The Canon EOS 5D offers advanced photographers a lightweight, robust digital SLR that uses Canon's superlative EF lenses without a conversion factor. Its full-frame 12.8 Megapixel CMOS sensor combines with Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor, a high-precision 9-point AF system with 6 assist points, and "Picture Style" color control to deliver images of superior quality with enough resolution for any application. With its wide-angle capabilities, 2.5 inch LCD and magnesium-alloy body, the 5D is the perfect addition to the Digital EOS line.
This was the DSLR that i had always had my eye on, but at the time made the step from film to digital, this camer was still in the 3,000 price range. so, at the time I went for the Rebel XTi that had just come out. The XTI was a very good camera for the money, but it still did not feel right to me. small in size, cropped sensor (smaller than 35mm film) and very small and dim veiwfinder.
I finally purchased the 5D went it came down to nearly 2000.00 It was like a breathe of fresh air. the camera is large, but not a monstrosity so it has a good substantial feel to it and yet does not kill your arms by carrying it around all day. The full frame sensor not only gives me great image quality but works very well in low light conditions. My lenses are now back to their intended sizes. It is a pleasure to have my wide angles again without having to purchase fisheye lens just to give me a wide angle. The viewfinder is large and easy to see through and this camera also has available different screens that can be placed in the viewfinder to make focusing even easier depending on your specific applications. i find that the screen that is in the camera is adequate for me, but i am considering trying another that is supposed to work even better when manually focusing often.
The controls are arranged in a logical and easy to use manner with many different user specified options available in the vast array of custom Functions settings. The only problem here as with all Canon cameras that I know of is the Mirror Lock-up option is also buried in the Custom functions. It would make more sense to have that option as a separate button that could be turned on and off without having to go into the menus.
The ISO range is 100-1600 but can be expanded to 50-3200. I have used 3200 and was very happy with the quality of the images. there was definetly noise but the noise was very fine and yet the images still retained alot of great tonal range and sharpness. There doe not seem to be much color noise in shadow areas which is very good. I would not hesitate to use ISO 3200 when i needed the extra speed. I have not used ISO 50 but I read something on Canons website that stated ISO 50 will not actually achieve any better image quality than ISO 100, but will actually hurt the dynamic Range in the light areas. So, basically ISO 50 would be for when you absolutley needed a slower shutter speed and there was no other option in achieviing it.
The Canon 5D does not have a built in flash, nor does it have a dust removal system built in. the body is very strong and built well but is not a "pro" body and does not have very good weather sealing. i guess some of these things that would be a drawback are there to help keep the cost down of this full frame sensor camera. Still and yet, a very good build with a shutter that is rated at 100,000 shots. This is a very good shutter indeed.
I would not recommend this camera for someone who is shooting Sports most of the time as the FPS is relatively slow (3FPS) It is however an excellent camera for Fine Art, Landscape, Portrait, Night photography, and I had pretty good success with it for a Dance Theater Performance shooting at 1600 and 3200 ISO.
Good build and size, good price for a quality camera with a Full Frame Sensor, comfortable and easy to use, excellent image quality at practically all ISO, good low light performance
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Incorporating Canon’s second generation Image Stabilization technology, this telephoto zoom responds in as little as 0.5 seconds, while providing up to three stops of correction for camera shake. Its AF system has been refined for better response time and tracking speed. And even the new 8-blade circular aperture offers a more pleasing out-of-focus image. Constructed to pro standards, this fast zoom is also highly resistant to dust and moisture, too.
This lens is very sharp, focuses very fast and silent, and with IS it is possible to use it handheld in almost any situation. Colour rendition is very pleasing. Even though I often use primes I don't want to be without this one. When you need a medium-tele zoom and don't have time to change lenses this one is the best to get.
Sharpness: This lens is tack sharp, both indoors and out, be it in the light or in the dark! It is well worth its hefty price tag and is a lens to be carried at all times. If it was shorter, it would be my permanent walk-around lens. The precision in which the auto focus locks on and focuses in daylight is none like I've seen before. In darker situations, it tends to hunt on my 350D, but thats understandable that the body is probably the equipment at fault.
