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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: 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: 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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Created: 09/12/09

A great camera

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

I had been intending to buy the 7D but read some of the professional reviews of the 7D and 5D Mark II. The reviews said, amongst other things, that the 5D Mark II's noise reduction was much better than the 7D. So, I took the plunge:

Initial reaction to the Mark II when compared to the original 5D, which I have owned for more than two and half years, is that it is very impressive!
The camera feels much the same as the original 5D in the hand, there are some changes to the controls which provide access to new features but nothing you are likely to notice after a day or so. The noise reduction is vastly improved and the overall image quality noticeably better.

HD movies are easy to take, just set the Live View options once, select AI Servo if your subject is moving, then one button to select/deselect movie mode at anytime and the main thumbwheel's Set but to start/stop, take stills by pressing the shutter button. Canon provide a basic movie editor within ZoomBrowser.

Raw image file size is of course enormous, but there are options to take cropped images. Buy a large UDMA CF card, or two, to go with the camera and all should be well.

The battery reports its condition so that you no longer suddenly see the indicator threatening its imminent demise.
ISO 6400 is the default top-end, but you can go two steps further - 12800 and 25600. And you can now select Auto ISO in the Aperture/Shutter Priority modes.
There is now a Creative Auto mode that allows you to easily modify the standard auto mode.

All in all it seems to be a fantastic camera with some useful new features as well as better image quality. The only downside so far is the need to buy a spare Canon battery. The battery is different to the original 5D's battery and non-Canon batteries don't report their status and some give actual problems so its not a cheap purchase.

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Created: 08/10/11

easy to use outstanding images

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)

Outstanding quality camera from canon, I wanted a camera that had a high ISO and more megapixels, than my canon 450D rebel and this camera was the answer with 64000 ISO and 21MP it takes outstanding images.
Unboxing i found the camera heavy much heavier than the 450D which is fine with me its sturdy robust exterior was great to the touch, the func: buttons once you found your way around where great, as if you have owned a canon DSLR before you will have no problem mastering the controls and finding new features.

all in all the camera is a perfect upgrade for any photographer still pretty expensive but worth the money.

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