5D2 or 5D3 for portraits

Started Apr 6, 2014 | Discussions thread
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adumas Regular Member • Posts: 154
5D2 or 5D3 for portraits

Hi All,

I need help.

I shoot mainly portraits in black and white. You can see my work here: http://patricemichellon.com/bw-portraits/

I used to shoot with the Sony A7 and was very impressed by the sensor's dynamic. It allowed me to retrieve a huge amount of details in the shadows. Anyway I'm not going to develop on why I sold the A7 (many reasons, lack of lenses, sync speed, ...) but I'm now looking at Canon.

I tried the 6D but the 5D versions are also on my radar.

I never tried the 5D3 but I can get a 5D2 for 1200 euros (it's almost new, 2200 shutter counts). Is it a good idea? Is there a real difference with the 5D3? Again I don't shoot sport, mainly portraits, few weddings and family. I have younger children but none of them are practicing a sport where crazy AF is needed.

My main concern is the sensor dynamic, noise and synch speed. Most of my portraits are shot with a 85mm lens at f/14 or 16 and I need low ISO. The post processing in LR allows me to work on the exposure and shadows but I don't know what the 5D2 is capable of compared to a Sony A7, a 6D or a 5D3.

Any help, advice would be welcome. Thank you.

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