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Canon 1D Mk3 or Canon 5D Mk2

30 Aug 2008 8:15AM
Hello any help would be great, I finally decided to buy a 1d but am advised by the shop I should wait as there is a annoucement from canon expected.My questions are these even if it happens will a new camera really compare to a d1 and anyway will it not take ages for stock to come throught?Ive spend the last 2 months buying and selling lens (had ef-s) and now Im lossing my nerve!

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Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
30 Aug 2008 8:33AM
first of all, what do you shoot mainly? Do you need a 1d body? Bear in mind 1d mk III is 1.3x crop and 5d mk II is full frame and probably won't have the speed of 1d mk III
User_Removed 16 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2008 8:35AM
Hi Richard

To be honest, I don't really understand how you are going to be able to decide between these two camera types as they are so completely different (accepting the 5D Mk2 is going to still be a FF camera like the original).

Did you mean the 1Ds Mk III and not the 1D Mk III by any chance?

Barrie Smile
30 Aug 2008 9:15AM
I shoot mainly portraits but didnt want to buy a 5d because of the old tech and wanted some of the new bell/whistles althought the 1d is over kill Iwould rather go over the top than regret it even thought 1d seem to be 2400 pounds .Until the maybe 5d mk2 there really wasn t much of a choice so it was easy but now.......
User_Removed 16 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2008 9:20AM
Understand what you are saying Richard but the 1D III is a reduced sensor camera (1.3 crop as has been mentioned) whereas the 5D (and it's successor) is full frame, slower shooting rate, will have more pixels, blah de blah de blah Wink

As I imagine you know, the crop sensor has a dramatic effect on your lenses from the point of view of perspective and angle of view so this may well have a great bearing on your choice (if you shoot landscapes as well, you'll probably prefer the FF cameras for instance)

That's why I was saying, do you mean the 1Ds Mark III (FF) and not the 1D Mark III as this is more closely aligned to the 5D (Mark 2).
culturedcanvas 12 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2008 9:29AM
At the end of the day Barrie it's still choosing between an SLR and an SLR ... it's not like he's trying to decide between LF and a 5D. There are times when your choice is between two items so far apart for different reasons ... and weighing up which is the best option is pretty hard.

User_Removed 16 7.3k 6 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2008 9:46AM
Hi Dan

The difference is pretty fundamental and has a considerable bearing on the way you work. though perhaps not as 'dramatic' as your example Wink

Personally, I'd go for the FF as it gives you more flexibility.

Off to a wedding now at Chester Zoo - great fun!

Barrie Smile
culturedcanvas 12 4.7k 59 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2008 9:51AM
It does make a difference I agree but I switch between 1.6 crop, 1.3 crop and full frame without too much adjustment. Personally I'd go full frame also but probably for slightly different reasons.
lobsterboy Plus
14 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2008 9:52AM

Quote:it's still choosing between an SLR and an SLR .

Isn't it actually choosing between an SLR that exists and an SLR that might exist at some point in the future?
csurry 16 9.2k 92
30 Aug 2008 10:39AM

Quote:Off to a wedding now at Chester Zoo - great fun!

Are you finally making a honest monkey of that chimpaneze from the 2003 meet?

Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
30 Aug 2008 11:57AM
The Canon 5D (12.8Mp, full frame, 3fps, semi-pro body) and the 1D Mk III (10.3Mp, 1.3 crop, 10fps, pro body) serve different purposes.

First of all you have to decide where your main photographic activities will lie. Then you decide which camera.

Are you going to be out in all weathers taking sports and other action shots? If so, the 1D Mk III may suit. For most other stuff the 5D (and its successor) will be a cheaper and better option.
30 Aug 2008 1:26PM
I understand what your saying and if I could define what I would shoot then it would be easier to decide its mainly portraits but also kids days out family stuff etc.It is the 1d not the 1ds and my decision is futher complicated by the fact that a friend has a 1d in mint condition 1 year old that he s willing to sell me for 1600 notes so he can buy a 1ds! from what I hear the new 5d will be at this price point maybe higher!So if price isn t the issue what do to ...my head hurts.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
30 Aug 2008 1:33PM
The 1D III is not normally thought of as a portrait camera. Nor is it usually used for days out with the kids! Wink

Why is your friend really getting rid of his camera? Does is have the well-documented autofocus problems that have afflicted the 1D III (and indeed 1Ds III)? If so, make sure that has been sorted if you decide to buy.
30 Aug 2008 3:21PM
Whilst it is true that the 1d isn t usually thought of as either a portrait camera or for days out with the kids I was trying to say that it would have to do many DIFFERENT things.Anyway 1d went back to canon in april for fixes and clean etc
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
30 Aug 2008 3:35PM
From what you describe, If I were you, I will probably wait for the 5D mk II.

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