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Aug 26, 2013 06:21 |  #1

Maybe a silly question because its all personal opinion I guess...

Im just heading out into the world of time-lapse, and I have an old 400D, 5D, 5Dmkii and EOS M.

Which camera would you use? I am concerned about shutter/mirror wear, although its obviously going to ramp up actuations a lot, a camera is supposed to be used, but I have options so maybe I should consider it.

I can't used the M because no intervalometer is available (still investigating. Magic Lantern is out because I updated the firmware).
The 5D is an option, but I really don't like changing glass in the field with this body because of dust and no built in cleaner.
The 400D mainly gathers dust at home, and I have some decent glass for it (10-22, 17-55 f2.8) so I could use this, leaving the 5Dmkii free for shots whilst the time lapse runs.
Or use the 5Dmkii for time lapse and the 400D for other shots at the same time? I don't need the high res for time-lapse, but then again I can use the 5Dii on sRaw and use live view to reduce actuations/wear.
The 400d doesn't have live view, but its not worth anything so if I wear it out, big deal. Think I answered by own question:
Use the 400d for time-lapse and leave my 5Dii free for other shots at the same time (get another tripod and do some long exposures etc whilst Im on location, better IQ, dynamic range etc).
What would you guys do?




  
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Aug 26, 2013 08:43 |  #2

I would not worry about shutter actuations. The camera is just a tool, so use the best tool for the job.

Personally, I would setup all three cameras for timelapse, different focal lengths and different compositions, and use the EOS M to get the other shots you are talking about.


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Aug 26, 2013 10:22 |  #3

philn67 wrote in post #16240511 (external link)
Maybe a silly question because its all personal opinion I guess...

Im just heading out into the world of time-lapse, and I have an old 400D, 5D, 5Dmkii and EOS M.

Which camera would you use? I am concerned about shutter/mirror wear, although its obviously going to ramp up actuations a lot, a camera is supposed to be used, but I have options so maybe I should consider it.

I can't used the M because no intervalometer is available (still investigating. Magic Lantern is out because I updated the firmware).
The 5D is an option, but I really don't like changing glass in the field with this body because of dust and no built in cleaner.
The 400D mainly gathers dust at home, and I have some decent glass for it (10-22, 17-55 f2.8) so I could use this, leaving the 5Dmkii free for shots whilst the time lapse runs.
Or use the 5Dmkii for time lapse and the 400D for other shots at the same time? I don't need the high res for time-lapse, but then again I can use the 5Dii on sRaw and use live view to reduce actuations/wear.
The 400d doesn't have live view, but its not worth anything so if I wear it out, big deal. Think I answered by own question:
Use the 400d for time-lapse and leave my 5Dii free for other shots at the same time (get another tripod and do some long exposures etc whilst Im on location, better IQ, dynamic range etc).
What would you guys do?

You did answer your own question.

Then only time I've done time-lapse I used a T2I although that has live view I used it through an old laptop and EOS utility to do it, it worked pretty well.




  
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Aug 26, 2013 11:08 |  #4

Heath wrote in post #16240759 (external link)
I would not worry about shutter actuations. The camera is just a tool, so use the best tool for the job.

Personally, I would setup all three cameras for timelapse, different focal lengths and different compositions, and use the EOS M to get the other shots you are talking about.

I hadn't thought of that bw!




  
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