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What are your plans with regards to purchasing a new camera

I'm buying the Mark III for $3500
181 (44.7%)
I'm keeping my Mark II since the Mark III is priced to high
92 (22.7%)
I'm selling my Mark II and buying a Nikon D800 for $2999
35 (8.6%)
I'm a crop owner (or first time buyer) and now I'm waiting for the Mark II Price drop.
69 (17%)
I'm waiting for the T4i specs before purchasing a 60d, 7d, or t3i.
17 (4.2%)
I'm just going to purchase a T3i, 60d, or 7d and call it a day.
11 (2.7%)

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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #405 on: March 12, 2012, 12:21:33 PM »

Well comparing the 5DII and the 1Ds3 upto iso400 the 1Ds3 is clearly better than the 5D2, not by much - but definitely not way worse (DxO measurements)

Better AF for the 5D3 - well more points and the AF point - 1Ds3 is essentially the same as the 1D4.  The 5D3 doesn't have the grip nor the weatherproofing. 1Ds3 has AF for f/8 ....

I would be surrpised if in real life you would see any difference in prints between the 5D2/3 and 1Ds3 using iso of 400 or less. It is all too easy to dismiss old technology when shiny new stuff comes out - and easy to overlook the features lost on the way

Personally I stopped looking at DxO measurements and I firmly believe they're quite biased (usually they tend to give more to Nikon than Canon). Beside this, still looking at DxO, the 5D Mk II seems to perform better than the 1Ds3, especially in dynamic range. For low ISO they're pretty much the same, but then the 5D2 becomes better at high ISO.

I found several tests about the 5D2 sensor being better than the one on the 1Ds3, here's one:
http://www.akelstudio.com/blog/canon-1ds-mark-iii-v-s-5d-mark-ii-is-there-is-any-difference-in-image-quality-in-studio-test-run/

Note I'm talking only about picture quality, not functions, AF and so on which are better on the 1Ds3 of course.

In any case this makes the 5D3 better than the 1Ds3 since it is already better than the 5D2 by about 2 stops.

I just dont see the numbers that support your conclusion - up to iso 400 the 1Ds3 is better than the 5D2 - from the DxO tests.

The native iso on the 1Ds3 is 1600.

I dont see that having 2 stops more improves the IQ as DR starts dropping of at about iso 800, regardless of sensor.

Having both bodies to compare against each other I have found, to me, that the 1Ds3 gives much smoother graduations of skin tones at iso 400 and less than the 5D2. You would expect that as the 1Ds3 was aimed at studio use.

As I said initially, I doubt if there would be obvious differences on prints with the iso up to 400.

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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #405 on: March 12, 2012, 12:21:33 PM »

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« Reply #406 on: March 12, 2012, 03:38:46 PM »
In the last 3 or 4 days, the D800 took the 1st place on amazon.com again, while 5DIII was second. I just checked again now, and the D800 is still no.1, the expensive D4 @ no.3 and 5DIII @ no.4

Considering that Canon has more users than Nikon, and that very few actually switch brands (usually), and that the Nikon cameras were available on Amazon for more days (Although there was a pause in sales for some days),  these numbers are not that positive for Canon. Amazon is just one seller, but I think they are big enough to get an idea of what is going on.

If this trend proves to be true, and if it is long term sustained after the cameras are available and tested, might be possible that after the initial big demand diminish compared to their supply, Canon might decrease their price.

Don't get me wrong, I love Canon, and the 5DIII is great and I am going to get it, but we can't consider this camera overall better than the D800. They are nearly on the same level with differences which might prove better for some or others. I shoot sports, and the extra 50% odds to get a better shot with the 6fps is a preference for me, but certainly not better overall, and not worth the extra $500.

Although there are users which are willing to pay more than $3500 for the 5DIII due to personal value, overall this camera can't reach this value and the market (at least Amazon) is showing it. Again, this is good for us for a possible price decrease earlier than thought. Or is just wishful thinking ?

 
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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #407 on: March 12, 2012, 04:35:57 PM »
It's possible that Nikon is pricing the D800 very aggressively in an effort to take Canon's users.  You have to look at camera bodies like video game systems, they sell you the body, but we all know you can't do jack with just a body.  You have to buy lenses, flashes, batteries, and other accessories.  Maybe in Nikon's eyes they're simply giving up $500 initially because they know they'll get thousands more out of it in the future.  Just a thought.
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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #408 on: March 12, 2012, 05:51:35 PM »
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Considering that Canon has more users than Nikon, and that very few actually switch brands (usually), and that the Nikon cameras were available on Amazon for more days (Although there was a pause in sales for some days),  these numbers are not that positive for Canon. Amazon is just one seller, but I think they are big enough to get an idea of what is going on.

I would be careful about drawing overly broad conclusions, especially given this early in the sales cycle. The 5DIII was at the top of the list for several days during the initial rush for pre-orders. During some of that same time the Nikon D800 wasn't even available for orders on Amazon, so at that time, it looked to some as though the 5D was doing far better than the D800.

