Excerpt: Neil Enns, formerly of the Digital Media Thoughts review team, has just purchased a Canon 5D , a deliciously expensive and high-resolution camera that most of us can only dream about. Neil has agreed to a series of short articles about his experience with this camera. Enjoy!
Conclusion: You do however get what you pay for and the EOS 5d is no exception. The full screen CCD and build quality wins for me but, I’m not a professional so I may just be tempted to move down the range slight to say the 450D and spend the extra money on that special lens.
Excerpt: Canon's New EOS 5D DSLR ($3,300 street, body only) is a study in the yin and yang of camera design. On the one hand, its 12.8MP full-frame CMOS sensor eliminates the 35mm lens factor found on all lower-priced DSLRs and gives it a potential image-quality edge. On the other hand, it costs more than twice as much as the 8.2MP EOS 20D ($1,300 street) from which it was cloned, and it's missing a few of the 20D's features.
Conclusion: A lower-priced full-frame digital SLR was a logical step for Canon, the only thing we weren't sure of was how that camera would look when it arrived. Up until now if you wanted a Canon mount full frame camera you would go for the EOS-1Ds / Mark II or the now discontinued Kodak Pro SLR/c.
Pros: Excellent resolution, a real upgrade for eight megapixel Canon owners (EOS 20D), Full frame 35 mm size sensor delivers film-like shooting experience, real wide angle, Very large, bright viewfinder really fills your vision, Very low noise even at higher sensitivities, About a third of a stop more sensitive than indicated, Very well implemented large buffer supported by fast CF throughput, Very well built, more robust feeling than the EOS 20D (closer to 1D build), Very ...
Cons: Edge softness / falloff / chromatic aberrations, needs good lenses, AI Servo (continuous AF) interference banding issue (certain lenses, high sensitivities), Same old 'CF compartment door shuts camera down' issue, Picture Style differences between RAW Image Task/Camera and DPP, Picture Style tone curve not indicated in camera menu (contrast is an offset, not absolute), Pretty average automatic white balance in artificial light, Mirror lock-up still buried in menus (sh...
Conclusion: Canon EOS 5D professional SLR camera The Canon EOS 5D is positioned in between the popular semi-professional EOS 20D and the true professional working horses of the EOS-1D series. It nicely fills up the gab in this series and the EOS 5D does that more than convincing. At first the Canon EOS 5D appears to be an enhanced EOS 20D, but that does the Canon EOS 5D wrong.
Conclusion: As I said at the beginning of this review, the 5D is more of a big brother to the EOS 20D than the little brother of the 1Ds Mk II or 1D MkII N. The 1Ds Mk II has everything - a 16.7MP full frame sensor, full weather sealing, 4fps continuous shooting, a built in vertical grip, a high capacity battery, the ability to use both CF and SD cards etc. However it will cost you $7200.
The Awesome Canon - EOS 5D 12.8MP Digital SLR Camera
Personal Electronics buzz
30 August 2006
Excerpt: On a teacher's salary I could not afford to buy the Canon EOS 5D. It was a gift from the parents of my students. I take 10 to 15 of my eager learners on field trips during the Summer. Last Summer, just before we departed I was presented with the Canon EOS 5D and several lenses. The cost of the Canon EOS 5D body is around $2200 and the lenses ranged in price from $900 to $1200.
Summary: In our introduction we asked if the Canon EOS-5D was the holy grail of digital SLRs
or the solution to a problem which no longer existed. After all, in the time
it's taken for a full-frame body to become relatively affordable, the cropped
digital SLR market has matured considerably. A number of very short focal length
lenses designed for cropped sensors are now available, effectively addressing
any concerns over extreme wide angle coverage.
Pros: Most affordable full-frame body yet, Very high resolution, Very low noise levels, Good build quality (similar to 20D)
Cons: High price premium for full-frame sensor, Full-frame coverage is unforgiving on optics, No voice memo or GPS option, No popup flash