The way you describe it, it reminds me when I've had sand in an IS lens. Had to send it to service, and it came back a lot better.
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Hello, long time lurker and first-time poster!
I have a question regarding the 1DX. Currently I own a 5d2 and a 5d3, both gripped and nearly a dozen L-lenses and I use these bodies almost always together on an assignment. Through the CPS-program I was glad using a 1DX for a month and it blew my mind for how accurate this thing really is in low light (80% of my work environment) across the whole AF area and the output of the images are simply outstanding! Man what a magical camera this is! I'm back using the 5d3 now, even though the images and the controls are very similar but it is a lot harder to get the keepers I want (and slower/tracking to focus). I never knew the difference would be this big for me and I find myself missing the 1DX tremendously.
Now to my question and the need vs want dilemma. Even though I could afford the 1DX now, but it will hurt my pockets deeply and I would rather use those funds for traveling and taking more pictures! The price is a little too high for me and seeing the camera is out for quite some time, do you think there would be pricedrop in the near future? I considered to buy it second hand and I see quite some good deals but my insurance cannot guarantee full service so that is a problem. For me the near future is in and around Q1 2014 where I have a shitload of assignments piled up until the summer and a camera this capable could be really useful in those situations.
My thought on this is if you think you can make up the cost of the camera through your assignments then don't think twice. If you won't ever make up the difference then stick with the 5d3. If you can write off the depreciated value as a tax loss then you might be able to play some shell games.
Otherwise it doesn't make sense unless you are buying it for fun. Business is business and should be mindful of how long it will take to recover the expense.
6D + 17-40L
Chinatown - Street by petach123 (Peter Tachauer), on Flickr
Wait for the reviews.
If there are going to be any price drops, it will be after DxO and/or dpreview have reviewed it.
If the lack of DR is confirmed in production models and it becomes apparent that the 5D3 is roughly the same as a 5D2 for taking photographs then it is possible that cost conscious people will stop buying the 5D3 and buy the 5D2.
And cost conscious means people that aren't professional photographers because all those that are professionals will be able to factor it in to this year's capital expenses one way or another (and will get a VAT/GST refund on top of writing it off for tax purposes.)
So the buyer looking for a discount is going to have to wait...