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Shiva dancing wrote:
With the new entry level FF bodies appearing on the market, and the close-out pricing on the 5DII, I'm about to take the plunge. I have been shooting the T2i for the past few years, and will continue using this for birding and traveling light, despite auto-focus not being the best. I would be using the FF for mainly landscape and macro. So, my choices are the 5DII for around $1500-$1600 new, vs the 6D at around $2000-2100. Your thoughts and recommendations RE this choice are appreciated.
The 5DII close-out is a really great deal, especially for folks who shoot the subjects you shoot. It has essentially the same image quality in any practical examination of actual photographs produced with the cameras, and it has the large majority of the features that have been added to full frame cameras more recent that the original 5D: live view, improved AF, better high ISO performance, video, and more. (Quite a few of these probably don't matter to you...)
The 6D does offer some features that are not in the 5D2, but in practical terms are they worth the extra cost to you for the sorts of photography you do? I doubt it.
I would generally recommend against starting with the original 5D, though with some exceptions. If you compare the model-to-model changes among the 5-series (and let's include the 6D here, too) camera, the greatest change by far took place between the 5D and the 5D2, with much smaller incremental changes between the 5D2 and later models. The 5D2 added live view, video, greater photo site density (21MP instead of 12MP), a very functional and useful dust reduction system, video, better high ISO performance.
The exceptions? If you are very cost constrained and need FF and cannot afford the price of the 5D2, then the 5D is as good now as it was when it was introduced way back when. Understand that you'll likely be getting a camera that is a bit further along in its lifespan, both as a model and as an individual unit that you purchase, and that there are some things that it cannot do. Also, be ready to learn to clean that sensor yourself - you'll be doing it frequently. :-)
who shoots a 5D2, decided to forego the upgrade to the 5D3, and still has a 5D as a second/backup camera.)
Edited on Dec 19, 2012 at 07:29 PM · View previous versions