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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!
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.
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.
I moved up from the Canon XTi to the 5D mkII for the following reasons:
- Full frame sensor
- Low light capability
- 1080p video
- Bigger, sturdier body
The 5D nails all of them. Pictures are amazing and I've only begun to start using the video function. Thank goodness I only have film lenses so they work on both the XTi and 5D.
It continues to amaze me each time I use the 5D.
21mpx creates really large files, so make sure you have a decent computer if you plan to post-process. Also, I have read that the 1080p clips are huge and editing them slows down even the fastest Mac Pros. I'll probably stick with raw footage for the time being.
The full frame makes wide angle shots incredible but zooming won't go as far as the APS-C bodies. That's one of the reasons I still keep the XTi--the crop factor helps with zoom shots when the subject is really far. Also, it's smaller and easier to carry around in case I don't want to carry the big 5D. And it's always good to have a spare body!
Love the image quality, the powerful isos, and the new menus and options, such as the option to calibrate the focus on your lenses. This is particularly useful for anyone who shoots wide open portraiture, like myself.
Having gone through a 1ds mk2 in the past, i do miss some of the more pro-oriented features, but overall this is a very good camera.
The AF is as was on the 5dmk1, and thats dissapointing, but it works on the center point.
Camera is small and easy to carry, definitely lighter then a 1ds/1d, batteries now show alot more information! Useful, but they are expensive to add.
Screen is gorgeous, viewfinder is big enough, but all the info is very clustered, as oposed to more spread out like the 1ds series.
Overall its a great camera, but for pro photography, i would lean more towards a 1ds mk3, the mk2 is a bit too old in its feature set and LCD screen.
I have not had much experience with the HD movies, but they look pretty good on the camera insofar as i can tell.
This is by far the best camera the money can buy. I am not a professional photographer, and I do not plan on selling my pictures in the nearest future, but even if I do decide to become one, this camera's high 21 megapixel resolution will allow me to offer my works for sale at all major stock photography places. It has such an amazing HD video feature that amateur singers use it to shoot their first video clips with songs! I've had a 40D before - and I think it is one of the best budget DSLR on the market, but this camera exceeded all possible expectations. Dynamic range, ISO handling, full-frame CMOS, it's ability to focus in the dark, you name it. I highly recommend this camera to anyone who is still thinking.
We started with the t2i, then the 60d, after reading a lot of reviews and comparisons, the full frame of the 5D mk2 is the way to go. You get way better low light performance (1 stop), which is twice the light. That translates to sharper images in any condition and with any lens. That's what a full frame sensor is all about. Don't get too confused with the crop factors and wider shots, that's just a bonus side effect. Yes if you're shooting outdoor sports go with the 7D because the crop factor will give you extra reach on your lens, plus you get more shots per second,..and in outdoor you don't need the extra stop of light. Pretty much anything else you need to go with the 5D mk2.
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.