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Matt Ward
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p.11 #1 · p.11 #1 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


Well, I did it... I now own a 5D Mark II. Thanks for the help guys and gals!


Jul 01, 2013 at 08:05 PM
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p.11 #2 · p.11 #2 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


Hi Matt,
Congrats on the 5DmkII. It's an excellent camera, even now. Did you watch your first images yet? I say, now that we've spent 10 pages to get you a decent body, let's see one page with your images.

Stay good,
Ralph



Jul 01, 2013 at 09:09 PM
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p.11 #3 · p.11 #3 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


I would be happy to post some photos. I will be shooting fireworks this weekend, really looking forward to using it with the 17-35L. I am in central IL, so unless I travel there is not much to take a photo of... unless you like corn and beans.

I do sometimes post to the WA forum, but my photos must really suck since I usually only get 1 or 2 votes.



Jul 02, 2013 at 01:08 PM
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p.11 #4 · p.11 #4 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


Matt Ward wrote:
Well, I did it... I now own a 5D Mark II. Thanks for the help guys and gals!


Congratulations. It is a great combination of excellent image quality, features, and price. Enjoy!



Jul 02, 2013 at 01:54 PM
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p.11 #5 · p.11 #5 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


I've been sniffing around the various FF cameras.
My primary motivation is for the improved viewfinder size, and to get my money's worth from my assorted 3rd party MF wide angle lenses.

Primary uses would be landscape and lightning/weather photography.

DO care about: (in rough order)
Big, bright, near 100% viewfinder. I'm tired of squinting through a tiny peephole.
Weather resistance. Light sprinkles should not fry the camera!
High sustainable frame rate.
Shutter reliability.
Battery life.
An internal intervalometer would be nice. (So would a flying pony, I suspect.)

SORTA care about:
There are times that Live View can be VERY handy. I don't suppose one of the 'aftermarket' firmware hacks can add that to the early 5d models?
Price. I'm not going to drag a $2K camera out into the weather...

DON'T care about:
Megapickles.
High ISO noise.
5 bazillion AF points. (I invariably use ONE, the one in the middle!)
Auto HDR, and 90% of the other crap buried in the menus.


Apart from LV, will the first-gen 5D scratch my itch?



Jul 02, 2013 at 04:39 PM
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p.11 #6 · p.11 #6 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


Matt Ward wrote:
I would be happy to post some photos. I will be shooting fireworks this weekend, really looking forward to using it with the 17-35L. I am in central IL, so unless I travel there is not much to take a photo of... unless you like corn and beans.

I do sometimes post to the WA forum, but my photos must really suck since I usually only get 1 or 2 votes.


I'm from the netherlands, so yes I'd like some views from where you live. I've been the the USA a couple of times, but never been to IL. Surprise me

Stay good, and enjoy your new camera,
Ralph



Jul 02, 2013 at 07:24 PM
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p.11 #7 · p.11 #7 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


Greg Campbell wrote:
I've been sniffing around the various FF cameras.
My primary motivation is for the improved viewfinder size, and to get my money's worth from my assorted 3rd party MF wide angle lenses.

Primary uses would be landscape and lightning/weather photography.

DO care about: (in rough order)
Big, bright, near 100% viewfinder. I'm tired of squinting through a tiny peephole.
Weather resistance. Light sprinkles should not fry the camera!
High sustainable frame rate.
Shutter reliability.
Battery life.
An internal intervalometer would be nice. (So would a flying pony, I suspect.)

SORTA care about:
There are times that Live View can be VERY handy. I don't suppose one of
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Hi Greg,
I've owned the 5D for almost 7 years now. It does all of your DO pretty well, but it's no 1DsmkII as far as weather resistance and vf is concerned. But the LCD and operation is much better than the 1Ds2. Other than those two, I would not know. I think that based on your wishes, a 1Ds3 would be perfect because it has all you want (not sure about interval ponies though). But it comes at a price that you don't want to spend.

My 5D2 cost me about 1300 Euros, used and 4 years old. It had 14000 clicks and I can't tell it from new. 5D's can be had from 500-600 euros. Don't know about other countries and currencies.

I'd suggest you get a used 5D2 or start with a 5D. After all you are sniffin'.

Stay good,
Ralph



Jul 02, 2013 at 07:32 PM
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p.11 #8 · p.11 #8 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


Thanks.

<Sniff....>



Jul 03, 2013 at 02:53 AM
 

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p.11 #9 · p.11 #9 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


Ok, here is an interesting shot. I am not great at post processing hard lighting. It is awesome to have a real wide angle again.




  Canon EOS 5D Mark II    EF17-35mm f/2.8L USM lens    26mm    f/6.3    1/10s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 5D Mark II    EF17-35mm f/2.8L USM lens    35mm    f/5.6    6s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jul 06, 2013 at 04:01 PM
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p.11 #10 · p.11 #10 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


Hi Matt,
I've never had a crop camera only (I had a 40D once briefly next to my 5Dclassic) so I never had that wide angle bliss moment but I know I really like my 5D for wide angle shots. I guess I'm taking that for granted and you show me that. I like your images and they show that you will be just fine with your FF and wonderful 5DII. Really IQ and photo fun don't get much better than this.
Enjoy!

Stay good, (or get even better )
Ralph



Jul 06, 2013 at 08:13 PM
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p.11 #11 · p.11 #11 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


Yeah, I have not had anything full frame since I shot my last roll in my old T90. I have really missed the option of an UWA lens.




  Canon EOS 5D Mark II    EF17-35mm f/2.8L USM lens    35mm    f/5.0    6s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  









Jul 06, 2013 at 11:22 PM
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p.11 #12 · p.11 #12 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


I would highly recommend the 5Dii, it will run Magic Lantern and that is a huge bonus. I have already made a couple of lightning captures with mine, but still learning.


Jul 09, 2013 at 01:03 PM
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p.11 #13 · p.11 #13 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


how does magic lantern help with lighting captures?


Jul 11, 2013 at 07:48 AM
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p.11 #14 · p.11 #14 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


I use ML with the exposure difference trigger and I look at the rough time between bolts. Using the time between, I set the trigger for the flash and then catch the secondary bolts with the shutter open.

This is the same procedure I used for fireworks this year, allow the first to trigger and catch the next 2 or 3 in a 6 to 10 second exposure.



Jul 11, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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p.11 #15 · p.11 #15 · 5D classic, please help me decide.


I agree with Gunzorro and get a 1Ds mark II, the image quality is outstanding! Infact I think it kills the 5D MK II, not in the really higher ISO, but at 100 ISO it is still the king over new cameras. Don't even worry about the small LCD as the camera's exposure and AF is so good you will not even need to look at it. The only downside is the batteries, but you can buy cheap ones on Ebay for $30.00 and the terrible menu system.


Jul 11, 2013 at 01:14 PM
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