Originally Posted by dcstep
Of course you realize that will likely be a 2012 event now, given the quake and tsunami disruption of supplies. In a normal cycle you'd expect an announcement Aug/Sep, early availability for the connected and obsessive by late Nov, early Dec and the masses could buy early in the year. Now you need to move at least the delivery part of the timeline back a good six-months.
What do you think it's going to do that it doesn't do now. I'd bet that the main improvements will be in video interface and performance in video mode. It's a breakthrough camera in that regard and they'll want to put it back in the lead and continue the usage by video pros. I doubt that we'll gain much in still IQ. AF may improve, up to or near the 7D level, but that's only important if you shoot nature and sports with the 5D, which most do not, since the 7D or 1D MkIV is generally considered better for that.
Unless you're a videophile, I think now is the time to buy.
agreed at this point in time.
Megapixel size seems to be at a stand still, so don't expect a major jump, if at all. All that's really missing on the current unit is the auto focus system and the video as mentioned. I was just looking around online last night and the original 5D is still selling for more then 1000$ it's still a very desirable camera to many. I also know a professional who's shooting a 1DmkIV and carries the original 5D as his backup and his daily shooter.
If you think the 5D mk II is costing too much, wait untill closer to fathers day and there will be lots of sales on.
At this point, for me to step away from my 5D mkII into the next version, the camera better be absolutely rediculous and godly.
as it stands, i've been shooting the 5DII for almost a year, and the images still blow me away sometimes.