Canon EOS 5d camera with 24-105EF lens
Review for: Canon EOS 5D 12.8 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Kit w/ 18-70mm and 55-200mm Lenses)
My faithful old 300d could not keep up with my ever growing ambition in the field of digital photography.I wanted something more sophisticated and with better facilities. It had to be a Canon so I could continue to use my current lenses without awkward and qualty reducing adaptors, and for weeks I watched Ebay listings, loooking for just the right thing. Was it to be a 700d? This camera is ideal for photographing sport, wild life and other fast moving objects, all of which I indulge in, but it included video. I've already got an HD video camera thanks. The latest 5d Mark II is very expensive and also has unwanted video. A good EOS 5d, used but in good nick was my best compromise, and eventually one came up together with the ultimate lens included, a fabulous EF zoom lensm and I got it at a very fair price. When it arrived the camera, which had very little use and had been "refurbed" by Canon, as had the lens, was completely "as new" and I am thrilled to pieces! It is easy to use, has all the extras I could wish for, and produces professional type results beyond my wildest dreams, and all for less than half the price I would have paid for an original new model when it was introduced.
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A remarkably good combination
Preamble: I used to have an EOS 400D and an EOS 50 (film) with a canon 28-50mm and a Sigma 70-300mm lens. They were both stolen in a rather unpleasant burglary in Cape Town. Both cameras took excellent photos, but comparing film with digital is fraught with difficulties - the 400D was a great point-&-shoot; the 50 gave a feeling of innate quality. So how does the EOS 5D Digital Camera with 24-105mm lens compare? I won't cover technical aspects here as there are many sites that expound better than I can:
Camera Body: My goodness! Chunky; Heavy; Well built; Great Ergonomics... Love it. That's what I want in a camera. It is not so big that it cannot be lugged around on a holiday, but it is a body that is not light. It depends on your muscle strength and pain threshold. Do not buy it if you are after something less 'beefy'. But if you want a body that smacks of quality and makes you feel like a 'pro'each time you heft it up to your jaded and cynical eyeball, this one is for you. (I was chased down a street in Nigeria by a knife-wielding orange-seller whose photo I had taken, and felt confident that the bulk of the 5D body would have provided a welcome and effective bludgeon had I felt inclined to use it as such.) But to summarise, I like it a lot. It feels well made, reassuringly heavy (and expensive), and takes great photos.
The lens: Lordy! All of the above applies to the lens! But what I really like is the super-fast, and razor-sharp, focus. I have taken portraits, landscapes, and action photos; all have turned out to be superb.
Conclusion: To me - an amateur with a good amount of technical knowledge and experience - this is a superb combination: A full-size sensor in a great body with a top-notch lens. Yes, it's not light. But for those of you who are after image quality over portabilty I can wholeheartedly recommend it.
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Canon EOS 5D
This is my second 5D body, bought to replace a 40D once I realised just what a quantum leap the full-frame sensor is over the crop sensor of the 40D - even though the 40D is a more modern design. I use one body with a 24-105 f4L, and the other with my 100-400 L which I use primarily for aviation shots. I thought that the loss of the 1.6 crop factor would make a difference there, but it didn't. Nor has the fact that the 40D can do 6.5 fps compared to the 5D's 3 fps burst rate.
Image quality is superb, and that combined with the ability to use the full wide-angle capability of the 24-105 really does bring a smile to my face. I have a 17-40 f4L which was needed with the 40D, but is hardly ever used now because 24mm is quite wide enough for most purposes. My camera bag is now a much lighter affair - just 2 bodies and 2 lenses. The second body is just a bit more than a luxury of course, but being able to switch instantly from the 24-105 to the 100-400 without having to change lenses is fabulous.
High-ISO images are an eye-opener even after the supposedly good performance of the 40D in this area (I was never impressed with the 40D much above ISO400 though). Even ISO3200 produces surprisingly acceptable pictures, especially with noise-reduction software. This means that the lack of a pop-up flash isn't so much of a problem - the 580EX MkII flashgun is a far better solution should flash be needed anyway. I have used ISO3200 in bright sunlight by accident (having earlier used the camera for night shots) and believe it or not, I could hardly tell it wasn't ISO200. A little film-type grain in the sky, but otherwise sharp and with good colour. Amazing.
Vignetting can be an issue at full aperture, but is easily dealt with in Canon's DPP3 software if you use RAW, which I am besotted with now I've discovered the benefits (especially for under- or overexposed shots).
I find that a lot more of my photographs are 'keepers', especially when the subject is an aircraft in flight. This was a big surprise when I compared the 5D to the 40D using the 100-400 - I expected the 40D to outperform the 5D, but it didn't.
I am sure that the 5D Mk2 is an all-round improvement, but from what I've been told the image quality of the old 5D isn't very far behind the Mk2. The 5D is still a very capable camera indeed, and I'm hoping that my pair will give me good service for many years before I'll feel the need to upgrade.
I have no hesitation in thoroughly recommending the 5D to anyone considering a move to full-frame digital photography!
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canon 5d mk1 12.8mp vs 50d 15mp ish
Right I have bought this simply because it is full frame so I will get the best effect from my lenses, and for this purpose it is perfect.
Now I already have a 50d to compare with and from the few samples I have compared the quality of image (IQ) is very similar,
better depth of field from the lenses is the big plus,
also though it gathers much more light with the same lenses 8 thou on 50d becomes more like 30 thou on 5d mk1 (good job as no flash built in on 5dmk1) useable in lower light compared to the 50d, but i mean while keeping the noise down ie. iso 100 200.
there are alot of downsides to the 5d overall, but I'm more than happy to live with them, slower, smaller screen, no live view etc.
I will say though it seems as though the 5d even with it's lower megapix count still capures more and cleaner detail (but this is pixel peeping).
my eyes now are open to full frame 5dmk2 here i come :).
Excellent Full Frame Digital Camera
Very well made Canon EOS 5D has won plenty of awards and features a full frame sensor, which means 35mm lenses don't have 'crop factors'. This means a 28mm lens really is a 28mm lens.
The sensor is also big enough to create very sharp pictures and to handle low lighting well. Because its full frame, the lenses exhibit full depth of field (deliberate blurriness of backgrounds) in the same way as a traditional 35mm SLR. Photographers will appreciate this and as an example the only recently introduced full frame Nikon D700 is around £1800.
I've got a Canon EF series zoom 24-105 L IS which is sharp and very flexible, but also a selection of small manual Olympus Zuiko OM lenses, which are inexpensive small primes, which can be attached via an adapter and also produce excellent images on this camera.
The Zuiko lenses are available from eBay and a great way to add good quality prime lenses to this camera. Because of the Full Frame 35mm, they also 'behave' as they are supposed to. Example a 50mm f1.8 Zuiko may only cost £20.
The 5D is about to be upgraded to the Mark II; there should be some 5D Mark I bargains about - I've noticed that even Canon have some in their 'refurbished' category on Ebay.
Well worth it if you are a more advanced photographer and whilst more expensive than a DX sensor sized camera, its a great way to get into the 'big league' with the Zuikos as a good way to get a lens collection started.
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