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It delivers good picture quality, good autofocus and light metering.
Canon changed its format raw a little bit, so much so my existing software cs3 can not read, I had to buy an update of cs4 in order to accomodate the new raw format. That adds up to increased cost of using the camera.
The extra "original" battery costs too much, luckily there are substitutes that are more reasonable, but then they require a different charger and is not recognized by the camera on the screen.
This is by far the best camera I have ever owned. Not only does it feel great in your hand when taking pictures, it takes just awesome pictures. You can take pictures with a high ISO and still get beautiful pictures.
Now the best part.... It also takes great video. Canon just released a firmware upgrade that fixed one of my only complaints about the video. Prior to the firmware upgrade, when you shot video you had no manual control over shutter speed, aperture, etc. The latest release of firmware solves that problem.
With this camera, you can get the "look" of a film camera. Something you can not easily get with a regular video camera.
Bottom line. This camera Rocks!
This is an outstanding camera. High resolution, great ISO range, HD video and many other features. I am using it w/ the 24-70 and 70-200mm canon lenses. Unfortunately for me, I am having focus problems with this particular unit. Very soft images at best. I am having the lenses calibrated to the body. Frankly I don't think one should have to do this with an expensive prosumer camera NIB ! I am very disappointed. What good are 21 megapixels that are out of focus ! The AF system is archaic compared to Canon's other models and esp. compared to Nikon D3 and D700 full frame cameras. I would probably not buy this camera. I know many owners of the original Canon 5D who are keeping their old cameras when buying the new MarkII, because they prefer the old 5D for portrait work. I was planning to use the 5dMkII primarily for landscape work with the large sensor, so I hope I can resolve the problems I am having.
Canon should be ashamed of their QC compared to their competition.
Awesome camera. Upgraded from a EOS 500D and this feels like shooting a camera for the first time. The body is solid, the viewfinder is bright and big, and coverage is very good as well.
Shooting full frame is a bit of a learning curve at first but once you get a feel for how your lenses perform it's quite enjoyable. The DOF is more narrow than with APS-C. This camera is fantastic for portrait work. The tracking and AF are a bit slow but who cares unless you're a sports shooter. Color rendition and metering are excellent. I'm able to get some fantastic looking portraits with a simple one-light umbrella and this camera.
Landscapes are great too, although highlight range is limited compared to current Nikon and Sony models. This camera DOES have a high DR option(called HTP or highlight tone priority), but you can only shoot from ISO 200-6400. You also lose a little bit of definition in the shadows, but there is a way to get it all- turn on HTP, and expose for about 2/3 to a full stop brighter. Highlights are well preserved and the shadows aren't so dark that they are noisy. If you shoot JPEGs this probably isn't viable, but you won't be doing a lot of post processing anyway (at least like you would with RAW) so you can leave HTP on with 0 EV comp. and still have highlight detail that would otherwise be blown out.
Usability is good, controls are easy and intuitive, although some of the menu items are hidden pretty well (but you can customize them to a favorites tab).
I wish Canon was better about making firmware updates, or allowing 3rd parties to easily mod the OS. I'd love to be able to set up auto-shooting for time lapse videos, or at a minimum have an adjustable timer for longer than 30sec exposures. I'd like more than 2 stop exposure bracketing too, but probably wouldn't use it very often. Maybe all cameras will run on open source code one day?
It's a great camera, new, exactly what is specified, but it is a grey market camera not a USA waranteed version, they say this in the listing in more or less words but I somehow missed that, so the software is for asia not USA. I happen to already have the software so I wasn't worried, but it was a little annoying and I Can see it being frustrating for others. The instruction booklet is a different size than the standard usa Canon booklets, but it's still got all the info you need. The other stuff that came with it is of course of lesser quality, but hey it's free stuff that comes with a nice camera, so keep it or sell it back to ebay LOL. All in all a fine product from Canon and a worthwhile price when you can't even get one from the stores you can get one from these guys.
A lot of sales hype to push this camera has turned out to be only Hype.
full frame sensor is the main feature that excels this body above the 10D
Ability to use wide angle lens full capacity is very helpful.
