My camera took a big ol crap!

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  1. jowensphoto

    jowensphoto Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Not literally, but it did expel its mirror at the END of my last wedding. Unfortunately, the repair cost is more than the camera is worth.

    I've got 2 options and a limited budget. There's a canon 1D ii I can get for like 300 something. I have a guy on craigslist with a 5d ii for 700 (about 40k accuations).

    The big kicker is the MP difference (8 something vs 21) and video. I don't do any video (though that'd be cool to play with).

    Coming from 12MP on my 5d classic, I'm not sure if I'd be taking a step backward with the 1D. Then the weird 1.3 crop factor...

    Idk. Any thoughts? I just didn't plan on buying a camera any time soon and need help justifying my purchase.


     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    5DII
     
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    jaomul Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    5d is a better image quality camera than a 1d2. I've had and liked both. The 5d2 is better in every way than the 5d imo. So yes as above, 5d2
     
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  4. jowensphoto

    jowensphoto Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Thank you both. I already knew the answer, but my wallet was hoping someone would come in with some wild argument that the 1D is amaaaaazing lol
     
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    TCampbell Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    5D II

    Having owned a 5D II... and then a 5D III & 5D IV, the 5D II is still a very good camera.
     
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    pixmedic The Mustached Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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    the 5dII is going to be a much better camera overall than the 16 year old 1DII.
    the only thing you really get with the 1DII is the built in battery grip with vertical controls.
     
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    dennybeall No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If you do events you'll find the built-in video capability to be very useful. I was doing a BIG birthday bash and all of a sudden behind me a guy started dancing with the birthday girl (63). NO advance warning but spin - hit the controls on the DSLR and voila - video the lady will cherish for a long time. No lighting to speak of but Photoshop was able to bring up the video so it was usable.
     
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    the 1D II is amazingly heavy....
    and it was a great camera back when George W Bush was President *(sigh miss that guy)*
     
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    Great thread title, and the camera expelled the mirror... that's a rofl! That's the only reason I'm making an otherwise useless post. Except I wondered if used is an option.
     
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    I had the mirror on my 5D separate as well. It was 3-4 years ago but I seem to recall it being not terribly expensive (under $100) to get it repaired. When I phoned Tempe Camera the tech laughed and said it happens all the time. It was done in less than a week. Of course, if you want to trade up.....
     
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    Speaking of trading up: My 5D classic took a dump at a steampunk Disney multi-model shoot in the summer of 2016...the first time in maybe 20 years that I took NO backup camera with me! i shot three frames..and the friggin' mirror FELL OFF of the frame...no screws, no bent-over metal retaining clips, just glue. Bad glue, holding a critical component in place. And THAT is the issue with the 5D and the 5D-Mark II: both were built on low-end bodies with lower-end specifications. The 5D was like a $389 EOS Elan body, pretty much, fitted with digital guts. And the same was true of the 5D-II. The 5D Classic had fine,fine sensor for its era, and so did the 5D-II.

    The REALLY desirable used-market Canon FF is the 5D Mark 3, in my opinion. When it was current, I tested it and shot it against the Nikon D4, the Canon 1Ds Mark IV (I believe that was the top Canon flagship that year), and then the 5D-3. Wow! The 5D-3 has a good AF system...about on par I thought with the Nikon D4. The fit, finish,feel,and handling of the 5D-3 is really,realy,really nice.

    The issue is basically the autofocus system; the 5D and 5D-II are noted for being weak in AF, but the 5D-3 has a powerful AF module and works GREAT, about equal I thought when I compared it against the Nikon D4. Again, not trying to make too fine a point, but the 5D and 5D-II were $389-type camera bodies, with lower-spec'd subsystems...but the 5D-III was a major advancement in the camera and all of its subsystems. The 5D III is a major "trade up".
     
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    Getting the 5d ii today :)
     
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