The Canon Curse
5 months ago
My mentor and friend has told me that I suffer from "The Canon Curse."
Since I've gone over to Nikon, just under three years ago, I've had to service my D3s three times, for a total of three months. My D800 is now in "parts hold" in Nikon repair (very similar to Siberian exile) and I've dropped by 14-24/2.8 twice. The last fall broke it in half (the rear housing) and will require a complete replacement of pretty much everything but the glass elements. The CF card port on my D4 stopped working the second day I had it (it's a warranty repair, but Nikon service terrifies me, and they don't let independent shops touch the camera.)
My friend claims I am cursed because I switched from Canon!
I switched from the 5D to the 1Dsiii because I needed faster AF for my street work. I bought the D3s only for night shooting, but it immediately clicked with me, and I greatly appreciated that auto iso was properly implemented.
However, since the D3s was in the hospital for so long when I had no other bodies my 1dsiii took thousands of shots as my backup camera. I finally have the skill to get excellent photos from it, which I did not have when I bought it.
Well, I now have 3 Nikon FF bodies. I thought I would buy any new Canon body that offered an advantage over Nikon, because I wouldn't mind using both systems. The 5Diii and the 1DX are excellent cameras, but except for shutter sound I haven't heard of a substantive advantage over my 3 Nikon bodies, just a catchup on AF for the 5D3 and on high iso for both cameras --which makes them fully competitive machines for street photography now.
So, long story short, it looks like I won't be buying a new Canon body for this generation, and my 1Dsiii is my#4 body, with outdated high iso and auto iso. But what a great camera otherwise. So I decided to sell it, but it is very hard to do so.
Is there a strong reason to buy 5D3 or 1DX for fast action street shooting, given the other 4 FX bodies I have?
What's a realistic price to sell the 1Dsiii with original box etc for?
Is there a strong argument to keep the 1Dsiii, which is basically a studio camera, for street photography and keep my toe in the Canon pond --I've kept a few lenses (24-105, 200/2.8, 70-200/4, 135/2, 85/L - all of which now have good Nikon subsitutes.) The main thing the new Canon bodies have to offer - high iso, well designed auto-iso - I already have in my 3 Nikon bodies. I have no particular reason to use it, but it just seems so solid in my hands, and the sensor is so beautiful.
All photos shot in downtown Manhattan unless otherwise noted.
Thanks in advance for the kindness of your comments or critiques.