Panorama, Landmannalaugar, IcelandPanorama, Landmannalaugar, Iceland

OUT THE SONY A7R II, WELCOME CANON 5D MK IV : My experience and thoughts on the Canon 5D MK IV

April 20, 2017

There are times when stars are aligned... That was last Chrismass vacation period when my Pro rep offered me a $500 discount on a brand new 5D MK IV. And after heighteen months working with the A7R II for landscape photography, I was considering it's limitations and issues: the identified zone in focus which is not quite right, a very poor battery life which has been a problem in Iceland last September even though I had 4 batteries and 2 chargers, the lack of joystick to choose the focus points, the loosening Metabones IV in colder conditions (below 60F) and the weird yellish/greenish and strange sky colors in certain situations to name a few.

If I was rich, I would have maybe kept the A7R II as a backup for landscape photography, but the colors were still a problem for me and I am not rich...

I have been using the 5D IV for nearly 4 months now. No, it does not have 42mpix, but 30 are plenty to print big. There are a lot of details in the files, colors are perfect, and I am back with a great menu system, bigger LCD, superb autofocus, and 7i/s. The camera allows for rapid changes in the setups when these are needed. I love Canon colors in their Pro and Semi-Pro bodies. They are just right. The dynamic range of the files are also great and a lot better than the 5D III (almost 30%+), and the noise level at ISO 1600 and 3200 is low compared to past 5D cameras. These ISO level I use when the 5D IV is used as my wildlife backup or for anything else than landscapes. I foresee some great results with the starlights shots or moorises.

One cool thing with the camera is the the new touch screen which becomes very useful for still shots on a tripod or video when changing focused elements and seeing the focus passing from one to the other very smoothly: that is a plus. This screen is like a smart phone for many actions.

The 5D IV is proven to be a very solid, reliable and well thought camera with enhanced capabilities and it feels right in the hand and well balanced when used with super tele lenses. So far, I would not go back to the A7R II at all.

Best of life,

JD


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