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Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)

The integration of HD movie capability into a high-end 21.1-megapixel camera opens a multitude of new possibilities for photojournalists and news photographers. With its full-frame CMOS sensor and outstanding ISO performance, the EOS 5D Mark II will appeal to any photographer in search of the finest camera equipment available — from studio and wedding to nature and travel photographers.Compact, lightweight with environmental protection, EOS 5D successor boasts a newly designed Canon CMOS sensor, with ISO sensitivity up to 25,600 for shooting in near dark conditions. The new DIGIC 4 processor combines with the improved CMOS sensor to deliver medium format territory image quality at 3.9 frames per second, for up to 310 frames.

  • 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-6400
  • Body only, lenses sold separately,1-Year Canon U.S.A. Limited Warranty
  • DIGIC 4 Image Processor; high-performance 3.9 fps continuous shooting; Live View Function for stills
  • Full HD video capture at 1920×1080 resolution for up to 4GB per clip ; HDMI output
  • Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning System specifically designed to work with a full-frame sensor

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  1. 919 of 981 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Never Ever: Rent, borrow or use this Camera, if you do, you will have to own it!, November 12, 2008
    Grant Brummett (Arizona USA) –

    This review is from: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Camera)

    Canon 5D Mark II

    Never Ever: Rent, borrow or use the Canon 5D Mark II, if you do, you will have to own it. It’s that good!


    Crazy high ISO performance
    Fantastic amazing image quality you have to see to believe!
    Great menus, sharper, brighter, easier to read then 40D
    Video, did someone say video? I love it! You will need a tripod!
    Fantastic rear LCD that you can check actual photo sharpness
    Super low light high ISO photographic tool with 25,600 ISO!!!
    Feels great in your hands, the grip texture is easy to hold and is well balanced
    Low 50 ISO allows photos at F/1.2 aperture out in bright sunlight for shallow DOF

    No Built in popup Flash
    A little slower shooting then the 40D
    Very demanding of lenses, high end L lenses are a must have
    Huge files: you will need larger memory cards and a larger hard drive
    Ultra large bright sharp viewfinder makes my 40D finder seem dim and tiny
    Hum… I’m thinking..


    I have had my Canon 5D Mark II for a little over two weeks now. And I’m having a hard time putting it down.

    I tried switching back to my Canon 40D and the very first thing you notice is how small, dim and fuzzy the viewfinder on the 40D is compared to the 5D Mark II. Especially if you are older you will really appreciate being able to easy see and read information in the viewfinder not to mention you can actually manually focus with it. It reminds me of my switch from the Canon Rebel XTi to the 40D. It’s that big a difference.

    The Images are huge and quite simply stunning. Plus I find that I can get away with very low noise all the way up to 3200 ISO on the 5D Mark II where the 40D was very noisy. In fact I would not hesitate to say the 5D Mark II photos has less noise at 9,600 ISO then the 40D does at 1600 ISO.


    I have never had the pleasure of owning a Camera that is this demanding of the lens you use. It’s like an instant lens test. I haven’t seen much in-depth lens as used on 5D Mark II information on the other reviews and decided this would be good to be included in my review.

    All of these lenses are brighter in the viewfinder and focus much better on my 5D Mark II then on my 40D.

    So, with that said after several hundred photos I can give you a rundown of my most used, most favorite, best performing and least used lenses that I have used on the 5D Mark II and a few un-expected surprises along the way.

    1. Canon 200mm F/2 IS L lens. This lens is my new master of resolving power. Even wide open at F/2 it is sharper then any other lens I have ever used. I could go on and on but here’s a few highlights: Lightening fast auto focus, F/2 speed at 200mm, unbelievable perfect 10 Images, public attention hog, otherworldly image stabilization, great build quality, weather sealed, fantastic perfect buttery smooth Bokeh and what a lens case! If you crave attention and demand the absolute best there is the do what ever it takes to get this lens on your Canon 5D Mark II. If you do not like public attention you may want to skip to number 2 in this list as I have never been asked so many questions about a lens as this one. But it’s all worth it as the clarity, sharpness, Bokeh and colors are: otherworldly, insane, impossible, rare, perfect, out of sight, crazy!!

