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The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Digital SLR. The Canon EOS 5D Mk II hits the ground running with a host of features just dripping with technological advancement and sure to inspire great photography. From the huge number of megapixels to the introduction of Live View, from the advanced DIGIC 4 processor and full HD Movie Mode to improved weather sealing, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is a crowd pleaser that doesn't have it in its nature to disappoint. More
5D Mark II – CMOS DIGIC IV Processor
Featuring the same second-generation on-chip noise reduction circuitry used on the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II more than adequately suppresses random noise, and eliminates fixed-pattern noise. This, combined with a CMOS sensor with 21.1 megapixels, means the Canon EOS 5D Mark II delivers crystal clear, high fidelity images.
With many years of in-house CMOS development under their belt, the Canon DIGIC IV processor offers an almost instant, super-quick start-up time, immediate buffer-clearing between frame bursts and superior image quality through advanced rendering algorithms.
The EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR from Canon shoots at 3.9fps, making this camera ideal for studio, wedding and landscape photographers, as well as for demanding action and sports photographers who need a camera that can keep up with the action.
Canon 5D Mark II – Full Frame Finesse
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II features a 21.1 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor, giving you the capability and the freedom to express your creativity without a cropped field of view experienced with smaller sensors (a.k.a focal length multiplication). The full frame, 35mm film size sensor means the viewfinder is bright and open, making composition easier and reducing eye-strain. The sensor's low-pass filter and on-chip circuitry suppresses false colours and noise, allowing faithful reproduction of subtle tonal gradations in shadow, midtone and highlights. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II delivers outstanding image quality, particularly for its price point, and is the ideal upgrade for a 5D user, new 'film to digital' converts, or 450D / 40D owners wishing to experience the 'full frame advantage'.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II – Full HD 1080 Movie Recording
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II can shoot at 30 fps in full HD (High Definition) 1920x1080p video at 16:9 ratio, and at 640x480p, 4:3 ratio in SD (Standard Definition). Movie mode is accessed via Live View and still photos can be taken at any time while shooting videos. Files are recorded with .MOV file extension.
Canon EOS 5D Mk2 – Big, bold and bright LCD screen
The EOS 5D Mark II features a large 3" high resolution 920K pixel poly-silicon TFT LCD screen providing you with improved image review functionality as well as improving the ease with which you can access and peruse the menu. The screen retains brightness and visibility throughout 170° in both a vertical and horizontal direction.
One of the biggest advancements of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is the introduction of Live View. Enabling you to view your composition on the LCD screen before you take the shot, Live View has taken its time to come to most DSLR's, despite being commonplace on digital compact cameras, but the feature is pride of place on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II's extensive list of benefits.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II – Take things into your own hands
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II weighs only 810g, far lighter than the EOS 1Ds Mark III and features a magnesium alloy exterior with rubberised grip surfaces. Another highly anticipated advance is the significantly improved weather sealing of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Whilst not to the same standard of the fantastic seals seen on the Canon EOS 1D series, the EOS 5D Mark II improves on the EOS 5D, featuring a multitude of dust and moisture resistant seals on the exterior, whilst the EOS integrated cleaning system looks after things on the inside. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II body strives to look good and feel durable yet light in your hands.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II – Complete connectivity
The EOS 5D Mark II is compatible with the WFT-E4 optional Wireless File Transmitter, so photographers can work free of cables as full-frame image files can be automatically transferred through a wireless LAN to a computer in a matter of seconds.
A Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface allows rapid transfer of images from camera to computer, the ideal solution for shooting straight to hard-drive with the camera tethered to a computer in a studio environment, consequently providing full-screen previews of images as they are shot.
The EOS 5D Mark II is also HDMI compatible, enabling you to connect your digital SLR to HDTV sets, bringing your images to life in all their high definition glory. Compatible with PictBridge, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II supports direct printing to any compatible photo printer without the need for a computer. The EOS 5D Mark II accepts both Compact Flash Type I and Type II cards, including cards of 2GB and larger.
Canon EOS 5D Mk2 – Compatibility and Accessories
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By Hampshire Man
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Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body:
I upgraded to the 5D MII after upgrading my 550D kit lenses to L series. The 550D and kit lenses are capable of excellent results, but the L series lenses (100-400 & 17-40) gave the first leap in quality. I wasn't sure how much difference full frame would make in addition, but am now in no doubt. Good shots are simpler easier to obtain; the colour rendition is superb, and for much of my nature photography, where some or a lot of cropping is often inevitable, the results are frequently beyond all my expectations. Wildlife taken several hundred yards away looks as if it's in the back garden.Quite simply, superb.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Upgraded from a 600d and have never looked back. Quality camera and feels great in your hands. Picture quality is awesome.Just make sure you've got decent lenses to go with it!
