Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Last update (20 April’13):
- Canon 5D Mark II vs Canon 7D Field Test Hands-on Review Vide by DigitalRev
- New Firmware Version 2.0.4

Canon EOS 5D Mark II (announced 17 September’08) is a full-frame DSLR camera with a newly designed 21MP Canon CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4, ISO 50-25,600, Live view mode, HD Video Capability allowing users to shoot video at full 1080 resolution at 30fps, 3.9 fps continuous shooting, 9 AF points + 6 Assist AF points, GPS Compability, and a 3.0″ VGA (920k dots) clear view LCD.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½


Expert Reviews

Canon 5D Mark II Reviews

Canon 5D Mark II vs Canon 7D Field Test Hands-on Review Vide by DigitalRev;

KenRockWell compares Nikon D700 to Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“If choosing between the D700 and 5D Mark II for news, sports and action, the Nikon D700 is better because of its superior autofocus system and higher overall speed. If you’re shooting in low light, the D700′s autofocus system works much better than the AF system of the 5D Mark II. If you have to carry it all day, the 5D Mark II weighs much less.”
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Photocracti reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Buy it. If you’re upgrading from the original 5D, you’ll find the enhancements well worth it. If you’re new to full-frame DSLRs, this is certainly the right step to take….”
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KenRockwell compares the Leica M9 vs Canon 5D Mark II and writes;
“Overall, the Leica wins because of its great sensor coupled with Leica’s superior optics. Canon’s 21MP sensor is about as good, but the end results only match if you could get lenses this good for the Canon — which you can’t do at most focal lengths.”
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CameraTown compares the EOS 7D to EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“The EOS 5D Mark II clearly has a shallow DOF due to the larger sensor, but both cameras produced nearly identical sharpness at the focal point..”
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InfoSync reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
” Colors were fantastic and sharpness out of the box was superb. The Canon Eos 5D Mark II can shoot weddings, but it can also produce professional images for a variety of photographic applications. Furthermore, the HD video quality could definitely be used as B-roll for a feature film. “
Rating: ★★★★½

PhotographyReview reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“The Canon EOS 5D Mark II image quality kicks ass. This camera produces beautiful, detailed images with subtle tonal blends and great color…. If you have $2,700 burning a hole in your pocket, the 40D or 50D and a pro lens are probably a better way to spend your money”


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RegHardware reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“As a DSLR, it’s a real upgrade from the old 5D. It’s easier to navigate and produces better images, thanks to a hefty megapixel count. While it appears reassuringly expensive, when you consider what you are getting, it doesn’t really seem that much. After all, the EOS 5D MkII is a great all-rounder. It’s not even Canon’s flagship model, but at the moment, nothing can catch it”
Rating: ★★★★½

PocketLint reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Canon’s EOS 5D Mk II refreshes the original 5D in light of stiff competition. The feature-rich 5D Mk II boasts an in-vogue and rather superb 1080p HD movie mode but looks very pricey”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCR reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Colors are accurately and naturally rendered and, for the most part, exposures are spot on. Dynamic range is quite good as well.. With an expanded light sensitivity range from 50-25,600, the 5D Mark II does an excellent job of keeping noise levels (and noise reduction softening) to a minimum.”
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PhotographyBay reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“I have felt pretty comfortable using the 5D Mark II up to ISO 3200 in just about any shooting situation when the available light has called for it. Additionally, I think that ISO 6400 is still very usable in many circumstances.. the 5D Mark II is by far the best bang-for-buck DSLR that Canon has ever produced… “
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NeutralDay reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“It offers higher resolution than the Nikon D700, though somewhat lower than the Sony A900. It compares favorably to the Nikon D700 in ISO performance (no small feat) and easily exceeds that of the A900….Quite simply it’s an amazing camera, and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II easily earns a: “Highly Recommended” “
Rating: Highly Recommended

CNET.au reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“overall image quality is incredibly impressive. We expected to see Canon’s typical punchy hues as well as accurate and smooth tonality, and the camera doesn’t fail to deliver. There is, however, some aggressive noise reduction that comes into play at ISO 3200 and above…”
Rating: ★★★★½

