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Sep 19, 2011 00:31 |  #1

Hello everybody! My girlfriend just told me that her father is willing to give her $1000 to spend on a new DSLR. She really wants a full frame so I told her to debate between a 5D Classic and a 5D Mark II.

If she chooses the 5D Classic, it'll pretty much be free because its about $1000.
If she chooses the 5D Mark II, she'll have to put in about another $1000 herself. That will pretty much mean that she'll be able to buy it for $1000.

She does not shoot professionally. She mainly shoots portraits of friends and family, street photography, and creative shots. She doesn't know which one to get!

What do you guys think? What will you guys do if you were in her situation and don't shoot professionally, but want full frame?

She has a 580EXII and a Canon 50 1.4. Video isn't important to her, but won't hurt to have it. Sensor cleaning is a super bonus, along with the improved iso capabilities of the Mark II. Live view might come in handy, but not a deal breaker.


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Sep 19, 2011 00:36 |  #2

Start with the 5dc. When she feels limited by it, she can get the 5d2. That's what I did.

The 5dc is a wonderful camera and is still very capable. I wouldn't mind having one even after shooting my Mark 2 for over a year.


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Sep 19, 2011 00:42 |  #3

Let her use your 5D MkII for a little while to see if it's what she really wants.
Then tell her to wait for the MkIII. :p


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Sep 19, 2011 00:46 as a reply to  @ BlueCadet3's post |  #4

She definitely likes my MKII, but she doesn't know if a 5D Classic would be the better choice or not. :confused:

And for the MKIII, that will take probably a year after it releases for the price do be stable!


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Sep 19, 2011 00:52 |  #5

In her situation, I would vote for 5Dc and spend the extra cash on lenses. Maybe pick up a light stand, modifier, and trigger if she doesn't have one. If she ever wants to do video, she could just use her bf's. :)


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Sep 19, 2011 00:57 |  #6

Arteel wrote in post #13125561 (external link)
In her situation, I would vote for 5Dc and spend the extra cash on lenses. Maybe pick up a light stand, modifier, and trigger if she doesn't have one. If she ever wants to do video, she could just use her bf's. :)

If she ever needs video, I'll probably have to ship it to her! My university is about 90 miles away, and shipping is cheaper than gas. :)

I know a 5DC will be enough for what she does, but I have a feeling she probably won't be satisfied until she gets her hand on a Mark II. Might even keep wanting for one!

I asked my sister a similar question. "If you were debating between a $2000 Louis Vuiton bag and a $1000 Gucci bag, what would you choose if you had a $1000 gift card. The Gucci bag is good enough, but the LV bag comes with extra features that you might not necessarily need." She said she'll choose the LV bag and use the $1000 coupon on that, rather than getting a free Gucci bag.


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Sep 19, 2011 01:11 |  #7

Buy the 5Dc...it's already gone down so much in value that she can buy it, use it for a couple of months and if she doesn't like it, she can sell it without losing a penny. However, if she likes it, then she can spend the $$$ difference between the 5Dc and the 5D2 on glass...


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Sep 19, 2011 01:30 |  #8

danny819 wrote in post #13125583 (external link)
If she ever needs video, I'll probably have to ship it to her! My university is about 90 miles away, and shipping is cheaper than gas. :)

I know a 5DC will be enough for what she does, but I have a feeling she probably won't be satisfied until she gets her hand on a Mark II. Might even keep wanting for one!

I asked my sister a similar question. "If you were debating between a $2000 Louis Vuiton bag and a $1000 Gucci bag, what would you choose if you had a $1000 gift card. The Gucci bag is good enough, but the LV bag comes with extra features that you might not necessarily need." She said she'll choose the LV bag and use the $1000 coupon on that, rather than getting a free Gucci bag.

but ask her this.. If you could have the gucci bag and 1000 dollars to spend on whatever else you like in the mall vs LV bag and nothing. Report back with an answer ;)


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Sep 19, 2011 01:33 |  #9

lyttleviet wrote in post #13125703 (external link)
but ask her this.. If you could have the gucci bag and 1000 dollars to spend on whatever else you like in the mall vs LV bag and nothing. Report back with an answer ;)

Exactly!!! You could have a FREE Gucci bag, plus another grand for accessories...she might change her mind than if she only has two bags to choose from ;)


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Sep 19, 2011 01:36 |  #10

LowriderS10 wrote in post #13125715 (external link)
Exactly!!! You could have a FREE Gucci bag, plus another grand for accessories...she might change her mind than if she only has two bags to choose from ;)

Hahaha good comeback guys!


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Sep 19, 2011 13:07 |  #11

i think she wants YOU to give her another $1000 plus to get a brand new 5d2.
( i think more like $1250 to $1500 more, depending where you shop)
Don't you understand or just don't want to understand her hint?


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Sep 19, 2011 13:08 |  #12

If she can afford the additional cost, the 5D2. If not, get the 5Dc.


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Sep 19, 2011 13:18 |  #13

Can she afford the extra $1000??
I know you say she has been offered $1000 so thats all good, but if she can afford $1000 of her own id get the mk2 all day long.




  
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Sep 19, 2011 13:20 |  #14

Do you have lenses? I would get the cheaper camera so you can buy more lenses.


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Sep 19, 2011 13:37 |  #15

Any 5D mkII's in the Canon Loyalty Program? she could save a bit there too... I would lean towards the newer camera... the 5Dc is a good camera, but it is getting a bit old, i'd be concerned about getting one in good condition/good working order.


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