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Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Bought a 5D MK III last week as an upgrade to my MK II and to sit along side my 7D.

What follows is a list of subsequent upgrades that I felt compelled to make to create the same functionality as I'd enjoyed previously with my other two cameras:

1. Bigger and faster Flash Cards as I want to be able to shoot fast moving objects in low light. For some reason best know to Canon, the cards that worked beautifully with my 8fps 7D are too slow for my new 6 fps camera. Cost £160 approx.

2. The perennial Photoshop dilemma. An upgrade to my CRW raw converted was required. Which was not compatible with my edition of CS4 of course. Oh dear. I've downloaded a .DNG converter as a temporary fix. I now have the option of either going to the Cloud (jeez), buying CS6 for £600 or obtaining a student copy for £250 and registering it to one of my kids at Uni.

3. New battery grip: £50 for a compatible non brand.

Has your latest upgrade tweaked your buttons? Do you calculate all this extra cost when you consider upgrading?

Sep 13 13 02:26 am Link

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Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 27997

Dearborn, Michigan, US

Drew Smith Photography wrote:
Bought a 5D MK III last week as an upgrade to my MK II and to sit along side my 7D.

What follows is a list of subsequent upgrades that I felt compelled to make to create the same functionality as I'd enjoyed previously with my other two cameras:

1. Bigger and faster Flash Cards as I want to be able to shoot fast moving objects in low light. For some reason best know to Canon, the cards that worked beautifully with my 8fps 7D are too slow for my new 6 fps camera. Cost £160 approx.

2. The perennial Photoshop dilemma. An upgrade to my CRW raw converted was required. Which was not compatible with my edition of CS4 of course. Oh dear. I've downloaded a .DNG converter as a temporary fix. I now have the option of either going to the Cloud (jeez), buying CS6 for £600 or obtaining a student copy for £250 and registering it to one of my kids at Uni.



3. New battery grip: £50 for a compatible non brand.

Has your latest upgrade tweaked your buttons? Do you calculate all this extra cost when you consider upgrading?

The 5D Mk III is full frame and more pixels.  You have to transfer more data to the CF card.
I had email deals from B&H.  I purchased CS6 for $250. and Lightroom 5 for $99.  They reward good customers.  smile

Sep 13 13 02:42 am Link

Photographer

Henry The Artist

Posts: 293

Blackpool, England, United Kingdom

If I want to upgrade my sensor it will cost me...

*drum roll*

...the price of a roll of film wink

Sep 13 13 02:44 am Link

Photographer

Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Henry The Artist wrote:
If I want to upgrade my sensor it will cost me...

*drum roll*

...the price of a roll of film wink

Boo! Get back to the '60!  smile

Sep 13 13 02:56 am Link

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Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 27997

Dearborn, Michigan, US

Henry The Artist wrote:
If I want to upgrade my sensor it will cost me...

*drum roll*

...the price of a roll of film wink

My Nikon F2 is unused since I started shooting digital.

Sep 13 13 02:57 am Link

Photographer

John David Studio

Posts: 1724

Fort Myers, Florida, US

Drew I did the same upgrade path as you.  Yes I did analyze the entire cost of the upgrade.

Bigger CF Cards 8 Gig to 16 gig Sandisk UDMA   I had fast cards for the 7D but the 8 gig cards weren't really large enough.

Extra Battery,

Canon Grip. This unit is very well made.

I'm using Adobe Creative Cloud so no issues with software upgrades

I needed  to add a couple of full frame zoom lenses since EF-S Lenses dont fit the 5D MK III

But the lenses were required for the full frame transition anyway.

This combination will shoot about anything that comes along for me.