DCRP reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“All things considered, the Canon EOS-5D Mark II is a very impressive digital SLR. For the Canon enthusiast who wants to step up to a full-frame body, it’s an excellent choice. I’m not quite sure that it’s the ideal camcorder replacement, due to the lack of continuous AF when you’re recording a movie.”
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TomsGuide reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“with the camera set to ISO 100 through 400, we found no disturbing indications of excessive noise in the images. With the camera set to ISO 800 or 1600, we did start to pick up noticeable noise in our images. Set it to ISO 3200 or 6400, and you can expect marked increase in noise levels… “
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LuminousLandscape reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“While shots up to 1600 are remarkably ‘clean’, there are traces of noise. Moreover, my subjective impression is that higher ISO shots are less malleable, ‘fracturing’ into digital artifacts and solarization after less manipulation than shots at lowers ISOs. “
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GoodGearGuide reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“The Canon EOS 5D Mark II is well suited to photographers who want to crop in to fine details in their photos, or who just want to shoot and print very large landscapes and portraits. We do wish some of its controls were better implemented, but it’s not hard to use once you get used to it..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve Huff reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“For owners of the 5D, 40D or 50D who want to upgrade without going to a 1d series body, the 5DMKII is a WINNER. I could find no faults in its operation or image quality. Just the AF tracking on fast moving subjects. “
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Gizmodo.au compares the Canon EOS 5D Mark II to Nikon D700 and writes;
“In the end, for me, I give the trophy to the 5D Mark II for the 1080p video. It’s got its drawbacks, sure, but being able to switch seamlessly from stills to beautiful movies with my awesome 35mm DSLR lens is just too good to be true.”
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MacWorld reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Pros: Great image quality; expanded ISO range; HD video; great interface. Cons: New RAW modes have a slight color shift; cheaper cameras available with larger feature set.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Photo.net reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“I can certainly recommend it to anyone who wants a “state of the art” full frame DSLR. If I could afford one and I didn’t already have too many cameras, I’d buy one myself! “
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DCI reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“testing revealed exceptional image sharpness and color accuracy, with acceptable automatic white balance results and outstanding custom white balance accuracy..”
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WDC reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Nikon and Sony are hardly taking this lying down, but they certainly have a fight on their hands, because in our estimation the EOS 5D Mark II is, all things considered, probably the best ever Canon DSLR.”
Rating: ★★★★½

LetsGoDigital reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“The A3+ and A2 sized prints show an amazing amount of detail. Noise ratio is excellent; ISO 3200 is fine at A3+ format and ISO 1600 is no problem for an A2 sized print.”
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ImagingResource reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“High quality is one thing, but being a camera that can deliver high quality over a wide range of lighting conditions and different ISO settings is what makes the Canon 5D Mark II such a compelling choice, and a clear Dave’s Picks.”
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CNET reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“A great follow-up to the 5D and top-flight full-frame camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II delivers the fluid shooting experience and fine photos you expect from a professional model.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“With superb image quality and performance, the new 5DMk2 can confidently continue to fill the gap between Canon’s entry/consumer-level and all out pro dSLR models… “
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B&H reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Priced under $2700, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is an impressive camera that enables the user to capture monstrous, pro-quality still and video image files for far less than half the price of Canon’s flagship EOS 1Ds Mark II…. “
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DigitalTrends reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Shooting indoors in a dimly lit room at 25,600 ISO is a bad move—especially if you want an 8.5×11 print; it’s a pixilated mess. Dropping down to 12,800, the results were much better… 6400 was surprisingly good, as was 3200, which is about the limit we’d go for a fairly noise-free image for a large print.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TheDigitalPicture reviews the Canon EOS 5D MK II and writes;
“5D II delivers excellent image quality from a solid-performing body. It is a great body for beginning photographers with big aspirations. It is a great upgrade to all owners of non-1-Series bodies – and even some 1-Series body owners are going to want one. I enthusiastically recommend the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. “
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LuminousLandscape compares the Canon EOS 5D MK II to Sony A900 and writes;
” If you have very small hands then the 5D MKII is probably the preferable camera from a handling point of view. For those with larger hands, or who shoot with gloves on a great deal, the A900 might be a better choice.”
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CameraLabs reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Starting with image quality, the EOS 5D Mark II is capable of delivering fantastic-looking images, that are packed with detail…we’re holding back on our final scores and rating until Canon makes an official announcement, which we hope to hear very soon. Should the EOS 5D Mark II be easily fixed and the black dots avoided, we’ll be able to Highly Recommend it”


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CNET.asia reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Overall, we have been very pleased with the images the 5D Mark II produced, and it has definitely met the benchmark which Nikon has set with the D3 and the D700. Colors from the Canon were accurate at default settings, and the white balance was spot on under the different lighting conditions we shot in. ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotoReview reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“For most serious photographers, however, the real strengths of the 5D II will be its versatility and ability to record high-quality still images and, in this field, it will match – or better – most rivals. ”
Rating: ★★★★½

