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Created: 10/06/10

Canon EOS %D Mark II

Review for: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

I do photography both as a hobby and as a second job. I found the Canon 5D excellent. I used to use a Canon 20D. The full frame is fantastic. Its 3 inch LCD screen is excellent and its 21.1 megapixel resolution is something which cannot be described but has to be experienced. The controls are easy to set, once one gets used to such a gadget. But with so many options, the camera needs to have a vast menu but it is easy to go about it.

I like the feel of it. When I took in my hand I felt the old sensation of the quite larger film cameras. This makes me feel more secure when I am shooting. However, a person accustomed to the small cameras in use nowadays might take some time until s/he becomes accustomed to the bulky feel.

It is enjoy fast shooting speed, only 3 frames per second, but for normal usage, especially landscapes, photo shoots, still life and occasions - such as weddings, it is a fantastic camera and speed is not a criterion.

Perhaps for a professional or a semi-professional photographer, the function of the video is superfluous. However, I might find it useful in the future, I don't know yet as I have a separate video camera.

The camera works well with a 2GB memory card and, for those who are accustomed with cameras having a built-in flash, this camera does not have one. However, bearing in mind that it is a professional camera, a professional photographer will always need an external strong flashgun for serious work. It works perfect with my Speedflash 580.

The dial which sets the mode of the camera, again, looks like the old-style. It is very visible, not the flattish style with which we have been accustomed as regards digital camera.

The command dials work very much like all other Canon cameras. This makes the shift from one Canon camera to another very easy. You have only to learn how to set the camera for your own requirements.

I needed the leap in quality from 8 megapixels to 21.1. This permits me to manipulate my photos better. And I did not find any difficulty or problems with the full frame. I believe that many brands make people afraid of the full frame because they have not yet reached the technology to produce reliable full frame cameras, as was the case when the first digital SLRs were introtuced.

Yes, the full frame makes one sacrifice on the longer end of the zoom. Remember that a 300mm lens will be equivalent about 480mm with normal digital cameras. However, the full frame makes better use of the wide angle, since a 24mm will be equivalent to 24mm on a full frame as opposed to 38mm with the usual digital camera.

On the whole I like the camera and I do not regret buying it.

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Created: 01/01/11

Canon EOS 7D - Great camera

Review for: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

Pros.
From the very first time you pick this camera up it feels like it has a good pedigree background.
Picture quality is 'outstanding'.
The camera has very fast focus.
This camera simply has everything you could ever need. If a setting is not available as standard,the camera buttons/functions can be programmed in numerous ways to get the effect desired.
Video is top quality although care has to be taken to keep the camera reasonably still - a tripod is the best way forward here.
3" LCD screen is a delight to use although a fold out type (like EOS 60D) would make the camera alot easier to use.
The onboard flash is stunning for its size.

Cons.
The camera is expensive although PhotoDirect are very competitive in its pricing.
The menus appear to be overly complex to start with although with some careful use of the manual, things do become easier to find/adjust. Time spent on this will pay dividends in the long term.
Video focusing can be tricky to master. Short prefocused shots is the way forward. I would not buy the camera if you want to take holiday videos etc, it will be disappointing.
If you want a camera that takes great photographs buy this camera, you will not be disappointed. On paper, the EOS 60D appears quite a similar camera to the 7D but it is only when you hold both in your hands that the difference is obvious. The 7D feels much more solid to hold and the numerous buttons etc make using the camera very easy.

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Created: 03/03/11

So darn good

Review for: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

I started with an EOS500d went to the 550d which is an excellent camera and for the money and as good as you are going to get in any brand. Then after much thought I bought a second hand 5d MKii. This camera is just so good. The one single thing I notice most (apart from the weight) is the depth of color I get. It cannot be conveyed with words really but WoW ! Ok it's not cheap to buy but it's really worth it. To do it justice you do need good lenses or you'll never enjoy the benifit of this camera. I'm using the f/4 24-105L that I won on here and I did the camera insidently. There are a zillion reviews out there on this camera. If you want to read the best Google dp review. Enjoy.

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Created: 14/06/11

high qualilty fun to use camera that allows full creative licence

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review for: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

an extreme upgrade in picture quality from the crop camera which i owned previously. the high ISO is particularly good when shooting in low light. in manual mode the features such as portrait n landscape are good to have as no photoshop tweaking in colour is needed. the back screen is a really big which is great for checking focus etc post-shot.
overall very pleased with the camera, havent tested it to the full yet as i only own one huge zoom lens which isnt suitable for everyday photography. but initial results have been very pleasing

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Created: 08/06/10

Good camera, shame about the delivery mess

Review for: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

I mainly shoot a combination of landscape and wildlife, including some macro work, with the occasional still life. I've owned the 7D now since its release in October ans it has been everything I could have wished for, when it comes to wildlife photography. However, it had one major failing, landscapes, due to the exacerbation of diffraction effects due to the high pixel density. I had therefore been considering the 5D MkII for a few months.
In actual use, I can't fault it. The tonal gradation and dynamic range is visibly better than the 7D for landscapes and still life, it is also much easier to use with manual focus, due to the more traditional viewfinder. Although the 7D controls noise very well, even up to ISO 1600, the 5D MkII produces a cleaner image at all ISO and controls noise at least half a stop better, with ISO 3200 usable (although not quite as clean as the 7D at ISO 1600).
All in all, it is a very good camera, which suits my needs perfectly. It probably doesn't have a fast enough frame rate for faster moving wildlife, but that isn't its purpose. Also, the crop on the 7D makes it better for small subjects, due to the extra effective reach. However, it excels at landscapes and it is nice to be able to use f/16 and even f/22 again when I need it, without losing image sharpness.

