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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive!!!, December 22, 2008
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This review is from: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Full Frame DSLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL) (Camera)
I just got my 5D mark II today from Amazon (not the cold-blooded 3rd party dealer). My order was Camera plus 24-105 lens kit at $3499 but somehow it came with body only. I need to work out with Amazon later. Anyway. My 1st DSLR is Canon 40D, which is my baseline for the comparison.

Pros:
1. Full frame = Real wide angle. My 17-40 lens can now work as it's supposed to.
2. High ISO with amazing quality. The noise level at ISO 12800 (H1) in 5D ~= ISO 1250-1600 in 40D. Noise software (ex: Noiseware) can still produce an acceptable image with 12800. Poor quality in 25600 (H2) is expected, and it can be used just in case. So my upper limit boosts from 1250 in 40D to 6400 in 5D which is a 2-1/3 stop jump (Thanks for Johnny Chan's correction).
3. High quality LCD with a light sensor, so no need to adjust LCD brightness from time to time. It's neat.
4. Autofocus microadjustment by lens.
5. Others such as high pixel, HD video, HDMI port... etc, but those are not really a must to me. Still can get 30x20 printout with 10MP 40D by Photoshop.

Cons:
1. Sync speed = 200ns in 5D while 250ns in 40D. I use Canon 580EX II a lot for portrait shots. So 1-stop shutter speed matters. (Even I can use high speed mode in 580Ex).
2. Frame-per-second = 3.9 in 5D but 6.5 in 40D

Overall, it's a great upgrade to me and worth every penny.

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12/24/2008 update
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1. After calling/email to customer support, Amazon has refunded $800 price difference in 10 hours. I cannot satify more than this.

2. New RAW from 5D MK II is no longer supported by Photoshop CS3 and earlier versions. That means upgrading to Photoshop CS4 is a MUST if shooting with RAW. It's another "hidden" cost...

3. Just got the battery grip BG-E6 today from Adorama for ~$270. The pros is now it takes 6 AA batteries or 2 LP-E3 (which is also expensive ~$75 and also out-of-stock in most of places)... The cons is too heavy for me along with 24-70mm 2.8L lens.
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Initial post: Dec 23, 2008 12:21:22 AM PST
D. Nguyen says:
Yes I had the same problem with Amazon sending me the body instead of the kit. Apparently the put the wrong UPC code sticker on the box

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2008 12:31:56 AM PST
Thanks for your comment. Did your case get resolved yet? If so, how? Ex: return and wait? or refund the price difference?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2008 3:05:27 PM PST
D. Nguyen says:
yeah it's resolved, they refunded me the difference (800$). This could be bad news if you had hoped to get the 24-105mm for a discount. Me I only wanted the body :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 24, 2008 12:31:43 AM PST
Thank you. Same as you. I don't need this lens at all... Ordered the kit based on availability. :-)

Posted on Dec 30, 2008 10:50:59 AM PST
Johnny Chan says:
Just wanted to add a comment about the following statement from this review:

"So my upper limit boosts from 1250 in 40D to 6400 in 5D which is a 6-stop jump."

ISO1250 to ISO6400 is actually only a 2-1/3 f-stop jump, not a 6 f-stop jump.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008 1:36:22 PM PST
J. Ko says:
Just want to add a comment regarding "hotoshop CS4 is a MUST"

Once you install the new Adobe "Camera Raw 5.2" to CS3, you should be able to use CS3 with 5D Mark II, upgrading to CS4 is not a must.

Link: http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/cameraraw.html

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2009 2:30:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2009 2:30:17 AM PST
Hi Joseph,
The problem is that Camera Raw 5.2 is NOT compatible with versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS4... :-(
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4222
If you can somehow install Camera Raw 5.2 to CS3, please share with us :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2009 2:35:35 AM PST
Hi Johnny,
Thanks for pointing out. I've fixed it.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009 1:29:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 16, 2009 1:29:25 PM PST
I'm not sure why you said you can't be any more satisfied with the way they resolved the situation. Sure, the price difference between the body and the kit is only $800, but Amazon sells the lens for $1000. Basically, you paid $3500 for something and then they told you that you have to either pay $3700 instead or get a refund for part of the price? And you were happy with that? Why didn't they just send you out a lens separately? I love Amazon's selection, prices, and shipping, but it sounds to me like their customer service dropped the ball.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2009 2:01:21 AM PST
I just use Adobe's DNG convertor - which is free. Then CS3 reads DNG. DNG is in my opinion a must. Lots of photographers say they want to be save their RAW files. In 20 years time will they be able to read them? No! Is the answer! Go DNG!
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