Now, the rush for the 5D has died down a bit and the Nikon is again available for order, so the pent-up demand is a bit reversed. Absent some solid and specific numbers, about the only conclusion that can legitimately be drawn is that both cameras seem to be selling quite well. Once the initial demand is satisfied, if one were to monitor the rankings over six months or so, it might give a bit more accurate picture of the relative popularity of each model. But, at this stage of the game, it's really a case of garbage-in garbage-out as far as this data is concerned.
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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #409 on: March 12, 2012, 06:10:40 PM »

I just dont see the numbers that support your conclusion - up to iso 400 the 1Ds3 is better than the 5D2 - from the DxO tests.

The native iso on the 1Ds3 is 1600.

I dont see that having 2 stops more improves the IQ as DR starts dropping of at about iso 800, regardless of sensor.

Having both bodies to compare against each other I have found, to me, that the 1Ds3 gives much smoother graduations of skin tones at iso 400 and less than the 5D2. You would expect that as the 1Ds3 was aimed at studio use.

As I said initially, I doubt if there would be obvious differences on prints with the iso up to 400.

Well looking on the graphs on DxO you see the dots are perfectly aligned between 1Ds3 and 5D2 on ISO tests, but then the 5D2 gains quite a good margin after 400ISO, which is something to notice.
You have also to consider different custom styles between cameras with different settings (as it is also noted in my previous post with the link the 1Ds3 tends to oversaturate the reds).
As I was saying before since there's apparently no difference in ISO performance below 400ISO between 5D2 and 1Ds3, the new one is going to be better especially at high ISO.
If you can shot at 1600 ISO with the same quality of 640 and you need it, wouldn't you say it's a better sensor (and also with slightly better resolution)?
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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #410 on: March 12, 2012, 06:32:30 PM »
3500 USD is cheap.

In Norway it is on pre-order everywhere at 4900 USD !!!  :o  Insane...

Even if you add 25% VAT on the US price, the Norwegian price is still 525 USD more expensive.
Shame on you, Canon Norway and/ or retailers.

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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #411 on: March 12, 2012, 06:43:51 PM »

I just dont see the numbers that support your conclusion - up to iso 400 the 1Ds3 is better than the 5D2 - from the DxO tests.

The native iso on the 1Ds3 is 1600.

I dont see that having 2 stops more improves the IQ as DR starts dropping of at about iso 800, regardless of sensor.

Having both bodies to compare against each other I have found, to me, that the 1Ds3 gives much smoother graduations of skin tones at iso 400 and less than the 5D2. You would expect that as the 1Ds3 was aimed at studio use.

As I said initially, I doubt if there would be obvious differences on prints with the iso up to 400.

Well looking on the graphs on DxO you see the dots are perfectly aligned between 1Ds3 and 5D2 on ISO tests, but then the 5D2 gains quite a good margin after 400ISO, which is something to notice.
You have also to consider different custom styles between cameras with different settings (as it is also noted in my previous post with the link the 1Ds3 tends to oversaturate the reds).
As I was saying before since there's apparently no difference in ISO performance below 400ISO between 5D2 and 1Ds3, the new one is going to be better especially at high ISO.
If you can shot at 1600 ISO with the same quality of 640 and you need it, wouldn't you say it's a better sensor (and also with slightly better resolution)?

I dont know what figures you are reading the DxO site but when I do the comparison up to iso 400 then the 1Ds3 is ahead of the 5D2

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Overall Score 79
Portrait (Color Depth) 23.7 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range) 11.9 Evs

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Overall Score 80
Portrait (Color Depth) 24 bits
Landscape (Dynamic Range)12 Evs

The area which 5D2 is ahead is the high iso. I am not concerned about taking pictures of 1600 and above - 2 stops better only relates to noise - there is no DR benefit.

I am not concerned about this - I have both the 1Ds3 and the 5D2 and I know from experience which is best for me - the 1Ds3.

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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #411 on: March 12, 2012, 06:43:51 PM »

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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #412 on: March 12, 2012, 07:09:33 PM »
Look at the graphs not just the final numbers.
11.9 vs 12 is no big deal.

By the way you're missing the point: I'm saying the 5D3 will be better than the 1Ds3 and at a lower price, don't you agree with this?
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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #413 on: March 12, 2012, 07:12:40 PM »
It's possible that Nikon is pricing the D800 very aggressively in an effort to take Canon's users.  You have to look at camera bodies like video game systems, they sell you the body, but we all know you can't do jack with just a body.  You have to buy lenses, flashes, batteries, and other accessories.  Maybe in Nikon's eyes they're simply giving up $500 initially because they know they'll get thousands more out of it in the future.  Just a thought.
Pros who run a business do not operate that way. i.e. spend 1000's on changing systems to save 500 dollars. That would be "Penny wise, pound foolish".

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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #414 on: March 12, 2012, 07:17:54 PM »
Look at the graphs not just the final numbers.
11.9 vs 12 is no big deal.

By the way you're missing the point: I'm saying the 5D3 will be better than the 1Ds3 and at a lower price, don't you agree with this?

