ALPrasetio wrote in post #14736634
Option A: $800 for a 5Dc Gripped around ~15K shutter count
Option B: $1000 for a 5D Mark II gripped with 124k shutter.
Im worried about going with option B for the fact that it's such a high shutter count. I know shutter count is one of those hit and miss type of deal so I was just wondering how much would I be spending on a replacement shutter if it were to die.
And with option A, I would probably try to go with a 50/1.4 and sell my clumsy 50/1.8, so around the same ballpark for both options.
On option A, you're getting a camera that's capable of great frames but lacks live view, video and microfocus adjustment. Since the pixels are quite big, MFA is probably not really needed for most lenses.
On option B, it's a high-miler but that doesn't mean the shutters going to fail tomorrow. The thing about heavily used cameras is that everything has been heavily used... buttons, knobs, lens connections and of course the shutter can fail. Replacement of the shutter typically costs $350. You get live view, video, MFA and considerably better low light performance. This camera also works really well if you want to use manual focusing through live view and a loupe. Battery life is ~800 frames with the lcd disabled and ~150-200 frames using live view.
You should be aware that the autofocus of the 5D2 is the same as the system on the 5D and is at least a generation older than you experienced on the 50D. It is usable but it's not that great.
One the EF 50/1.4... Optically, it's a decent lens but mechanically it's fragile. They are fine if treated carefully (in particular retract the lens before putting it away). I had one for years without difficulty but I'd be awfully cautious about a used one.
The Sigma 50/1.4 can be had for very little more - provided it's properly calibrated it's a better lens all around and competes with the 50L in image quality.
With your available budget, I'd go for the 5D classic and a 50/1.4 - preferably the Sigma.