    2. Canon 85mm F/1.2 II L lens. Without a doubt at F/4 (after the Canon 200mm F/2 of course) this lens delivers the clearest sharpest and most resolving power onto any photograph you care to take with the Canon 5D Mark II. The clarity has to be seen to be believed. At F/1.2 the Depth of Field (DOF) is scary thin and the edges are super soft which is great for female portraiture. The super soft creamy dreamy Bokeh at F/1.2 is much smoother on the 5D Mark II over my 40D. But stop this lens down to F/1.8 and it gets scary sharp and clear. Step it down to F/4.0 and it’s at its sharpest and the only lens I have that gives you 100% pixel peeping razor blade edge to edge top to bottom perfect clarity in every single area of the photo. For some reason this lens is even sharper on my 5D Mark II then my 40D or Rebel, don’t know why but it is. Guess it’s getting the full resolving power to the 21 megapixel sensor.

    Looking at a photo on my iMac taken with a 5D Mark II with this lens stopped down to F/4 is like standing there looking through an open window at the actual scene! You feel like you could actually open up the computer screen like opening a window and climb in!!!

    The 85mm F/1.2 is your low light monster on the 5D Mark II, I don’t have to harp too much on what an F/1.2 aperture and an ISO 25,600 can do for you at night. Let’s just say you can go out into what appears to be a dark night and do hand held photos.

    Not all is perfect as it’s: expensive, heavy, and hard to focus wide open, focus lock…

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  2. 230 of 245 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Camera for my First Full Frame, December 27, 2008
    Catherine Rodery “Cat” (Millbrae, CA) –

    This review is from: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Camera)

    This was my first full frame camera. Prior to it I had owned and operated a 40D, 30D and Rebel XTi. I am a wedding and sports photographer primarily, so I have been able to test the 5D Mark II out under both of these conditions.

    For basketball I used it with AI Servo, Center Point focus, but went into custom settings and enabled the AF assist dots. It worked like a dream, focusing faster and more accurately than my 40D ever had. While no, the FPS aren’t ideal for sports, if you can lock on focus like this from the start, you can still achieve amazing sports photographs. Plus the fact that I was able to shoot at ISO 4,000 and not have noticeable noise was just incredible. The shots auto-white balanced correctly too which normally in the arena I shoot at is not what happens on my 40D.

    My first wedding all I could say all day was wow. I was getting available light photographs I never would have dreamed of before. The new screen also made it incredibly easy to determine if something was in focus or not. When I would switch between my 40D and 5D2 I found out just how spoiled that screen had made me, since the 40D screen looked terrible to me now when previously I thought that had a great screen. I sure was wrong! 920,000 pixels is definitely the way to go on this LCD. I primarily shot with center point (one shot) for my focus and it nailed focus every time. I did a mix up of manual, aperture priority and some program (Program mostly for the formals)

    What else do I love about it? The 98% view finder is awesome. I like being able to use UDMA cards in it…

    Video! Although I’m not a video / motion person by nature, I prefer stills, I’ve been testing out the video quite a bit. At Christmas I took a few short clips of my nephew and was really happy with how they look. It’s very neat to be able to take high definition video of a little kid and have that awesome affect of a wide aperture blurring out the background. The only downside is that the files are huge. My 1 minute clip was over 300MB, but that’s what I get for shooting in 1080!

    The batteries this camera use really do hold a charge for a while. I used mine with the battery grip at the wedding, and the two batteries after going for over 500 shots (maybe close to 600 shots that day?) still had about 72% charge each left on them. I could easily have shot 3 times that much and still have had left over charge on the batteries. Also the new battery info screen is really nifty since you can see what serial number battery has what charge, making it a lot easier to keep track of.

