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5D classic, why should I not get one?

 
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Mar 13, 2017 18:04 |  #1

Been having an itch to try full frame for some time for family/vacation/landsc​ape type stuff. Been reading a lot on the 5D classic and could pick one up (with the mirror fix) for a decent price. Kind of woo'd by the "look" of the images and not overly concerned with high ISO output for my intended needs. I generally print 10x12 max. My current lens lineup is in my sig. I know on the wide end I'd have to add something like an 85 to the mix and could either mod my 10-22 or get an EF mount wide angle of some type for wide landscape when needed.

Not looking at replacing my 70D as it's my go to for wildlife at this point and not looking to lay out significant cash. Any reason not to do it?


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Mar 13, 2017 18:27 |  #2

I wouldnt be surprised if the 70d didnt have better files than the 5dc. If youre going to spend money either save up and get a more current ff or continue to buy high quality lenses as that will also make a really big difference in quality.

But really the first thing i thought of when you asked youre question was why not buy a used fuji mirrorless instead


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Mar 13, 2017 19:08 |  #3

because it's old, and no longer serviced by canon, so when it breaks you're out money...also you don't have a ton of FF compatible lenses

that being said...i use a 70D as my main camera...but i picked up a 5Dc a couple years ago now...and it's great for portraits...when i'm looking for shallow DOF, i'll grab it...the images are always super pleasing to me, and i do still feel like if you are able to keep the ISO low, the files are as good as the 70D if not better...i still use the 70D for sports/wildlife, and landscapes...the 5D has pretty much become my portrait camera

they're pretty much dirt cheap right now, and you could probably get one for $350 or so...i do have to ask what your uses would be though, but i'd do it again if i were in your shoes.


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Mar 13, 2017 19:35 as a reply to  @ DreDaze's post |  #4

My use would be exclusively portraits of my now 7yr old and landscapes. I recently added the 35 and really like it. The 50-135 (listed for sale) is an awesome lens but looking to go a bit lighter and faster.

I'm primarily a center focus point shooter and getting more and more into full manual vs AV mode. Have thought about a 6D or even waiting for the 6D2 whenever it comes out while slowly converting over to all EF glass.


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Mar 13, 2017 19:52 |  #5

for portraits of your 7-year old, i'd say go for it...for landscapes, i just don't see the use for it...but maybe that's just me...most of my landscapes are shot using live-view, so i'm used to that on the 70D...i also use the wi-fi occasionally for my landscapes...plus i tend to shoot UW for them, which would mean mounting my 1.4X on my 10-20mm to attach it to the 5D...there are times i've brought both cameras out to shoot landscapes, but i always resort back to the 70D


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Mar 13, 2017 19:57 |  #6

Its not the best available these days for landscapes but it isnt a bad choice either. I used one for years and printed 20x30 just fine. Lens choice matters for sure, and exposing to the right is important as well. You can get good files for sure though.

Portrait use I would have to defer to the other guys here.


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Mar 13, 2017 20:28 |  #7

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5D classics are so inexpensive now that there isn't really any downside to getting one.
You can buy one, use it for a year, and then sell it for what you paid for it, because it has already suffered about all of the depreciation that it will ever suffer. So you can look at it like you are renting a camera for free. And that is the worst that can happen!

The best that can happen is that you love the files and that it lasts for years and years and you get a huge amount of productivity and enjoyment for just a couplefew hundred bucks.

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Mar 13, 2017 21:10 |  #8

The 5D classic is the only body I really regret selling. If I had it to do over again, I'd have just kept using until something broke, then given it a nice retirement on the mantle.


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Mar 13, 2017 21:25 |  #9

^Then buy another 5dc
Im not trying to agitate but i see people recommending this camera and truly wonder how much use is it really going to see.


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Mar 13, 2017 21:56 as a reply to  @ Bassat's post |  #10

I put mine on the mantle!


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Mar 13, 2017 22:28 |  #11

DreDaze wrote in post #18300180 (external link)
because it's old, and no longer serviced by canon, so when it breaks you're out money...

FWIW, there are independent shops that still work on 5Dc. Mine suddenly died in 2016, and I found a shop that would work on it. Apparently the main circuit had died in mine, and they replaced the circuit...works like new.


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Mar 13, 2017 22:42 |  #12

the 5dc is still my vacation camera. I slap the 50 1.8 on it and take it anywhere - in the ocean, on boats, ... etc. It's great quality still and cheap enough that if i dump it in the pool I'm not going to cry myself to sleep.


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Mar 13, 2017 23:04 |  #13

Your crop zooms won't work on the 5D. You should factor that into your decision.


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Mar 13, 2017 23:24 |  #14

Scrumhalf wrote in post #18300353 (external link)
Your crop zooms won't work on the 5D. You should factor that into your decision.

OTOH, only 10-22 and 15-85is are for crop sensor and with EFS mount, and his other 4 lenses all will work just fine on a 5D...only if he wants wider than 35mm does he need to buy something... 35 to 600mm are covered.


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Mar 13, 2017 23:28 |  #15

Wilt wrote in post #18300367 (external link)
OTOH, only 10-22 and 15-85is are for crop sensor and with EFS mount, and his other 4 lenses all will work just fine on a 5D...only if he wants wider than 35mm does he need to buy something... 35 to 600mm are covered.

the 50-135mm is a crop sensor lens as well...although it appears he's listed that for sale


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