« on: October 23, 2011, 05:24:32 PM »
I own a 1D4, 2 x 1Ds3 and a 5D2.
I'm primarily a wedding photographer (47 this year, 35 already booked for next) who also does a significant amount of portraits.
For me I was perfectly happy with the 1Ds3 apart from a few things which I'll list below in the order or most important:
Rubbish LCD (Biggest hinderance to me)
High ISO performance
CPU speed (buffer emptying speed)
To counter this, I used the 1D4 which addressed all of the above....except it wasn't full frame.
You could say it was like dating a hot girl who was a psychopath.
For me the 1Dx is the (almost) perfect camera and indirectly it's beneficial in other areas.
I can sell my 24L prime and I can start using my 24-105L in a church by bumping the ISO.
I also now effectively can effectively replace my 24-70 and I may not need to carry around my 70-200L as much.
Thing is, I shoot at 2.8 because I have to, not because I want to. A lot of the time I'm at an angle to the bride and groom and have to decide which one is in sharp focus.
Also, I don't need to upgrade my PC for another 3 years to handle 40mp Raws.
What I don't like is the drop in 3mp - I would of expected them to stay at 21mp and even though it is ony a small percentage smaller overall I do like my images to breathe and to have the option to crop later.
What worries me though is the ISO 100 performance. The 1Ds3 was totally unbeatable and because of this fear I'll be keeping hold of the 1Ds3 for portraits.
I never use the 5D2 apart from some small scale video and as a backup camera for my assistant. Even though the 5D2 shares the same sensor (apparently) to the 1Ds3 it's output isn't the same, colours are too warm and in my hands the weight is unbalanced with any serious glass attached to it. You can't push the RAW files anywhere near as much as the 1Ds3.
Going back to the 1Dx, all I wanted was better iso performance and a better screen. I would of been happy with that and Canon kinda overdelivered. Let's hope they did a good job. I'm one of 200 going to the Pro Solutions private hands on this coming Wednesday.