August 29th, 2016
Normally I don’t do posts on camera gear unless there some feature that is important for real estate photography. But I decided that I need to bring up the new generation of Canon 5D’s that was announced last Thursday (August 25). Not that the 5DMkIV has any features that make it super significant for real estate or interior photography; it’s just that from polls we’ve done about 25% of PFRE readers use a 5DMkII, 5DMkIII or 6D (the target audience for the 5DMkIV). At the same time, there are many real estate photographers and videographers moving away from the Canon 5D line of gear. All the more reason to carefully analyze this body compared to the alternatives.
There is a huge amount of coverage going on now in the photographic online world about this new body and the new lenses announced with it. I ran across this unusually in-depth video review by Tony Northrup of the 5DMkIV and how it compares to the other alternatives available today. I think Tony does a remarkably good job of putting the new features in perspective. It’s long (close to 35 minutes) but I think it’s something to watch if you are even thinking about a 5DMkIV.
I have a 5DMkII that’s getting long in the tooth, so I’m in that target audience. I could make a case for upgrading to the 5DMkIV but there is a lot I like about Sony too. After you use a body for 8 years it’s hard to give up an old friend. My guess there are others that feel as conflicted about this as I do.
Update: A great question was raised, “Can the 5DMkIV do more than three brackets?” The answer is: yes, according to dpreview.com the Auto Exposure bracketing on the 5DMkIV is +/-3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV) which is the same as the Canon 5DMkIII and 6D but significantly better than the 5DMkII which is +/-2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV).