New to the FF world
5 months ago
After so much debating, I decided for an used 5D "classic" as my first FF dslr. I am also a happy Pentax K-5 owner, so I know the APS-c world a bit.
What attracted me to the 5D is the color rendering, what other people call the "magic " of the 5D.
I can't compared against other FF systems or models. All I know is that I'm really pleased with the results so far.
I know the 5D is an archaic camera by today's standards and estate-of-the-art. But it didn't discourage me to get it. I am planning to keep it for so many years ahead, as I am developing a keen interest in portraits and I also believe the 5D will help me with the landscapes. So, it is more like a long term "investment". My plan is to slowly acquire a good set of lenses. I started already with a brand new 50mm 1.4 and a 28mm 1.8. Eventually I am going to add the 85mm 1.8 and probably a 70-200mm zoom. Also I have a collection of m42 and zuiko manual lenses and I am getting the respective adapters to use them on the EOS system.
So far I like from the 5D is the solid body, the simplicity of the commands and menus, and also I like something I found today which is very interesting. I felt again like using a film camera: not automatic ISO settings, so I have to pay attention to the light conditions all the time. But it also helps me to engage more with the photographic process as there are only a few variables to consider. It's very basic process: define the ISO, define the shooting mode - I try all the time Av mode- and set the aperture and be sure to check that the shooter speed doesn't get too low. Also not having in-body-stabilization is requiring me to relearn how to hold the camera in the right way and how to use my hands and fingers in a way that the camera doesn't shake too much. I have been spoiled by Pentax for too long regarding body stabilization.
I was expecting the camera to be really slow, but to my surprise it was not an issue for me. The recording speed is quite decent. Also focusing is fast (centered). The light metering system is very accurate. Then, mots of the "cons" other people fin sometimes are not an issue for me. At least, not yet. If those issues become a hindrance down the road, probably next year I can buy a 6D for about $1,000 or a MK-III for less than $2,000. So, owning the magic of the 5D already will allow me to wait. My focus right now is to enjoy the FF experience and to accumulate some decent glass before buying more processors.
Here are some shots I took today. I have to arrange for some people to start modelling pretty soon and eventually I will post more later on. Meanwhile I will update the camera to the latest firmware (1.1.1), get the sensor cleaned and finish reading the manual.
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