for my 70 year old dad.
I shoot with a D700 now, and I'm very happy with it. My father has been using a 20D and Canon 17-55 IS for a few years now. I think now is a good time for me to get him either the D700 or a 5D II.
My dad likes to take non-flash candid photos of friends and family, which is why I think one of these low light beasts is a good match. He occasionally photographs scenics. Autofocus is a must for him. He's not as strong as he used to be, so I don't think he'll be that well off with one of the 24-70/2.8 zooms. He has a bit of a tremor, so I think image stabilization will help him quite a bit. That leaves me with the D700 and Nikon 24-105 VR versus the 5D II and 24-105 IS. I should also mention that my dad is a JPEG shooter who doesn't like to postprocess really at all.
As I see it, in favor of the D700:
- Able to set Auto ISO higher
- Shorter shutter lag
- Better high ISO performance from in-camera JPEGs?
- Smaller file size = easier on computer time
In favor of 5D II
- Better lens in this case
- He's be used to the Canon menus/controls
- More detailed scenics
Honestly I think he'd be just as well off with a D300 or 50D and one of the 17-55 stabilized zooms, but for a couple reasons I won't mention, I'm not going to go that route.
Any advice? I'm leaning towards buying the 5D II for him, but it's almost a coin flip.