PopPhoto reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Color? In our testing protocols, anything below 8.0 is Excellent. The Canon scored 6.3. This beats both the Nikon D700 and Sony A900. ”
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KenRockwell reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“Unlike Nikons, which don’t get any sharper at 100% when set to smaller resolution files, M and L files form the 5D mark II are super, duper sharp. ”
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ArtbyPhil reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“The body and autofocus alone make it my camera of choice. However, if I shot more street work, shot weddings, or just needed to finally get rid of that pesky Canon D30 finally, I’d say the 5D Mark II is a great buy”
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DigitalProTalk reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“I can’t wait to permanently get my hands on this baby. The phenomenally high ISO capabilities promise some unbelievable benefits especially to us event shooters… It’s an easy two “Thumbs Up” for me!.”
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DigitalJournalist reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“It is a superb still camera, at a reasonable price, and can do wonderful things within reason. Canon should be congratulated on coming so far in creating a new hybrid for photography, and we are confident this is only the first step in totally redefining how photographers work.”
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Bebbblog reviews the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and writes;
“we tried out ISO 12800 and 25600 (which I have dubbed ‘supersonic’) and were very impressed with the results… To summarize: the 5D MkII will quickly become the camera of choice for wedding photographers. It has all the features that we need,..”
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Preview video by DSLRUser;

Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 Overview Video

Samples

Canon 5D Mark II Sample Images

- Canon 5D Mark II Sample Images: 123 @ InfoSync
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ PhotographyReview
- Canon 5D Mark II Sample Images: 123 @ DCR
- Canon 5D Mark II Sample Images: 123 @ PhotographyBay
- Canon 5D Mark II Sample Images: 123 @ NeutralDay
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ DCRP
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ Steve Huff
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ DCI
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ WDC
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ ImagingResource
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ CNET
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ Steve’sDigicams
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ CNETAsia
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ CameraLabs
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ PopPhoto
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ KenRockwell
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ CameraLabs (ISO 50-25600)
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ ImagingResource
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ PhotographyBlog
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ Canon
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Images @ Dpreview
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II VS Nikon D7000 Sample Image @ ISO 6400
- Canon EOS 5d MK II Sample Images @ Flickr
- Canon EOS 5D MK II Sample Images (High ISO 6400-25600)
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Landscape Image
- Canon EOS 5D Mark II Sample Portrait Image

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II ISO 25600 @ 12.5%
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II ISO 25600 @ 100%


Canon 5D Mark II Sample Videos


Riverie: shot with a pre-production Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR. The files used to create this video were not manipulated in any way, only re-compressed for ¼ resolution display on our website. [watch high quality]


EOS 5D Mk II Test Video: click Watch in High Quality to see better video


EOS 5D Mk II Test Video: click Watch in High Quality to see better video

- 8 Canon 5D Mark II Sample Video @ Canon
- 8 Canon 5D Mark II Sample Videos @ 5D Microsite

Manual

Canon 5D Mark II User Manual (PDF)

Click to view or right click and select Save Target As..(Firefox) or Save link as.. (IE) to download

- Download Canon EOS 5D Mark II User Manual (PDF – 6.07 MB)
- Download Canon EOS 5D Mark II Pocket Guide (PDF – 1.40 MB)

Canon 5D Mark II Firmware

Download EOS 5D MarkII Firmware Update Version 2.0.4

Version 2.0.4 firmware, the following phenomena that occurred with the Version 2.0.3 firmware (which was to enhance the movie functions) have been corrected.
* There was a phenomenon in which the manual recording settings made in C1/C2/C3 were changed and sound could not be recorded if manual sound recording was used in the C1/C2/C3 settings and the camera was subsequently turned off (or if Auto Power Off was activated). This does not occur in modes other than C1/C2/C3. The Version 2.0.4 firmware includes the movie function enhancements listed in items 1 through 5 below, and also incorporates the correction listed in item 6.
1. Adds or changes the following movie frame rates
NTSC:
1920×1080:30 fps (changed – actual 29.97fps)
1920×1080:24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
640×480:30 fps (changed – actual 29.97fps)
PAL:
1920×1080:25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)
1920×1080:24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
640×480:25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)
2. Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).
3. Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.
4. Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.
5. Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.
6. Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)

Specs

Canon 5D Mark II Press Release

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 17 September 2008: Canon announces the full frame, 21.1 Megapixel EOS 5D Mark II: the first EOS with full High Definition video capability.

Compact, lightweight and 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.

Triggered from Live View Mode, HD video capture allows users to shoot uninterrupted at full 1080 resolution at 30fps – for amazing quality footage with outstanding levels of detail and realism.

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.

Other improvements to the EOS 5D include:

* Addition of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System, with a new Fluorine coating on the low-pass filter
* Larger 3.0” Clear View LCD with VGA resolution, a 170° angle of view and anti-reflective coatings
* Improved menu system including Quick Control Screen for more direct access to common settings
* Automatic peripheral illumination correction, utilising detailed EF lens information to optimise JPEG images straight out of the camera
* Magnesium alloy construction with additional environmental protection
* UDMA memory card compatibility.

