First Full Frame: 5D2 or 5D3?

Started May 13, 2012 | Discussions thread
Skip M
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Re: simply 5D2
In reply to yabokkie, May 15, 2012

yabokkie wrote:

okay, let's say that 5D2 now + 5D3 later will cost more, but that won't much, and the money now is more valuable than the same amount of money in the future if you count interest and inflation.

All I can say is your perception of the quality of the camera, and its value is somewhat skewed. For starters, even if inflation were to hit as high as 10% in the next year, $2200 plus even as low as $2500 is still much more than $3500 now. And, with the D800 at $3000, there's no reason for Canon to drop the price of the 5D3 much below that $3000 level.

I'm convinced that the 5D3 is well prepared for price competition (low frame rate of 6 fps, no imaging-AE for better AF tracking, small buffer, etc., cheap, low cost by design), while it's obviously not as competitive as 5D2 (even with a low grade AF at the time).

Seriously? 61 AF points, more than any non-1D series camera, by far, that Canon has ever produced faster frame rate than any full frame camera up until now, solid construction compared to either the 5D or 5D2 ( cheap (!?!)). As far as it's buffer size, I'm not sure what you're comparing it to, it's larger, slightly, than that of the 5D2 as far as RAW goes, and, from tests I've read, empties the buffer of JPEGs as fast as they're shot. If you're comparing it to a 1DX, of course it's smaller, and it's also /$3000 cheaper!/ It's a much more fully featured camera than the 5D2 ever thought of being. And, frankly, a better, more comprehensive feature set than the D800 and one that satisfies more than a minority of photographers. All the 5D2 had going for it, compared to either the D700 or even it's predecessor the 5D, was resolution and video. The latter was rather controversial on introduction, and a feature still not universally admired by still photographers. This camera is the fabled and much demanded equivalent of the EOS3 film camera.

I think price is the only card that Canon have now.

But cutting the price of the camera by half, as you stated, isn't going to happen, because it doesn't have to happen. Dropping the price to the level of the D800, or slightly below, would probably be enough.
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