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Camera Menus

If you're coming from the original EOS 5D the Mark II's menus will look quite different, gone is the single long scrolling page of options, now replaced with the new Canon standard multi-tabbed / page layout. The menus look very similar (in fact almost exactly the same) to the EOS 50D with higher resolution fonts (thanks to the new high resolution screen), more stylized icons and a rather pretty fade effect when you change tab / options. You navigate pages using the multi-selector or main dial and use the quick control dial or multi-selector to move up and down options, press SET (or the multi-selector) to change. Colors (red for shooting, blue for play etc.) are used to distinguish the different categories of options.

Shooting section (red)

Values / Actions
Quality  • RAW
Large Fine
Large Normal
Medium Fine
Medium Normal
Small Fine
Small Normal

- JPEG Large = 5616 x 3744
- JPEG Medium = 4080 x 2720
- JPEG Small = 2784 x 1856

- RAW = 5616 x 3744
- SRAW1 = 3861 x 2574
- SRAW2 = 2784 x 1856

Turn front dial to select RAW options, rear dial for JPEG options.

Beep  • On
 • Off
Enables auto focus confirmation beep. Also used for self timer.
Shoot w/o card  • On
 • Off
Allow shot to be taken without CF card inserted.
Review time  • Off
 • 2 sec
 • 4 sec
 • 8 sec
 • Hold
Peripheral illum. correct.  • Enable
 • Disable
Corrects vignetting depending on the attached lens.
Expo. comp./AEB  • +/-2 EV
 • 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps (C.Fn I-1)
Turn front dial to select bracketing level, rear dial to set exposure comp.
White balance  • Auto
 • Daylight
 • Shade
 • Cloudy
 • Tungsten light
 • White fluorescent light
 • Flash
 • Custom
 • Color temp. (Kelvin)
Custom WB  • Set custom WB Select image for custom WB.
WB Shift / BKT  • Shift: B9-A9, M9-G9
 • Bracket: BA+/-3, MG+/-3
Configures WB shift and WB bracketing.
Color space  • sRGB
 • Adobe RGB
Picture Style  • Standard
 • Portrait
 • Landscape
 • Neutral
 • Faithful
 • Monochrome
 • User Def. 1
 • User Def. 2
 • USer Def. 3
Dust Delete Data  • OK
 • Cancel

Picture Style

The Picture Styles are a range of pre-programmed image parameter sets intended to deliver the best results in different situations. Each Picture Style has its own preset mapping for tone and color response as well as providing the ability to tune sharpness, contrast, saturation and color tone for each. For instance the default sharpening for the Standard Picture Style is level 3, if you prefer less strong you can just adjust it downwards. Sharpness has 8 levels, contrast, saturation and color tone all have have 9 levels.

Playback Section (Blue)

Protect images
Protect mode, allows you to browse images either in a single image or thumbnail view and mark each image as protected (or un-protect). This simply sets the read-only flag on the CF card file system.
Rotate mode, again, this can be performed in either single image or thumbnail index view. This option allows you to rotate an image on-screen by 90 or 270 degrees. Doesn't actually rotate the JPEG file, but marks its orientation.
Erase images
 • Select and erase images
 • All images in folder
 • All images on card
Print order Allows you to create a DPOF print order file, for use with compatible printers or photo finishers.

 • Select images
 • By folder
Mark all in folder
Clear all in folder
 • All images
 • Set up
Print type
File no.
Transfer order Allows you to create a transfer order file, for use with automatic image transfer software.

 • Select images
 • By folder
Mark all in folder
Clear all in folder 
 • All images
Mark all on card
Clear all on card
Highlight alert  • Disable
 • Enable
AF point disp.  • Disable
 • Enable
Histogram  • Brightness
 • RGB
Slide show Start an automated slideshow of images on the CF card, delay between each image is preset at four seconds.
Image jump  • 1 image
 • 10 images
 • 100 images
 • Screen
 • Date
 • Folder
 • Movies
 • Stills

Setup Section (Yellow)

