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Used 1D4 or new 5D3 for aviation photography?

 
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Jun 12, 2014 21:34 |  #1

I have a 1DMKIV that I use with the 300 f2.8 IS II for aviation photography, and I'm very happy with this combo.

But I want a second body to use with another lens. I can buy a used 1D4 or a new 5D3 for slightly more money. I've read user reports that say the 5D3 can AF as well - or a bit better - than the 1D4. The 5d3 has a smaller memory buffer than my 1D4, but since I don't do much continuous shooting, it should not matter.

The big difference is the sensor size - 1.3 crop vs FF. If both cameras used the same lens, I would have to crop the 5D3 image down to 13 mp to have the same fov as provided by the 1D4. So the question is how well will the 5D3 image quality hold up when cropped down to 13 mp, and printed at 8x10" size?

Some drawbacks of buying a used 1D4 are...high shutter count, no warranty, battery may be towards the end of its useful life, and the camera may be more prone to need servicing. On the other hand it is a great sports camera.

Any opinions are welcome.


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Jun 12, 2014 21:40 |  #2

The 1DX battery works in a 1D4 so there is no problem getting a battery for your 1D4.


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Jun 12, 2014 21:54 |  #3

butterfly2937 wrote in post #16968485external link
The 1DX battery works in a 1D4 so there is no problem getting a battery for your 1D4.

Thanks, that's good to know. But I was thinking the cost of buying another battery for a used 1D4 would be a potential drawback for buying used.


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Jun 12, 2014 23:07 |  #4

I'm not sure why you're worrying about pixel density if you're going to be using 2 bodies. The different FOVs is also handy if a lens is too long on the 1DIV or too short on the 5DIII you just swap them over.

There's plenty of good third party batteries for the 1DIV for less money that the Canon battery but not much loss real capacity(how long it really last).




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Jun 13, 2014 08:52 |  #5

The AF system on the 5D Mark III is similar to the 1Dx.
You do slow down a bit to 6 FPS on the Mark III. However the files are beautiful. Having the 1D Mark IV and a full frame Mark III is a hell of a combination.


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