What to buy: 5D MKIII vs 1D MKIV

Started Oct 20, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Timberland Veteran Member • Posts: 3,217
What to buy: 5D MKIII vs 1D MKIV

In short: I currently have a 7D that I like and want to keep as a second body.
I mainly shoot sports and travel photography.
For a while I've been looking at the 5D MKIII, which should be a wonderful camera IQ wise (full frame) and the AF is also very good (according to the reviews).

The problem is that I would like to buy one, but it is still too expensive for me at this moment (at €3000 in The Netherlands).

I also have the opportunity to buy a new 5D MKII for €1350,-, but I'm not convinced with the AF compared to what I have (a 7D) and I do not want to downgrade in the AF department.

Now there has been a third option thrown at me which sounds tempting. I can buy a 7 month old 1D MKIV (25.000 shutter counts) for €2400,- which looks like it's new. I really like the idea that I can shoot at 10fps and very fast and accurate AF. I'm a bit worried about IQ compared to the 5D MKIII. How does it perform against a full frame body (DOF wise and high ISO wise). Also the 5D MKIII should have even better AI Servo tracking capabilities than the 1DMKIV.

I could also hang on to my 7D and buy a 5D MKIII in some time when it's cheaper.

Thanks for your suggestions.

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