“Professional photojournalists and wedding photographers already choose the EOS 5D for its discrete size and outstanding image quality,” said Mogens Jensen, head of Canon Consumer Imaging. “The addition of HD movie recording opens a new chapter for EOS. It creates new possibilities for EOS photographers to capture and share their stories and to stay relevant in a rapidly changing digital landscape.”

Key Specifications
* New 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved EOS Integrated Cleaning System (E.I.C.S.)
* New Full HD 1080 resolution movie recording
* 3.9 frames per second continuous shooting
* High performance DIGIC 4 providing superb image quality
* Maximum 310 large JPEG images in a single burst with a UDMA card
* 3.0” VGA (920k dots) Clear View LCD
* ISO 100-6400 (expansion from 50 up to 25,600)
* 9 AF points + 6 Assist AF points

New CMOS sensor

The EOS 5D Mark II’s newly designed full frame 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor features ISO sensitivity from 100-6400, expandable to 50, 12,800 and 25,600. Large 6.4μm2 pixels have been redesigned to capture more light and yield a better signal to noise ratio to ensure lower noise images throughout the ISO range. The full frame sensor has the same dimensions as a frame of 35mm film. This means that wide-angle lenses stay wide, without the change in angle of view associated with smaller sensor cameras. As well as benefiting from finer control over depth of field, photographers moving up to the EOS 5D Mark II’s full frame format will find the newly designed wide, bright 98% coverage viewfinder on a joy to work with.

New DIGIC 4 processor
A new DIGIC 4 processor combined with 14-bit analogue to digital conversion provides smooth gradations in mono-tonal areas such as skies, and highly accurate colour rendition. As well as HD movie shooting, DIGIC 4’s high speed provides for long uninterrupted continuous bursts of large JPEGs, near-instant start-up times and immediate and fast review after shooting. DIGIC 4 also provides for improved noise reduction algorithms, complementing the already low noise images from the EOS 5D Mark II’s CMOS sensor.

HD video capture
The EOS 5D Mark II is Canon’s first D-SLR to incorporate full HD 1920×1080 video capture. Once filming is started from Live View mode, photographers can fire off either single of continuous stills, with video capture continuing after the final frame is captured.

See everything
A new 3.0” VGA resolution LCD provides a wide 170º angle-of-view, providing plenty of clarity for accurate focus checks in playback. The screen brightness can automatically adjust to suit viewing conditions, extending battery life in low light and improving viewing in bright conditions. A new dedicated Live View button switches modes to display a real-time image on the LCD. This allows EOS 5D Mark II photographers to enjoy simplified shooting from awkward angles. Simple connection to a PC provides easy remote shooting.

Precision focus and metering
A 9-point auto focus system is supported by 6 additional invisible Assist AF points, located inside the spot-metering circle to optimise subject tracking performance in AI SERVO AF mode. For accurate exposure readings in tricky lighting conditions, the spot metering circle covers just 3.5% of the frame.

Control
The EOS 5D Mark II’s redesigned menu system includes a new Quick Control screen, for instant access to the most commonly changed settings. A new Creative Auto mode allows photographers to cede control of key settings to the camera, while retaining control over creative variables such background blur, drive mode and image brightness. Custom user settings allow photographers to switch between two completely different camera setups. This is ideal for changing quickly between two different environments, such as switching from working inside a church without flash to outdoors with fill-flash at a wedding.

Accessories
Shooting flexibility is enhanced with a range of new accessories. Shooting capacity can be extended with either the high capacity 1800mAh lithium-ion Battery Pack LP-E6, or Battery Grip BG-E6. A new optional Wireless File Transmitter – the WFT-E4 – offers external HDD and GPS compatibility along with ability to transmit images direct to computer or FTP server, or operate the camera wirelessly. Both the BG-E6 and WFT-E4 feature a vertical orientation shutter release and other key controls for comfortable portraiture work, with a substantial grip to help balance the camera when used with long lenses.

Also Consider

Sony A900

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Nikon D700

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Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Nikon D3x

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Overall Rating: ★★★★½


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48 Comments »

Comment by David
2008-09-18 13:39:36

Wow, 1080p video! I know some people think adding HD video to an DSLR to be a gimmick, but many working pros know how hard it is to blow the background out with a video camera and get that film-like look…now it’s doable for a very reasonable price.

Just check out the sample videos with the 70-200 2.8 and 85 1.2 and you’ll realize how impressive this is.

So much for Nikon’s D700, while a good cam no doubt, Canon just blew the doors off of it with 9 more megapixels and twice the video resolution with true 1080p HD instead of the fairly useless 720p from Nikon, and for several hundred dollars less!

