I finally threw the 5D Mark II and the D700 on the ol' Pelouze last night. The D700 with AF-Nikkor 35mm ƒ/2 weighs in at 2 lbs., 14.2 oz., while the 5D Mark II with EF 35mm ƒ/2 tilts the scale at 2 lbs., 6.7 oz. Both cruiser-class. The Canon with the larger EF 35mm ƒ/1.4L lens weighs 3 lbs., 4.4 oz.
For you Europeans, that's 1310g, 1097g, and 1485g respectively, give or take half a gram.
I must say that despite its weight, the 5D Mark II with the 35/1.4L makes a particularly appealing package, trim and comfy. It falls right to hand for me. I never understood what the heck people were talking about when they say a heavy lens "balances" well on a camera, but with the 5D Mark II and 35/1.4L I think I finally get it.
Soon I will even start remembering how to turn the camera on. My brain's gonna get it. I'm waiting.
This morning was even prettier than yesterday, but I hafta tell ya, I'm not much for suffering for my art—it was four. Four degrees. Time to break out the winter coats.
Featured Comment by Stuart: "How to switch it on? Just don't switch it off! I've been doing that with my 5D, you just set auto power off to 1 min, and forget about the on/off switch. It wakes instantly with a half press on the shutter button."
Mike replies: Neat. See, this is just the kind of thing you need a brain trust (i.e., collective online wisdom) for. I never would have figured that out in two weeks with the camera.
Oh, and this is funny...it turns out the loaner camera is already set up that way. I just didn't know it.
I listen and learn.
Featured Comment by Evil_Sheep: "Voigtländer Bessa R2A, 430g; Voigtländer 35mm ƒ/1.4, 200g; TOTAL = 630g...as compared to 1485g for the same focal length/aperture combination on that Canon. And that 630g is all metal, baby! When did cameras get so friggin' bloated and why does no one except Mike J. seem to care? And where is my (affordable for mere mortals) digital rangefinder??"