5DII V's D700 Comparison available yet?

Started Sep 25, 2008 | Discussions thread
OrangeBullet Forum Member • Posts: 50
Utter nonsense!

TheVoIP wrote:

5D mark II vs D700

21MP vs 12MP
HD Video vs no Video

OK, true that.

Better weather resistance vs refer to have built-in flash

D700 still has much better weather sealing than 5DII despite having a built-in flash.

Can use 85L vs cannot (Nikon version is inferior)


Can use 200 f2 IS vs cannot (Nikon version is never as sharp)

Nonsense. The Nikkor is just as superb as the Canon.

Canon 24-70 L perform much better than Nikon equivalents

Nonsense. The Nikkor 24-70 is actually slightly better in contrast, sharpness, CA resistance, and it's a bit smaller and lighter.

All canon 70-200 L perform much better than Nikon at FF of course.

Nonsense. The 70-200 2.8 VR is just as good as the 70-200 2.8 IS (assuming you get a good copy of the 70-200 2.8 IS, which isn't always the case)

100-400L IS L is much better than 80-400 VR

Better in autofocus only. The Nikkor has a better range, IQ and stabilization is about the same on both.

35 f1.4 bokeh is much better than thier 35 f2

True that. Also the 50mm 1.2L is worth mentioning (much better than the Nikon 50mm 1.4, although a lot bigger, heavier and more expensive. We'll se how the new Nikon 50mm 1.4 AF-S performs). And don't forget the 24-105mm F4L IS, a fantastic all-around lens that does not have a Nikon equivalent (no, the 24-120 VR is not in the same league). The 50mm 1.2L and 24-105 F4L were the two lenses that almost made me stay with Canon.

So far I can only see one thing that the Nikon beat Canon, thier
excellent 14-24 super wide angle...

True that. Also the awesome 200-400 F4. The 70-300 VR is also much better than the Canon equivalent. The 105mm VR Macro doesn't have a Canon counterpart.

Now, you conveniently left out a few things:

  • 3.9fps vs 5fps (or 8fps with a grip).

  • 9-point prosumer AF vs. 51-point pro AF.

  • No built-in wireless flash vs. built-in flash commander.

  • No built-in popup flash vs. build-in popup flash.

  • crippled Auto ISO mode vs. full Auto ISO mode

  • direct Print button vs. several fully customizable buttons

  • faster shutter response & shorter blackout time on the Nikon.

  • tons of other things that are slightly better or more customizeable on the Nikon, like exposure, bracketing, metering, AF modes, flash operation and so on...

Three things you forgot to mention that go in the 5DII favor: native ISO 100, better Live View implementation, slightly larger viewfinder.

All that being said, the two cameras, while being direct competitors in price, are quite a bit different animals. The 5DII looks like a superb studio and landscape camera that can be used with excellent results for pretty much any other purpose, while the D700 looks like a superb sports/PJ camera that can be used with excellent results for pretty much any other purpose.

Both lens systems have their strenghts and weaknesses, so it really comes down to what you want to shoot and what lenses you need. But you can't go wrong with either camera.

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