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Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:32:35 PM »
Hi,
I have a canon 5D mk1 and happy with except when it comes to lack of live view and the LCD quality.
Mostly I shoot landscapes, but I like macro, or close-up nature details  i.e. leafs with dew, mushrooms, detail on trees, flowers...
Right now, I have a 15mm 2.8, a 17-40mm 4l, a 35mm 1.4L, 100mm 2.8 macro and an oldie 80-200mm 2.8L.
Been looking to at the ts-e 24mm and even the 17mm, against upgrading the body.
I really don't care for the video abilities of the mk2, as i have the lumix lx-3, and the small videos I shoot, are good enough for me - yes, it's just a hobbie, and mostly done while hiking or vacations.
I would like to hear your opinions, in special if you have done the upgrade from mk1 to 2 and/or own a ts-e lens - I really like the possibilties it can provide but wonder if it will be too much of a specialized camera, as I normally hike out with only two lens
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Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:32:35 PM »

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Re: Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2011, 04:36:39 PM »
Sold my TS-E 90, kept my 5D MK II.  Both were excellent, but the camera is worth it, particularly at todays prices.

I did have a 5D (original), and the live view, larger LCD, higher resolution, etc are a step up.  However, your 5D is still a excellent camera. 

At this point, I'd almost say wait and see if anything new is announced in January before CES.  If a new 5D MK III has that new 18mp sensor or its a 32mp body, it will be very popular, so its value will hold up either way for many years.  If we have to wait until September for a possible announcement, you will miss out on a lot.

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Re: Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2011, 05:24:39 PM »
Sold my TS-E 90, kept my 5D MK II.  Both were excellent, but the camera is worth it, particularly at todays prices.

I did have a 5D (original), and the live view, larger LCD, higher resolution, etc are a step up.  However, your 5D is still a excellent camera. 

At this point, I'd almost say wait and see if anything new is announced in January before CES.  If a new 5D MK III has that new 18mp sensor or its a 32mp body, it will be very popular, so its value will hold up either way for many years.  If we have to wait until September for a possible announcement, you will miss out on a lot.

Hi,
Thanks for the reply.
So your opinion is to wait to see if indeed mk3 comes out or not and in which specs; meaning will affect mk2 price or not, but still worth to upgrade to mk2, if the release is delayed till the end of next year or so?

What's your opinion on the TS-E lenses btw?
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2011, 05:37:39 PM »
I wouldn't wait if you are happy with what the 5DII can provide you (meaning you've used one in a shop, or a friends or you spent a few extra bucks to rent one for a weekend).  So if you really like the tool, then go get it.  It already has seen it's price drops for if you buy one now, it will not be seen at lower prices for a reasonable amount of time, making this a safe time to buy.  If it's not that big of an upgrade for your purposes, then you might as well continue to wait (and save) and dish out full price for a launch 5DIII or wait even longer and buy the mark II (new or used) sometime after the 5DIII arrives.  Really this comes down entirely to price and time spent waiting and how much a 5D II would help you today.  If the camera would really help you now, you would not be making a mistake to buy it now, especially if you would make more money doing so.

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Re: Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2011, 05:38:38 PM »
I bought the TS-E 90 to use with my 5D MK II for product photography.  I have a small online business, and a fairly small light table and photography area where I tether my camera to my pc capture images of my products.

The TS-E 90 was a wonderful lens for manual focus, I could tilt the focal plane to get a wole product in focus. Only my Zeiss Hasselblad Distagon lenses might be better as far as smooth and easy focusing.  However, I have a fixed camera mount, and that created problems with larger products.  I have a 24-105mm L zoom, but it did not always focus closely enough.

Finally, I settled on a 7D and 15-85mm which has a great zoom range, as well as close focusing, so it stays put in my studio most of the time.  Its overkill, but in warmer weather i take the 7D outdoors for wildlife photography, while the 5D MK II is for theatre and other extreme low light photography.

The price on the 5D MK II has dropped twice this week, so who knows if it will go lower.  Already, there is one seller asking $1899.
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« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2011, 07:00:45 PM »
I can't say about the TS-E lens as I haven't used one (although everyone says it's amazing, probably the best landscape lens anywhere), but I have used the 5D classic and now have two 5DmkII bodies. I have the 5DmkII's because I need the higher ISO, I don't use video either, but to be honest the live view is useful, but the LCD although better than the 5D classic LCD, still isn't that great.

To be honest, I would say stick with the 5D body if you are doing landscape work and won't be shooting video. I think you can get an angle finder which makes focusing the TS-E lens easier as well, might be better than getting the 5DmkII.....but the prices are rapidly dropping.....

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Re: Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2011, 08:14:51 PM »
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II by all means. You can do most of the work with the EOS you have.
On the other hand the specific TS-E will help you take better landscape and architectural pictures.
The only problem you might have in the future is to get this lens some company: The TS-E 17mm L :)

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Re: Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2011, 08:14:51 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2011, 09:04:53 PM »
That is a tough choice.  Personally I don't know what I'd do shooting landscapes without live-view now, but a TS-E opens up real possibilities, while live view and more pixels just makes it easier and perhaps improves IQ if you crop or print large.

For pure ease and enjoyment of the photography process, maybe the mkII, for opening up more creative opportunities, the TS-E.  I can also imagine the TS-E might well produce superior images on the body you have than the 17-40 on a mkII.