Extra bright and large viewing screen is very nice especially when checking for focus after the exposure.
Histogram showing both exposure and color balance is really nice.
Negatives: shutter noise is noticeably 3 times louder than the 10D. A critical disadvantage to wildlife photographers who need absolute quiet or wedding photographers who want to take some photos during the ceremony without being noticed. It sounds like my old Nikon F2AS.
Live view is basically useless. Auto focus in this mode might as well be non existent better to focus by hand. Do not rely on live view to check your focus. It's ok for checking composition or camera position with the grid lines but these errors are easily corrected in photoshop so its not critical to get it perfect just leave yourself enough room to crop and turn the image.
If you accidentally depress the focus button (af-on) when taking a photo it will lock you out and will not allow you to release the shutter. This button is placed right under your thumb and it's an easy mistake to make. Suddenly you camera doesn't work and you don't know why.
If you want to attach an external flash (not hot shoe) you will have a big hunk of rubber (the cover) flapping around while you shoot.
Auto focus has a mind of its own making the only reliable usable setting dead center. This is especially true with longer lens applications of 200mm and up.
simply focus your subject hold the shutter and then compose the shot.
Image sharpness drastically falls off when shooting in lower quality settings M1 M2 S1 S2
Only "Canon" batteries are allowed to communicate with the camera to show remaining battery life. Off market brands that cost 1/10th the price can be used in the camera but you have to guess how much battery life you have left.
Movie mode uses an unbelievable amount of memory and will fill a 1 gig card in just a few minutes of shooting time. Quality is no better than point and shoot cameras with video capability and auto focus just doesn't happen in video mode.
Count on extremely blurry video if you use this camera for that.
PRICE of this NON professional toy camera is extremely over the top.
Side by side photos with the 10D body and the 5D Mark II of the same subject blown up to 8x10 using the same lens, memory card, camera settings, lighting etc showed little detectable difference in sharpness, color quality and detail. While the 5D does produce a sharper image with greater detail in the shadows and fewer over exposed blowout images the difference could only be detected by the absolute purest.
All in all....the above being said I like the camera and even though I think it's overpriced Im going to keep it and work around the disadvantages and enjoy the full use of my wide angle lenses.
Im a photographer, I can use any camera and take a great shot.
It's definitely a good camera with tons of positive reviews, and it's light weighted.
Eventually I returned it, just because I didn't like the focusing and metering of manual focus lenses, and decided to stay with Nikon. Beach camera provides great service.
I'm writing this review after using the camera for over 2 months. Some of you may have read my other camera reviews in the past and I am glad the reviews have been helpful to many.
I am a Canon/Nikon guy. I have lenses from both brand, from macro to telephoto, primes and zooms. I keep lenses from both brand because they offer the BEST in DSLR market. And I often upgrade to newer model if they offer significantly better performance/quality/Resolution.
For Canon, I've had D30, Rebel 300D, 10D, 20D, 5D, Rebel XTi, 40D, 1DS Mark III, and currently using 5D Mark II.
In Nikon camp, I've had D300, D700(full frame sensor), and when they put out D3x in end of 2008, I thought this was going to be pretty much the keeper for a while as I would not need any higher in resolution and performance. Interestingly, this was about the same time Canon released their 5D successor, 5D Mark II. I really liked the performance and image quality of Canon 5D. It was featuring Full Frame sensor at 12MP high resolution and very low noise in high ISO shooting. The main reason I downgraded this to Rebel XTi was the frequent dust spots on the 5D sensor that I had to either clean it really good often or do spot healing in photoshop. Both takes time, and if you are like me, I hate spending time doing this kind of stuff. I'd rather have lower performance camera with some kind of dust proof so I can shoot. I didn't expect much from EOS Integrated Cleaning System, but after using it for sometime w/o any dust spots on the sensor, I sold my 5D and kept XTi hoping for 5D successor to come with same EOS Intergrated Cleaning System.
