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Is it still worth to buy a 5D?

 
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Jun 07, 2012 21:33 |  #1

My major interest is birding. I am satisfied with 7D most of the time. But with the FF IQ thing all around, sometimes I still want to try it. I've spend too much on lenses recently so not so much flexibility. I wonder is it still worth buying a 5Dc with Mark III already out? Thanks for your suggestions in advance!


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Jun 07, 2012 23:01 |  #2

What lenses you already got. For birding why you need 5d?


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Jun 07, 2012 23:10 |  #3

I would love a clean, low shutter count 5D classic


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Jun 07, 2012 23:40 as a reply to  @ oklaiss's post |  #4

If my 5D broke I'd buy another unless 5DII used prices have fallen to US$1000. FF is real nice. 5DII isn't THAT big an upgrade; neither is 5DIII that much better than 5DII. Imho, of course. Even if money were no object (actually it isn't), I wouldn't buy 5DIII because not having interchangeable focus screens would put a major crimp in my style...

Long FF lenses are EXPENSIVE compared to crop view equivalents. If I did a lot of birding I'd stick with crop 7D just to save on lens costs. I would miss the larger viewfinder -- miss it a lot! Crop telephotos are smaller and weigh less.

Wide lenses for crop are EXPENSIVE compared to those for FF. I go wide more often, and I save on FF wide angle cost. Wide angles are easier to use with larger FF viewfinder.




  
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Jun 08, 2012 00:14 |  #5

I don't plan to use 5D for birding. Most targets will be too small for the camera. I heard the camera is good for portraits so plan to try some of this. When I think about the lens, I found that the EF lens I have are all long, 70-200, 100, 300 while my short lens can only be used on crop body, like 17-55, sigma 30. I used to have a 24-105 but just traded that... maybe a bad decision. Maybe for portraits and landscape, I must get other lens? I don't want to think about that...

If I plan to buy a 5D used, what should I pay attention to? I've heard 5D shutter have some problem. Should I go after a low shutter count body or a body with shutter replaced?

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Jun 08, 2012 00:18 |  #6

5d, 70-200mm is very nice combo for portraits.


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Jun 08, 2012 00:27 |  #7

I see. Good to know


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Jun 08, 2012 01:08 |  #8

We shoot with a pair of D700s since we use Nikon, but if we used Canon, I'd have gotten us a pair of 5Ds instead for the price of one of our D700s. For portrait and low DOF work, the differences are quite visible to my eyes.


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Jun 08, 2012 02:47 as a reply to  @ brokensocial's post |  #9

+1 that 70-200/2.8 will do for portrait lens.

A fast 85mm prime will do even better...something like the Samyang won't break the bank beyond repair. ;)




  
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Jun 08, 2012 08:00 as a reply to  @ melanopsin's post |  #10

70-200 F4 will do also.


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Jun 08, 2012 08:15 |  #11

The 5dc is still a fabulous camera, I have had mine for about two years now, and have no intention of replacing it any time soon. As a birder, I can confirm that in both FPS and focus it is frustrating to use vs. a 1D/7D series camera, although the shots I have gotten with it that were in focus and captured the desired action came out very nice.


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Jun 08, 2012 10:02 |  #12

melanopsin wrote in post #14548253 (external link)
...5DII isn't THAT big an upgrade....

The 5D doesn't have video capabilities, the mark II does. Because of that game changing major upgrade, for some, the 5D might as well be a doorstop.


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Jun 08, 2012 10:13 |  #13

I don't use video even on the 7D body so that should be fine.

One thing puzzles me more and more is that Do I really need 7D and 5D at the same time? Will 5D produce some pics that 7D cannot?

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Jun 08, 2012 10:17 |  #14

riffster wrote in post #14550037 (external link)
The 5D doesn't have video capabilities, the mark II does. Because of that game changing major upgrade, for some, the 5D might as well be a doorstop.

if you need video and don't mind the huge RAW files. :rolleyes:
the 5D would hardly be considered a doorstop by anyone. If someone were to treat a 5D as a door stop then they probably aren't a Photographer and more of a gear collector with G.A.S.


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Jun 08, 2012 10:18 |  #15

Birds I will stick with 7d. Personally I don't know what you can't do with 7d that you need 5d unless super thin DOF. You haven't told us what lenses you have. Your 70-200mm f2.8 should be very good on your 7d for portraits.


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