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Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2014, 09:00:42 AM »
Thanks for all the advice. i'll get a 6d and mk1 as a back up!

You should really write what you shoot (is there an English verb for this that doesn't also mean kill something?!) with what lenses or all advice can only be off the mark.

has better AF

... and that's saying something :-p

Slower sync time and maximum speed

I agree that Canon took the opportunity and crippled the 6d, but in all honesty 1/180s is not that much slower than 1/200s and personally I only need 1/8000 for bracketing - 1/4000 stops all action I can think of. It might be different for very fast lenses in bright light, but then again you'd need a nd filter anyway.

The real annoyance about the x-sync speed is that you need to set the camera to 1/2 expo steps or you're at 1/160s x-sync which really hurts.

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Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2014, 09:00:42 AM »

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Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2014, 01:02:54 AM »
(is there an English verb for this that doesn't also mean kill something?!)

Shoot should only mean photography IMO, at least in times of peace ;)

OP, I have noticed the 5DIII is much more forgiving to over-saturation than the 5Dc. I always have to keep on the histogram with the 5Dc, since if something is blown out, it is gone. Also the sensor of the 6D is twice a high in resolution- you can barely crop with the 5D. Live view is an excellent feature that I miss.
Having said that, I will probably prefer a used 5DII for $1000 than a 6D for $1300. Unfortunately, all the used 5DIIs seem to be available for not less than $1300, so go figure!
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Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2014, 03:03:57 AM »
Having said that, I will probably prefer a used 5DII for $1000 than a 6D for $1300. Unfortunately, all the used 5DIIs seem to be available for not less than $1300, so go figure!

That doesn't mean anything, subjective demand is no indicator for technical superiority. The dslr crowd in general is rather conservative and old-school, also look at the prices for older L lenses that are rather mediocre by today's standards.

I put a lot of time deciding between 6d and 5d2, and the 5d2 is more "pro" as in full mag body, higher shutter rating, 1/8000s shutter, 1/200 x-sync and cf cards, but otherwise the 6d is the more modern and superior camera: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=12582.msg226467#msg226467

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Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2014, 10:06:21 PM »
Having said that, I will probably prefer a used 5DII for $1000 than a 6D for $1300. Unfortunately, all the used 5DIIs seem to be available for not less than $1300, so go figure!

That doesn't mean anything, subjective demand is no indicator for technical superiority. The dslr crowd in general is rather conservative and old-school, also look at the prices for older L lenses that are rather mediocre by today's standards.

I put a lot of time deciding between 6d and 5d2, and the 5d2 is more "pro" as in full mag body, higher shutter rating, 1/8000s shutter, 1/200 x-sync and cf cards, but otherwise the 6d is the more modern and superior camera: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=12582.msg226467#msg226467

I can understand people not wanting to sell 5DIIs they purchased for 2.5K below 1200-1300, but what surprises me is the market tolerating those asking prices.
In fact, you are right- the fact that people for whom money is not an issue asking whether they should buy an old 5DII or a new 6D should have tipped me off.
Having said that, I purchased an old 5DII today- money is an issue for me. That 300 dollars makes a difference to me.
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Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2014, 12:10:14 AM »
i personally believe that it is still a good camera, but we, most of the time, want use and buy a better... once budget is not an issue.

take a look at below video, this photographer (i believe that he is a high end fashion photographer), one of those that i like most, is still using his canon 5d mark i.  pay attention to lenses that he uses also as if you wish... has watched his videos for a while and still enjoy with every single new comings...

note:  one of his cheapest lenses is 50mm f/1.8 and i think he does own 5d mark ii too...

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Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2014, 01:19:53 AM »
I've owned the Canon 40D, 5DII,  5DIII, and I've used the T3i, 60D, 5Dc, and 6D quite a lot. I can say the 5DIII is by far the best of all these.

The 5Dc produces beautiful shots up to ISO800, the 40D was a work horse, and the 5DII was great, and the 6D is pretty much the same as the 5DII with a few extra goodies. But the 5DIII is pretty damn good at everything from video to sports to landscape to portraitsl the ergonomics are awesome, and it's built like a tank. It stands out above all in this category. The only better camera to the 5DIII is the 1Dx, but you got to pay and you have to carry a much bigger camera. Overall, I would ditch the 5Dc for either a 5DII, a 6D, or a 5DIII if you can cough up the cash. Then wait for the next generation.

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Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2014, 01:37:36 PM »
Hi I'm still own a canon 5d mk1 and i'm thinking if do i need to upgrade to 6d? well, i can't afford the 5d mkIII.

but still my question is should i get a 6d or keep using my 5d mk1 and save money to buy a mkIII?

Thanks

There are some really useful features on the newer bodies.  I had the 5D, two 5D MK II's, and two 5D MK III's as well as two 7D's.  Any of the FF bodies were head and shoulders better IQ than the 7D.
1.  AFMA.  Tweak your AF system to match each of your lenses.  It might not be apparent on the 12 MP body, but with more MP, you will want more accurate autofocus.
 
2.  Live View can be very useful, I use it a lot.  Others may not, it does depend on the user.
 
3.  The ability to crop with a higher MP sensor is improved, I seem to do this a lot.
 
4.  I do think that IQ improves as well, particularly the reds.
 
5.  The improvement at high ISO's has been discussed.

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« Reply #21 on: June 22, 2014, 01:37:36 PM »

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Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2014, 01:09:29 AM »
5Dc is a fine camera but I wouldn't upgrade unless you have your lenses lined up first. It's better money spent on glass first then when you have your lenses ready, the 6D/5D3 will be waiting.

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Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« Reply #23 on: July 09, 2014, 04:06:14 AM »
5Dc is a fine camera but I wouldn't upgrade unless you have your lenses lined up first. It's better money spent on glass first then when you have your lenses ready, the 6D/5D3 will be waiting.
...and if you wait until 2015, you could be possibly able choose to upgrade to a used 6D/5D3 or to a new 6D2/5D4...
 
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Re: Is Canon 5d mk 1 still a good camera?
« Reply #24 on: July 09, 2014, 04:12:01 AM »
That's what is happening to me: I can't convince myself that I need a new Full Frame body, so I'm keeping my 5Dc plus my EOS M when I need to shoot videos or to travel light.

The 5d3 has full res raw video capability (with Magic Lantern) so that's a decisive feature added, of course apart from everything else ML offers as it isn't available on the 5dc.

Otherwise only upgrading a body after knowing what exactly the required improvement is imho is the best advice. Much more sense putting $$$ into lenses and esp. lighting gear (1x 600rt = €500 ...). It's easy to test-drive a new camera nowadays either via rental or in a shop, if it doesn't immediately deliver the "that's worth a couple of thousand $$$" impression the money might be better saved.

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« Reply #24 on: July 09, 2014, 04:12:01 AM »