Summary: The Canon 5D is still one of the best cameras available. The full frame sensor captures very high quality images. And a 12 mega pixel image is more than enough unless you are making wall size murals. Now that the 5D Mk II has been announced the price on the 5D is continuing to fall and it will be an excellent value for someone stepping up to a full frame camera.
Pros: Comfortable Controls, Image quality, Strong Construction
Summary: The 5D is the quintessential Canon SLR, offering a smart, functional mix of essential features and technologies – and little more. The reason to get this camera are its compact size, large bright viewfinder and full frame sensor, which make it the only game in town for folks need all these characteristics in a single body.
Pros: Compact Size, Crisp detailed images, Full Frame Sensor, Large bright viewfinder, Quiet
Cons: CF door feels cheap, Minimal viewfinder info, Quality control not great
Conclusion: I find the official review on this web site suffers from the reviewer's personal bias (or animus), and fear it lacks objectivity.Two years after it's release, the 5D is the lowest cost full frame DSLR available - much lower than the prospective price of the recently announced D3. And the 5D isn't about anything other than full frame, period. Comparisons and chatter about burst rate, AF speed, whether some function or option is on this dial or that menu is irrelevant.
Summary: A very nice camera for the old time film photographer to get his/her feet wet in digital photography. Don't toss those EF wide angle lenses just yet...the full frame sensor lets your wide angle be wide angle. I have been into film for thirty years, so this is my first digital SLR. I thought it would be complicated...but it isn't. Set the camera to auto, point and shoot. There are plenty of menu options to tweak the camera into capturing just what you want..
Pros: Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Summary: Tha quality of the images taken with the full size sensor make all the difference. The only other camera bodies to have this size sensor are generally out of reach of the hobbyist, where as the 5 d is not and IS worth every dollar. Excellent camera for professional or hobbyist who want the best images possible.
Pros: Accurate Colors, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings, Outstanding accuracy, Simple Controls
Excerpt: Just wow. What a camera. I bought this a year ago as an upgrade to my previous entry level 350D. I had started getting paid for my photography and so decided that I needed something more reliable to take me across that daunting gap between amateur and professional. This was really the cheapest option available to me, I grabbed a bargain at just over £1000 for just the body only. What a step up it was from my previous camera. The images just scream quality.
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 and discreet this is the 1.
Excerpt: Got this for my Christmas self pressie as an upgrade from 350D. Probably not 4 times as good (comparing price to price) but so much better nevertheless. Seemed a better upgrade than going to 20D or 30D. More complicated to set up and use but thats half the fun of photography for an amateur like me. I just love gadgets and playing - great!! If you take in RAW then everything can be improved after all.
Pros: Superb handling 1st class quality pictures . Real feel good factors
Cons: bit heavy compared to other lightweight DSLR and a bit more complicated
Excerpt: the canon eos 5d in short is a superb camera. to get a full frame, 12 megapixel semi-pro DSLR at under £1800 looks amazing on paper and in reviews, thats why i bought one. not only am i a photographer, i work in a camera shop, so i spend my days playing with the lates and greatest technology around, i tested nikond d200's, d2x's, canon 30d's.. all of them failed on a few small things, i then tested the 5d, after two days i was hooked.
Pros: full frame sensor with 12 megapixels all at under £1800