Brilliant piece of kit...
By Tug Boat Jim
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
Probably the most amazing camera I have ever owned
A modern classic
By Cal the snapper
About Me Pro Photographer
This was the second 5d mk2 I've owned, the first (also from wex) is still going great after 170000 exposures. Too many pros to list, too many uses to list, simply a fantastic camera.
Dont always go by the reviews...
from North Yorkshire
Having toyed for a long time about stepping into the full frame game i had my eye on the 5d MK 11 for a long long time and watched it slowly drop in price ...The main reason I waited so long was the reviews, despite raving what a cracking camera it was at the same time they seemed to constantly be putting down the auto focus..Well when wex emailed me and said there was a one day sale with two hundred quid off it that kind of made the decision for me and I bought the MK 11 and have no regrets at all...Unless really fast action is your thing I doubt you even notice the auto focus without a faster camera alonside to compare it to...Absolutely cracking camera..Superb image quality and at the risk of sounding corny..Cracking deal and Service from Wex Photography...Very pleased indeed.
Wished I had got one sooner
As the title suggests, I ended up buying this camera about 7 times before making the final click to say 'pay now', and I just wished I had done it much sooner. Coming from a 600D background, I was simply excited about how this would improve the quality of my photography and in a few shutters, I can honestly say I am really impressed. So much so that I wished I had this as my first camera now. The camera has a weight that I would profess was a surprise, but then makes you feel like you have a piece of quality equipment in your hands. The controls are easy to access (though it did take me a few more minutes to work out that the ON/OFF switch has a 3rd position to activate the back wheel!) which allows for adjustments to be made without having to take your eye off the viewfinder.The quality of the image is outstanding and even though I am learning the intricacies of the focussing system, have produced some amazing results. The menu system is simple and accessible for personal customisation with the LCD being easy to read, especially with the auto brightness function enabled.Overall, an excellent camera body that when coupled with a L lens produces some amazing results. This camera will be used lots.
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What a Camera!
A great camera for all round performance.
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Canon 5D MkII, 180sec's f/4.0, ISO 200, 10 stop ND
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Canon 5D MkII, 8sec's f/22.0, ISO 640, ND4
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great back up body
from Highlands of Scotland
I bought this camera as a backup body to my 1DS MK3. At first the camera felt a bit less robust as the 1 series cameras but image quality is superb. The large rear LCD is brilliant and all the controls are within easy reach. All in all, a great camera.
Price will never be better
Superb adaptability and flexibility - great successor to the Mark I. Combined with Canon "L" series lenses one of the best available. Build quality is outstanding. The "picture styles" are slightly strange (they appear also on the 7D)and its not clear how they operate as some of the tweaks are not straightforward menu operations. Menus - accessibility and usefulness - great advance from Mark I - layout now very like 7D - 3 "custom settings" are incredibly useful. Have been using 5D mark II for wildlife photography with 100 - 400 ES f4.5 L and for landscape work at the other end of things with 35mm L series prime and a 50mm Sigma prime. I must say that the results with the Sigma have been more than acceptable - a great combination for mid-view shots (I was a very pleasantly surprised - the 50mm has proved great value for money). Results with the 35 mm need no comment - what a lens. The "user guide" is a bit of a pain - but only because you need to work through it and to experiment with the various things with the camera in hand, but all of the info is there but it IS a technical document, That said there are a lot of good helpful books available from the usual sources. I have found that there is a lot of advantage to be gained in using the micro-AF adjustment facility. Load up the EOS software and follow the instructions for using the PC /camera combo to tweak the AF and get a good quality focussing target (there are a few out there). You might be surprised... 3 of my L series lenses needed a tweak - and these are not the same ones, nor the same tweaks as with my 7D body. Results show pay off - a very quick "grab shot" with lens 400mmm after this mucking about was bang in focus and that had not happened before. I confess that I have no interest in video (HD or otherwise) so cannot comment. I'm afraid I've never taken a movie in my life. BUT at the moment with the release of the Mark III the price of the Mark II will never get any lower I figure (which I why I waited for the III release) - and I can't see anything convincing that the III could offer over the II that would be worth shelling out a huge amount more. I've waited to get this for a while - could not be happier.
great build quality
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