COOL!!!

 
Comment by Freelance War zone Photo
2008-09-19 16:55:16

It´s very hard to se how Canon can match the high ISO image quality of the Nikon D700.
21.1 Mpx. on that tiny sensor is just way to much.

There´s simply no way that it comes near the dynamic range of the D700

Comment by Dr.Shastri
2008-09-29 03:44:20

Highly biased Nikon User

 
Comment by Curt
2008-09-29 23:32:58

“. . . that tiny sensor” Ha ha, talk about sour grapes! (Especially after what the above poster said about the D700!) :D

 
 
Comment by Duncan
2008-10-07 01:12:37

I have been a Nikon user for around 15 years – now I am finding it hard not to switch. As both a photographer and film maker, the 5D II, is a dream come true. I wish with all my heart Nikon would have produced this camera, but once again us Nikon Users are left behind.

 
Comment by Andre Subscribed to comments via email
2008-10-09 08:56:10

Uh, David,

It’s not 1080P. It’s 1080-whatever, at only 30 frames a second, not 60… Effective bit rate is probably pretty much the same as the Nikon at 720P.

Comment by Mike Philippens
2008-10-16 14:18:44

It is 1080p and at 40Mb/s. It’s very high quality. You should base your (biased) remarks on facts, not on what you wish it would be. Bashing other brands than your own precious camera is soooo lame and childish.

 
 
Comment by Armin
2008-10-17 16:18:21

I agree with Duncan. I have waited until late August before finally buying a digital full frame SLR (Nikon D700) which allowed me to use my 20 year old Nikon lenses, which had served me well before on a Nikon F3, without crop factor. The two reasons why I held back so long was the lack of affordable full frame (from Nikon) and of a movie mode…The D700 finally won me over and I ordered it even though it did not yet have the movie mode that I had been hoping for and have enjoyed on my little Fuji Finepix F31. After I had ordered the D700 the D90 was announced…but without full frame and then Canon announces the camera that I had hoped for, just not with a Nikon F mount…I just returned my D700 to Crutchfield (bless them for their generous return policy!) and will wait for the D700 successor with movie mode… or will also have to consider switching to Canon. Apart from the lack of a movie mode, I really enjoyed the handling of the D700 and its low light capability.

Comment by Soda
2008-11-13 11:27:30

You can happily use your 20 year old Nikkor lenses on a current 5D or the new Mark 2. Just get an F-Mount to EOS adapter. I regularly use my Noct Nikkor, 105mm f1.8 and others on my 5D. Of course you can’t autofocus with the lenses and you can only change f-stop manually on the lens itself. The Canon meters through the Nikkor lens and results are fantastic.

 
Comment by Foto 7
2008-11-14 15:06:05

look at this.

http://digitaljournalist.org/issue0811/the-canon-5d-mark-ii.html

???

greetings

Foto 7

 
 
Comment by aofza blog
2008-10-23 11:09:43

I wish with all my heart Nikon would have produced this camera, but once again us Nikon Users are left behind.

 
Comment by Neal Martin
2008-11-03 15:37:11

I am looking forward to trying the new 5D Mark II because of the video capability and the pixel dimensions that will make my enlargements POP. I use a 5D now and am pleased with the results that I get. My photography sells and none of the buyers care what I camera I used. I always get a kick out of the comments on these pages. Nikon shooters are not going to change their minds. Canon shooters are not going to change their minds. Years ago it was Ford and Chevy. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Just remember that is all it is and you might be wrong! Also a good philosophy of life.

 
Comment by sami
2008-11-07 18:01:37

best of best

 
Comment by mihai
2008-11-16 15:43:17

I think Canon are very serious technical problems and are not capable to Release the 5d mark ii

Comment by Johnny
2008-11-20 04:32:38

Are you serious? The camera exists and works exactly as promised…What the hell?

There are some weird guys posting negative stuff on this board…weird.

I’ve been out of photography for a few years and I forgot how snobby Nikon guys are. Wow, people never change..unreal.

Who cares what brand it is, I’ve never owned a Canon or a Nikon, always Konica and Olympus, But I guarantee you this camera exists and I will be buying this camera – if it was a Nikon, I’d buy it, who the hell cares?

Some weird no-life fanboys around here…wow.

