|Canon EOS 5D SLR review : Since Kodak is no longer producing Pro SLRs, Canon is the only manufacturer with a digital reflex camera (D-SLR) featuring a full-sized image sensor. Until shortly the EOS-1Ds Mark II was the only camera containing such a sensor. A beautifully professional D-SLR camera but an enormous investment and possibly too big to handle for a large group of consumers. Moreover the demand for a compacter and lighter version seemed to grow and presently there was gab in between the EOS 20D and the professional Canon D-SLRs. Both gabs are now solved with the Canon EOS 5D. The Canon 5D is a professional, quite compact D-SLR camera with impressive specifications.
Canon EOS 5D SLR - Large image sensor
The main sales argument for the Canon EOS 5D is of course the large sensor. It's a full-size image sensor meaning that the dimensions equal the 35mm format. And this means you don't suffer from focal length multiplier anymore, and this is especially ideal for wide angle lovers. Producing a full-size sensor is extremely expensive, more so because there is a lot of remainder of the wafers that the sensors are made from. You'd expect Canon to use the same sensor they've used for the EOS 1Ds Mark II, because the higher the production numbers, the lower the price will be per unit. But Canon decided to put an entirely new 12 Megapixel CMOS into the EOS 5D. It has a pixel pitch of 0.082 mm which equals the pixel pitch of speed monster; Eos-1D Mark II N. It is therefore well possible that the EOS 5D features a larger type than the one used in the EOS-1D Mark II N. Some image characteristics seem to prove this thought.
Canon 5D SLR camera - DIGIC II processor
A 12 Megapixel sensor delivers large files. To enable speedy processing the DIGIC II processor is used; the strong Canon trump. The DIGIC 2 processor is able to process a large amount of data in a short time. In combination with the huge internal memory it's possible to write many large sized files very quickly onto the memory card. The maximum image speed is three frames per second. That is one image less than the EOS 1Ds Mark II can handle, that is also capable of producing larger files because of its 16 Megapixels. It seems that Canon sort of went a bit skimpy on speed with the 5D D-SLR otherwise this camera might become a too big competitor for the Canon 1Ds Mark II. The DIGIC II processor also places the images extremely fast into the buffer and it knows how to empty the buffer quickly too. On paper 60 JPEG images will fit in the buffer or 20 RAW images. The amount however depends on the sensitivity used; the higher the sensitivity the smaller the buffer. Nevertheless; the amount of 60 JPEG images fitting in the buffer is enormous! Even the EOS-1D Mark II N stores fewer images. These staggering numbers make the Canon EOS 5D very suitable for the photo journalist who has to do reportages.
Canon EOS 5D - Built-in flash and viewfinder
Not only does the camera perform professionally, the camera itself is also of a high quality. The Canon EOS 5D is lacking the finishing touch of the EOS 1D line, but the 5D can still stand a mild rain shower. The resemblance with the EOS 20D is striking. Canon wants to make clear that the EOS 5D belongs to the Canon 1D series. The built-in flash is sacrificed for the sake of the enormous viewfinder. And I don't think there will be many photographers who will miss a flash on a camera like the EOS 5D. Fortunately it also sunk in with Canon that photographers are very happy to have a large size monitor to be able to judge the images correctly and easily. The Canon EOS 5D features a monitor with a diameter of 2.5-inches.
Canon 5D digital reflex camera - AA size batteries
A very smart move of Canon is the fact that the renown BP-511 battery is also used on the EOS 5D. It's already being used often in Canon models, so it shouldn't be too hard to find an extra (spare) set of batteries for a reasonable price. A second battery can be placed in the optional grip or you can choose for six AA size batteries. The grip is one of many accessories that can be used on the Canon 5D. Besides that the photographer has a vast choice from lenses, only the EF-S lenses don't go together with the EOS 5D. At the same time when the Canon EOS 5D was introduced, Canon also introduced a new lens in the f/4.0 series; the Canon EF 24-105 f/4 L IS USM lens. Especially on the 5D it offers an outstanding range and thanks to the image stabilisation, you can shoot holding the camera in your hand, even in difficult light circumstances.
Canon EOS 5D reflex camera review
It seems beforehand that the EOS 5D will become a gigantic hit. It meets the demand for a compacter professional camera; one that can fill up the gap between the EOS 20D and the 1D Mark II N. The grand surprise is that it turned out to be a full size model. Canon lent us the Canon EOS 5D with the EF 24-105 f/4 L IS USM for a short period of time. The results of our test can be read in the Canon EOS 5D digital camera review.
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