Moving on... to a 5D MII. Help!

Started Sep 21, 2012 | Discussions thread
paparios Regular Member • Posts: 482
Re: Moving on... to a 5D MII. Help!

bugsnest wrote:

Before you condemn me for posting in the wrong forum, please hear me out

I was the victim of a theft that resulted in my entire camera bag with my 60D and some very expensive lenses going. I don't want to relive that memory but if anyone's interested here's the post on it -

Cut to a few months later, I am in the process of benefiting from insurance coverage so am back in the market! I am treading cautious this time and looking at all my options including Nikon since I have to rebuild my gear from scratch.

I originally thought of going back to a 60D then saw the 6D announcement and wondered if that ought to be my next camera. Suffice to say all the reading has left me very underwhelmed by the 6D and for the price, I find it hard to justify!!

Last night I came across the Beachcamera deal on Ebay for the 5D MII with the printer and rebate (here, in case anyone's interested - ).

I figured after the rebate, Ebay cashback and the sale of the printer, this would cost me $1500 or thereabouts and that's a steal for a 5D MKII new!! So I jumped on it.

But now am having second thoughts

I realized I loved my 60D for a couple of things - the swivel LCD, the really nice video capability in the few instances I choose to take video of kids and the general ease of use (I had upgraded from a T2i). I also realize the 5D M2 is a flagship brand and puts me in full-frame territory but will I miss some of simple pleasures of the 60D? Will I overwhelm myself with this new beast? Will I be limited in any way??

It may be buyer's remorse and I'm trying to justify the price. I shoot pictures of kids - portraits, recitals, some sports but not a lot and general photography that normal folks do. I don;t specialize in a single area, is what I'm trying to say.


I have and use the 400D, 50D, 7D and 5DMKII. The 5DMKII is a real pleasure to use and that is mainly due to the fact that your lenses show their real strengths in a full frame body. For instance, I have the Tamron 28-75 f2.8 zoom, which in the 7D is a very good lens (if you understand that its field of view will be 45-120mm). In the full frame the Tamron awakes and it is an extraordinary lens for all purposes. The same thing happens with a lens such as the Samyang 14mm f2.8 (which is a 22.4mm in the 7D).

Besides that very important factor, the 5DMKII is as easy to use as the other bodies (I use all of them in manual with the focus directed to the back button). The main difference in my opinion is the shutter sound which is every bit as different in each of those bodies.


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