« Last post by Josh Denver on Today at 03:35:39 PM »
More specifically to my needs/wants. I would really like to become involved in wildlife video as a part of my photography hobby. I am really torn between the 1DX II and 5D4 based on my typical stills cropping history, favoring 30 MPs over 20 MPs. That's an historic fact based on my almost constant use of the 300 2.8 II X2 III combo. WA video is not a factor for me.
Now that has been muddied a bit by my recent purchase of the 400 DO II where X2 gets me 800mm reach. At the moment I've been pretty impressed with 400 X2 but can't really evaluate it well since my 6D won't AF. My guess is that 800 solves a lot of my cropping issues, otherwise I did not like the idea of buying an upgrade to my 6D that is only 20 MPs (shot alongside my friend with his 1DX and judged my IQ to almost equal his).
I briefly owned a 1DII and then a 1D4 which especially won my favor for 1 series features and I was on track to buy the 1DX II by Sept. 1. I've delayed that purchase due to the hype surrounding the 5D4 since it sounds in some ways more appealing than the 1DX II.
However, lately I've been arguing with myself that AF performance at F8 will be of utmost importance to me since I'll be using 400 X2 a lot. This is looking like a very challenging decision that I'm going to have to make by spring. If there are others in the same quandary, I'd sure love to hear their views. For now 400 X1.4 is serving me well with the 6D. I will not be delaying my camera purchase past spring for sure!!
Would the video capability significantly tip the balance in this scenario towards the 1DX II?
Yes it would tip the balance. For widelife you will always be shooting at 4K 60p. This will give you the edge over other videos. Either for slight slowmotion or fluidity. The 5D is capped at 30p. More for cinema use.
And even if 4K 60p is a lot of data, you'll use 1080p 120p. A respectable image.
5D is 120p at 720p (that's like you get canon 1100d quality for any slowmotion).
About stills resolution yes you won't get a new WOW effect from your new camera as if you've bought a 5Ds or a D810 and went 1:1 for the first time, but in reall life I find it just that, an effect. I shoot lots of 8mp 4K stills that end up printed and in wedding albums, nothing wrong with them. And while the 1Dxii will not give you a higher resolution/zoom, it will give you quite a bit better lowlight and a bucket of dynamic range and ever so slight color POP imporovement as been reported. And of course the AF system and burst rate and buffer and all that stuff, it's a better buy for you.
I personally bought a used nikon d800 and an old sharp 28-70 2.8 to satisfy my 1:1 peeping needs. Horrible video camrera. And wasn't a good buy after all, sets on the shelf as low resolution is just doing me well. I"d use it if I got a studio shoot, fashion, billboard, other than that, it's my 1DC for everything.