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| p.2 #19 · 5D classic, please help me decide. |
Hello Matt. Ralph's post (above) speaks from experience and wisdom. I hope you've listened to him and taken his thoughts to heart.
I, too, have owned the 5D Classic from the earliest days of its release. I've also owned the 10D, 1Ds, 1Ds Mark II, 1Dx, 5D Mark II, 30D, 40D, xsi and xti.
And yet, after all these years, it's the 5D Classic that I once again brought to a photo assignment yesterday and came home with over 300 gorgeous images of a large home/estate in the affluent community of Spring Lake, NJ. In other words, I no longer own and use the 10D, 1Ds, 1Ds Mark II, 1Dx, 5D II or xsi. Don't need 'em. Don't want 'em. The 5D Classic is all the camera I need for just about anything I want to shoot ... except perhaps for sports and fast moving animals or kids. I don't do sports or wildlife and all my kids are grown up.
The 5D Classic can be criticized for any number of things, i.e. its poor LCD, 9-point AF, clunky shutter sound, no MA, no video, underwhelming body, etc. But the one thing it can't be criticized for ... and never will be criticized for ... is image quality.
Gorgeous. Sharp. Rich. Detailed. Realistic. Pliable RAW. And more. It's way at the top of a list of cameras that deliver the goods, right up there with Nikon's D3, Olympus' E-5 and Leica's M9.
While so many photographers .. pros and enthusiasts alike ... struggle with what to buy next from the latest crop of bodies from all the different manufacturers, I can say without a doubt that I struggle with nothing. I have a 5D Classic (and still have the 40D as backup) and am in want of zero. In terms of IQ, it's truly a great camera. I know of no one who has ever said otherwise. Easy to use, big & bright finder, and utterly, completely reliable.