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| p.2 #13 · Worth upgrading from Canon 1D Mark 2N to 1D Mark IV? |
I've been shooting horse shows for 8 years now, first with a 20D, then a 1DMk II (not 'N'), and as of 4 or 5 years ago, a 1D Mk III. I'm also now on the fence about moving to a Mk IV or possibly a 5D Mk III. I can tell you from my experience, the move from the Mk II to the Mk III was HUGE, and if you decide to go that route, you will not be disappointed. Despite the bad rap the III got at the beginning, it is faster at acquisition and tracking than the II was, your keeper rate will go up. About the only complaint I have with it today is the 10MP doesn't allow for as much cropping as I sometimes wish I had. As another poster mentioned, for apx $1000, you cannot possibly go wrong with a 1D3, and you'll have some cash left over to expand your lens collection.
My question for the forum: is there enough weather sealing in the 5D III to keep dust out? Horse shows are notorious for dust, but it's never been a factor for me with the 1D2 / 1D3. Will I come to regret the decision if I go with a gripped 5D3? And will a 5D3 with grip feel as solid and robust as a 1D4?
I can't answer the dust question, but all I know is the 5D III is sealed essentially the same as the EOS 3 and EOS 1N. Whether that's good enough I don't know. But it's AF and IQ is above that of the 1D IV which is itself no slouch.
The 1D III is an amazing buy and since you aren't focal length limited for horses, the 10MP will do a nice job, even for fairly large prints if that's important. 1D III + 70-200 f/2.8L IS mk II will be similar price if not cheaper than a 1D IV.