Values / Actions
Auto power off  • 1 min
 • 2 min
 • 4 min
 • 8 min
 • 15 min
 • 30 min
 • Off
Sets camera power off time, this is the amount of "idle time" before the camera powers itself off. In the power off state the camera can be woken by half or fully depressing the shutter release (or by cycling the power switch).
Auto rotate  • On (play mode and EXIF)
 • On (EXIF)
 • Off
Chooses whether orientation information is recorded and if the camera should rotate in play mode.
Format  • OK
 • Cancel
Format the CF card
File numbering  • Continuous
 • Auto reset
 • Manual reset
Controls the numbering method used for filenames.
Select folder
 • Select folder
 • Create folder
Create folder nnn ?
LCD brightness  • Auto
1 - 3
 • Manual
1 - 7
Turn front dial to select Auto or Manual brightness control, rear dial to set level (or offset in the case of Auto mode).
Date/Time  • Set Date & Time
 • Set Date format

 • English
 • German
 • French
 • Dutch
 • Danish
 • Portuguese
 • Finnish
 • Italian
 • Ukrainian
 • Norwegian
 • Swedish
 • Spanish
 • Greek
 • Russian
 • Polish
 • Czech
 • Hungarian
 • Romanian
 • Turkish
 • Arabic
 • Thai
 • Simplified Chinese
 • Traditional Chinese
 • Korean
 • Japanese

Select menu language.
Video system  • NTSC
 • PAL
Select video system for video out connector.
Sensor cleaning
 • Auto cleaning
 • Clean now
 • Clean manually

Defines the settings for the built-in cleaning system, by default the system is enabled and cleans at startup and shutdown (although can be interrupted).

The 'clean manually' option locks the mirror and shutter up.

Live View / Movie function settings
 • Live View function setting
Stills only
Stills display
Exposure simulation
Stills + movie
Stills display
Exposure simulation
Movie display
 • Grid display
Grid 1
Grid 2
 • Silent shooting
Mode 1
Mode 2
 • Metering timer
4 sec
16 sec
30 sec
1 min
10 min
30 min
 • AF mode
Quick mode
Live mode
Live mode with face detect
 • Movie record size
1920 x 1080
640 x 480
 • Sound recording

Defines parameters for Live View. The second tier setting under 'Live View function setting' is the type of display used in live view (this depends on the function mode).

With Firmware Version 1.10, setting 'Stills+movie' coupled with 'Movie display' enables full manual control of exposure when shooting movies (when the mode dial is set to 'M').

Battery info.  • Remaining capacity (display)
 • Shutter count (display)
 • Recharge performance (display)
 • Battery info (press INFO)
Delete battery info.
Pressing INFO while in the battery info display screen allows you to 'memorize' the state of individual batteries (by serial number).
INFO. button  • Normal disp.
 • Camera set
 • Shoot. func.
External Speedlite control  • External flash function setting
 • External flash C.Fn setting
 • Clear external flash C.Fn setting
(Options only available with Speedlite attached).
Camera user setting  • Register
Mode dial: C1
Mode dial: C2
Mode dial: C3
 • Clear settings
Mode dial: C1
Mode dial: C2
Mode dial: C3
- Records current camera settings to a mode dial 'C' user setting for easy recall.
Clear settings  • Clear all camera settings
 • Delete copyright information
 • Cancel
Firmware Select to load new firmware from CF card Also shows current version, on our camera; 3.6.1 63 (00)
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Great Camera. Its "just work".


It has shown its great value over money.


I work in Nyc as a fashion photographer and I have to say the the 5d series are the most used cameras out side of medium format cameras .Ive been shooting with the mark 3 for over a year after shooting with the mark 2 for 2 years great both great cameras. You can see the shots I've taken with it for my work on my website hope it helps!! also note I only shoot RAW format.

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Was it really 2009? I'm still in the first flush of my love affair with this camera. And I'm still fathoming the depths of its capability. Okay, she's got a lot of paint missing these days, but the images are still magic. Whenever I use another camera, I sigh and wonder why I didn't use the 5D2.
A brief history of photography:

silver chemistry

flexible roll film



5D Mark 2...


As I know when the original 5D debuted three years ago, it wasn't clear why most enthusiasts would want such a camera. Though it captured excellent, high resolution images, it was slower and bigger and more expensive. Today the market has changed significantly, and it's clear that the market is ready for full-frame digital SLRs that can turn out high image quality. High quality is one thing, but being a camera that can deliver high quality over a wide range of lighting conditions and different ISO settings is what makes the Canon 5D Mark II such a compelling choice, and a clear Dave's Picks.
It's really very very good.

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6D or the 5D Mark II?

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