I think the 5D will continue to hold good value for a long time to come.
I think the Mark II has too many megapixels... not just from a noise
standpoint but from a lens standpoint. If your lens can resolve that
many pixels at all it's at a restricted aperture like f/5.6 or f/8. And
even then it's very unlikely to extend very far into the corners.
Canon is certainly consistent with the interface. The large "quick
control dial" on the back of the camera (that I dislike) dates back at
least as far as the EOS-1N film body of 1994. Long time Canon shooters
would likely be very upset if the design changed.
Joel Wilcox wrote:
> Yes, my first attempt at a reply misfired (laptops in the dark ...)
> Our cousin who was so impressed with the E-3's IS feature, if you
> recall my original narrative, has been waiting for used 5D bodies to
> fall below $1K, but they apparently continue to hold their value. I
> think if Canaan had used toggle switches that the faithful would still
> swear by them because of the perceived value of consistency from one
> model to the next. More power to them. There is a real benefit to
> consistency in a system as extensive as Canaan's I'll wager.
> I certainly can't evaluate how much the big LCD or LV or ISO 6400 or
> 24 MP is worth to current 5D users. It wouldn't be worth it me, I
> don't think. The original 5D is still the break-through camera of
> sorts to my inexperienced mind.
> In the meantime, let a kajillion flowers bloom. My close encounter
> with the 5D MkII doesn't lessen my attachment to the E-system, much as
> it delights me to see our relative's enjoyment of it. If I get some
> sort of 5D someday, I hope to exploit your experiences with the
> third-party lenses. :)
> Joel W.
> On Sat, Jan 3, 2009 at 11:17 AM, Joel Wilcox <jfwilcox@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 9:08 PM, Chuck Norcutt
>> <chucknorcutt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> I too appreciate thumb and index finger controls. I've never even seen
>>> an E-3 other than in pictures but the Minolta A1 has a similar layout
>>> and I liked that much more than the big jog wheel which is prone to
>>> accidental change unless you set the power switch in the correct
>>> position to prevent it... something I almost always forget to do.
>>> But in any case I wouldn't trade my big sensor for those ergonomic dials.
>>> Chuck Norcutt
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