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To keep or not to keep

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
16 Apr 2011 2:04PM
I have a Canon 5D2 and use a Canon 100mm 2.8 lens a lot and would like to upgrade to the L version of this lens with is.

Here is my dilemma which I would appreciate your views, when I upgraded to the 5D2 I held on to the 5D as a spare body, but if anything went wrong with the 5D2 I would be taking a backward step in technology term, so am I better off trading in the 5D and my current lens which will go a very long way to funding the new lens.

I have probably answered my own question but would like to know what a few of you think.

Best regards. - gary

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Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
16 Apr 2011 2:58PM
Out of interest what is it with the 100mm L what you want over the macro lens that you have currently?

Also as for taking a step back with the 5D remember its still an impressive fullframe camera body - ok not as good as the 5DM2 in some respects, but still very much a good performer. Plus if you sell it and the 5DM2 goes wrong you won't have anything to fall back on Wink
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
16 Apr 2011 3:58PM
A very good question Alex as the lens is very good indeed, its the lack of is and the fact I take most of my images hand held that is steering me toward the L version.

Your point on the lack of a back up camera is the reason I still have the 5D and my reluctance to part with it.

Thanks for your response. - gary
brian1208 Plus
15 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 4:04PM
I hate being without a back-up body so would tend to suggest you stick with what you have.

On the other hand, if you use the 100 f2.8 a lot and suffer from lack of IS on it, then I can strongly recommend the 100 2.8 LIS. (They will have to tear mine out of my hands when I'm dead! Wink )
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
16 Apr 2011 4:06PM
Out of interest is it macro shots you're missing with the lack of IS or regular shooting? I'm not trying to make out that IS isn't worth it in a macro lens not that its not worth upgrading for (myself I was aiming for changing my 150mm for the 150mm OS still the disaster in Japan) but sometimes the changing of a method or the addition of something like flash can make a bigger difference.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
16 Apr 2011 5:15PM
Yes Alex it is in the macro shots I am missing the is, its when I am out with Patch and really don't want to lug the tripod around and a nice shot appears, obviously if I am out on a dedicated macro project then I use the tripod and my current lens is difficult to fault.

Thincat 11 616
16 Apr 2011 5:22PM
The question you need to ask yourself is how often have you used the 5D since you got the MkII - probably not very often since you regard it as "a backward step in technology" which it is. So you're only going to use it if the MkII breaks down. So you have this largely unused camera sitting around and its s/h price is gradually going down. I'd sell it if I were you - it's costing you to keep it. Stick the 5D and the lens on ebay (separately).

As regards IS and macro shots a lot of people say it doesn't help - in fact the Sony manual recommends turning it off. Most of the focus errors occur with longitudinal movement (forward and backwards from the subject) rather than lateral or yaw movements. I still reckon it helps when hand holding and I leave it on.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
16 Apr 2011 5:28PM
Never in fact, its been in storage since my 5D2 arrived.

Perry_95 7 59 1 Wales
16 Apr 2011 5:39PM
Am only a beginner, but wouldnt it be good to get some insurance or something on your 5DM2 so then that is what you fall back on, then you can simply sell your other body and lense and upgrade to the IS lens? maybe not sensible but i dont know Smile
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
16 Apr 2011 5:57PM
Back up body is good to have if you do pay job ie wedding, portrait etc etc and must have at least one that will work at anytime.
Otherwise, I would part ex it. If your 5d2 fails or broke, you have plenty of time or choice to get another.
Dave_Canon 11 1.4k United Kingdom
16 Apr 2011 7:47PM
Your welcome message suggests that you take photographs purely for pleasure so it is probably unlikely that you would carry a spare camera body just in case. When I bought my 5D2, I kept my 20D but largley because I did not think it was worth selling it but I stopped using it completely. However, I later decided to convert it to IR and it was a great advantage to use a camera where I knew the history. I knew it has less than 15,000 actuations so was well worth investing in. You might consider whether there is any future for your 5D but, if not, it will probably still fetch a good price which might not be the case in a few years. I have never bothered to sell my obsolete cameras and have all the cameras I have owned over the last 35 years which is only five as I make them last.

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
16 Apr 2011 7:54PM
You are absolutely correct Dave my photography is for pleasure so i think I am looking at trading in the 5D while the price is still worth doing so, in fact I have an interested party so its working out what is a fair price for both of us is the next question..

lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
16 Apr 2011 8:01PM
Perhaps another point to add is that although your getting excellent macro images with the 5D and 5D II and non L version of the 100mm canon macro is...

Your missing out on the crop factor of a body that has the 1.6x crop cmos sensor opposed to a full frame sensor.

If I was you I would sell the 5d and 100mm which would damn near give you enough budget to get a 60d and the 100mm L with a bit of clever shopping Wink
Thincat 11 616
17 Apr 2011 3:52PM

Quote:Never in fact, its been in storage since my 5D2 arrived.

I do exactly the same thing. When I buy a new camera (infrequently) I keep the old one as a backup. I never use the backup, except occasionally I pull it out of the cupboard and try it out on a few test shots. The weird thing is that, while the replacement camera didn't seem that much of an improvement over the old camera when I bought it - in fact the improvement is usually a bit disappointing - when I try the old camera after using its replacement it now seems slow and clunky. Then I ebay it - and get a fraction of the price I could have got before it was 2 generations out of date.

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