Lower price - no, because the 1Ds3 is only available used now and is not much more in the UK than the new 5D2. The indications so far is that at low ISO the 5d3 is not better than the 1Ds3.

If you need high ISO then clearly the 5D3 will be better - unless you also need AF at f/8 (as I do)

Bottom line is that all 3 bodies are very good - perhaps when the 5D3 is delivered and tested we might get a better idea of the 5D3's performance - I very much doubt that your assertion that it is 'way ahead of the more pricey 1Ds3' will prove true
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« Reply #415 on: March 12, 2012, 08:02:56 PM »
Look at the graphs not just the final numbers.
11.9 vs 12 is no big deal.

By the way you're missing the point: I'm saying the 5D3 will be better than the 1Ds3 and at a lower price, don't you agree with this?

Lower price - no, because the 1Ds3 is only available used now and is not much more in the UK than the new 5D2. The indications so far is that at low ISO the 5d3 is not better than the 1Ds3.

If you need high ISO then clearly the 5D3 will be better - unless you also need AF at f/8 (as I do)

Bottom line is that all 3 bodies are very good - perhaps when the 5D3 is delivered and tested we might get a better idea of the 5D3's performance - I very much doubt that your assertion that it is 'way ahead of the more pricey 1Ds3' will prove true

You have to be fair and compare the price of a new body to the price of a new body, when the 1Ds3 came out was way more expensive than the actual price of the 5d3, which I suspect, will be lowered to 3200.
The f/8 thing is not final yet, beside you will only need it using lenses less bright than f/4 used with a 2xTC, 5D3 looks better than the 1Ds3 under so many aspects:
Focusing system
ISO performance for sure and probably dyanamic range
Burst mode
Video mode and connections
HDR
Ev bracketing
Flash control
Screen (probably irrelevant matter though).

So if you just put a battery grip on a 5D3 you'll get an overall better camera than a 1Ds3 at a better price.
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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #416 on: March 12, 2012, 09:40:09 PM »
blablablabla, the only thing i know atm is that the XPro1 might produce images better than the 5DMarkus the 3rd.
even have a better focus( this kidding Canon whores), well D800 wasn't really what a wanted but hey i don't to pay the £2399 on a 24-70mm so i think ill pass this time for Canon, thanks for the 550d btw. PS: say f/8 bye bye.

back to your cave troll (get a 5dmk3, that 102.800 iso might be handy in there)

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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #417 on: March 12, 2012, 09:52:44 PM »
It's possible that Nikon is pricing the D800 very aggressively in an effort to take Canon's users.  You have to look at camera bodies like video game systems, they sell you the body, but we all know you can't do jack with just a body.  You have to buy lenses, flashes, batteries, and other accessories.  Maybe in Nikon's eyes they're simply giving up $500 initially because they know they'll get thousands more out of it in the future.  Just a thought.
This. If the 5DIII was the same price as the 5DII, I would have bought the 24-70 II and the 5DIII in the next 9 months.
However, after sticker shock with the 24-70, the sticker shock of the 5DIII was really just disconcerting for me. I am not spending over 5k on camera gear anytime soon.
I will probably wait for a few months and see about the possibilities of a 2k-2500 dollar FF camera being released by either company, or simply buy a D700 and the Nikon 24-70 in the summer.
If Canon wants to put premium pricing on their lenses i'd expect very competitive pricing for their cameras.
What I don't understand is how they can go from being priced below Nikon across the board to being priced above Nikon across the board in one wave of product releases.
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« Reply #417 on: March 12, 2012, 09:52:44 PM »

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« Reply #418 on: March 12, 2012, 09:57:47 PM »

You have to be fair and compare the price of a new body to the price of a new body, when the 1Ds3 came out was way more expensive than the actual price of the 5d3, which I suspect, will be lowered to 3200.
The f/8 thing is not final yet, beside you will only need it using lenses less bright than f/4 used with a 2xTC, 5D3 looks better than the 1Ds3 under so many aspects:
Focusing system
ISO performance for sure and probably dyanamic range
Burst mode
Video mode and connections
HDR
Ev bracketing
Flash control
Screen (probably irrelevant matter though).

So if you just put a battery grip on a 5D3 you'll get an overall better camera than a 1Ds3 at a better price.

You have it your way - I am sticking to my 5D2 priced series 1.

F/8 is the real bonus to me - yes I do use the 2x on a F/4 lens or is it a 1.4 x on a 5.6? That was a dealmaker for me

All the other things you mention are not relevant to me - as I said I use this at iso400 or less for studio type work. I dont do video either.

I feel you have no experience of a 1Ds3 and certainly none of a 5D3 so your 'way better than a 1Ds3' is not based on fact or experience just hearsay and a spec sheet.
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Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« Reply #419 on: March 12, 2012, 10:48:38 PM »
I pre-ordered on the 2nd and I have no regrets. Sure it would be better if was cheaper, but (for me) I think it is worth it. Love reading all the post, lots of differing opinions and ideas. Keep it up, the 22nd is getting closer! ;D

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« Reply #419 on: March 12, 2012, 10:48:38 PM »