Gigapan photo taken with 1D Mark IV on a Gigapan Pro. Check out the full zoomable photo here
Well I forced myself to set down my 1D Mark II for two months to use only the 5D Mark II. I like the 5D Mark II , the video and full size sensor, image quality is fantastic. I use wide-angle lenses most of the time, so the extra wide from the full sensor has made me even close down my wide-angle shots to 24mm (hmmm is it time for the 24mm 1.4L II). I am not sure if I am just used to the 1D buttonology, but I have found myself grumbling at the 5D buttonology multiple times now. Often I bump the settings dial knob on top of the camera and change my RAW to JPEG or other annoyances. This is a pain and I have missed several shots because of the camera being bumped into an odd mode.
Just because of my hate for the 5D button layout I will probably dump the 5D when the 1D Mark IV comes out in October 09. Not sure I will get one until after the Olympics because the large photo houses will get first dibs. I wish the new Mark V would come with a full sensor to make it all that I need. Canon would not want to loose its 1Ds megapixal superstar for a faster shooting 1D that does not have the mega numbers that the camera magazines like to fight the megapixels game.
This is nothing against the 5D itself, I just like having the two button push to change most modes on my camera. I picked up the new pocketwizard remote for my speedlights and I hold it off the camera shoe. I love the fact I can control the EV value from the 5D menu, its just that the combination of having to plug in the info then bumping the dial into some odd mode with not the settings I want make we wish for the two button requirements of the 1D.
I try not to jump into the next camera each year and have been shooting my set of heavily worn 1D Mark II bodies for a few years and just sent one off to Canon repair to get a tune up. (Canon repair in New Jersey is super fast and Canon Professional Services (CPS) has been great!). I make a habit to send in my lenses and bodies in every year to get the old camera doc to give them a physical. I have started to carry only one camera body on most trips to be more minimalistic with the equipment I bring. I would like something of high quality but small in the point and shoot arena. I dream this magic “small” camera would always be in my pack, even when I don’t plan to go on a shoot. I have found I use my iPhone as a family quick shoot and mail camera for plain fun shots (I started working on developing an iPhone tether for the 1D Mark IV when it comes out with integrated 802.11 to allow quick sending of select images via email).
I do a large amount of “drive by shootings” from a vehicle and available light shots; so this requires a fast shutter that no point and shoot has. I was toying with the idea of a Leica M8 digital range finder. I was hoping the Leica M9 would come out this summer to make all the Leica junkies get the new shiny thing and sell their barely used M8s on eBay for a steal. After much review of the quality of the sensor and the camera, I finally think I have myself convinced that even though it is a beautiful camera it just does not have the functionality and would soon become a toy and not a workhorse. When I talked to my photojournalist friend Guy Calaf about my toying with getting a Leica, we both agreed we would love one, but for circa 6000 USD w/ a lens, it just is not worth the bang for the buck unless you are a trust fund baby. I am leaning towards picking up a 5D Mark II with a 1.4 24mm lens (if canon will ever ship the damn 24mm 1.4L II to the market). I think a 5D and 24mm L would not only be less expensive than a M8 but also be far more functional. It would also be a kick ass documentary camera with the glass quality and video option. And before you Leica fanatics get all up and arms about my questioning the M8’s functionality and its magic “glass”, please be aware my photo requirements may be different than yours….. (READ MORE)
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