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 Post subject: Worth Buying a Used 5D
PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:24 am 
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Ok, I am a gear geek, I can't help it. First in my military life and now in my camera hobby. The only problem is right now the camera gear is more expensive than the military stuff.

So here's the deal. I keep up with the local pawn shops to see if a L lens slips in, so far no luck. But today one of the shops say they will have a 5D available tomorrow. My first mistake was not asking is it a MKII. He also was not sure what the price was going to be set at until this afternoon and I didn't have a chance to call back.

My dilemma is do I really need it :lol: My 550D is a great camera and I'm still learning a lot. I have 3 lenses but my primary walking lens, Sigma 18-135, is not compatible with the 5D. That leaves my 35mm and my 70-300. I know having a full sensor is nice but comparing the features to the 550D and 5D, there are of course some better features on the 5D but there are a few things that the 550D may be a little better at. The sensible part of me just wants to think more on lenses and save my little nest egg for that, the gear geek of me wants to get the camera weather 5D or 5d MKII. Now if it is a MKII for the right price I don't think I could hold back but if it isn't I'm still torn HELP :shock:

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Personally I wouldn`t worry about it just yet. With the new 5D coming out there will be plenty of opportunity to pick up something secondhand.

You may get more benefit from a 17-50 Tamron non vc or Sigma 17-50 OS or Canon 17-55 is usm.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:13 pm 
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maxjj wrote:
You may get more benefit from a 17-50 Tamron non vc or Sigma 17-50 OS or Canon 17-55 is usm.
Well - I wouldn't buy one of those if a full frame camera is considered in the (maybe not too far) future... :wink:

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I wouldnt buy it. If you dont ''know'' your camera and its features that well, I shouldnt move to FF. Also, your lenses are not that good, on a FF you will see the problems of the lenses quite quickly on a FF.
Id look at a good lens instead of a new body ;)

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Oooookay :) thank guys. Yea I'll wait and focus more on my lenses.

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Ruben123 wrote:
on a FF you will see the problems of the lenses quite quickly

Well - if it's about a sharpness I guess you can see the difference better on a crop frame sensor.
But yes, I'd focus on the lenses first. OK, I did. And I'm happy with it.

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As a recent returner to full frame DSLRs with a 5D in the past and a 5D2 now, I do intend on writing more some time in a dedicated thread.

To me, there is one big reason for going FF, when used with fast primes you get a look that can't be achieved easily if at all with crop sensors. Consider how that might fit in to your usage. FF isn't unquestionably better. It is only better if you need it.

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I definitely consider my 5D "Classic" pre-Mark II to be worth it! I acquired this one from a local dealer's pre-owned inventory. I visited several times, trying a demo lens on one visit, and three of my own lenses on subsequent visits. I visited such sites as dpreview, to peep at pixels and how the 5D renders colors, and read countless user reviews on many sites. Then, I made the purchase, $900 US. More details are in the thread I started here, on the relevance of the 5D in 2011.

I may well skip the 5D2! Between my 7D pair and 5D, I am should be able to cover everything, until I have a chance to see if any of the 1Dx features trickle-down to the successor(s) of the 5D2, or other full-frame Canons that may appear.

popo made a really good point about fast primes. I did not realize just how good this 5D's images could be until I tested my 35mm 1.4L and 100mm 2.8L on it, at the camera shop, then later looked at the images on my computer at home. Getting the good glass before the full-frame camera seems the better option, to me. Good glass will benefit one's cropped-frame cameras while saving for full-frame.

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