New Canon 5D Mark III or used Canon 1DMIV

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gmike
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New Canon 5D Mark III or used Canon 1DMIV
Dec 13, 2013

Hi,

I have an opportunity to buy a new Canon 5D Mark III or a used Canon 1DMIV with 6000 shutter actuations for about the same price. I shoot weddings, portraits and events. Which way should I choose?

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For your specific work, 1D4 would seem best
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gmike wrote:

I shoot weddings, portraits and events. Which way should I choose?

For the specific kinds of work you do, the 1D4 is far better. It focuses much faster and generally responds more quickly.

If you shot mostly portraits and landscapes, I'd say the 5D3 was the way to go. And, if you added a battery grip to the 5D3, you'll have essentially the same form-factor and weight as the 1D4.

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I have a 1D IV, and I checked out a 5D III a few days ago - I was amazed at how dim the AF point display was - could it be dim because of being in a shop?  Perhaps the brightness can be varied, but to me it seemed as if designed to disappear.

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gmike wrote:

Hi,

I have an opportunity to buy a new Canon 5D Mark III or a used Canon 1DMIV with 6000 shutter actuations for about the same price. I shoot weddings, portraits and events. Which way should I choose?

Sorry for the multiple post if they appear. I could not get this message to post.

I would choose the 5D III for excellent, fast and very accurate focus and better IQ especially at high ISO. Very good auto ISO implementation which can be very useful in cases like this.

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this video might be of interest.....the pbase comparison images that he references seem to be non-existent. but the rest is interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIBiUW09G20

I thnk the 1d mk IV has better pixel level resolution (ie requires less sharpening than the 5d MK III), but still researching that myself.

Mike

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5D3 AF can handle very well your requirements .

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In reply to Mike Gerstner, Dec 14, 2013

Mike Gerstner wrote:

this video might be of interest.....the pbase comparison images that he references seem to be non-existent. but the rest is interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIBiUW09G20

I thnk the 1d mk IV has better pixel level resolution (ie requires less sharpening than the 5d MK III), but still researching that myself.

The pixels of the 1D IV are sligthly smaller than the 5D III and therefore with the same glass you get slightly less real resolution. Yes, there could be a small difference in the strength of the anti alias filter which could require slightly different sharpening parameters. These differences are tiny compared to the difference in pixel count where the 5D III has 38% more pixels which result in a linear increase of 17,5% in linear resolution. The 5D III has more resolving power than 5D II relative to the difference in pixels according to DxO tests. So I doubt that the 5D III at the pixel level should have a lower resolution than the 1D IV, I would expect the contrary. But again this is small compared to the difference in pixels and sensor size.

So for the same FOV the 5D III wins hands down in resolution.

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gmike wrote:

I have an opportunity to buy a new Canon 5D Mark III or a used Canon 1DMIV with 6000 shutter actuations for about the same price. I shoot weddings, portraits and events. Which way should I choose?

Either will certainly meet your needs, but for weddings and portraits, the 5D3 would be better.  Better high ISO, FF for shallow DoF shots, better video capabilities (for weddings), and silent mode.

The one place I see the 1D4 beating the 5D3 for weddings is the ability to tie exposure metering to the active AF point.

For events, the answer is more in the "it depends" bucket.  It depends on what you mean by "events".  Does it include outdoor events where the better weather sealing on the 1D4 are important?  Media events where your equipment may be getting banged around a fair bit, so better construction of the 1D4 matters?  Something where 10 fps will help you get the shot you need vs 6 fps?

The 1D4 is what I shoot and it has several advantages over the 5D3, but they mostly aren't applicable in your case.

Jay

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