 
 
Comment by jane Subscribed to comments via email
2008-11-22 12:38:23

time for me to save up!
this impresses me to no avail….cant wait, and Im a Nikon user :-)

 
Comment by photographe mariage
2008-11-24 15:24:58

I WANT ONE…

BEST REGARD
LEONARD

http://www.photographemariage.fr

 
Comment by Erick Subscribed to comments via email
2008-11-25 13:50:26

I love everything about this fantastic camera, except for:

1. The price!

2. The 3.9 fps – I mean, come on Canon, this is a pro grade bloody camera. Time to get with the program already!

Comment by andre
2009-06-21 19:16:19

I really don’t know, so you can tell me…Doesn’t the digital bnack hae a lot todo with the frames per second speed? And if you think about it…in movie mode at 1080P, you’ve got 30 frames per second.
What I’m really interested in, is resolution. Seems using the most realistic setting for shooting, (WHich is not landscape) the movies are not that sharp. Perhaps using closeup will help that…so, if the “Red” sytem is the state of the art these days, and is around 4k, what’s the canon shooting at, or resolving at, and the big question is, if I used the L lenses on a canon film camera, would the pics be sharper if I used a 50 ASA film, etc? Or have higher res?

 
 
Comment by nathan Subscribed to comments via email
2008-11-25 23:34:22

i have news for everyone, nikon and canon are as good as each other. they both make great tools for pro’s to use every day to make a living. in the hands of a skilled pro you could make the same thing with either camera. the person makes the photo not the camera, i personally shoot both nikon and canon and i prefer nikon. (just a prefrence because it dosent matter) get over it and go make some pictures

 
Comment by doc hudson Subscribed to comments via email
2008-11-30 18:22:48

I recently bought a D700, having traded in my Eos 40D (a cracking camera and very hard to fault). The D700 is a great all rounder and I love the IQ and wide angle capabilities. I really hope that the 5D Mk 11 is astounding, as it will push Nikon to produce something even better in a year or two. My guess is that the MK 11 will attract landscapes, weddings and portraits, while the D700 will still tickle those into sports, wildlife and portraits. Don’t both companies offer cameras better than us, the users?
Maybe I’m disloyal but I love seeing the companies bludgeoning each other with new bigger better models and would switch between them like a cheap slut if there was enough reason.

 
Comment by Parker
2008-12-11 17:21:03

I have the 5D Mark II. I pre-ordered it back in September and I picked it up from my local store on Monday. I’m loving everything about it so far. I’ve been shooting on several lenses, but the one suggestion I’d like to make is that if you’re planning to get it primarily for video (which is a totally viable option for this camera), be sure to invest in some really bright lenses. You realistically don’t want to be shooting anything with an aperture darker than 2.8, otherwise the ISO kicks in and you get quite a bit of artifacting in the shadows. It handles motion extremely well, and if your lenses have Image Stabilizer, you’re going to be so happy you’ll smile yourself to sleep every night. With regard to the image quality, it’s definitely 1080p. There were some initial reports going around that it interlaces every 15th frame, and although that may be true, I’ve been pouring over my “raw” footage frame by frame, and I can’t seem to see any interlacing at all. The artifacting is coming from the fact that while going from the sensor to the CF card, it goes through an H.264 compression, and it seems to me that Canon just needs to work a little bit on their compression software. If they were to iron out the kinks a little with that, I’d probably never shoot on a video camera again, simply because of the depth of field that I can capture with this thing for a fraction of the cost. Stable shots are gorgeous in high light, with nominal noise in lower light. Like I said earlier, the shadows tend to get a little noisy, but it’s expected at that compression level. It handles motion like a dream (which was another initial concern), and the image quality is fantastic. On the still side, I’ve been shooting in the largest JPEG mode, but it shoots to RAW as well (I have no reason to shoot to RAW). I’m finding it to be extremely easy to get the images that you want, and in the hands of any skilled photographer, if you can think it, you can most likely shoot it with the 5D Mark II. I find myself just sitting thinking of new ways I can take advantage of my surroundings and the lenses that I have. The heft is very nice, and there is a battery grip that you can purchase which is sold separately, which practically turns it into the 1D body. Anyway, this is one customer that is super happy with his purchase, and if DSLR technology continues to make progressive leaps like this, I’ll never go back to shooting on a video/film camera.

Comment by Becca Subscribed to comments via email
2008-12-26 16:15:54

Thanks for your post. I was looking for exactly this information. I need to be able to shoot photo or video and I don’t want to carry around 2 cameras anymore. I love my Mark IIn and can’t wait to upgrade to the 5d. Can I mount an external mic onto the body? I will be primarily shooting at night – how do you think the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM will fare in those conditions?

Comment by Tan Subscribed to comments via email
2009-02-06 10:28:58

there is a external mic jack on the body but there is already a built-in mic. you can even buy a mic holder that fits on the hot shoe to save you from holding it.