    So far I’ve used a 35 1.4/L, 135 2/L, 70-200 f2.8/L, 50 1.4, and 100 2.8 Macro on this camera body and all have performed wonderfully. I don’t miss the pop up flash that my 40D has since I never used it anyway, I always throw my 580 EX II on top when I need flash.

    This camera really is a gem and I highly recommend it if it fits in your budget!

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  3. 61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    You will never want to put this camera down!, December 31, 2009
    Paul (Boston, MA) –
    This review is from: Canon EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Camera)

    I shot 35mm film ages ago, but stopped when the cost of purchasing film and processing fees became prohibitive. I have been a photographer in one form or another for nearly 20 years. I decided that I definitely wanted to go digital, but was not happy with any of the cropped sensor bodies available at the time (early 2000′s). When the 1Ds and 5D models first became available, I drooled, but couldn’t justify the amount of money. So I waited. Along came the 5D Mark II (or as we say in the software industry, version 2.0) The price was lower than the original 5D and the quality and speed were even better then the now-three year old model. I saved my pennies and nickels for a while and finally purchased one!

    From the moment I picked up the demonstrator model in the store, I knew this was the camera for me. Well balanced, large view-finder, and *gasp* video! I’m not much of a videographer, but seriously, taking HD clips with a prime lens on a full-frame sensor is just insane!

    - Low-light performance has to be seen to be believed. I’m sure you have heard the hype, but it’s not hype. You really can take reasonable pictures in much darker rooms than you ever thought possible.
    - Well balanced in your hands
    - Simple menu system that does not require an engineering degree to use.
    - Image quality (IQ) that simply blows away everything else in its class.
    - Price is actually reasonable for what you get; hundreds less than the competition.
    - Video!

    - The IQ is _too_ good. You can actually tell the difference between pictures taken with “L” glass and those that were not.
    - Frame rate isn’t great for sports. If this is your intended use, look at the 7D or 1D.
    - Video limited in odd ways. Then again, this is a DSLR, not a camcorder.

    In spite of what I just said about taking pictures with “L” glass, this camera is perfectly serviceable with regular lenses. Just realize that they are “consumer” grade and will have issues when shot wide open or when at the minimum or maximum of the zoom range. That said, the “nifty fifty” (50mm f/1.8) that sells for around $100 takes astonishingly good pictures.

    If you’re just starting out, the lenses that I would recommend buying with this body are:

    17-40mm f/4 L – Eye-popping landscapes. The 16-35mm f/2.8 L is a stop faster, but neither lens will see much indoor use as you would have to be mere inches away from your subject to fill the frame. The extra stop also doubles the price with little benefit in the scenarios that it is likely to be used. At 2.8 the faster lens is quite soft, and the image quality in general is not quite as good. Save your money and get the 17-40. You won’t be sorry!

    24-70mm f/2.8 L – Fantastic walk-around lens. The 24-105mm f/4 that comes in the 5DMkII kit has more reach and is image stabilized, but I still prefer the speed of the 24-70. You can do more with it in lower light sitations.

    70-200mm f/2.8 L – The IS version of this lens is silly expensive, but the standard version shares the same glass with its brother. For portraits and weddings, you cannot have a finer lens. The f/4 cousins are smaller and lighter. If you plan to shoot outdoors most of the time where there is sufficient light, then you should be fine with it. Indoors you will find yourself using a flash more often, even with the IS version of the f/4. The bokeh from the f/2.8 is noticeably better too.

    50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 – The “L” version of this lens is f/1.2 and about $1k more. It’s soft at f/1.2 and shoots its best at f/1.4 and higher. The “L” glass _is_ better than its cheaper cousins, but is it really worth it? This is one of the rare cases where there is little need to buy the “L” version. Buy the f/1.4 for $350 or the f/1.8 for $100 and enjoy it.

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