If it COST Canon solely, only to MAKE the camera, at $2400, you would not be purchasing it for $3499 retail.
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pretty much essential to have an assistant with an off camera flash setup maybe 2 or 3 flashes in a ganglight setup through an umbrella. depends on how much power you need really
I'd choose the 1Ds MkII, even over the 5D MkII, but it all boils down to what you shoot. In fact I did choose the 1Ds MkII, but I rarely go over ISO400, so the worse ISO performance isn't a problem for me.
That said, if you would be satisfied with the 5Dc, the 1Ds MkII is better than it in pretty much all areas.
The issue with going 1-series is that you don't want to go back to "prosumer" cameras anymore...
I missed so many potentially great shots, taken otherwise in proper lighting (morning or evening).
... highlight recovery +100, shadows +100 :-) .. and you can have a couple of assistants swarm around you with flashes and reflectors - I'm always amazed by the big effort if I see film crews setting up the light for daytime shooting.
With static subjects, I use One Shot. With my 5DII, I almost always use One Shot because of the disappointing results I get with AI Servo, regardless of lens. On my 7D, if there's movement or expected movement, I use AI Servo. Shooting with my 85mm f/1.2L II on the 7D in AI Servo, several times with young daughter running diagonally toward me, I got about 8 of 10 shots in crisp, eyelash-counting focus despite the 'ponderous' AF of the 85L.
I haven't used the 5DIII, but given that it bests the 7D on AF, I'd not hesitate to use AI Servo with fast primes wide open - I certainly will be doing a lot of that when my 5DII replacement - a 1D X - arrives.
what focus mode ddo you use? zone? spot? i havent had such great results using spot and trying to maintain tracking of a persons eye walking towards me
I think I'm going to go for an EOS 3 instead. I will only be shooting indoor portraits, and don't need the fast AF and weatherbuild extras. Shutter durability for the 3 is 100K and the 1V is 200K I believe, but I suppose I won't be taking 100K shots with this
There is one for sale locally that sounds nice, i'd be happy to pay for it and pick it up for you if you work out a deal with the seller. You can then pay me the cost plus shipping.
Sure thing Brian. TBH, I'm thinking of pulling someone in from Model Mayhem and doing comparison shots between the 5d2, 5d3, 1ds3 and h3dII-39.
If it's one thing that annoys me it's the lack of shots with people in. It's what these cameras are geared up to shoot in the mainstream. I intend to do some nice big ass portrait shots like on my site www.booheads.co.uk