5d3 or D800 for landscape and architecture

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5d3 or D800 for landscape and architecture
Mar 3, 2012

I am at a tipping point where I can buy either a Canon 5d mk III or a Nikon D800. My two interests are architecture and landscape.

Most of the time I shoot at about 24mm.
Very seldom do I use a telephoto.

I want intuitive camera controls, as when I am stressed by the controls my creativity goes away completely. My Canon T2i drives me insane looking for specific menu settings. My old Canon F1 still produces better images for me than the T2i because it is so simple.

Subjects I typically shoot:

1)Industrial architectural documentation photography -- need high detail in highlights and shadows.

2)Cathedral interiors (stained glass and masonry very high contrast subjects) but shutter noise is a big problem to people who are there to worship--no flash ever. ;

3)After sunset desert landscapes with a near/far relationship of objects in the foreground and hard rock mountains in the distance.

In most situations I will have a tripod/monopod so no need for speed. If I shoot multiple shots it is for HDR.

Images will be digested in Photoshop.

Here is how I see the trade-offs:

The new Canon has four architectural lenses available, 17, 24, 40, 90. Hopefully, it will correct wide angle color fringe errors in camera. Weather sealed?

The Nikon may have a sensor with a bit more lattitude. Pixel size about at the limit of good optics. Is known to be able to correct for color fringe errors. Nikon has high quality wide angle zooms. One architectural 24mm lens. Weather sealed?

Which to choose?

Your advice much appreciated.

D E Mitchel

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