Summary: Great camera for general use. Excellent backup camera to the Mark II and III. However, the overall picture quality is not as good as the Mark II and III. Especially in the skintones and mixed lighting temperatures. Then again, its $5000 less than the Mark II and III. Great LCD, easy to use, durable camera.
Pros: Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Strong Construction
Summary: I am retiring and I wanted a camera that would take my my photography to the next level ( I now own a Canon 10D). Based upon the favorable reviews and more than twice the Mega Pixel count of my current camera, I bought the 5D, assuming it would be an improvement. After receiving the 5D I took a number of casual shots and notice the photos (on the LCD) did not appear to be as sharp as those taken with my 10D.
Summary: All use has been photjournalism in the field. As a new Canon user I was taken back by the "quirky" Canon System of control. Not intuitive at all. It can't do a simple two shot bracket! Dirt on the low pass band filter has been a constant problem. I try all precautions with changing lens. After a year with the 5D I am selling it.
Pros: Bright LCD, Size, Strong Construction
Cons: Contols aren't intuitive, Large CCD collects dirt, RAW image quality soft
Summary: There is much I like about the 5D; but I have encountered one problem that Canon Canada Has yet to recognize. At wide open aperatures with wide angles there is blurring in the corners. I own a 24-70 L and a new 17-40 L (Canon). Both show the same problems at the widest angles. At 2.8 - 4 aperatures the corners (especially upper left) are so blurred that the image is unusable, unless cropped. As you stop down the problem goes virtually away by f 22.
Summary: I currently have a Canon D60 (6.2 Megapixels), and am very satisfied with it. I was really excited about upgrading to the 5D, because it doesn't increase the effective angle of view by 1.6x. That means my 28mm lens would be a true wide angle lens!!However I cant believe the 5D doesn't come with a built in flash!!! What a BIG disappointment....
Summary: Great features. Great focus. Great resolution and color. Great menu system. I missed the 10D's automatic folder generation but I got over that very fast. I miss the pop up flash but you should use a real flash anyway. I shoot sports photography. The last bike race I shot with the 10D close to 40% of the shots were blured. With the 5D less that 10% were blured. Its a great camera but check your sensor I am convinced that my camera had defective sensors, not dirty sensors.
Excerpt: "i have a canon 5d and has 12.8 mp full frame cmos sensor,9 points af, digic 2 processor, records raw/jpegs, compact magnesium alloy body etc. If you don't know the difference between full frame and cropped frame is that the full frame standard size is 35mm the cropped frame can range from sizes but smaller than 35mm. Obviously there new cameras that have new feature but if you want the cheapest camera that has good pro quality and also light ...
Summary: good review, but i wish you'd have reccomend some lenses that would work well with the camera instead of just saying you will need top notch optics....because while camera reviews are easy to come by, lense reviews arent - and it would be nice to see some lenses that you thought produced the nicest images with this camera, in a few different price ranges - oh well :\