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Any Nikonians using the 5D MKII?

 
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May 18, 2009 16:15 |  #1

Hello everyone,

Hoping to get some feedback from some Nikon or Ex-Nikon users who have decided to start using the 5D Mark II. My favorite Nikon lenses are the 17-35 and 24-70 and I plan on replacing them with the 16-35 and 24-105. I'd like to hear how you like using the 5d Mk II over your previous or current Nikon body.

I'll get used to the ergonomics eventually, but my biggest two fears are being happy with the quality of the mid range lens in comparison to Nikons and also not having to worry about noise at low iso's.

Any feedback is appreciated.

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May 18, 2009 16:19 |  #2

it depends .. which nikon are you coming from ? with the 17-35, i would assume D300/200?

but just on the lens itself .. the 16-35 and the 24-105 are great lenses and mounted on a 5D2 is perfect combo .. but the F4 is something to think about if you are looking or used to shooting at f/2.8


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May 18, 2009 16:36 |  #3

Coming from D700 and I rarely shoot at f/2.8 in these ranges where I absolutely need it. If anything, I'd probably want to pickup a single fast prime for portraits or use a Sigma 150mm or Canon 100mm macro.




  
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May 18, 2009 17:31 |  #4

Hello Back

I just switched from a D300 which I still have to a 5DM2. I also still have a D200. I am selling my Nikon 17-55 2.8 but plan to keep my other Nikon lenses. My Canon Lens so far is a 24-70 2.8 and I plan this week to buy a 70-200. I just haven't made up my mind whether to get the 4.0 with IS or not. I think the 4.0 is all I need.

I haven't had the 5DM2 long enough to comment how it is over the D300 but I wanted to go full frame and the D700 I didn't think would do it for me. I hope I made the right choice. I may want to either buy the Canon 17-40 4.0 or the 16-35 later. How do you like the 5DM2 over the D700?




  
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May 18, 2009 18:10 |  #5

Don't know yet, that is why I'm asking :)




  
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May 18, 2009 23:23 |  #6

If you are coming from the D700 and interested in the 5D2... first ask yourself how important killer AF is. For what you shoot, if this imperative, then I'd think twice about switching. If you are mainly doing landscape, posed portraits, still life then yeah, the 5D2 would be awesome. But if you are doing any kind of sports, your D700 will serve you better.


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May 19, 2009 01:27 |  #7

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Hello Back

I just switched from a D300 which I still have to a 5DM2. I also still have a D200. I am selling my Nikon 17-55 2.8 but plan to keep my other Nikon lenses. My Canon Lens so far is a 24-70 2.8 and I plan this week to buy a 70-200. I just haven't made up my mind whether to get the 4.0 with IS or not. I think the 4.0 is all I need.

I haven't had the 5DM2 long enough to comment how it is over the D300 but I wanted to go full frame and the D700 I didn't think would do it for me. I hope I made the right choice. I may want to either buy the Canon 17-40 4.0 or the 16-35 later. How do you like the 5DM2 over the D700?

IMO, get it with IS. My friend has the 70-200 f/4 non-IS and it is super sharp. At 200mm even in bright light, any slight movement is very noticeable. I just got the 70-200 f/4 IS and loving it! The IS is added security that you'll get the sharpest possible picture at the long end.

I wished Canon had a FF camera similar to the D700 that is a pure still camera, with less mega pixels, higher fps, and NO video. I don't do any sports photography but when I need to capture something fast, I switch to my 40D.


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May 19, 2009 03:36 |  #8

picturecrazy wrote in post #7947747 (external link)
If you are coming from the D700 and interested in the 5D2... first ask yourself how important killer AF is. For what you shoot, if this imperative, then I'd think twice about switching. If you are mainly doing landscape, posed portraits, still life then yeah, the 5D2 would be awesome. But if you are doing any kind of sports, your D700 will serve you better.

very well said.


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picturecrazy wrote in post #7947747 (external link)
If you are coming from the D700 and interested in the 5D2... first ask yourself how important killer AF is. For what you shoot, if this imperative, then I'd think twice about switching. If you are mainly doing landscape, posed portraits, still life then yeah, the 5D2 would be awesome. But if you are doing any kind of sports, your D700 will serve you better.

Not if you're totally awesome.

The 5Dmkii can be great if you've got the ninja of the reflexes like the ninja reflexes I've have!

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On topic. I have an old Nikon SLR lying around the house somewhere (even has a 50mm lens on it!!!). Do I count?



  
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May 19, 2009 03:57 |  #10

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May 19, 2009 09:04 |  #11

Stealthy Ninja wrote in post #7948561 (external link)
Not if you're totally awesome.

The 5Dmkii can be great if you've got the ninja of the reflexes like the ninja reflexes I've have!

Nice shot!

But honestly, if you had two asskicking ninjas shooting sports, one with a 5D2, one with a D700, I'm sure you'll still find the ninja with the D700 will get many more keepers than the 5D2 overall.


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May 19, 2009 09:18 |  #12

Well I don't have Ninja skills but the stuff that I shoot doesn't move much either :)

No sports for me, usually posed portrait, still life or landscape. Macro too, but that is manual anyways.

One of my biggest concerns was the noise characteristics of the 5D at low iso, I did some prints this morning where the noise is definitely visible on screen but it turns out is almost impossible to see in print.

As for resolution, in print you'd be hard pressed to notice a difference between the D700 and Mark II at any print size ~ 13"x19" or less. I'll have to go bigger to see where you really start to notice the differences.




  
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May 19, 2009 10:50 |  #13

If you don't see any difference in resolution between the 5DM2 and the D700, then why did you switch from Nikon D700 to Canon?

I switched because I kind of always wanted to try Canon and when I decided to go full frame it looked like a good time to switch. I was going to try the D700 but was a little stuck on the 12MP and everyone said the image quality and detail was better on the 5DM2. Had the D700 had more MP then maybe I would have stayed with Nikon. I kind of think the 5DM2 menu is easier then Nikon also.

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May 19, 2009 10:57 |  #14

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If you don't see any difference in resolution between the 5DM2 and the D700, then why did you switch from Nikon D700 to Canon?

I switched because I kind of always wanted to try Canon and when I decided to go full frame it looked like a good time to switch. I was going to try the D700 but was a little stuck on the 12MP and everyone said the image quality and detail was better on the 5DM2. Had the D700 had more MP then maybe I would have stayed with Nikon. I kind of think the 5DM2 menu is easier then Nikon also.

John

I said at 13x19 it is difficult to tell the difference. If I go larger, i.e. 24x36 I'm sure it will become more noticeable. There is also the crop factor too.

It's not the body that is pushing me to switch, it's mostly the lenses. 24-105 f/4, 70-200 f/4 IS, 17mm TS-E. Frankly I think the only advantage the body has is the live view implementation.




  
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picturecrazy wrote in post #7949505 (external link)
Nice shot!

But honestly, if you had two asskicking ninjas shooting sports, one with a 5D2, one with a D700, I'm sure you'll still find the ninja with the D700 will get many more keepers than the 5D2 overall.

Your logic isn't right. Ninjas never use high FPS rates. They're fingers are faster. Also we always manual focus (much more reliable than any stupid AF 52 point rubbish). So...

:lol:


Stop assuming ninja's are mere humans. 8)




  
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