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O.k. I know this has been a probably beat into the ground thing already, but I am considering making the jump! That's right, from my beloved Nikon to Canon. I have been shooting Nikon for years and years and loved their equipment! Once digital files became the rage, I rushed out and blew $2,500 more on a Nikon film scanner. Last year, I switch from my F5 to the latest and greatest Nikon D2X and have been wondering.... Should I have spent the extra $5,000 on the body or moved to an $8,000 body with Canon? Well, after shooting for a few months now, I have begun to really question my decision. Since the D2X was not available locally, I had to order it from B&H without being able to try it out first. My issues are this: Full Frame look and feel, color blends at gradient points, and too much noise at high ISO. I think all of the Canon Pro cameras produce very clean images but what about noise at high ISO? I am thinking I need to jump to the Mark II DS for $8,000 bucks but have been told it picks up more noise at high ISO than the 5D. Is this true? Do I need to have two Canons to get both full frame (shallow DOF and high detail) and another for low light (ISO 800-1600)? If the Mark II DS will preform just as well as any other Canon at high ISO (low light) then please tell me where to send my $8,000 plus lens. I can't wait to move up from F2.8 to F2.0 or F1.8 lenses. Image stabilization here we come.
All that being said, I think Nikon has the upper hand VS Canon in a few key points. The rear screen of the D2X is 100% better than the Canon. The ergonomics of the Nikon is better. The Nikon on screen options and adjustments are better. All being said, it's the final image that is all that matters. Too bad whistles and bells don't help the final image.
Nikon - If your ever gonna stay in business, dump the DX lens and 1.5 conversion factor. Your days are numbered if you stay the course.
Picture here taken with my Favorite F5 at 2.8.
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Well,....being a Canon owner who recently went "Full Frame" (again).. this time with the 5D.. The high iso noise on the 5D is better than any Nikon. That is indesputable.
The high iso noise on the 1DsMk2 is even better(slightly but noticably in test results) than the 5D.
I tell you,... I don't miss my 1.6 format cameras at all.. If the cost isn't a factor, then got for the best equipment you can afford.
The AF system is better on the 1DsMk2, the shutter lag is un-noticable compared to the 5D...the frame rate is a frame a second faster the buffer is pretty large and review time is hugely improved over the former 1Ds camera too...the flash top sync speed is higher by a 1/3 stop,..I have seen images under exposed by a stop at 3200iso..(6400 iso) and then brought up in PS a stop to pull a still acceptable image from the 1DsMk2.. It is built for longer lasting & harder professional use, along with the weather sealing.. The files are huge, and again, it's a full frame, not an APS sized sensor..like the 1.5 "apparent field of view"... For your line of work Brad,...I think you'd really appreciate using fast lenses with the 1DsMk2 body,...especially on large prints where it is very noticable side by side which I have seen..
That's the best right now..
Good luck with which ever you pic! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Here is a FF crop with the 5D & 85mm firstname.lastname@example.org