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Canon EOS 5D Mark II Full Frame DSLR Camera (Body Only) (OLD MODEL)
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- 21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 14-bit A/D conversion, wide range ISO setting 100-6400
- Body only, lenses sold separately,1-Year Canon U.S.A. Limited Warranty
- DIGIC 4 Image Processor; high-performance 3.9 fps continuous shooting; Live View Function for stills
- Full HD video capture at 1920x1080 resolution for up to 4GB per clip ; HDMI output
- Updated EOS Integrated Cleaning System specifically designed to work with a full-frame sensor
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||850 Photos|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||3.9 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000|
|Effective Still Resolution||21.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Microdrive|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/200_sec|
|Flash Type||Hot-shoe, Wireless plus Sync connector|
|Focus Description||TTL-SIR-CT, 9 focus points|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual|
|Form Factor||Mid-size SLR|
|HDMI Type||HDMI Mini|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 - 6400 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 12800, 25600 as option|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Item Dimensions||4.49 x 2.95 x 5.98 inches|
|Item Display Weight||28.6 ounces|
|Item Weight||1.87 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||13 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 year limited|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/8000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||1,920 Pixels|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||5,616|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||21.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Processor Description||Digic 4|
|Remote Control Description||N3 connector|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||EOS integrated cleaning system|
|Shipping Weight||3.5 pounds|
|Style Name||5D Mark II Body|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||h.264;mpeg-4|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Continuous Shooting||3.9||4.5||10||8||7||7 frames_per_second|
|Screen Size||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in||3 in|
|Focus Type||Automatic with Manual||Includes Manual Focus||Includes Manual Focus||Automatic with Manual||Includes Manual Focus||manual-and-auto|
|Image stabilization||None||None||None||None||None||Image Stabilization|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100 - 6400 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 12800, 25600 as option||Auto, 100 - 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option||Auto, ISO 100-16000 (expandable to 51200)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, (12800 with boost)||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 (25600 with boost)||100 to 12800|
|Item Dimensions||2.95 x 5.98 x 4.49 in||2.8 x 5.71 x 4.37 in||3.07 x 5.87 x 4.41 in||2.91 x 5.83 x 4.37 in||3.09 x 5.47 x 4.11 in||5.47 x 3.09 x 4.14 in|
|Item Weight||1.87 lbs||1.7 lbs||2.01 lbs||1.9 lbs||1.66 lbs||1.4 lbs|
|Megapixels||22||20.2 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||18||20.2 megapixels||24.2 megapixels|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||21.1 megapixels||20.1 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||18 megapixels||20.2 megapixels||24.2 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||Full frame (36 x 24mm)||Full frame (36 x 24mm)||APS-C (22.4 x 15mm)||APS-C (22.4 x 15mm)||APS-C (22.5 x 15mm)||APS-C (22.5 x 15.0mm)|
|Style Name||5D Mark II Body||Body Only||Body||Body Only||Body Only||Body Only|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1080p_hd||1920 x 1080 pixels^1280 x 720, 1920 x 1080 pixels|
|Viewfinder||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)||Optical (pentaprism)||Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentaprism)|
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.Compact, lightweight 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.
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Compact, lightweight 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 Canons EOS Integrated Cleaning System, with a new Fluorine coating on the low-pass filter
- Larger 3.0-inch Clear View LCD with VGA resolution, a 170-degree 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, utilizing detailed EF lens information to optimize JPEG images straight out of the camera
- Magnesium alloy construction with additional environmental protection
- UDMA memory card compatibility
New CMOS sensor
The EOS 5D Mark IIs 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 IIs full frame format will find the newly designed wide, bright 98 percent 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 color rendition. As well as HD movie shooting, DIGIC 4s 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 IIs CMOS sensor.
HD video capture
The EOS 5D Mark II is Canons first DSLR to incorporate full HD 1920x1080 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.
A new 3.0-inch VGA resolution LCD provides a wide 170 degree 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 percent of the frame.
The EOS 5D Mark IIs 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.
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.
