Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Announced Sep 17, 2008 •
21 megapixels | 3 screen | Full frame sensor

I've been using the 5D2 since 2011 and it still does exactly what I need from a DSLR system. I can't really fault it; it has enough MP, is clean at the ISO I use, can use the comprehensive Canon lens range and Speedlite flash system. Build quality is first class, as is reliability and, most importantly, dependability.

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AEspriu
 

I have had my 5D Mark 2 for about 4 years now, and no issues with it whatosever. I skipped the 5D Mark 3 for that same reason and I got no immediate plans to buy another camera anytime soon (concentrating on lenses for the time being). When comparing to the newer models the only notable difference is it's ISO performance, but then again I might be biased as I hate grain on my pictures (this camera handles ok up to ISO 1200, and I personally rather shoot at or below 800). I have a few friends ...

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i had my 5d mark 2 a little over a year now. my friend lost my fuji x-t1 during a trip and instead of paying cash and some mercy on my part, i asked him to give me his old 5d mark 2 instead. it has around 26k actuations when i got it. since i have a 5d mark 3 and they share the same battery, i think it would be nice to add the older brother to my collection and maybe a backup as well if sometimes i decide to leave the mark 3 at home and bring my 6d along with 5d mark 2. adding another 12k ...

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Sellwood
 

This camera has been so outstanding that I am skipping the Mark III and waiting until the next generation arrives.

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AlwaysQuestion
 

It's a really good camera. Shadow noise is bad in my camera. Dynamic range is nothing special. It's big, it's heavy, it's loud. It produces beautiful images under controlled light. It produces reasonable images at high-iso. I like the simplicity of the 5DmkI better. It was a much purer camera. Video is nice enough on the mkII. It looks beautiful, but can't help but miss the lack of bells and whistles on the original. I know many people will argue with me, but I also think the mkI ...

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lightandday
 

Soft Focus Detraction but overall a good camera. Love the full-frame sensor. Color and contrast are excellent. Not fully a Pro camera, but excellent quality and price point for the serious photographer. At 21MP, the pixel density is 2.4MP/CM^2 which helps keep noise low even at higher ISO's or in shadows. The 5DMII was an upgrade for an aging 20D. My kit of a full line of L series lenses made the 5DMII make sense - although the Nikon D700 was attractive but more $. The D700 has the D3's ...

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Amazing camera with the best RAW files I have ever seen. They can be manipulated beyond belief without a major penalty. I primarily use DXO for my RAW workflow so I can't speak much to other software. JPEG's look good but not perfect due to the canon's sharpening and noise reduction choices. Problems: The grip on the 7D is extremely improved over the Mark II. It feels better in your hand and the controls are laid out better. I felt the 7D was more enjoyable to shoot because of these things ...

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Lost in Time

This review is from the perspective of a four-year 40D owner, upgrading to 5D Mark II. I shoot RAW only, processing with Lightroom. I shoot most things except for sports :-) The most striking thing about the two cameras is physically how similar they are. The bodies are almost the same size and the 5DII is only slightly heavier. The controls are essentially identical to the 40D, although some buttons have moved. Surprisingly, I think that the 40D build quality is slightly better, with more ...

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