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

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


Product Added : June 10th, 2013
Category : Digital SLR Cameras

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


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

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
  • 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. 23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Tremendous image quality, some usability caveats, August 1, 2012
    By 
    D. Alexander
    (TOP 50 REVIEWER)
      

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

    If your livelihood doesn’t depend on the capture of fast objects, this will give you 95% of the image quality of the 5D III or 1D X. It’s a major upgrade to the original 5D, though marginally inferior to the new 6D.

    I bought a 5D II to replace a 50D and a 40D. I’ve also used a 7D professionally. The latter three bodies have higher framerates, superior AF tracking, and a higher pixel density that benefits distant subjects. The 5D II is preferable for any other purpose if you can swing the cost of lenses that’ll do justice across the frame to such enormous resolution.

    HANDLING:

    This is a 50D-generation camera, so the learning curve from that one (and the 40D) is essentially nil. A handful of custom functions differ. The original 5D is a bigger jump; button placement is about the same on the new model, but the menu system has been completely revised (for the better). The 40D/50D have marginally lower weight, smaller size, and a superior grip. Buttons have a positive click. The 5D II has mushy buttons that activate at some indeterminate point.

    In use, the 5D II’s viewfinder is massively larger than the tunnel-like crop bodies. This pulls you into the scene, though framing is actually easier with the smaller finders. Balancing that is comparatively lethargic shutter and mirror response. The 40D/50D are 40% quicker on this front; the difference between 220ms and 160ms. You can’t afford a lazy reaction time with this body.

    I’ve also detected a rare playback hesitation. I tend to a snap a shot and immediately press play if it doesn’t appear on the screen. For perhaps 1 shot in 40, my 5D II has been unresponsive to that button for seconds at a time after the shot. The image appears eventually. The 40D/50D are impossible to trip up like this. This smacks of a software glitch, though I may query Canon at some point to verify.

    Exposure seems less reliable in difficult lighting. Set to evaluative metering, the 5D II tends to overexpose dark scenes and underexpose backlit people. It’s not that clever. I’ve had to rely on EC and spot metering modes more than with the 40D.

    Like the 40D/50D, Auto-ISO is next to useless, so you end up fiddling with settings more than with, say, the 5D III, 7D, or 1D X. In aperture priority, Auto-ISO will set a shutter to the lens focal length or 20% less. Prone to hand-shake? Too bad. In shutter priority, it’ll start dropping your chosen shutter when it reaches ISO 3200. That’s the maximum ISO it’ll use in any mode. And in manual mode, Auto-ISO isn’t; it just fixes itself to ISO 400. So if you want to control your depth of field and shutter and the let the ISO dynamically adjust, you’re SOL on this body. Major oversight.

    Note that this body doesn’t have a popup flash. I’m not lamenting the absence, it’s always been a bone to casual shooters more than a serious tool. Max sync speed for most Canon bodies is 1/250, so it only worked for outdoor fill with narrow apertures. Indoors as a main light source, the tiny size and close proximity to the lens led to red eyes and a flat, unflattering high-contrast look. A much preferable setup for event photography pairs a 430EX or 580EX, ideally diffused or aimed to bounce off a nearby surface.

    Nitpicking aside, the 5D II handles as well as any recent Canon DSLR. It’s much quicker if you take the time to configure it to your preferences.

    FOCUS:

    Better than expected. The 40D/50D have 9 cross-points. The 5D II has one center cross-point, 8 outer single-axis points, and 6 invisible AF assist points near the center point. In practice, the 5D II is a center-point camera unless you’re shooting at wide apertures (f/2 or lower).

    Center-point AF is very accurate and hits in almost any lighting. Better than the 40D/50D (and even the 1D IV, I’ve heard) when the lights dim. The only environment where I’ve had trouble grabbing focus had an exposure of ISO 25600, f/2, 1/50.

    Surround-point accuracy is questionable. This is the major weakness of the 5D II. You’ll want to use wide-aperture lenses like the 85/1.8 and 50/1.4 to take advantage of the thinner depth-of-field and superior foreground/background blur that full-frame offers. These apertures punish focus-recompose, so you need to use the outer points for off-center compositions. They’re fast enough, but not consistent or accurate. If your results are critical, take a lot of refocused safety shots.

    Focus tracking is surprisingly decent with a high-contrast subject that you can hold exactly in the center of the viewfinder, provided you’ve enabled the invisible assist points with CF III.7. Once your object starts straying to the outer points, all bets are off; the 40D/50D excel here. Still, contrary to expectation, the 5D II can follow moving objects. The outer point accuracy was a greater letdown.

    STILLS IMAGE QUALITY:

    Excellent. Per-pixel…

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  2. 4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    One of the few REAL DSLRs!, August 25, 2012
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    This review is from: EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Canon USA) (Body) (Electronics)

    Waited several years for the price on the Canon 5D Mark ll to come down in price. Now that the Mark lll has been on the market for some time I finally purchased the reduced price Mark ll. I previously owned a Canon EOS A2 now 22 years old and the features of the Mark ll made the transition seamless. I also had two lenses with the A2 that now fit the Mark ll and had a Compact Flash card from an Olympus C5060 WZ that will work as well. There are two serious photographer types in the world. Those who swear by Canon and those who swear by Nikon. Hands down I’d choose the Canon any day of the week. If you are looking for digital images of fine quality that can be printed @ 300 dpi to a 12 X 18 print this is the camera for you.

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  3. 1.0 out of 5 stars
    Cannon can’t make AF to save their life!, April 11, 2013
    By 
    Michael M. Penev “Misho” (Colorado) –
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    This review is from: EOS 5D Mark II 21.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Canon USA) (Body) (Electronics)

    This is the most frustrating camera body ever – I have a lot of L-glass and find myself squeezing the trigger while it sits there trying to AF forever! I have tried all the tricks in the trade to get it to work and still miss 90% of timed shots. Even after it shoots, the images are soft – never crystal sharp. I don’t recommend this camera to ANYONE!

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