Canon 5D still worth buying?

Started May 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
quezra Veteran Member • Posts: 3,915
Re: Canon 5D still worth buying?

SanjayNair wrote:

Hello everyone. Was contemplating buying a used 5D classic body which comes at a bargain price, considering I have been wanting to start using FF to get the wider coverage for my landscapes and better depth for portraits. I have been looking at used lenses for it too, and the prices are in the range I can afford at the moment. I am aware it lacks live view and SD card support and the lesser AF points. I dont really use live view expect the time I do astrophotography, which wont really be an issue for me. I will be using my Nikon D5000 as a second body anyways, if something of that sort comes up.

You can compare the sensors here.  What you'll gain over your D5000 is a bit of low light ISO performance but otherwise not much else.  Depth of field will go down, so that may be a disadvantage (for landscape uses) not made up for the usual perks of a FF camera (better color depth, dynamic range, ISO performance) given a much older generation sensor.  You'd be better off getting a used D5300 or a D600.

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