Well, I went and did it. Late last week I sold one of my favorite lenses (a Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS) on ebay and used the proceeds to purchase a Canon 5D MK II camera body. Whether or not I made a good decision – well, time and experience with the new camera will determine that. I mean, I really liked that lens. It was incredibly sharp, even with a 2X teleconverter attached. But I only used it a few times a year. That’s a lot of investment to be sitting in the closet.
The above image, aside from a little cropping, is pretty much straight out of the camera. All I did was bring the RAW image into Lightroom, crop it, and make a very minor sharpening adjustment. What impresses me so far is the color depth from this camera. While the 5D is pretty good, the color out of this camera appears to be much, much better. Not to mention all the pixels you get to play with. Even though this image is cropped, you could still make a very large print from it.
I also like the idea of “live view”. I haven’t tried it yet, but it seems like a pretty good idea if you’re mounted on a tripod. The menu system also seems a lot better, and of course the LCD on the back is bigger and brighter.
What irks me a little is having to buy a whole new battery grip. They couldn’t make it so the one from the 5D would fit? I can see having to get the “improved” batteries, but the camera bodies are very similar. It wouldn’t have been hard to make the battery grips interchangeable. And in case you hadn’t noticed, Canon likes to charge large sums of money for items like that.
Well, off to play with my new toy some more. Who knows – maybe I’ll even manage to get some decent images with it.