- Aug 1, 2014
Thanks very much for this helpful assessment. I'm debating whether to keep or sell my 1DX2 since as a second body for hobby shooting, hiking travelling etc. it is just so big and heavy but the return on a sale is probably minimal so why sell a good camera. I fully concur with the wide use. I also like the video from the 1DX2 and am not sure the R5 would be a full replacement - do you do any video?
Honestly, I would say you could get the R5 and probably swap the 1DX mark II for an R6. The 1DX mark II should still get around $2500 used depending on where you sell it, which would buy you the R6 outright.
The primary reason I haven't sold my 1DX Mark II is because of the 1D-series features that I love from it, including fantastic battery life, the built-in grip, top-of-line durability, 14 FPS, high-speed antiflicker, and excellent autofocus. The 1DX2 may feel a bit ancient right now, but it's still a fantastic camera, and blows my former second body, the 5DIII, totally out of the water. Having the 1DX2 on my wide lens has given me so many more great wide angle images than I would when I would often avoid using my 5D3 due to the low dynamic range vs the 1DX2.
But battery life is the biggest of them all. I swap my 1DX2 battery about once a week--it's always there and always has enough battery to cover a fire, even if I'm driving back from a fire and come upon another one. The R5 I typically swap batteries after every shoot, just to be super safe. It hasn't been an issue, but one large-scale fire with 2000-3000 images may use 70-80% of the R5's battery, so if the battery isn't full when I run out the door it will probably die during the fire.
As for video, I don't often do too much freelance video outside of my dayjob(where we use C200s) but when I do, the 1DX mark II has been a perfectly okay B-camera, since I only really use a second angle on interviews where the lack of continuous autofocus isn't a big concern. It works great and the 1DX mark II is an excellent camera, but the R6 would probably be a better option here than the 1D for video uses. The R6 has full tracking video focus, IBIS, CLog, flip screen, some 60 FPS 4K, and full frame 4K vs 1.3x crop.