06-30-2013 09:19 PM
I presently have a 40d and am considering upgrading. I think I would be better served with a full frame camera. However, I can't decide whether to purchase a 6d or 5d. I think the 6d would meet my needs but, don't want to limit myself and thus am considering the 5d. If they were closer in price, there would be no question I like the ability to increase the ISO to such a large number..
I am a amateur, so my concern is that the 5d would be like owning a Ferrari in Los Angeles traffic. I would look good, but I could never use its full capabilities.
My photographic interests range from landscapes to macros to travel. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks
07-01-2013 11:30 AM
07-01-2013 12:17 PM
By all means, if you can afford the price of admission, get the 5D Mk III. It is a wonderful camera and will serve you for years to come. Personally, I would buy a good used 5D Mk II before I bought a 6D.
07-01-2013 12:20 PM
Conversly, you could also learn how to use the "advanced features" of the 5d3 yet still not use them much in the field. Did it hurt to have the 5d3? No, but was it worth and extra $1000+ for features you don't use?
Unless you're shooting a lot of fast moving subjects the differences between the two cameras are minimal. Both are very capable cameras. Me personally, I didn't think the cost difference was worth it, but I'm very much in the minority on the internet.
07-09-2013 03:09 AM
07-09-2013 04:13 PM
The 5D III has a _vastly_ superior auto-focus system. It goes far deeper than simply the number of points.
The 5D III essentially has the same auto-focus system as the flagship 1D-X (with one slight nuance of difference in how they link the metering modes to the follow focus modes.)
Canon has a 47 page guide JUST dedicated to describing how to take advantage of the focus system. You can find it here: http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2012/1dx_guidebook.shtml
(This page is just the intro page... click the link in the lower left corner of that page to download the PDF from Canon. BTW, this is for BOTH The 1D-X and the 5D III although the title just says "1D-X" - the text on their intro page will explain that it also applies to the 5D III.)
I upgraded from a 5D II... with the 5D III it was fairly easy to achieve results like this:
To create that photo, I used a 5D III with an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (original) with IS turned on. The shot was taken at ISO 100 using a slow shutter at 1/40th to imply the motion by creating deliberate blur of the background and wheelspokes, while panning to track the subject so that the subject would be sharp. This image only required minor adjustments for white balance, highlights & shadows, etc. but all the blur is natural.
To track the subject, I put the camera drive into continuous high-speed mode, switched the focus mode to "AI Servo", then set the AF tracking to "Case 2: Continue to track subjects, ignoring possible obstacles" (at times there were trees between me and the subject but the camera ignored them.) This would not have been as easy to do with my 5D II because it doesn't have AF tracking.
Given that this is a "panning" shot the subject sharpness has a lot to do with MY ability to follow the subject smoothly while I'm at a slow shutter speed... you get a number of shots that will be blurry NOT due to lens focus or focus tracking, but due to bad camera panning (me). I used continuous high-speed mode to blast off about a dozen shots as he rode past and then looked for the handful of shots that were the sharpest. It was actually an overcast day (you can see there's no shadow of the bike or rider on the ground) which means the image was a bit "cool"... so I just barely nudged the white balance over to "warm" the shot fractionally so that it wouldn't look like an overcast day.
The camera has 6 different AF tracking cases but more importantly... you can actually tune each of them.
When you combine the 61 point AF system with the different AF tracking cases combined with the shutter performance... it's a very attractive system.
07-17-2013 06:57 PM - edited 07-17-2013 07:06 PM
07-18-2013 09:32 AM
"... but a great lens will still be state of the art in 10 + years."
This is a valid point. Lenses do out last most camera bodies, usually, but "state of the art" after 10+ years? Hmmmmmmmm.
Kicking money to the curb for the moment, by the same measure, the 5D Mk III will always be ahead of a 6D. Even after 10+ years it will be better equipped to handle whatever new lens development that comes along.
Buy the best and cry once!