They took too much time coming up with 5D Mark II, so I had to step into Nikon market getting D300 and D700. Wow! What a difference. Great image quality, low noise at high ISO, Sensor cleaning system, Faster frames/sec, well built, very well thought-out menus and buttons... One time, I needed to get into higher resolution images - 20+mp and my only option at that time was Canon 1Ds Mark III, so I got one but returned it back 5 days later because I thought 1Ds Mark III didn't justify $4500 over Nikon's D700 just for the extra resolution. There were rumors also that D3X was in the works. Well, you can read more about my Nikon reviews on my other review pages, but I'm writing all this to say one thing. Sure, D3X is much robust, faster, higher res. camera than 5D Mark II. But if you think about the features and affordable price compare to Nikon D3x or Canon 1Ds Mk2, it's not to hard to choose what's the winner here. I'd probably sticked with D3x if they only offered Sensor cleaning system... LOL.
So, is 5D a good camera? Yes, you bet!
It's a full frame sensor camera, which means your 50mm lens is working on the camera as 50mm. With crop sensor cameras, you multiply 1.6x to 50mm so 50mm becomes 80mm lens which sometimes is good and sometimes bad depending on the shots you are shooting.
For my type of work, I require best image quality and less-to-no noise. I compared the 5Dmk2 ISO image quality with my D700 and D700 has the winning quality all the time, and that's not surprising because they share about the same size sensor and 5Dmk2 is putting twice more MP than D700 - thus creating noisier images at high ISO. For my work, I always use ISO200 or lower and lighting is pretty much all controlled, but up to ISO800 is quite usable too. Anything higher will require some type of noise reduction.
I'm out of space, but also HD video is +.
I've had it for almost a month. Upgrading from 40D with all L lens, I am very impressed with the camera. Here are my thoughts:
Sharp! this is a surprise, the picture is visibly sharper than my 40D.
Wide angle is so usable now, it even reveals my 17-40 has severe vignette with CPL.
LCD is the best I ever seen.
AF is not bad as many states, as long as only use the center AF point.
High ISO meets my expectation. Maybe I have too high an expectation, I am not totally thrilled for its high ISO. Still it is very good, the best I've used.
HD video, tried a little bit, watched it on computer, pretty impressive.
Banding Issue: I was worried about it, but as long as you don't push too much and add fill light much, it is fine. And my style is totally opposite, I usually do S tone curve so shade area usually gets darker.
High MPs, actually this can be good or bad. to me, it gives me more crop flexibility so it is a pro.
The only surprise is the shutter lag, it is slower than 40D. It takes me a while to get used to new shutter lag.
You need to upgrade your computer if it is more than 3 years old. Running DPP is ok, however, running LR kills my old computer, so I have to buy a new one.
In summary, I will give it a 4.5 star because the shutter lag. 3.9 FPS actually is OK for me, but shutter lag will miss a lot of actions. However, I know it in advance and that is probably the best available FF for me. 1Ds 3 is better, but almost 3 times the price, 1D4 maybe even better, it is not available and twice as much. I hope it will last me a long long time before next upgrade.(5-10 year?) Actually, I don't see a need for upgrading as long as I am not doing actions.
I own a Canon G9 and upgraded to the 5D2.
The first thing you notice is no delay unlike compact cameras - even a high end one like the G9. It's so easy it's tempting to fill up media cards fast. I had to pretend I was a film shooter again to do a better job of choosing my shots.
The next thing is total control of white balance. The G9 does a good job, the 5D2 does a great job. You can warm your photos up or cool them down in the camera.
Unless you really know what you're doing, make sure you set this camera to sRGB color space - colors are more vivid. The 5D2 has other settings (portrait, landscape, etc.) for fine tuning color including, as I said, total control of white balance.
Being full-frame noise is just a non-issue with the camera. It's just not there.
I don't like Photoshop-ing my photos after the fact. I own it and it's great software, but time consuming. The 5D2 gives you the control to get the shot "in the can" with minimum Photoshop-ing.
Get UDMA 6 CF cards. They're hard to find - neither Best Buy or Fry's has them, but they're much faster. But UDMA 5 CF cards are pretty good.
Con: Canon says it synchs at 1/200 sec. I get a second curtain shadow at that speed. It's better to shoot at slightly slower flash synch speeds. That's the downside of a full-frame camera. The shutter has further to travel.