I would not consider the R5 (or any 5 series!) a downgrade from a 1DX2 for many shooters. I think those who would think of it as a downgrade have fairly niche use cases that demand the 1 series--those folks generally know who they are:I currently have a Canon R5 on pre-order but i feel like i could be making a very expensive mistake.
Firstly i want to say that i own the canon 1DX ii and that i am a wildlife photographer. I am interested in the R5 due to its animal AF capabilities and the 45MP. I feel that it will be beneficial to me.
But i also feel as i am used to the 1DX then maybe the R5 isn't for me, Smaller form, not as rugged, the battery life does concern me a little also.
I have thought about getting the 1DX iii but it doesn't have the feature i am most looking forward too (animal AF)
Do you think that a R5 would be a good purchase if you owned a 1DX ii? would you consider it a downgrade even if it would be an additional camera (still keep the 1dx ii)
If you owned the 1DX II and was looking at getting a new camera what would be the deciding factors against the 1DX iii & R5
Do you think the R5 animal AF is not a big deal against the 1DX iii AF?
I would love to hear peoples opinions, i feel it could make me look at things in a new light.
I have worked out that it will only be around £1500 in difference between the R5 & 1DX iii after i have brought the grip, another battery and a card for the R5
- Need a bulletproof camera for harsh conditions (conflict zones, extreme temps)
- Value speed above all. The 1DX's shutter modes still give you 65% more speed over the R5. Are you up against your 1D2's 14fps AF/AE limit frequently?
- Are driving big whites. I am under the impression that these lenses can be driven faster with the 1D's higher voltage battery (I don't know how a gripped 5 series compares) but folks who own them should chime in here
- Need some other 1-series exclusive feature (speaking of, why has nobody ever put an ethernet jack on a grip before? awesome idea)
- EVF/OVF preference, though this is not a "1 vs 5" issue strictly speaking
To me, the R5 seems to be an ideal wildlife camera for those who aren't shooting in extreme situations. I can't answer if you should upgrade or not, but I would only go to the 1DX3 if you hit the above boxes. I am not even sure how big issue #3 is—it's come up on these boards and others when comparing vs the 5D4 which has "the same" AF system as the 1D2.