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5D Mark II vs 1D Mark III – ISO

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From Dave Jackson
Dave sent over this comparison of the two cameras and their ISO performance.

Check out Dave’s work as well, very good photographer.


14 responses to “5D Mark II vs 1D Mark III – ISO”

  1. Umm, err, okay.

    I thought that the difference in noise would be more dramatic, but they´re almost the same to me at 3200. 6400 is a different story, but then I personally dont need 6400 that much.

    I think I´ll plunk down a few euros more and get myself a 1D3 this month, with decent sealing, more fps and all that stuff. Even 21MP aren´t worth sacrificing all of the above, at least for what I do.

    There´s no better wedding/cheap(ish) studio/portrait Cam than the 5D2 I think, but for what I do, the 1D3 goes first in line.

  2. Don Komarechka said “Try not to compare the clarity of details, but the noise levels in each image.”

    Yeah, but if main subject is out of focus, blur is giveing you additional “noise reduction”.

  3. Interesting, but the test was done using ACR 5.2 and not with the Canon’s Digital Photo Professional! Until Adobe fixes the crappy 5DM2 ACR module, high ISO comparisons using it will never show the full potential of the camera. Yes, Canon’s software is not that good, but it does a heck of a lot better on the high ISO noise, color, and shadow rendition. With the highlight optimizer thingy on, it even recovers highlights (though not with the ability of ACR). If Mr. Jackson had used the Canon software for the color/exposure test, he would have been much more impressed. For 6400 ISO and higher, DPP is necessary evil.

  4. Probably done with the old bios version for the camera.

    Trying to use the camera’s video features like a camcorder won’t work either. You can’t swing it around from near focus to far focus. Trying to use autofocus lenses for manual focus will not work well, they are to sensitive to fine tune the focus manually is quick order.

    Use autofocus tthen record a scene, then refocus to get something at a different distance and restart the video, or use a full manual lens that was intended for manual focusing, like a Nikon D series. You can focus very smoothly with one. Another option is the tilt-shift lenses. They also manual focus very smoothly.

  5. First question: what can I expect of a person that failed in focusing like the example of 5DMKII?… even worse because of the crap test…

    Second question: could the person that made the test fail focusing with a point and shoot either?… ;)

    Third question: Is there anyone interested in do good photography with this monster cameras?

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