Image Stabilization: I couldn't live without it. I was questioning myself if the IS was really necessary and I have to say it was worth every single cent I spent on it. If it wasn't for the IS, I wouldn't have been able to take photos this past night of an important ceremony. I was stressing the camera and lens @ 1/45th sec, f/2.8 @ ISO 1600, and without that, I would have had many toss out photos. If you think twice about it, honestly, you're foolish to choose anything but the IS version.
Color reproduction: This lens is quite accurate in transmitting colors to the sensor. The colors I see on the subject are what show up on the screen after taking the photo. I know a lot depends on monitor calibration, but I do say, this lens is much more accurate than my non L glass lenses.
Zoom Range: For a lens this size, the zoom range is quite long. 70-200mm is a nice lens to carry around on an outing, family picnic, vacation tour, anything where you'll be moving a lot. The 70mm end works well for portraits and an occasional group shot(if you have room.) The 200mm end, on the other hand, provides a zoom end which is easily in reach with just a simple twist of the zoom collar.
Speedlite 580EX II
Further development of Canon's flagship Speedlite has led to the production of the 580 EX II. This is the premier Speedlite for all photographers, including professionals. Newly designed to match with the EOS-1D Mark III in terms of improved dust- and water-resistance, body strength, and the ability to control flash functions and settings from the camera menu (EOS-1D Mark III only). Other features include improved communication reliability through its direct contacts, and recycling time is both 20% shorter than the 580EX and is completely inaudible.
This is the best flash Canon currently sells and it seamlessly works with all the ETTL and ETTL II flash systems. The ability to have fast flash sync really helps in fast moving sports (Downhill MTB Races). The zooming flash head allows the flash to use only the amount of flash that is needed. A very useful add-on is the additional battery pack which cuts the recycle time to almost nothing.
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
The new incarnation of the superb 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM is a beautiful piece of engineering. It's been completely re-designed with hi-resolution digital SLR's sensors and ETTL II flash guns in mind.
It now has three ultra low dispersion lens elements added has been treated with Canon's new Super Spectra coatings to minimise internal reflections and ghosting that can be an issue in DSLR's due to the reflective nature of CMOS or CCD sensors.
However as the 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM was arguably Canon's flagship wide angle zoom already what do you get for the upgrade? How does it look in it's 'Mark II' incarnation when compared to it's siblings the MK I or even the 17-40mm L USM?
Like the 17-40mm and the 16-35mm MK I the minimum focus remains 0.28m the MK II also retains the six blade circular aperture of the MK I giving a pleasing background blur at f/2.8. However it jumps up to a massive 16 lens elements in 12 groups compared to the 17-40mm's 12 elements in 9 groups.
The lens differs again in that it uses new ring USM motors to focus. Now the original 16-35 or 17-40 where no slouches in this department but these focus motors are very rapid and totally silent. The focus also seems unerringly accurate and doesn't hunt. Another new addition is that the lens now also relays distance information to the camera body. This is used by ETTL II to provide extra information to better expose when using flash. I found this to give noticeable benefit to flash exposures using this lens.
What can't be shown by MTF graphs and pictures of lens test charts is the amazing quality of the images from this lens. They have that certain something you can't quite put your finger on. A beautiful rich colour and contrast coupled with a sharpness that just oozes the 'L' factor. I found myself Oooing and Ahhing over the test prints which is not something I make a habit of I can assure you.
Another immediately apparent benefit of this lens is it's distortion control. When the original 16-35mm was compared with a 17-40mm by myself way back I noted that the control of distortion such as converging verticals when tilting the lens.
I also found that this lens is near impossible to make it flare. It's amazing in this regard. I did manage to make it happen by putting it at 4 degrees to mid day sun but even then it was only part of the image that flared.
All in all I can't fault this lens on anything at all except the price.I feel this is very very high when compared to the superb 17-40mm F/4 L. For the difference in price you do get 1 stop extra aperture, better image quality and faster focus. However the focus on a 17-40mm is fast enough and the image quality while not as good is still superb. If you have an existing 16-35mm MK I I'd not consider an upgrade worth it though I do think if moving up from a 17-40mm you will notice the extra quality. If you have any other wide angle I have tried it just blows them out the water...
Excellent distortion control.
Sends ETTL II distance information for very accurate flash exposure.
Solid build quality (Like a tank in fact!)
Blisteringly fast and silent ring USM focus motors.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II