What's in the Box
- EOS 5D Mark II Body
- Eyecup Eb
- Wide Neck Strap EW-EOS5DMKII
- Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
- USB Interface Cable IFC-200U
- Battery Charger LC-E6
- Battery Pack LP-E6
- EOS Digital Solution Disk
- Software Instruction Manual
Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Highly Recommended by dpreview.com
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The 5D mark II is outstanding nevertheless and picked this over both the new 5D3 and 6D as there is not a significant difference in image quality other than the super ISO ability of the newer sensors. I have used all three systems and the 5D2 is quite sufficient for everything I do. The AF is not horrible as many claim, just learn what it can and can't do and work within those constraints if you rely heavily on the AF system. I have no issues in low light if the subject contains detail.
Another reason why I went with the 5D2 is that the price can't be beat and the construction is far superior than the 6D, as well as the ergonomics. I shot a little over a few hundred pictures with the 6D and can't get over the small body (same size as the 60D) and the condensed AF points. The 6D may be more sensitive, but when you are working with shallow depth of field, the old "focus and recompose" method doesn't work and will throw off your focus... You need AF points that extend to the edges of the frame and the 5D2 provides this better than the 6D. Furthermore, the wifi on the 6D is Canon's method of testing the waters with a lackluster mobile app with limited range and significant lag, it definitely shines as a first generation product or one that struggled to get out of beta. No update as of this writing for the iPhone 5 screen.
My upgrade path is to use the 5D2 until the 5D4 is released or if the 5D3 drops to below 2K for body only. I will say that the 5D3 is by far a better camera, but not for its price. The AF, silent shutter, and speed is near perfect, but does not overshadow the 5D2 in image quality or value.
If you are moving from a crop sensor, you will notice right off the bat how beefy the shutter is as the mirror mechanism slams pretty vigorously and makes a loud and obnoxious sound with every release of the shutter. Long exposures and even slow shutter speeds less than 1/15 need either a tripod or mirror lockup to avoid camera shake from the mirror slap... It is substantial. The sound may be loud but is not a cheap sound... nothing even remotely like a rebel or crop slap, it sounds professional. If I had to compare with vehicles, I would say any rebel camera sounds like a cheap Honda with a 4" exhaust, while the 5D2 is more like the sound of a ford raptor.
'Nuff said.... If you're having a hard time between the 6D or 5D3, just go ahead and get the 5D2... with all the money your saving, you can afford to put something other than a cheap 50mm 1.8 on the front, like say a second "L" like the 70-200 or 16-35. One more thing, FF demands good glass and the cheap stuff that may work on crop bodies does not cut it with this.
I still use the AEB quite a bit for HDR photos, though the only drawback with Canons is the 3-shot limit compared to Nikon's 5/7/9. Not needed for most photos, but there are situations in HDR that would benefit from more exposures. To compensate, it is really simple to take 3, then adjust the bracket without moving the camera a noticeable amount and add another 3/6 the delete the overlaps in post production.
LOVE the HD video though I haven't experimented with it enough to fully appreciate it. Did an HD shoot where I quickly grabbed some HD video and that was sweet/effortless with all the quality.
Obviously I am benefiting from the full sensor and L series lenses. So nice to shoot in low light, handheld without a flash. And even my timed exposures need considerably less time, resulting in less movement/greater ability to shoot in wind. Being on the ocean, wind is almost always a factor.
But the BIGGEST JOY I have found with this camera is LIVE VIEW mode. I use it on nearly every shot and because of it, I now shoot almost exclusively manual focus, especially for landscape/product shots. I now have utmost control to decide on a small detail to focus on the subjects front/back edge or square in the middle. This is the first time since the 80/90 days of film that I feel the post-production focus was as tight as I envisioned during the shoot.
Last night, I picked up the Rebel to teach the kids and I was amazed how small the Rebel LCD screen was so, clearly, I am happy with the 5D LCD - it's easy to take the size/quality/clarity for granted.
I also bought the Zeikos ZE-CBG5DII Multi-Power Battery Pack for Canon 5D Mark II and love it with the 5D. The 5D's battery indicator menu is excellent showing both batteries, remaining power and shots used for each. In the past full month, I shot 1000-ish RAW shots (plus some light video) in heat/cold on 1 charge each so I am very happy with battery life.
Best camera I've owned/used to date.