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Canon 1D mk III VS. Canon 5D Mk II VS. the NEW canon 60D

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Nov 16, 2010 18:39 |  #1

If you had the money to purchase either camera, which one would you buy and why?

just another questions out of curiosity, which camera would you recommend for portrait, outdoor/indoor sports, landscape and wedding? It's alright to split them into halves, meaning tell that two cameras can be good in each event if it's also superior in that type of photography...

Yet again, Canon 1D mk III (external link) VS. Canon 5D Mk II (external link) VS. the NEW Canon 60D (external link)..

and for a fact, I did read the reviews, cons and pros... and features. But hearing others opinions right now would be more helpful to answer my question. :-D

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Nov 16, 2010 18:41 |  #2

1dmkIII.... a 1d is a 1d and nothing can take anything away from that.

but i dont think this is a fair question or comparison because your comparing apples to oranges to grapes. none of these bodies really are comparable. They each have their own purpose.

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Nov 16, 2010 18:54 |  #3

1D Mark III.

The 1D cameras have always been Canon's best 'everything' cameras and you can usually be assured that a one generation out of date 1D will have IQ better than the latest 1.6X and competitive with the latest 5D. In the meanwhile the 1D will be better at everything else (burst, AF, battery life, weather sealing, customization etc.)

The 1D Mark III AF and burst performance is much better than either the 60D or 5D which counts for a lot for sports and wedding work. I also like the rendering of portraits by the 1D3 quite a bit.

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Nov 16, 2010 18:56 as a reply to  @ JeffreyG's post |  #4

1DIII>5d MkII>60D in my case.

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Nov 16, 2010 19:00 |  #5

I have a MK3 and a 7D. Mainly I shoot sports and I am happy with both. If something else gets in my way, I'll shoot it also. :-)

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Nov 16, 2010 19:04 |  #6

portrait, landscape, wedding = 5DmkII
indoor outdoor sports = 1DmkIII
something for everything = 7D

if you can afford 5mkII and 1DmkIII, you wont have any trouble buying 7D.. so i threw out 60D


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Nov 16, 2010 19:16 as a reply to  @ JeffreyG's post |  #7

a D700 might be your best bet. Or if you have to stick with Canon, then the 1Ds Mark II

The 1D bodies are great but they can be pretty heavy to carry for long hours. Also its not something one would actually like to bring along for smaller, everyday stuff such as gatherings with family and friends.

For outdoor sports, the 1D is the preferred choice due to the more advanced AF system and the C.Fn options available for it. However do not disregard the 60D as get longer reach and the AF acquisition speed is definitely NO SLOUCH. The 18MP gives you ability to crop heavily for a tighter FOV yet retain very good amount of detail.

I was at a pub with a friend and tried his D700 w/ the AF-D 85mm F/1.4. His setup had problems auto-focusing while my 50D w/ 24-105mm F/4 had absolutely no problems getting an accurate focus lock. Im not sure if this is a problem with the lens but an F/1.4 lens not being able to AF as well as an F/4...all i can say is lol :lol:

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Nov 16, 2010 20:41 |  #8

The 1d3 is OK. But here's my logic. On websize photos or print the 1d3 is a very good tool. The 5dmk2 is lame in terms of AF but I usually have no issue landing the shot (slow moving). The 5dmk2 walks all over the 1d3 regarding IQ. 5dmk2 high ISO's are extremely clean while ISO 1600 on a 1d3 is pushing the photo before it falls apart in demanding light. (one reason why I think a 1d4 is much better then the 1d3).

Can I confuse you more?

My 1d3 is my go to body for a universal body. IQ is very good but for important portaits I will use my 5dmk2 or 5d classic. For anything fast moving I will bring the 1d3.

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Nov 16, 2010 21:01 |  #9

I just sold a 1dIII which I loved for my son's basketball games. For everything else, I use the 5DII. If I had to have one, it would be the 5DII - it's a great camera.

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Nov 16, 2010 21:40 as a reply to  @ Fodowsky's post |  #10

Get a 1DIV and you're all set.

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Nov 16, 2010 21:46 |  #11

Sports: 1D III
Not Sports: 5DII
If you cant afford the above: 7D
If you cant afford the above: 60D

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