 
Comment by andre
2009-06-21 20:01:55

Love to know how your nighttime shooting is, especially with video…

 
 
Comment by andre
2009-06-21 19:26:19

Shooting at 1080P in the various settings, (Landscape, etc) well, if you want realism, it ain’t landscape. Standard is ok, but still shows some sharpening. So, being new at the game at this level, What’s the real resolution of this camera? (I shoot pics in raw) You can say well, 21. megs, but I mean the K factor, like the “Red” cine camera is around 4K. yes I can blow the video up to my 70 inch front screen size and not see any jaggies, etc. But simple and pure sharpness from a normal setting really isn’t there, compared to looking at large prints made from a 2 & 1/4 camera. So, somewhere along the line, are we being sold a bill of goods about sharpness and resolution? Would the same Canon L prime lenses used on the 5D Mark II give me higher resolution if I used them with 50 ASA film stock?
What I’m really saying, is that when I watch local programing here in the bay area, like back Roads, etc. The stuff is shot on HD video, butlooks way sharper than what I see on the Canon 5D, and still shows no sign of noise, sharpening, edge halos etc. Are those sensors larger, or is it something else about them?

 
 
Comment by Raymond Brown Subscribed to comments via email
2008-12-12 09:13:51

I used Nikon’s since the early 60′s. I Bought a D200 worst noise of any digital camera and the phony Sony green channel made me sick! The Olympus E-10 was a better camera.
I then bought a Nikkor 18-200 Vr lens it dose not have lens creep it has accelerated fall. Nikon USA and Taiwan both said its normal. I fixed so it will work some scotch tape wrapped around the barrel. thanks to one of the guys on a Nikon forum. I switched to Canon and I am not sorry. But I will never sell my Fuji S-5 as the colors and tonality are way to great.

I will never, ever,ever buy another NIKON PRODUCT. They have become junk merchants. They finally fixed the lens problem but denied the first batch of miss engineered junk to all the suckers like me. I feel sorry for anyone that trusts the crooks that own Nikon.

 
Comment by Erick Subscribed to comments via email
2008-12-12 10:06:30

Raymond Brown: don’t peddle baloney based on your own ignorant “experience” as fact and frustration. What noise in D200? What “accelerated fall” in the 18-200VR lens — you mean when you hold it absolutely vertical, with the lens looking down? Any lens will do that. If you prefer your plasticky feel on Olympus or Canon, be my guest. But think twice before coming to a public forum and sharing your morose advice–it only reveals your idiocy.

Comment by Dphotojournal com
2008-12-17 03:44:45

Reply from Ray Brown sent to our email:

Hi Erick-
You are quite correct most lenses will have some lens creep at 180 degrees but when you can point the lens down-at say at 120 degrees and the lens just keeps FREE FALLING? I suggest you go on forums having to do with lens before you correct others. As for the noise factor and the phony green channel? As I said before the old Olympus E-10 showed truer color and not near the noise.. I have owned Tamron and Tokina zoom lenses for many years and none of them free fall (without resistance) like this $800,00 piece of junk. The optics are fine but when a major corporation puts out a product that fails its intended purpose, fixes the problem on later lenses then denies responsibility they are crooks. Their warranty is not worth the paper its printed on….

 
 
Comment by Erick Subscribed to comments via email
2008-12-17 03:54:57

Ray. Point noted. I have several Nikkor lenses and I would bet anyone to prove your “better color and lesser noise” point. Nikkor sells to some of the best people in the field for a reason.

I also have the 18-200 VR, which is a fabulous lens for its purpose (convenient carryaround lens while sacrificing some performance such as sharpness and bokeh for pixelpeeps) and a trendsetter because Canon and others imitated it in a hurry.

And no, mine doesn’t “free fall without resistance” at 120 degrees. Not even at 170. You may have a defective lens, for which I recommend you speak with decent Nikon personnel (if your town doesn’t have satisfactory service, call up their center in a bigger town).

Olympus makes some nice equipment, as does Canon. But if one had to crib about subpar gear dished out by a “major corporation”, trust me, Canon and Olympus would give you way more fodder to chew than Nikon ever could. The plasticky feel of most Canon SLR bodies may appeal to some. Different strokes.

 
Comment by Douglas
2009-01-24 12:12:31

My Son and Daughter both have Canon and I am looking for a new camera.
Have read comments at several sites and this one is the most informative. However, I am still unsure if the camera is autofocus once in video Mode.
So, the question is: Is theCanon EOS 5D Mark II autofocus once in video mode.

Comment by jamfish Subscribed to comments via email
2009-02-05 01:12:52

yes it will auto focus in video mode, you just hold the af-on button until the little box on the live view it goes green. pretty simpl realy.

 
 
Comment by Alicia
2009-03-05 14:08:41

I am ready to buy a new camera. My main concern is image quality, sharpness, being able to enlarge and taking pix in low light. Which is better the nikon 700 or the new canon 5d mark II?

