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Jeff Lester
Which setup is best? 5D II or 5D III?
on May 26, 2012 at 6:06:52 am

So, I'm planning on either buying a completely new video setup this summer (well, after the summer once I have earned the money that I need), and I can't decide whether to buy a 5D II or III. I might even keep my GH2.

But basically, I cannot afford to spend more than $10,000 (I'd like to spend way, way less actually). If I get the 5D III, I need to sacrifice the L series glass that I was going to buy for the camera and get medium quality Canon lenses. If I get the Mark II, I'd be getting three L lenses instead of just one.

Here's my theoretical setup for the Mark II and III - which do you think would be the better choice?



Version 1 (for use with 5DII)

Canon 5D Mark II (used) - $1,750
5D Mark II Battery Grip - $100
Z-Finder Pro 2.5x - $375
5D Battery - $60
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB CF - $329
Pelican 1400 Case for 5DII - $72
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L (used) - $1,300
Canon 50mm f/1.2L (used) - $1,325
Canon 85mm f/1.2L (used) - $1,600
Pelican 1510 - $165
(x2) B+W 72mm UV Haze Filter for Canon 85mm, 50mm - $100
B+W 77mm UV Haze Filter for Canon 24-70mm - $70
Filter Pouch - $10
Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 Tripod - $190
Ikan VH7e 7” Monitor - $370
Sony L-Series Battery - $105
Ikan Mini-HDMI-HDMI Cable - $25
Sunhood for VH7e - $25
Konova Slider w/ Manfrotto 701HDV - $527
500GB HD - $80
(x6) Manfrotto 357 Pro QRs - $300
Gini Rig w/ iFocus - $600
Lighting - $500
Miscellaneous DIY Stuff - $100
TOTAL: $10,078



Version 2 (for use with 5DIII)

Canon 5D Mark III - $3,300
5D Mark III Battery Grip - $350
Z-Finder Pro 2.5x (for 3.2” screens) - $400
5D Battery - $60
SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB CF - $329
Pelican 1400 Case for 5DIII - $72
Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L (used) - $1,300
Canon 50mm f/1.4 (used) - $330
50mm Lens Hood- $17
Canon 85mm f/1.8 (used) - $350
85mm Lens Hood - $15
Pelican 1510 - $165
(x2) B+W 58mm UV Haze Filter for Canon 50mm and 85mm - $54
B+W 77mm UV Haze Filter for Canon 24-70mm - $70
Filter Pouch - $10
Davis & Sanford Provista 7518 Tripod - $190
Ikan VH7e 7” Monitor - $370
Sony L-Series Battery - $105
Ikan Mini-HDMI-HDMI Cable - $25
Sunhood for VH7e - $25
Konova Slider w/ Manfrotto 701HDV - $527
500GB HD - $80
(x6) Manfrotto 357 Pro QRs - $300
Gini Rig w/ iFocus - $600
Lighting - $500
Miscellaneous DIY Stuff - $100
TOTAL: $9,644

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