Sep 13 13 03:04 am Link

Photographer

SoCo n Lime

Posts: 3283

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Drew Smith Photography wrote:
Do you calculate all this extra cost when you consider upgrading?

as long as your results are worth the extra money then thats all you can ask for.. i was going to say "are worth the investment" but changed my mined as deprecation is such that it isn't an investment anymore because the bodies (unlike the lenses) don't hold their value.

it seems a better idea to pick and choose the timing of your upgrades rather than upgrade each time a new camera comes out

if you're upgrading every 5 years for instance the jump in technology will be significantly much higher alongside the more important thing of value for money. especially when you compare it to someone upgrading every two years or each model that comes out

if youve got the money to burn then fine but upgrading is an expensive business which ever way you look at it

Sep 13 13 03:39 am Link

Photographer

Andrew Little

Posts: 283

London, England, United Kingdom

Jerry Nemeth wrote:

My Nikon F2 is unused since I started shooting digital.

Mine to but my hasselblad gets plenty of use.

Sep 13 13 03:44 am Link

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B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

I don't really 'upgrade' - I just replace equipment when it fails.

There's not much I can do with my current camera body that I couldn't do with the previous one. The better low-light performance is nice but I could still use the previous camera for most of what I shoot.

As for collateral costs, a twin-pack of no-brand batteries for £16 and and a few bigger CF cards for £12 each are nothing compared to the cost of the camera itself and hard drives are getting cheaper all the time so the slightly bigger files are a non-issue really.




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Sep 13 13 03:44 am Link

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fullmetalphotographer

Posts: 2789

Fresno, California, US

I would not say it was so much an upgrade system expansion. I went from shooting film then to cropped I then added a Full Frame camera. I ended up buying a 14-24mm f/2.8 because my 12-24mm f/4 was a cropped sensor lens. I still have the 12-24mm f/4.

I am not a person who is worry about the next flavor of camera that much. I worry about wear and tear. If I see a clear reason to get a new camera i will then do it. I am using lenses that are 15 years old.

Sep 13 13 05:00 am Link

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PhillipM

Posts: 6555

Martin, Tennessee, US

I keep my cost down by upgrading camera bodies around every 4 years or so.  My latest upgrade was from a Canon 1D Mark II to a Canon 5D Mark II.  The only reason I did this was due to light leaking through my 2nd shutter on it, and it was out of support through Canon.

I suspect this 5D will last me 5 more years or so.  After all, I'm just recording light on a sensor.

Sep 13 13 05:08 am Link

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RacerXPhoto

Posts: 2470

Brooklyn, New York, US

Wonder what your MKII could not do that your III can and would there really be any difference in your work

Sep 13 13 05:13 am Link

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Hugh Alison

Posts: 2119

Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom

RacerXPhoto wrote:
Wonder what your MKII could not do that your III can...

Focus accurately.

Sep 13 13 05:34 am Link

Photographer

Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

RacerXPhoto wrote:
Wonder what your MKII could not do that your III can and would there really be any difference in your work

Quite a small percentage of my work is in the studio or even portraiture. I shoot a LOT of low light fast moving sport and wildlife.

I bought the MK III primarily because it has superior Noise control than my other two cameras and I wanted to shoot some sports with a full frame in conjunction with my preferred lenses: my 70-200mm is markedly different on a full frame as opposed to a crop when it comes to working at restricted distances.

I sold my 5D Mk II as part of the upgrade.

Edit: LOL Hugh, the MK III inherited the focus system from the 1DX and is pretty amazing. The MK II focus left a little to be desired didn't it.

Sep 13 13 05:35 am Link

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RacerXPhoto

Posts: 2470

Brooklyn, New York, US

Hugh Alison wrote:

Focus accurately.

Agreed but OP has a 7D and by all reports thats pretty good performer in that dept

Sep 13 13 05:37 am Link

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AgX

Posts: 1273

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Henry The Artist wrote:
If I want to upgrade my sensor it will cost me...

*drum roll*

...the price of a roll of film wink

Umm, I think you're forgetting the costs of possibly "upgrading" your developer. All told, you're probably in for 5, maybe even 10 pounds. wink

Sep 13 13 05:46 am Link

Photographer

Image Works Photography

Posts: 2890

Orlando, Florida, US

That's how Technology works and the Market makes its monies. I upgraded cameras, computers, phones etc on average 2-5 years the most. Something non technology wise like a piece of furniture might last you indefinitely. That's is until it falls apart.

Sep 13 13 06:00 am Link