First - thanks for your friendly replies. I fully understand if you think "why the heck does he wants yet another camera?"
I'm not rich but i have some clients ;-) and need to spend on equippment (to save tax ;-) ) ... - and yes IF i spend money on something than it is most of the time on photography gear - lame excuse, i know ;-)
so here is a bit of excuse:
- i basically not use the 50D and the 1DM2 anymore - the IQ of the other bodies i own is just too good. (but you hardly get any money for them anyway, so they rest in a box)
- i use the 5dm2 without a battery grip and the 24-105 attached to it for "street" usage - it's actual a handy solution - not as big as the 1Ds, as some pointed out correctly.
- right now i do use the other 5DM2 (with battery grip) with the 70-200 f4 attached to it mainly for studio work - the lens had been adjusted to that body from CPS - or it is pure luck, but this combination is fantastic in terms of IQ - it's razor sharp and i use f5.6-f11 at ISO 100 in the studio most of the time - so f4 is fast enough. Maybe it's just my copy, but i like the ISO100 IQ of that body more than the 5DM3 files. For the pure RAW IQ i was never really overwhelmed with the (my) 5DM3 compared to my 5DM2. (it has some nice features of course that the 5DM2 is missing)
The 1D-X and 1DM3 are used only for sports - they sit in my hardcase ready for being used almost every weekend. I do use the 70-200 f2.8 on the 1DM3 for the extra reach (APS-H) and flexibility and my 135F2 on the 1D-X for indoor sport with ISO6400 as an example at f2 (I photograph soccer, basketball, handball, icehockey) Both of them (1DX,1DM3) could need extra resolution in the studio - so i'm not using them there at all. (yes, even the 2.x MP more of the 5D over the 1DX count)
Well you still could argue (my wife would) - hey you still have that 5DM3 - why are you looking at a 1Ds? It's because i think it's good value for the money and as many wrote, it is wellknown for it's superb images , color rendering .... (yes i do shoot RAW only but still value what comes out straight of the camera) and it's better suited for tough outdoor conditions, wheather. But on the other hand, i understand there is another FF (6D) body that is cheaper and has the latest sensor. So i started this to have someone comment on how he like's the 6D images over the 1Ds images.
You are right - there are more important issues on this planet, but hey - CR is alot about gear talk - isn't it ?
Yeah, Paul, looking at that more closely (had glanced before) I see the overlaps. I am also surprised he says he uses the 5D2 more than the others. I read a thread here some time back in which a photographer said he was happy with his 1Dx shooting headshots (actors, models) and I believe that, because these files/images with a new 18Meg sensor are well within the quality range for 8x10 prints.
My joy with the two 1Ds bodies I found at about $2250 (each, averaged) is based on:
1. Cost for the quality (way lower than the 1Dx)
2. Ability to have two for consistent control layout shooting in a fast-moving situation
3. Reasonable cost for the durability, water sealing
4. (OK, this isn't that important) The sound of the shutter <bid wide mad grin>
5. The invested $$ won't go down to fast
6. The cost fits my market (follow on to #5)
7. Client knows I'm serious (here most don't know the gear so less a factor.)
Like most here, I find the 1DsMk3 sensor likes to be 2/3 stop over exposed. ETTL baked in.
The 1Ds family not a street unit. I wish I never sold my Leica and Leicavit <sigh> film limitations aside.
I like the 5DMk3 OK, and love the flexibility with the ISO and "better" focusing. (my copy not so good, unfortunately) so I *do* plan to get a second one of these for to have a consistent control layout aspect appropriate shoots. I sold my 5DMk2 and crop body to help with these moves and to step up in quality. (You called it "magic"? Agreed.)