have) and a new to me used 5D classic. I have had the 5D for about 6 months now and it's a great camera. My lenses are 24-105L 1.4, 50 1.4, 70-200L IS, 1.4 & 17-40L 1.4.
So I have come into some cash (around $1700) and would like some opinion from landscapers about which camera to upgrade (used?). I am NOT INTERESTED in video however, would any of the 1D MK?'s be better than the 5d MKii used? ..... especially in low light performance??
First, you have a fine core set of lenses for doing landscape photography (but not "landscaping" - that requires yard tools! ;-), so you are set in that regard.
You mention that the 5D is a "great camera" for your purposes. Indeed, it is a fine camera, and a first question might be "what, besides having funds, is your reason for replacing it?"
Do you have all of the other things you might need for your landscape photography? How about an excellent tripod and head? If you aren't already using one, then the image quality potential for this kind of photography will not be realized, even with a higher MP camera, until you start using a tripod, and the quality of images from the "great camera" you currently use will be even greater with a great tripod and head.
Although you'll hear a few people extolling older used 1Ds (though not typically 1D) series bodies for landscape on account of their more studly build for the most part, the 5D bodies produce the same image quality as the comparable 1Ds bodies - and you probably don't need the additional bulk and weight for this sort of shooting. If you are going to replace or augment your 5D with another full frame body, for the sort of work you describe, the 5DII Is excellent.
Edited on Nov 27, 2012 at 10:54 PM · View previous versions