 
Comment by William Lee
2009-03-10 02:56:32

Hi all
Let talk about this, we are looking at the 5D
but y some peoples are talking about Nikon.
If you guy like the Nikon that much then go the there web and talk.

 
Comment by Alex Subscribed to comments via email
2009-04-27 12:23:35

I wanna buy the EOS 5D Mark II, but I don’t have lens..Anybody can recommand me a economic choise? I’d like to buy a wild angle lens, How about I put a Tokina on it…

Comment by Nik Subscribed to comments via email
2009-05-30 12:11:35

canon 24-104 L is very versatile

 
 
Comment by marcos
2009-05-18 18:41:42

I also noticed, as some other reports have mentioned, a slight problem with Chromatic Aberration, aka “Purple Fringing,” in certain high-contrast, boundary areas in my images, such as around tree branches. This is less excusable and, unfortunately, more problematic than the black dot issue because it can be caused at the microlens level in the CMOS sensor itself.

 
Comment by moonimage
2009-07-16 04:18:40

i want this!

 
Comment by sesham sampatirao Subscribed to comments via email
2009-08-05 01:39:23

hi i am using 5d mark2 since last mounth i noticed in studio light.with 1/200 shutter speed
some black strip like 1/2 shutter kind of thing but canon anouncied flash senconrined speed 1/200. n shutter speed 1/160 there no problem

 
Comment by christian PJ Fish
2010-02-22 20:00:42

I think the Canon 5D2 is too slow for action photos.
ill go for the nikon d700 or even the canon 7d instead.

 
Comment by Karren Subscribed to comments via email
2010-04-21 17:01:04

I have a question. Digital Photo Buyers Guide states this camera does not have audio capability. Does that mean it does video without the audio? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

Comment by Matman
2010-05-10 12:58:43

It has a microphone that records audio along with the video.
I have another question: It can produce video in Quicktime .MOV/H.264 format only. I have Adove Premiere Elements 8 for editing the clips but it cannot read the .MOV files from the Canon, complaints about needing a codec. Where can I get the codec? Anyone?
Thanks

 
 
Comment by kenji
2010-04-28 16:35:17

Hi, I’m a food blogger & I shoot a lots on food video.Is this camera suits my need?
and what kind of lens best fit the purpose? Thanks

 
Comment by sudhish Subscribed to comments via email
2010-05-20 12:29:23

hai i am planning to buy a dslr camera for hd video recording. please give me a guidence…. thank you

 
Comment by nadia
2010-07-06 07:07:35

i liked this video a lot speccialy in the part when he compares each machine the faster one… well its amazing, i wish in the store where i have been buy mine,they would have done that. i had been with nikon one week and nikon have such great smoth image..D90 is just great. at the end i went to buy 5D mark 2 im about one month with this machine and i feel that cannon irritates me that super high colour it makes things more perfect than they are in reality.that doesn’t make it even more preety. i had just some few opinions from people telling me cannon its better than nikon well so then i went to cannon. and here i am with 5D mark 2 i still wanted someone else to explain me the diferences between nikon and cannon about image and not if one is faster than the other but image. thank you.

 
Comment by Jeff Subscribed to comments via email
2010-09-25 16:51:50

There has been very little commentary about the audio quality of the Canon 5D Mark II.
Has anyone used this camera in Video mode and been really happy with the audio? Is the audio always in Auto Mode or can you set it manually as well.
What about using a high gain microphone into the mic input?
Thanks for the comments in advance.

 
Comment by Jack
2010-10-23 09:29:46

I have an eos 5d mk 1 and have decided to wait for a 5d mk3 before I upgrade due to the dated 9 point focus layout of the 5d mk11. To get my tech fix, I have bought the eos 7d as my second camera which should keep me going in the meantime.

 
Comment by Bernt Ersson Subscribed to comments via email
2010-10-26 10:43:53

Focusing screen falls loose on EOS 5D Mark II!

I have owned: EOS 30D, 40D, 50D, EOS 5, EOS 1D Mark III. I am a semi-professional photografer and I have published 8 books with more than 2000 pictures taken with these cameras. I am not a new beginner.
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I worked with the camera with no problem a couple of months ago, stored it about two weeks without taking the lens off, when I took it out again I could not use the camera. When I took the lens off both the focusing screen and the superimpose plate fell out of the camera house.

This has happened on numerous occasions for several users even on brand new cameras, see: http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/canon-eos-5d-mk-ii-hd/484053-focusing-screen-fell-out.html
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Canon Sweden does not acknowledge this problem and do not accept that this is a construction fault or a guarantee matter. I had to pay fully for the “repair”, even though they “found nothing wrong with the camera house”.
This is obviously a bad construction!
I do not recommend this camera house!
Very unprofessional behaviour of Canon Corp!

 

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