Ask Uncle Ronnie – February 2017

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Canon EOS 1DX Mark II

Which Canon?
I wish to buy a good D-SLR and my choice is between the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the EOS 1DX Mark II. Which one should I go in for?

Alexander R, Chennai

Both the Canon models that you are considering are superb. The point is, what is your genre of interest and how much are you willing to spend? Money may or may not be a problem for you, but how much weight are you willing to carry the whole day long? Along with the camera body, you will also need lenses. And since you are looking at the top-of-the-line models, you should also consider the top-of-theline lenses.

Here’s my suggestion. If you want a camera that does not cost the earth (it is still expensive though), which is comparatively lighter and which I would call an “all-rounder”, go for the 5D Mark IV. If on the other hand you wish to specialise in wildlife and action photography, then go for the 1DX Mark II. It is not that you cannot use the 5D Mark IV for wildlife and action photography; the 1DX Mark II with its blazing 14 frames per second may get you those shots which could possibly be missed by the 5D Mark IV.

The 5D Mark IV is 30.4 megapixel with a maximum burst speed of 7 frames per second (fps); the 1DX Mark II is 20.2 megapixel with a maximum burst speed of 14 fps (16fps in Live View). The 5D Mark IV body weighs 890g with the battery whereas the 1DX Mark II weighs 1530g with the battery. Of course there are many other differences, but with the information provided, you  can now choose between the two.

Career in Macro
I am Hridoy Biswas from Kolkata. I want to make my career in macro and portrait photography. I have have asked many professional photographers about this but unfortunately got no real answer. Can you please help me to know how should I approach in this? I will be leaving my job to pursue my career in macro and portrait photogra phy. Please help me on how I should proceed in this field.

Hridoy Biswas, Kolkata

It is rather difficult to answer your query as you have not provided sufficient information. How old are you? What is your level of expertise  in the field of macro and portrait photography? If you leave your present job, can you sustain yourself till the time you really start earning through your photography? Do you have the financial means to set up a portrait studio?

My first advice to you is not to leave your present job. You can try your hand at portraiture as well as macro photography, along with your job. After a year or two, if you feel that you are earning well enough through your new endevour, you may consider quitting your job. But till that time, please do not leave your job.

If you do not have adequate experience, you may join a school of photography where these genres are taught. It would be beyond the scope of this write-up to guide you step-bystep on this subject. |SP