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A real winning full frame camera in a nice form factor-finally!,
This review is from: Canon EOS 5D 12.8 MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Electronics)
This is a great camera and brings Canon's top of the range Pro line a bit closer to amateurs. In fact, it's good enough for professional use and I know of several pros using the 5d (in addition to myself). There are 4 main advantages to the 5d:
Full frame - there is no more 1.6x or 1.3x crop factor to deal with. A 50mm lens gives the same field of view as a 50mm lens on a film camera. The focal length labelled on the lens is what the body captures.
Image quality - although not as many megapixels, the 5D is comparable to even to the top of the line 1dsMKII with regards to image quality. In fact, the 5D performs even better at high ISO speed ratings 800 and above than the more than double cost 1dsMKII.
Large LCD Screen - the screen is much larger than on previous cameras, including the 1dsMKII. It's very 'photographic' and while it's not that bright when outdoors in the sunlight, it's quite nice and usable still.
Form Factor - it has a smaller form factor than the higher pro cameras and is not very heavy. This is a plus in my book. Even if you are a pro, you don't want to necessarily look like one all the time. If you do want to look like one, you can add the optional battery grip.
I would recommend this camera to anyone. I can think of zero complaints for the pro or advanced amateur photographer.
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Initial post: Mar 28, 2009 11:47:23 PM PDT
Billy Scanlan says:
One complaint I have is the squeak! The Compact Flash card door rubs against the body and creates a squeak, as well as a weak build feel in hand by all the movement in the door. I called Canon and they have heard several complaints for this issue. Other than my $3,000 camera feeling like an XTi I love it for the reasons you stated.
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