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Tired of the 5D II autofocus at low light weddings!

 
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Jan 15, 2015 11:33 |  #1

Hello guys,

I've been a 5D Mark 2 user since 2010 and it has been a blast! However, I've been slowly getting more weddings than studio or location photoshoots. Normally I shoot weddings at full size raw files but let's be honest, for an album, wedding day photos never get that big except for the artistic photoshoots we do on location.

I've been looking around to get a used 1D mark 3 as my main body for low light wedding events as the Autofocus and performance is way better than the 5D2, to my understanding.

Is this something reasonable? I don't need the 21 megapixel size on events.

Please let me know if theres a better body out there for the same price as a used 1D3 that would do better.


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Jan 15, 2015 11:37 |  #2

Are you using any sort of focus assist? What lens are you using? The 6D is able to focus in lower light than the 5D or even the 1D3. But it might be that there are other options for you.




  
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Jan 16, 2015 05:46 |  #3

Put a Yongnuo YN622C in the hotshoe, Instant AF assist... Job Done....:-)


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Jan 16, 2015 05:56 |  #4

A Canon ST-E2 has focus assist lights too, and its nowhere near as bulbous as putting a flash on your hotshoe. Plus, you can handhold your flash, if you chose to use one in these situations, and trigger it remotely.




  
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Jan 16, 2015 11:23 |  #5

Thats what the YN622C is, its a Low level Trigger, but uses Radio instead of InfraRed.....and costs a 1/4 of the ST-E2 as well...:)


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Jan 16, 2015 11:33 |  #6

The YN 622 has a terrible AF beam (compared to something like a 430ex), it's far to small and misaligned. However I did read a fix for the alignment issue. A good AF assist beam will help you focus better than a new camera


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Jan 16, 2015 15:03 |  #7

Shamir wrote in post #17383829 (external link)
Hello guys,

I've been a 5D Mark 2 user since 2010 and it has been a blast! However, I've been slowly getting more weddings than studio or location photoshoots. Normally I shoot weddings at full size raw files but let's be honest, for an album, wedding day photos never get that big except for the artistic photoshoots we do on location.

I've been looking around to get a used 1D mark 3 as my main body for low light wedding events as the Autofocus and performance is way better than the 5D2, to my understanding.

Is this something reasonable? I don't need the 21 megapixel size on events.

Please let me know if theres a better body out there for the same price as a used 1D3 that would do better.


Thanks

I owned a 1dmk3......

You will NOT be a happy camper if you think the 1dmk3 will be remotely better than the 5dmk2 for low light capabilities. Acquiring the shots is one thing but to retain the details using low available light there's a huge difference in IQ.


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Jan 16, 2015 22:20 |  #8

I also recommend the 6D for wedding work.


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Jan 16, 2015 22:28 |  #9

No flash AF assist works if you have the camera in AI Servo. However I have had both too, and the 1D3 just seemed to lock focus so much easier in low light, in almost near dark in fact.

I would suggest turning on the assist points on the 5d2 around the center point, if you haven't already.


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Jan 17, 2015 00:44 |  #10

What lens(s) are you using? That has a big impact on low light autofocus performance. I shoot a lot indoors in poor (to a camera at least) light and find the 24-70 f/2.8 II grabs focus much quicker than either my 24-105 f/4 or 50/1.4. I believe the 85/1.8 is also good in low light but I haven't used one in a while to confirm.




  
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