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Re: Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2011, 10:53:10 PM »
Personally, I haven't used a "real" (canon-brand) TS-E on my 7D, but I have used a lot of medium-format glass through a tilt adapter.
The one thing that I can say is: I love live-view.
Maybe it's because the focussing screen on the 7D isn't the best (i'm contemplating a katz-eye screen as it is), but even if it were ok, the live-view is extremely useful for zooming in on the image to check that everything's in focus before you fire the shutter.
(Yes, I know that people used TS lenses way before live-view, but it's just so much easier with it than without).

Unfortunately, in your predicament, it's one or the other.
For the TS-E 24 II, it's a marvellous lens. One of the best in the entire lineup. Definitely sharpest for its length. Always will be (or at least for 10 years or so). It's got a price now, and that price will only slowly slowly come down over the next 10 years or so when it finally gets a III-upgrade (it's probably the lens that least needs an upgrade and will be for many many years).
On the camera-side of things, I'd recommend waiting at least until January, if nothing gets announced before CES/PMA, then there's a very good chance there won't be a 5D3 on a shelf before next xmas, and you can buy a 5D2 safe in the knowledge that it will remain current for another year. If something is announced at CES/PMA (i doubt it), then there's a good chance that the remaining 5D2-stock will go even cheaper than it is now.

Given your current kit of 15/35/17-40, the TS-E 24 on a 5D is going to give you way better results than current lenses on 5D2 (unless you want to print billboards), if I were you i'd be going the TS-E 24 route, being forced to use the viewfinder might even mean you learn more than us lazy slobs with live-view making it easier for us...
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Re: Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2011, 11:03:56 PM »
The one thing that I can say is: I love live-view.
Maybe it's because the focussing screen on the 7D isn't the best (i'm contemplating a katz-eye screen as it is), but even if it were ok, the live-view is extremely useful for zooming in on the image to check that everything's in focus before you fire the shutter.
(Yes, I know that people used TS lenses way before live-view, but it's just so much easier with it than without).

...be going the TS-E 24 route, being forced to use the viewfinder might even mean you learn more than us lazy slobs with live-view making it easier for us...

Live View makes it much easier. Not just for focusing - TS mucks with metering, too, resulting in over or under exposure depending on which way and how far you TS.  So, you have to meter with the lens at neutral, then move it. Live View takes care of that, too, since metering is done from the imaging sensor.
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Re: Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2011, 11:24:50 PM »
TS mucks with metering, too

Yeah, that too. I'd forgotten because it's been ages since I used the viewfinder for any tilt, lensbaby, or even MF-prime lens (Most of my old-primes meter weirdly even in stop-down mode, damn those soviet lenses with their beautifully shiny copper blades).
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Re: Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2011, 01:17:15 AM »
I tend to use tethered shooting with the TSE-24 - makes it much easier to see the whole picture

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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2011, 02:13:10 AM »
I use both the 90 and the 24 tilt on my 5dmk2.

You will definitely find some benefits when upgrading to the mk2 over the classic.

If you are using the tilts i recommend the mk2. especially when you are out and about not in the studio.

My personal observations are that (when i can't shoot tethered)... i find composing the shot, making the relevant adjustments and focussing far far far easier through the live view screen rather than the viewfinder. Shooting with tilts is the only time i ever use live view on my mk2.

The other is reviewing shots, the classic screen is awful compared to what is available now...

i think with the available second hand ones and the ridiculously cheap prices for the 5d2 at BH etc... it's a great time to pick one up... If using the classic now hasn't held you back a brand new mk3 in 6-12 months time (and for 1k or so more) isn't going to bother you. With regards to 'i don't know if it will be too much of a specialised camera'... i don't see what you mean here, it's essentially just an upgraded mk1 with video capabilities.

If you were to choose between the two i'd upgrade the body and hire a lens.... Then you get the benefits across all of your photography and lenses. Or buy both :)

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« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2011, 02:13:10 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2011, 03:59:28 AM »
I use the TS-E 24mm II a lot with my 5Dmk2. If you like landscape photography I strongly recommend this lens. It is much better than version I and is as good as wide angle gets on the 135 system. Using tilt is hell if you don't have a modern live view though. Well, any manual focus lens benefits from live view. It is usually more fun with a new lens than a new camera body though, so I'd buy the lens first but save up to upgrade to a new body with good live view later, because you will want it.

Concerning macro work, the TS-E 24mm can do flowers and stuff (done that) since the near limit is such that you can put the object almost against the lens front element, but the TS-E 90mm is better suited if the main use will be macro.

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Re: Upgrade to a 5Dmk2 or TS-e lens?
« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2011, 04:16:39 AM »
I'm not Mt. Spokane, but I bought a TS-E 90mm and use it on APS-C.  If I could trade it for a 5D Mark II...that would be a good deal, but if I had to give up on the 90mm forever, that'd be tough.

It's no macro lens but it will do well enough.  You can take portraits of big bugs, if they're slow and not flighty.  Of course it will do OK for natural elements, although I would not count on the tilt feature to put everything you want in a closeup into focus - the tilt seems to have less of an effect close-up than at longer distances.

[...] if I were you i'd be going the TS-E 24 route, being forced to use the viewfinder might even mean you learn more than us lazy slobs with live-view making it easier for us...
Using Live View is a chore, and it is a necessary chore if you want to get the best possible sharpness.  It has nothing to do with laziness, and using the VF when you should be using Live View only means you're stubborn and stupid.  There is nothing to be learned from failing to explore the uses of Live View.
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