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Canon EOS 5D | Digital Camera Review | Control
It's quite logical the EOS 5D has the same operation as the EOS 20D considering the fact that these two D-SLR cameras look so much alike. Nothing is wrong with that of course because the EOS 20D is a camera with a pleasant operation. Remarkable is the fact that the EOS 5D's operation distinguishes itself clearly from the EOS-1D series. A main part of the buyers will use the EOS 5D together with the EOS-1D Mark II. You have to be flexible and switch from one operation to the other. But as mentioned before, the EOS 5D is simple to operate so it won't cause many problems.
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Canon EOS 5D camera - No startup time
Right after turning it on, the Canon EOS 5D is ready to take a picture. And when I say directly after activating the camera it actually means directly after activating the camera. Startup time is non-existing just as we were used to from traditional (analogue) cameras. Even from sleep-mode the EOS 5D is immediately ready to roll. Placing the camera in front of your eye makes you notice the large viewfinder straight away. The standard delivered matte glass performs excellently, you can put a different matt glass in the Canon 5D if desired. The viewfinder shows sufficient information. Pressing the ISO button, the ISO sensitivity value appears in the viewfinder. By the time you can find the ISO button blindfolded you can change the sensitivity without having to take the camera away from your eye. Just as handy.

Canon EOS 5D - Focus points
There are nine focus points in the center of the viewfinder. They are all positioned rather central so if the subject is near the edge you have to turn the camera a little. A better spreading of the focus points, like we find on the Nikon D2x would be preferred. The focus points are selected using the joystick. The precise way of working can be arranged through the menu. This is very handy because every photographer has his own preference of course. Around the focal point that's in the middle, six invisible focus points are found. These come in especially handy when shooting with long focal ranges and low light. In fact, it increases the sensitivity of the middle point. It was not easy to test this in practise, but even when these six extra points are deactivated, one can not complain about the auto focus. The EOS 5D focuses very rapidly, as we know from Canon. And in spite of the fact that only the middle point is a so-called cross-type sensor sensitive to horizontal as well as vertical lines, focussing remains rapidly. Moving subjects are also traced and tracked without the slightest problem. And the USM technique makes the camera extremely silent. If it weren't for the fact that the viewfinder shows the camera is focussing, you'd doubt if the auto focus was on; it is that quiet.
Canon 5D digital reflex camera - No noise
Due to the full-size sensor, not only the viewfinder is big, but also the mirror. Normally it would cause an obvious noise if it moves up and down. But Canon managed to decrease the sound on the EOS 5D to a fabulous extend so all you hear is a modest click. It's hardly noticeable that a picture is being taken. The Canon EOS 10D beats the 5D as far as silence is concerned but the 5D is definitely moving in. This makes the Canon EOS 5D a perfect camera for a wedding photographer for example, who makes pictures during the wedding ceremony in church when every sound is one too many.

Canon EOS 5D SLR - Enormous buffer
Three images per second make the Canon EOS 5D look rather slow, but you have to take into account that huge files are processed. And that makes three images per second very reasonable. Still it seems that Canon sort of skimmed on the speed. Compared to the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II that reaches 4 frames per second with 16 Megapixels and the Nikon D2x with 5 frames per second with 10 Megapixels, makes the EOS 5D the slowest one. Before the images are written onto the CompactFlash memory card, they have to proceed through the buffer first and the buffer is enormous. Canon itself says it can contain 60 JPEG and 17 RAW images. Especially when ISO is set to 100 and when a fast card is used, these numbers are easily reached. And after that they are stored on the card as fast as lightning. The only thing you have to count with is that the amount of images will fit on the card. So 2GB or higher storage capacities are welcome!

Canon EOS 5D camera - RAW and JPEG
Reviewing the images on the camera itself is a true joy with the large 2.5-inch screen. It's easy to check the sharpness, and the joystick lets you take a fast round through the image. Pressing the Info button shows you a histogram and through the menu you can choose a luminance histogram or RGB. Don't just trust the histogram when working in RAW. The histogram is diverted from a JPEG and it may deviate from the total information given. Despite of the renewed black light, you still have to find some shadow to be able to get a clear look on the screen. Still the monitor of the Canon EOS 5D is of excellent quality.
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