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Why would you go back to Canon for low ISO type of work? Dumb move if you ask me. Canon is for sports and wildlife, Nikon (or Sony even) is better for Landscapes. Of course I would love Canon to match the D800/A7 cameras and at some point they will do it. But really we all agree with you, its been discussed for ever, no one except for Canon fanbois are going to argue against you so why bother with this type of thread??
Because weddings are both low and high ISO. Low ISO for everything done in the daytime outside, high ISO for everything else. That's why ideally I need a camera that does both well.
I got frustrated again today. I just finished editing a set of wedding photos with both indoor and outdoor photos, and I noticed some nasty amp glow at the bottom of some D800 images...that got me researching the D610 again, and I found that there are no reports of such bad amp glow as with the D800 - and it has the same (or slightly better!) dynamic range per DXOmark reports (D610 has slightly better performance than the D600 by their measurements).
However, the 5d3 always has to go on backup duty during receptions because of the focus delays and it does NOT like tracking dancing well. I've tried every practical adjustment I can think of for the AI servo for that including going back and forth between adjusting for erratic subjects vs holding onto subjects, acquisition speed, and every middle setting in between extremes, and it just isn't reliable. I get more reliability out of my 5d2s for that situation, so they always come out.
I don't care what everybody else does, these are the results I get consistently across shooting 15-20 weddings with the 5d3. I have to go with what gives me the best success - and right now the 5d3 fails me every single time I try to track dancing at receptions. The 5d3 fails with low ISO shadows and resulting dynamic range limitations. The D800 fails with the amp glow above ISO3200 (my first D800 wasn't quite as bad as this one IMO). The 5d3 also fails with the focus delays in one-shot during critical fast-paced times where I need to lock different subjects in a very short span of time.
No camera system is perfect, but am I wrong in wanting to find the best of both worlds? Right now the closest thing for me seems to be the D610, though I don't like the more limited shutter speed max or the absence of a pc sync port. I wish there was a built-in ND filter that knocked out 1-2 stops of light so I could get away with f/1.4 in broad daylight without losing highlight recovery.
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