Let the price drop begin. When Canon announced the 5D MKIII two days ago, I was expecting the price of the MKII to drop in the coming weeks (the MKIII is expected to begin shipping in late March). I had no idea how soon the price would drop.
I tracked price fluctuations last year; from a hike to about $2,700 after the Japan earthquake to a low of about $2,100 for the Christmas shopping season. It stabilized to the usual $2,500 after the holidays.
Now it’s down to $2,200 on Amazon. [UPDATE 3/5/12: Another $50 drop. It’s down to $2,149.] How low will it go? We’ll see in the next few weeks. So if you’ve been eyeing a full frame camera, you might save some money by opting for the MKII over the newer MKIII.
Is the MKIII worth the extra $1,300? I did a comparison using SnapSort and found mostly minor differences.
- A screen that is .2-inches larger with better resolution. The image on the screen does not reflect what you’ll see on your computer or print.
- 6 frames per second vs. 3.9. If you don’t shoot action, then this won’t matter to you.
- 22.1 megapixels vs. 21. ‘Nuff said.
The differences that might sway me are:
- ISO 25,600 vs. 6,400
- 100% viewfinder coverage vs. 98%. As an interior photographer, this is actually a big deal for me
Other features that might interest you:
- More focus points and more cross type focus points
- In camera HDR
- Silent mode for video recording
The question is: is that worth the extra money? Hit me up in the comments with your thoughts. If the MKII drops to $2,000 would you get it instead of the MKIII or is the MKIII clearly superior?