5D MkIII + 7D?

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Freeman-Jo Senior Member • Posts: 2,583
At some point, you will want the 1D body type

qianp2k wrote:

+1.  After studied several months I picked up a lightly used 1D3 in Nov '09 over 7D despite spent a few hundred more.  Never regret a bit.  Although 1D3 is only 10mp but I have no problem to crop 1D3 photos to 100% and usually I don't crop my 60D photos more than 50%.  The difference is not just fps or buffer but overall speed and lag/refresh time.  Although I also own 5D3 now, but I still feel 1D3 AF is faster (lens' lock-in speed) probably due to its more powerful battery that drive lenses faster. 10fps and 30-raw buffer in 1D3 (that only can leverage CF card speed to around 300x and will not take advantage of fast UDMA CF cards) are much faster than 6fps and 15-22 raw buffer in 5D3 (I used fastest 1000X UDMA 7 CF).

IQ side, 1D3 generates well-known pleasing photos with creamy and smooth look.  And it doesn't have banding or at least not that easy to show banding compared to 5D2 and even 5D3 in my experience.  I found 1D3 is also an excellent portrait and studio camera provided you can live with 10mp size as it produces very pleasing look and very nice skin tone.

1D3 does very well in airshow to capture the critical moments.  I will take 5D3 in one or two airshows this year to see if 6 fps and shallower buffer are enough to meet my expectation to capture critical and precise moments.  My copy of 1D3 never lets me down.


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The 1D3 at 10MP is very limited if you want to print larger than 12x18. Sure you won't get stuff like 20x30 at 300ppi but I had 20x30 print made from 20D before and that's 2MP less and it still look good.  I think it's depend of how sharp you nail that picture also.  The sharper it's, it will allow you to upscale it more thus printing large size is not so bad.  The one thing that 5D or 7D up to now regardless of what mark, it will never match the 1D in term of weather seal and rugged body.  I have heard that 1D will not have problem shooting in place like Alaska but even 5D3 will have some trouble.  And yes, the 1D battery is what drive the lens motor faster.

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If picture worth a thousand words, how many megapixel is it?

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