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Nov 25, 2010 08:03 |  #1

I am thinking about doing that - uprade to 5DII.
Have had 5D for over three years.
Its a great camera -
my reasons for upgrade is :

1. Better perfomance at high ISO
2. 21 megapixels over 12 in 5D. Gives me more oportunity too crop photos.
3. Overall better picture quality ( so they say )
4. Bigger LCD screen - and that is for me important - (using strong glasses)
5. Better weathre sealing.

Is this the reality too ?


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Nov 25, 2010 08:13 |  #2

Add in sensor cleaning and video capabilities. Most of the things you listed are true anyway.


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Nov 25, 2010 08:29 |  #3

Not only the LCD is bigger, it also has more pixels.


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Nov 25, 2010 08:58 |  #4

I am thinking about doing that - uprade to 5DII. Go for it!

Have had 5D for over three years.
Its a great camera - Yes it is! Still use mine often!

my reasons for upgrade is :

1. Better perfomance at high ISO check!

2. 21 megapixels over 12 in 5D. Gives me more oportunity too crop photos. check!

3. Overall better picture quality ( so they say ) check!

4. Bigger LCD screen - and that is for me important - (using strong glasses) check!

5. Better weathre sealing. check!

Is this the reality too ? CHECK!!!

As also pointed out ... Sensor cleaning ... That's a BIG plus too!

and video ... I had no plans on using it much because "I have a nice Canon HD video camera!" ... my Canon 5DMKII means I don't have to carry my video camera bag every where, I can switch from photo to video at the touch of a button and even though my video camera is HD, the 5DMKII takes better video!

Go for it!!!


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Nov 25, 2010 09:08 |  #5

:)
Glad to see this accommodation -- thanks a lot
can you help me with one more question ?
How is the battery capasity - compared to 5D ?
( I have a battery grip on my 5D )


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Nov 25, 2010 09:27 |  #6

I love my 5D but I am leaning towards the m2 also. The 5D is still an awesome camera but its technology lacks a little compared to the newer model


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Nov 25, 2010 09:53 |  #7

My question exactly! The 5D2 seems like an awesome camera but I see a lot of people hanging on to the old Classic. I'm curious, why is that?

I like the 12mp sensor A LOT, don't really want to handle all those 21mp. I don't do video.

What I supposedly would like is the ability to shoot at ISO 6400.


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Nov 25, 2010 10:01 |  #8

Nilsen,

I expect to do the same upgrade after basketball season ends this year. The only thing that concerns me is comparing the images posted in the 5DC and 5Dii picture sharing posts. It appears to me that the better quality shots are in the 5DC picture sharing post.

There's just something about the 5Dc that tells me I'd better keep it (if possible) if I decide to upgrade.

My goal is to unload my sports shooting gear in favor of the 5Dii so I can concentrate more on people / outdoor photography.

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Nov 25, 2010 10:29 |  #9

Nilsen wrote in post #11343979 (external link)
:)
Glad to see this accommodation -- thanks a lot
can you help me with one more question ?
How is the battery capasity - compared to 5D ?
( I have a battery grip on my 5D )

Seems like the batteries for the 5DMKII (and 7D) last a lot longer. I have 6 which are used for my 7D and 5D2 and seem I use either camera for a very long time before swapping a battery. Guess I would say they are at least as good but probably better. When I have the grip on my 7D with 2 batteries, never remember having to swap the batteries.


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Nov 25, 2010 10:33 |  #10

I still think the 5D classic is a basic and very solid camera that offers exceptional image quality. I still kind it will be a camera that will be popular for a very long time, it's kind of a cult success. It succeeds without all the bells and whistles, a relatively simple camera that produces really, really great images. If I still had mine, I'd probably be out with it a lot more than I am with my heavy MKIII which I do happen to love but only use it for planned and intended shooting now.


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Nov 25, 2010 10:38 |  #11

superboy77 wrote in post #11344179 (external link)
My question exactly! The 5D2 seems like an awesome camera but I see a lot of people hanging on to the old Classic. I'm curious, why is that?

I hang on to mine as a backup, 2nd one is off being converted to IR and, well, it's still a great camera and produces great photos :D Heck, I still use my "old" 10D!!!

I like the 12mp sensor A LOT, don't really want to handle all those 21mp. I don't do video.

What I supposedly would like is the ability to shoot at ISO 6400.

Sensor on the 5D2 is as good (better?) IMHO. You don't "have" to shoot video but as I said above, it's great to have if or when you DO want a video. I remember shooting my 5D thinking I had wished I'd brought my video camera ... 5D2, push a button and get a little video ... push the button again, and back to snapping pics!

ISO 6400 is VERY doable with the 5DMKII, without question!!!


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Nov 25, 2010 11:03 |  #12

I skipped the 5D classic completely for one major reason... sensor dust. I often have to shoot in very dusty conditions and the 5DII got that sensor cleaning, and it works.

Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but 5DII also gains AF Micro Adjust, which the classic lacked.

A key reason I got the 5DII was high ISO shooting. It does quite well up to 6400, IMO. Of course, it's able to shoot as high as ISO 25600. Both 5DC and 1Ds MkIII top out at 3200.

Not often mentioned, the 5DII is a 14 bit camera, while the classic is 12 bit. This adds a great deal of color info to an image, which makes for smoother transitions and gradations.

The new LP-E6 batteries are long lasting and fast charging.... I suspect they switched to them to support video usage.

That said, 5D is a fine camera for many users (so long as the mirror issue has been addressed and you learn to clean the sensor without harm).

Don't expect any improvement in AF going from 5DC to 5DII.

Oh, and 21MP fills up memory cards and hard drives fast!


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Nov 25, 2010 11:44 |  #13

Nilsen wrote in post #11343752 (external link)
I am thinking about doing that - uprade to 5DII.
Have had 5D for over three years.
Its a great camera -
my reasons for upgrade is :

1. Better perfomance at high ISO
2. 21 megapixels over 12 in 5D. Gives me more oportunity too crop photos.
3. Overall better picture quality ( so they say )
4. Bigger LCD screen - and that is for me important - (using strong glasses)
5. Better weathre sealing.

Is this the reality too ?

I got the 5mkii for those reasons and more. The video option was my primary reason but to get the video that I wanted required buying a $1000 rig that I just didn't have the funds for. In the end I decided to get rid of the mkii and keep the 5d and allocate the funds to lenses. I felt that lenses would extend my photography more than the mkii would have. And like everyone else I'm hoping the 5dmkiii will have an improved AF system akin to the 7d, at which point I will buy it without hestitation.




  
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Nov 25, 2010 12:11 |  #14

I went from a 5D to a MKII.

Yes, the 5DII is better than the 5D in every way, which is not to say that the images that come out of the 5D are in any way, not excellent.

My main reason for getting the MKII was better high ISO. All the other stuff also turned out to be, mostly, usefull upgrades/additions. The ability to crop more was also a serious consideration for me.


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Nov 25, 2010 18:57 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #15

Thank you all for your engagement.
You are all giving me a lot of important information.

I guess I will go for the Mk II - I have decided too sleep a good nights sleep - and then take the final decision.

I will let you know :D


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