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| p.1 #16 · Worth upgrading from Canon 1D Mark 2N to 1D Mark IV? |
When I was in the market for a 1DIII or 1DIV, I rented one of each from Lensrentals.com and compared the files extensively. What I found was that despite the difference in MP, the files were very similar - if I up-rezzed the 1DIII files to the same size as the 1DIV. Was the 1DIV better? Yes, it was, but not by as much as you might think. Noise was also slightly in favor of the 1DIV. In the end I opted, therefore, to save quite a bit of money and buy the 1DIII for what I thought was only marginally less IQ. Every time I get the itch to upgrade to the IDIV, I look back at those files.
The 1DIII is a steal at current prices, IMO.
I initially thought the 1D IV was only a bit cleaner than the 1D III, but after extensive use and seeing the results at ISO 3200-6400+, I think the 1D IV is noticeably better and this is at the pixel level. If you have to crop fairly hard, the 1D IV pulls further ahead.
Having said that, below ISO 1600 you'd be hard pressed to notice much of an IQ difference. 1D III is really good for 10MP and I would recommend it to anyone. I still miss my 1D III, and only sold it due to the favourable price of the 1D IV through work.