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· badman
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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
...well almost, it arrived yesterday morning actually but I haven't yet had the time to play with it :D

I invested in a factory refurbished 5D Mk II from Canon UK's eBay outlet as an upgrade to my trusty old 400D/Rebel XTi. This is the first 'Full Frame' digital SLR that I've owned and it's a purchase I've been hoping to make for a while now.

Quick specs:
* 21.1 Megapixel Full Frame (35mm) sensor
* Full HD 1080 resolution movie recording @ 24p, 25p & 30p frame rates.
* 3.9 frames per second continuous shooting
* DIGIC 4 processor
* 3.0" VGA (920k dots) Clear View LCD
* ISO 100-6400 (expandable from ISO 50 up to 25,600)
* 9 AF points + 6 Assist AF points

Apologies about the stock me when I say you don't want to see the camera-phone shots I took of it :ugh: :lol:

The viewfinder is very bright and absolutely HUGE! coming from a crop-sensor camera it blew me away when I first put my eye to it. The quality of the rear LCD is fantastic - bright and very sharp with excellent contrast and color saturation, it's like having a HDTV in the back of the camera makes it really easy to see if you've focused and exposed correctly or not which is handy. The low-light/high-ISO performance of the camera was a big selling-point for me so I'm looking forward to seeing how it copes at a wedding I'm shooting next weekend. The build quality is solid (the body is magnesium alloy) and makes my 400D feel like a bit of a toy, and although it lacks the weather sealing and snappiness of the 1D/1Ds series it's a different animal built for a different purpose - the 5D's all about image quality and should partner well with the L series lens that I currently have (24-70mm f/2.8L USM).

I haven't tested the video functionality yet, but apparently the entire season finale of House was filmed with one which looked pretty good :eek: example below:

...and finally, a couple of little test shots that I snapped in the garden this morning...tomorrow I'm going to put this thing through it's paces :metal:

That's pretty much it. I'll add to the main photo thread when I've taken some proper shots with it. For now though, based solely on first impressions and a couple of test shots, I cautiously deem the Canon 5D Mk II to be chock full of WIN :yesway::wub:

(I'm half expecting Canon to announce the 5D Mk III next week :roll2:)

· badman
377 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Shot my last commercial with the 5d. Pretty impressive! Great purchase! :yesway:
Wow, do you shoot commercials for a living PSP?

I think it's pretty amazing that you can now shoot commercials or even major budget US TV shows with a £1700 camera :nuts: Besides the cost there must be a lot of benefits to using something so small and light-weight on the set.
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