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Canon EOS 5D | Digital Camera Review | Camera
From a distance it's hard to see the difference between the 20D and the Canon EOS 5D. It's mainly the higher prism top and the large monitor on the back that give away we're dealing with a different model. Despite the large similarity to the EOS 20D it's too easy to talk about an improved EOS 20D, on the contrary: the Canon EOS 5D is made of a magnesium alloy which makes it robust and light weighted at the same time. The Canon 5D can surely stand rough treatment although it's a tiny less robust than the EOS-1Ds Mark II. The optional vertical grip also has a magnesium alloy for a base. The camera is obviously meant for professional jobs in places you can't always handle it with care.
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Canon EOS 5D digital SLR - Handgrip
The Canon EOS 5D offers a perfect hand-fit thanks to the newly developed handgrip. Even photographers with small hands won't encounter any problems holding the EOS 5D reflex camera. The 5D has a beautiful finishing touch to it. The hand-fit benefits from the optional vertical grip. Moreover it offers you a second release button. An item that can be extremely useful when shooting portraits. It makes the camera slightly bigger, but if you want to travel light, you just leave the grip at home.

Canon 5D - Bayonet for Canon EF lens assortment
Naturally the EOS 5D is equipped with a metal bayonet. It supports every lens from the Canon EF assortment, with the exception of the EF-S series. These lenses have a smaller image circle and are built-in too far in the back which could possibly damage the mirror. Nevertheless; it's advisable to use high-quality (read: pro) lenses. The full-size sensor is merciless and shows literally every failure. It demands more from the optics than a normal analogue camera and this fact that makes it highly important to choose the right lens. Next to the bayonet mount we find the lens-unlock, with below it the button for controlling the depth of field. When using an EX-flash the button serves as set-up light. The flash will fire several quick flashes which enable you to check how shadow and light are divided on the image. Furthermore on the front of the camera we find a lamp indicator for the self-timer and on the bottom of the handgrip a connection for the A/C adaptor.

Canon 5D SLR - USB and memory card compartment
On the right the connections to the outside world are positioned; neatly covered by two rubber flaps. They have a solid construction which gives you a trusty feeling. Behind the rubber flaps we find connections for: studio flash unit, remote control, video out and USB 2.0 high speed. This latter one is not only used to transfer images; you can also connect the camera to a computer and then you're able to photograph straight from the computer. In addition a WIFI module can be connected to the USB port which enables wireless transfer of images to a computer, printer or server. On the other side of the camera the cover for a CompactFlash memory card is placed. The second this cover is opened the Canon 5D will deactivate. Even when an action is carried out on the card at that moment. So beware, because if you work too hasty, you could get confronted with damaged data!

Canon EOS 5D D-SLR - Large LCD monitor
The back of the Canon EOS 5D will look very familiar to you if you've ever worked with a 10D or 20D D-SLR before. The large size monitor dominates the back of the camera. Canon has equipped the 2.5-inch monitor with a strong background lighting. This should enable having a good view even in bright light. In practise it still turns out that you have to find some shade in order to have a good look on the LCD monitor in bright sunshine.
Canon 5D reflex camera - Viewfinder
Above the monitor the viewfinder is placed that contains a dioptre setting. The viewfinder is large; at last we can say we have a real viewfinder again. Compared to this one the viewfinders on the Nikon or EOS 20D cameras are only peep-holes. Unfortunately the camera isn't offering a 100% field of view but approximately 96%. To prevent light from falling in and protect the viewfinder from it, the ocular cover has to be removed.

Canon EOS 5D - Pictbridge and Command dial
On the left side of the camera we find the well-known row of buttons. Only the top one is new; this is the button for PictBridge. As all Canon cameras the blue texts are for reviewing the images. Down at the bottom the recycle bin is placed and the on/off switch. The on/off switch has three modes: off and on; twice. The top mode makes the large command dial active too. It is for controlling the exposure correction, but it can have a different function stipulated to it too. In the center of the main command dial the OK button is positioned that lets you confirm your choice. When write or read actions are carried out on the memory card, a small light next to the command dial is on. Above the commend dial we see a small joystick. It's rather small and you really have to get some practise in before you can work fast and correctly with it. Finally we find the buttons for (flash) exposure lock and the AF-point selection. Both buttons can be programmed through their own settings and they function as a zoom button when the camera is set to play mode.

Canon 5D digital reflex camera for the professional photographer
The top of the Canon EOS 5D also looks familiar. Completely on the left the dial for exposure programs is placed. The icons are lacking because the EOS 5D is mainly intended for the professional photograph. The Canon 5D does however contain a green mode that hopefully won't be used as a standard setting. A photographer going for the EOS 5D usually has higher skills concerning photography and will prefer the Av or M mode. On top of the viewfinder the standard hot shoe is placed. On the right there is a second LCD that shows the shooting settings. Above it next to the lighting button some three buttons are found. They all have double functions and can be adjusted with the command dial on the back or on the hand-grip. Completely on the front of the hand-grip the release button is positioned that has a clear and pleasant pressing point.

Canon EOS 5D camera - Tripod connection
If we turn the camera upside down, we see a metal tripod connection in the center. The cover for inserting the battery in the handgrip is also available here. If the handgrip is assembled the cover can be hidden in the extra grip. It prevents you from loosing the cover. Simple and functional.
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