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Old 10-29-2006, 05:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Me again,

Right I've just looked in the Reviews section for the EOS 5D.

Zero reviews. Does that mean not a single sole has one or that none like the camera.

Can anyone give pro's and con'f for this camera.

I'm interested and have read a number of reviews, but like the feel of this particular forum and give a great deal of cred to the user of it.... I'm interested to know what owners of the 5D really think.

Maybe I'd like to upgrade from my 300D to the 50D but just need that extra push.

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Re: Canon EOS 5D
Old 10-29-2006, 06:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you checked out the review at

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/spec...anon_eos5d.asp

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Re: Canon EOS 5D
Old 10-29-2006, 07:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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FWIW, great price at Costco.com
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Re: Canon EOS 5D
Old 10-29-2006, 07:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've had a 5d for about 6months now and I'm still marvelling (sp?) about the sharpness on this sensor. I shoot a lot of architecture so the full frame sensor is very important to me for the wide angle aspect but it also has a noticeable difference in the tonal range. I get a much wider tonal range than I did out of my (please don't laugh) DigitalRebel 1. I've shot with 22mp medium format backs, 144 large format backs and I'm very impressed with the 5d. If your moving from a 20 or 30d then you'll find the controls pretty much identical, I think the battery packs are the same. Remember your dx series lenses won;t work (without a hacksaw).

My biggest complaint is with the eos capture software, I'm on a mac so if you're a windows user, well, my sympathies are with you. The software seems to 'lose' the camera from time to time and nothing short of a restart will find it again. Of course this is only an issue if you shoot tethered. This is something I hope to grill the Canon boys on at photoplus (or photo east or photo show or whatever they call it now.)

All in all, if you can justify the cost, want the file size and the tonal range of a full frame sensor, jump.

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Re: Canon EOS 5D
Old 10-29-2006, 08:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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There are several 5D reviews out there. I read three or four before I bought mine. There are plenty of 5D users on G1, too.

Pros: lighter and cheaper than a 1D series camera; cheapest full-frame sensor digital available; ultra-low noise on all ISOs below 800 (and pretty low even at 1600); excellent positive feel in the hand; good build quality.

Cons: have to attach battery grip (seperate purchase) to get vertical grip (although that can be seen as a pro, too!); quite a bit heavier than the 300D; lacks the weather seals of the 1D series; auto-white-balance often inaccurate under incandescent/tungsten light (easily fixed in Photoshop if you use RAW, which you should, on this camera); requires BIG CF cards if you shoot raw - only about 300 images on a 4G card; utterly merciless on lenses (reveals every weakness, particularly vignetting) - requires good glass (but it gets the best out of good glass...).

The 5D + 135mm f2L is a delightful combination for shooting portraits and half-body shots (good for full body, but you need plenty of room). It is a pleasure to use, and gets scary-good results from shallow depth of field (but superb sharpness) at f2 through to deliciously sharp and clear images at f8 to f16.

It's a fine body, and you are unlikely to regret buying it if you can afford it. Just realise that you will have to afford the 5D body + at least one L lens (unless you already have one or more L lenses) - do NOT imagine that you can attach an 18-55mm and be happy

A 5D + 24-70mm f2.8L - nice start. Add the 135mm f2L, and you have what I use for about 75% of my shooting. Add the 100mm f2.8 Macro and it's 85%. Add the 85mm f1.8 and it's 90%. The remainder is scattered across the 200mm f2.8L, 70-200 f2.8L IS, 50mm f1.4, and 17-40mm f4L.

One last tip - the 16-35mm f2.8L is a fine lens, but doesn't collimate the light sufficiently to work well on the 5D - seems to be a digital-only problem. Get the 17-40 f4L instead (and it's half the price!).
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Old 10-30-2006, 02:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Steve, Catcynic,
Thanks for the info there, useful. I'm almost certainly going to plumb for one. I'm pretty sure all the reviews and specs have been of a positive nature. Even the con's are not that bad, Very much outweighed by the pro's I think.
I actually got my hands on one the other day, but sadly had little time to play. The feel was better to me than the 300D, heavier yes, but I'm quite a big bloke. Did not get time to put it's through it's paces.
In my neck of the wooks there are'nt any good camera shops and things like 'hands on' have to wait till I'm away and can get 5 minutes to play in some shop or other.
Having said that, i will probably buy mail order.

So anyone else reads this thread, please continue to give your comments, I've not taken the plunge yet and other comments can but help the decision making.

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