Hello all. I've monitored this forum for several years but only just decided to join.
This story has interested and tempted me. I'm primarily a landscape photographer and own a 1DS III and some decent glass. Whilst the camera has been a trusty workhorse and delivered some great images, I've often been disappointed with the dynamic range and softness in RAW. I must accept that I'm using probably 7-year old technology now and it appears that lower-priced prosumer products are equalling and in some cases surpassing the IQ of my trusty old box.
For some time now I've been sure that a combination of a few criterea would tempt me into purchasing a new full-frame body:- Greater DR, greater resolution, less higher-iso noise, less weight. I don't care much for better/faster autofocus, framerates etc etc.
To those who might question these requirements:
DR has always been limiting to me, I've always missed the extra that seemed to be afforded by decent 35mm film. I'm often shooting into the light, whether the sun is visible or not. I filter many of my shots and often still need to combine heavy filtering and blending techniques - if I can reduce the need to do this, all the better.
Resolution - 21MP used to be BIG, it's become about average now. I often print landscapes large and would love not to have to interpolate. The extra detail offered by higher resolution is always going to benefit my images, regardless.
ISO - It's true I shoot predominantly low-iso long esposures, but I also find myself in situations where higher-iso is needed. On the 1DS III, I'm hesitant to run above 400iso when I want a clean image. It seems to me that high-iso IQ is the area that has improved most in those 7 years.
So, I'm now in a position where I feel tempted by a little Sony which appears to offer the things I'd benefit from. I could probably fund its purchase by selling the 1DS III (retaining my glass). My question is; should I? Do you guys think I'll realise significant improvement from such a move, or so little I should stay-put?
Thanks for your time