"Simply... Superb!"on by ppolgar
Pros Image Quality!
Cons For the price... none!
Summary I recently purchased the Canon 5D Mark 2 kit, which includes the 24-105 L f/4 lens. In terms of build quality, the new 5D is a definite improvement over the previous model. The finish is less prone to minor scuffs and nicks. The level of detail and overall image quality from this 21 mega-pixel camera system at base ISO settings is quite simply? superb. The best that I have personally seen thus far when pixel peeping. Considering the pixel density, the low noise factor is also amazing producing usable prints even up to 6400. Canon managed to pull off a piece of engineering marvel with this newly developed sensor and the Digic 4 processor. The ?black pixel? issue has never reared it ugly head and I even tried on numerous occasions to create this phenomena. But as usual, based on several blogs and websites, there are many who are already jumping all over this camera system because of the so-called ?black pixel?. If it even does occur, you would have to print billboard size images to even notice this problem. I have been shooting professionally now for over 25 years. I happen to shoot both Canon and Nikon. Like all systems, both have their strengths and weaknesses. However, in recent years, I have read an incredible amount of camera bashing that is beyond ridiculous. I?m convinced that many of these self proclaimed experts are not even photographers and if they are, I suspect that they are simply point and shooters who have too much time on their hands. Camera equipment for the most part, is simply a tool. For you self-proclaimed experts, check out the dpchallenge website. Some of the finest and award winning photos were done with either a Nikon D70 or a Canon Rebel. It still comes down to the skilled individual in the art of both photography and post processing capabilities. However, the new 5D will expand one?s creativeness and will produce beautiful color rich, highly detailed prints even beyond 30 inches. Personally, I highly recommend the Canon 5D Mark 2. It represents a tremendous value considering the 5D Mark 2?s attributes. Happy shooting!
Pros Full Frame, Very easy to shoot Video, Big Screen, wide Viewfinder, Comfortable in my hands
Cons some what expensive, missing some key video features,
Summary I've had my camera since Christmas Eve and I absolutely love it. I've only shot Christmas pictures and a few portraits but it's everything in a camera I've been hoping for. I previously had a 30D and sold it in October to be ready financially when this came out. I was hoping it was closer to November but hey I have it now.
Most people interested in the camera has no doubt seen Vincent Laforet's Reverie, and since I've had the camera I'm been doing primarily shooting Video. It's as easy as turn on the camera, hit the Live view button, compose the shot and hit Set to start recording. I've taken the videos and made small products already in just a few hours of editing, No problems importing the video, everything looks amazing. I've been shooting with the 16 - 35 f/2.8 70-200 f/2.8 are usm and the 50mm f/1.8 and they all look sharp and great.
The missing parts with video is full control, you can't set Shutter speed, aperture, or Is independent of each other, It's on full auto mode you can use the back wheel for exposure compensation but that's only to +/-2 however the exposure lock on the top left of the camera works to lock the exposure even in video.
It's an easy firmware update that Canon is sure to do eventually.
The photo's in low light are crisp with annoying noise not appearing till at least 3200 ISO. The Full Frame is probably my favorite thing having a 16mm lens look like 16mm not 25.6mm (1.6 crop factor). Looking at the other two FF's, Nikon d700 and Sony's this is the best bang for the buck, Nikon's is only 12.8 MP but that's more than enough for 90% of prints. It's cheaper but no Video. Sony has around 24 but more expensive and not as wide of a selection of lenses and again no video.
Any Canon fan should look to upgrade if they are making photography/videography more than just a hobby,
Pros Improved weather sealing, full frame high performance sensor, very true color reproduction, lcd is just mint, menu improved by a mile, very practical and useful features.
Have used HD video recording with amazing results with all types of L glass.
Cons Live view focusing could be quicker and some other minor quirks which I am sure will be update via software versions soon.
Summary Resolution, spot on focus, adjustment for front or back focus on lenses, very useful highlight priority, good light correction compensation, automatic lens aberration correction, many useful features and bottom line quality performance on par with 1ds II o better in some situations and sorry Nikon is great too but a little behind in final output comparison.
This time easier to say this bad boy is closer to pro and not as much pro-sumer as the old 5d.
Highly recommend will out do your expectations especially for the photography end result or final image quality.
Even auto mode exposure are hard to mess up.
Other cameras being used currently 1ds mark II, Nikon D3.
Obviously there are situations where we use the other cameras with outstanding results as well but simply if it was not an assignment requirement where it calls for let's say more durability shooting in the cold or rain, the 5d mark II end result being image quality in our eyes does outperform the other two.
In consideration for the final result it takes into account correct exposure, focus, true to life color rendition all prior to even thinking of software manipulation of any kind.
It really is an incredible camera and we just barely started using the HD video feature so will not comment too much other than it is ground breaking so far for even the simple reason of how much work can be done in almost pure darkness and grain is just incredible.
Thanks for reading my post.
Pros Dependable, Variety of lenses to choose from, Very long battery life, awesome image quality and video, and great build quality.
Cons This camera has no cons in my opinion.
Summary This is a great camera if you are thinking about starting to take photos with a DSLR. And also if you are thinking about upgrading from your camera to this Camera. I never had one bad regret about this camera. Buy it if you want it.
Pros I rarely get a bad picture and the full frame Raw files are very easy to crop with plenty of resolution left afterward. I love this camera!
Cons I can't think of any.
Summary I replaced my Canon 40D with the 5D MkII when it first came out over a year ago. I use it with a 24-105 lens which is extremely sharp and very colorful. I really can't think of anything I don't like about the camera.