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stalwart

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5d Mk 2 or D700.......?
Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 14:55 GMT
Right, it’s time for me to go full frame, but stuck between Canon or Nikon...

All my ‘standard’ commercial work is done with a 550D & Sigma 8mm f3.5. Great combination, and been a successful combo for past few years - works perfectly at the moment pushing a max. of 12000x6000 resolution equi pano if required.

I am wanting to now go full-frame, more for my own personal work to create panos larger than 12k pix wide going 6-around, as well as the top-end commercial stuff too. Therefore, I’m looking at either the 5D Mk2 or D700 bodies.

Things I like about the Canon - more simple GUI. But limited to +/-2 AEB (although I can use Magic Lantern, not all my Sandisk cards work, and I’d prefer not to hack my camera).

Things I like about the Nikon - good noise reduction characteristics (apparently) and these test shots look convincing - www.xtremephotography.ca/Canon-5D2-Vs-Nikon-D700/. Also , the D700 supports AEB up to 9 exposures. The menu system is a bit more fiddly tho’.
So, I have the opportunity of going either way (my Canon lenses are EF of course, so won’t fit full- frame 5D anyway, so I’d be changing lenses too).

So, which would you choose. I’m not in the market for fast / sports photography - this is purely for tripod / monopod based panoramas.

Lens choice would probably be:
For 5D: Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG fisheye or Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye

For D700: Nikon 16mm f/2.8D fisheye

Cheers

Stu
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John Houghton

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Re: 5d Mk 2 or D700.......?
Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 16:12 GMT
updated: 26 Sep 2012 at 16:12 GMT

stalwart said:

(my Canon lenses are EF of course, so won’t fit full- frame 5D anyway, so I’d be changing lenses too).

Stu, Did you mean that your lenses are EF-S? EF lenses fit the 5D ok.

John
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stalwart

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Re: 5d Mk 2 or D700.......?
Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 16:30 GMT

John Houghton said:

stalwart said:

(my Canon lenses are EF of course, so won’t fit full- frame 5D anyway, so I’d be changing lenses too).
Stu, Did you mean that your lenses are EF-S? EF lenses fit the 5D ok.

John


Quite correct John - yep I meant my EF-S lenses......

Stu
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Smooth

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Re: 5d Mk 2 or D700.......?
Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 16:41 GMT
Stu,

I'm not saying don't buy a full frame camera body. But I would buy a 15mm Fisheye first and try it on your APS-C camera body. Yes it will be more shots but far larger resolution. If that doesn't work out grab the Canon 5D MKII or MKIII and use the same 15mm Fisheye on it.

That said, if your intent on buying the FF Camera body. It really won't make much difference if you go Canon, Nikon or Sony. All are extremely capable. As you mention the menu in the Nikon is very deep and not as user friendly. It does though offer more options (needed, wanted or not).

Regards, Smooth cool
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hindenhaag

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Re: 5d Mk 2 or D700.......?
Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 16:46 GMT
Hi Stu,

You might have better a look at D600, D800/E. D700 is a very good camera but is released a time ago.

DxOLab has rated D800 at top and D600 is second.

www.dxomark.com/

Have a look around, reviews about new cameras like 5DMKIII as well.

Heinz
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stalwart

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Re: 5d Mk 2 or D700.......?
Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 16:46 GMT
hi Smooth,

That does seem a sensible route to go - esp. to push out more resolution out of the APS-C sensor. Which 15mm would you recommend - the Sigma or Canon...?

What really interests me more about the FF bodies is their noise handling, which the 550D is fairly mediocre at.

Stu
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stalwart

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Re: 5d Mk 2 or D700.......?
Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 16:51 GMT

hindenhaag said:

Hi Stu,

You might have better a look at D600, D800/E. D700 is a very good camera but is released a time ago.

DxOLab has rated D800 at top and D600 is second.

www.dxomark.com/

Have a look around, reviews about new cameras like 5DMKIII as well.

Heinz


Nice idea, but the D800/800E & 5D MkIII way over my budget.

Stu
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Smooth

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Re: 5d Mk 2 or D700.......?
Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 17:46 GMT

stalwart said:

Which 15mm would you recommend - the Sigma or Canon...?

You know, it again doesn't really matter. The Canon 15mm f/2.8 is excellent but discontinued. The Sigma 15mm f/2.8 is also a fine lens and Canon's replacement is the 8-15mm Zoom f/4.0. Buy any of these and you will be happy. Shop on price and availability.

I use the Canon 15mm f/2.8 on my APS-C Canon 7D and it is a great combination. Over 22000x11000px panorama.

Don't forget Canon is about the release the FF 6D for the budget consensus. tinyurl.com/check-6D Just another option....

Regards, Smooth cool
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kasenyee

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Re: 5d Mk 2 or D700.......?
Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 17:49 GMT
Unless you're wanting to create 40x60 prints, the D800 is simply overkill. The files are so massive, your workflow will increase dramatically.
You can get the same great quality resolution from the D600 or D700.
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DennisS

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Re: 5d Mk 2 or D700.......?
Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 19:21 GMT
your workflow will increase dramatically.
Been using a D800 for a couple of months now. My previous setup was (and still is) an NEX-7 (24mp). The only impact on my workflow is maybe a tad slower in saving the huge files. Processing is a bit slower, but nothing major. All the steps in my workflow remain the same. All my computers/software/hardware remains unchanged. No dramatic increase anywhere. More of a slight hickup. Not enough of a difference to force me to go back to the NEX-7.
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