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Canon 5d Classic for general use?

 
taylorman00
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Feb 23, 2013 10:02 |  #1

\I'm coming from a 50D and 7D and was happy with both of those, but have always wanted to try a 5D Classic or 5DII. I'm thinking of maybe buying a 24-105L (what I used to have) and a 5D Classic. I've only spent about 20 minutes total with one though, so I didn't get a good enough feel for how it is for general walkaround stuff. I hear people bashing the AF system on it, but is it really that bad? I'll mostly be taking landscapes, MAYBE some light studio stuff, and then just general shots of my kids playing in the backyard, park, etc. I'll probably take shots of my oldest playing baseball, but I can focus on shots batting and in the field, not necessarily while running if the AF can't keep up.

So, I know it'll shine for landscapes and studio stuff, but can it hold it's own for just general shots of my kids playing? That may be a dumb question, but it just seems like the AF on the 5Dc really gets ripped on a lot.


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Feb 23, 2013 10:48 |  #2

It's a fantastic camera and the images have a great quality to them. The longer you have it the more you will fall in love with it. It's a heavy beast (with a grip and two batteries) but it feels substantial and comfortable in your hands. I use mine all the time for general purpose shooting. I have the mark 2 as well. I never get caught up in the pixel count between the two, as they're both great! But the mark 2 is obviously the go-to in really low light or to shoot video. You can't lose either way!


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Feb 23, 2013 11:03 |  #3

The Af is limited compared to a 1series or the 50 or 7d but it isn't that bad for unspecialised stuff. Tracking your kids should be no problem. Its just not a sports camera. Af actually is pretty similar to rebel cameras before the 650d/T4i. Enjoy its a fine camera


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Feb 23, 2013 11:28 as a reply to  @ jaomul's post |  #4

I use mine for sports and the focus does a reasonably good job


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Feb 23, 2013 12:57 |  #5
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I've had my 5D for about 3 months. I shot a volley ball game with it, using the 85 1.8. Worked like a charm, if you discount the 3fps burst rate. My other camera at the game was a 60D with Sigma 70-200 OS mounted. I switched lenses on the bodies and did NOT notice a difference in AF performance between the two bodies. I used my 5D and 28-135 for a large family christmas gathering and it performed well in a dimly lit house. I used the AF-assist beam from a 550 EX to help it out. I am no expert, but I believe the center point of the 5D is at least as good as the center point of the 60D. My 5D does seem to struggle a bit to focus the 50 1.8 in poor light. AF-assist beams solves that problem.

Coming from a 50D/7D, I think you'll notice a useable improvement in the noise profile at ISO1600 & 3200. In my opinion the 5D is better than the 60D with respect to noise. And the noise you DO get from the 5D is not as color-blotchy as the 60D. If it is important to you, the 5D only goes up to 3200. I don't find the gripped 5D significantly different to hold than my gripped 60D.

My biggest complaints about the 5D are quite minimal. The rear screen sucks for anything but menu-use and checking the histogram. No auto-ISO of any kind. EC and bracketing are two separate and distinct operations. Battery life is noticeably shorter, even in a grip with two batteries. Notice I am comparing it to the 60D with 2 LP-E6 batteries. Not a fair comparison. And finally, you can't use a wireless remote, you'll need an N3 (I think) wired remote.

One thing I find really weird about the 5D is the ability to CREATE folders, but no ability to selectively delete files IN a specific folder. You can delete ONE shot, or ALL shots on the card, and nothing in between.

I think the 5D makes a nice body for general purpose shooting.


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Feb 23, 2013 13:04 as a reply to  @ TSchrief's post |  #6

I have a soft spot for this camera.

It really revolutionalized affordable FF dslr. Put it this way when Canon introduced the 5d back in 2005, the industry reporters asked Nikon what did they think about it. Nikon emphatically said that full-frame (FX) is not where it is at. DX format is. ;)

The 5dc put out stunning images back then and I don't see it falter compare to today's modern FF cameras. Apart from its now archaic interfaces and speed, the 5dc is a tremendously wonderful image making device. I will one day repurchase it as a personal pleasure camera.


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Feb 23, 2013 13:24 |  #7
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Here is a good comparison between the IQ of the 5D and 6D. As far as IQ goes, you don't get much for your money. The 5D is still a very nice body.

https://photography-on-the.net …54361&highlight​=grunticus


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Feb 23, 2013 13:40 |  #8

I have owned all 5d series. Had to sell for money so now back to 5dc. Still love it. For me either 5dc or 5dmk3.


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Feb 23, 2013 16:39 |  #9

John37 wrote in post #15643439 (external link)
The longer you have it the more you will fall in love with it.

...this is a strange comment. Strange: because it is true. :D

I bought a 5D because I'm on a budget and needed a back-up to my 7D. So it has always been the "poorer" cousin to the 7D: only using it when I had to. But over the last couple of months I've been using it more and more: calling me like the ring did to Gollum. "My Precious!" (external link)


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Feb 23, 2013 18:16 |  #10

I'm really leaning towards pulling the trigger on one. It would only leave me with $600 tho and no lenses. I found a mint condition 24-105 for $600 or the other option is o buy a 28-135 and an 85 1.8. I used to have a 24-105, but the 85 1.8 would make a great general lens too with the kids and the samples I've seen from the 28-135 and 5dc look nice.


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Feb 23, 2013 18:50 |  #11
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I bought a 28-135 specifically to have a GP zoom for my 5D. I am happy with it for $200.


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Feb 23, 2013 20:58 |  #12

I still love my 5D, something about the image quality reminds me of film/medium format, I use it more than my 7D.


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Feb 24, 2013 18:01 |  #13

Well, finally but the bullet and bought one. My biggest hesitation has been the lack of popup flash. I know they aren't good and I rarely used it, but they are nice for me on those indoor shots of the kids....just quick random stuff. Most of my shots are without a flash tho, so I figured the pros far outweighed the cons. I'll have to look for a cheap, yet decent, yongnuo flash or something.


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Feb 25, 2013 15:45 |  #14

Glad you got the 5Dc.
I had a 24-105 and used it on my 40D and thought it was an OK lens, but nothing too special. Six months ago I got a 5Dc and found the 5D/ 24-105 perfect compliments to each other. Photos are crisp in detail and mellow in tone. The combination is greater than the sum of the parts.




  
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Feb 25, 2013 20:05 |  #15

Enjoy the 5D. A cheap 28-135 and 430EX combo would round it out quite nicely for a general use camera


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