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5Dc vs 1Ds Mark II

 
Somedude18
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Mar 30, 2014 10:00 |  #1

Hi Guys,

I have a Canon 5Dc at the moment. I am very pleased with the image quality! However, I hate the damn AF system... Since I don't want to spend a large amount of money on a camera I want the best value for my money (who doesn't :D ).

I mostly shoot portrait and landscapes, but I like taking pictures of my dog and the dogs of my friends from time to time (in action)... But the 5Dc just doesn't deliver.

I have read a lot about this camera, and I am all used to the Canon 5Dc, but it would be very pleasing for have a better autofocus system.

What drawbacks does the 1Ds Mark II has compared to the 5dc other than these:
- Bigger
- Heavier
- A bit harder to operate
- (Even) worse LCD screen at the back
- Is the IQ better or worse in general??

Hope you guys can help me out! The extra 200 euro's I have to pay for the 1Ds Mark II seems worth it so far...


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Mar 30, 2014 10:33 |  #2

The 1DSMII will have slightly better image quality than your 5D though unless you crop or print large it likely won't be something you notice very often. The battery I believe is not one that I would go on paid shoots without a couple of extras given they seem to drain faster than the newer 1d series batteries so keep that in mind when figuring in the cost of the 1dsmii.

Overall I believe you will be pleased with the 1d as they are at the top of the food chain in canon bodies.


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Mar 30, 2014 14:57 |  #3

another drawback is the need for an XP computer with a FireWire port to change custom settings on the 1ds2 and also I think a much older version of the EOS Utility


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Mar 31, 2014 08:20 |  #4

I currently have both and I can say that the 1dsii is just an awesome camera. AF is way quicker to lock on. Spot-metering on 13 af points. A draw back for me on the 1dsii vs the 5d is that the top lcd does not display any real-time exposure metering, only Exposure comp. But the 1DsII is truly an amazing tool.


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Apr 01, 2014 21:01 |  #5

tacoman1423 wrote in post #16798782external link
I currently have both and I can say that the 1dsii is just an awesome camera. AF is way quicker to lock on. Spot-metering on 13 af points. A draw back for me on the 1dsii vs the 5d is that the top lcd does not display any real-time exposure metering, only Exposure comp. But the 1DsII is truly an amazing tool.

I also have both and totally agree with the above statement. I like the extra shutter release on the 1Ds Mkii as well. I don't have any problems with battery issues as the batteries I have all will last all day!


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Apr 02, 2014 07:17 |  #6

Thanks for the posts guys! Makes it easier to make a choice..

Does the 1Ds II have off camera flash built in? I have a Canon 430 EX II but the Canon 5D makes it rather difficult to use E-TTL off camera flash... Does the 1Ds II have a built in trigger?


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Apr 02, 2014 11:54 as a reply to Somedude18's post |  #7

AFAIK: no full-fame Canon DSLR incorporates a built-in flash. However there are a number of other ways to trigger a remote flash...

If you desire a built-in flash to use as a trigger plus exceptional autofocus capability, look into a Canon 7D; it has both; including 19 cross sensors with a myriad of ways to customize the autofocus...

The 7D is getting a bit long in the tooth and folks are predicting that a 7Dii is just around the corner. However they have been predicting that (with an astounding lack of accuracy:rolleyes:) for several years now while I have been happily shooting with my pair of 7D cameras...

Note: The 7D was introduced in the third quarter of 2009. This is the second quarter of 2014. I may be mistaken but, it seems that this has been the longest production run of any Canon DSLR camera...


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Apr 02, 2014 18:38 |  #8

I think for me the biggest bummer of the 1ds2 was the tiny lcd. The rest was awesome and that they can now be found for 800 is great.


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Apr 02, 2014 19:41 as a reply to SeattleSpeedster's post |  #9

I had a 1Ds2 for a while and it is one hell of a camera. The user interface irritated me and the rear lcd was no hell. I got into shooting sports and I found I needed a better higher ISO capability and a crop body meant I could use a 70-200 IS2 with the 7d which helped during later games. The 70-200 on a FF was marginal. Now I don't really do sports anymore but once you have owned a body with good AF capacity it is hard to go backwards into the lower end 5 and 6 series. The 1Ds2 has great AF capability.


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Apr 03, 2014 04:09 |  #10

Wait a minute guys... You mean the 7D has better high ISO performance? As far as I have read in reviews the high ISO performance of the Canon 7D is dramatic... My 5D produces great results on ISO 1600 and usable pictures on ISO 3200. I have read the 7D was really worse...
I love the fullframeness of my 5D, I think I would have a hard time to live without it... Especially since I would need 35mm to replace my 50mm and a 10-22mm to replace my 15-30mm, eventually it would cost me too much.


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Apr 03, 2014 05:43 |  #11

I had both until recent;y, sold the 1dsII for a 1d4, I liked the IQ of the 5d better though the 1dsII did most other things better.


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