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Created: 07/12/11

It's great... buy it.

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review for: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

It's a brilliant camera for video.

Indie film makers should definitely look at this camera first for its value for money. The quality can be outstanding if used correctly. I have been eyeing this camera for at least a year and have finally made the jump as I have accumulated enough money.

Especially good for music videos as it has the right kind of style, but it can be used for any form of film making. Beware to check out it's drawbacks (although only few compared to the amount of upsides) just so that you have a broader idea of what you are purchasing. These include the rolling shutter jelly effect if you pan too fast and also the lack of XLR mike ports among a few other things. However considering the cost of the bad boy, you are in for an amazing treat in high picture quality, interchangeable lenses and a camera that can fit very nicely in your pocket.. (not literally but I mean it isn't some huge beast... it's a DSLR for christ sake)

Take into consideration this review is from a film maker, not a photographer, but I'm pretty sure the downsides are definitely things that a photographer wouldn't even care about. You get the benefit of an uncropped sensor and amazingly clean higher ISO levels, so from my point of view a photographer would love this as well. But do your research.

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Created: 04/04/09

Worthy successor to 5d mk 1

Review for: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

I guess the real reason for buying the mk 2 was the usual one - gear lust, but my excuses are as follows and to be honest they are very worthwhile improvements over the mk 1: The auto sensor clean is always welcome, not so sure how effective it is yet but anything helps; the increased screen size is always welcome, however the change in control layout takes a little getting used to and has already lead me to almost delete files mistakenly when working quickly and working in the dark (more on revised layout later); the ISO boost has proven incredibly useful to me - my main areas of work are stage and weddings so extra range in this area is a must; the choice of full size or small RAW is very useful for weddings as you have a choice between super quality for shots likely to end up as large prints, or space saving for less crucial stuff. The downsides of this camera include the new layout - particularly on the top panel as this, at least to my mind, was unnecessary with some buttons simply swapping position - again when you're working in the dark you really have to think about whet you're doing - still I suppose I'll get used to it; then there's the battery situation - if you've a BGE4 battery grip and a stock of original mk 1 batteries built up over a couple of years, the change of both of these coupled with the battery price and the general lack of availability at the moment will annoy - I just hope the new battery monitoring facility proves worth the swap - I doubt it somehow. All in all this is a very worthy successor to the mk 1 and I've already taken considerable advantage of the improvements after only about a month of ownership, I would have liked a smoother operational transition however. Shop around for this camera as I've seen prices as high as £2500 body only, but units can be found as low as £1800.

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Created: 12/06/11

Canon 5D, Serious Money for a Serious Camera, worth every penny and more

Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Review for: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

I bought this camera based entirely on the reviews it has recieved in many periodicals, and although there is a Mk3 due out shortly with 30 megapixels, im glad I opted for this model.

I have come up through the ranks so to speak with DSLR's like the Canon EOS 300,350 up to the 550, and this is my first adventure into serious Camera's.

The only drawback I have, and this is not a criticism is the weight of the unit, especially when I have it loaded with a Power Grip, Flash and Zoom Lens, but one soon gets used to it.

My only regret is that I did not invest in such a powerful piece of equipment before,in the short time i've had it my images have really come alive, I find that I can be more creative than ever before, and i'm still finding new ways to express myself in my photography.

I'm sure Canon will make further advances as the years go by, but as things stand I cannot see any way that they can improve this model.

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Created: 12/12/09

Eos 5 Mk 2. Cream of the crop?

Review for: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

Fabulous hi spec, high tech 2nd incarnation of Canon's venerable Eos 5. Does everything it should very well. Excellent resolution, but, as you can't break the laws of physics, not quite the sharpness you may expect from 21 megapixels. This is an important consideration because at this price level, if you're expecting hugely better image quality than, say, a 1D Mk 3, you may be mildly disappointed. Its the old law of diminishing returns, and hard physics; google it if you're unsure what I'm talking about. You lose the bulletproof build quality of the 1D series and if you have medium to large hands and can lift the bulk, you may find the 1D more comfortable to handle. If you want the same nominal sort of resolution as a 5 Mk 2 from an Eos 1, you will needs to invest several thousand pounds on the 1Ds Mk 3.
What I'm trying to say, perhaps not too well, is that I have long felt 15 megapixels in an otherwise well specified digital camera is about as much as you need before practical considerations like noise (grain, in old money) start to require all sorts of physical compromises.
The reasons for this are beyond the scope of this article, but the bottom line is the fact that, in my view, we have reached megapixel saturation; until and unless major unforseen advances are made in optics and physics.
In short, the high quality lens is becoming the limiting factor, and not all photographers, especially at the serious amateur end, own expensive heavy glass.
The features and weight of the 5 Mk 1 are great, but if you have large hands like me, you may find that a 1D Mk x feels more comfortable and intuitive in use.
The Eos 5 Mk 2 is, however, a great camera and the live viewing and true HD video may make the final decision for you.

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Created: 06/04/10

Canon 7d body only

Review for: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1 MP Digital SLR Camera - Black (Body Only)

I have had a Canon 40D for a while and found it very good. After buying this 7D my
photography has changed, The 7D has so many more new features.
It is an excellent camera and the H.D movie is a bonus.
Taking pictures in Raw and being able to switch modes by pressing one button is fantastic. The new software works too, now thats good.
Canon have done it again.
Thank you Canon.

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