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Compared to... Nikon D700

Studio scene comparison (JPEG)

At this moment in time the D700 is the closest thing Nikon has to a direct competitor to the 5D Mark II (speculation about a possible D700X aside). That said, the D700 is a very different beast with a very different design ethos; one that sacrifices high resolution for sensitvity and performance. Putting aside the spec differences let's look at how these two rather ill-matched competitors fare in a pixel level studio comparison.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II vs. Nikon D700

Camera settings:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Canon EF 85 mm F1.8 lens, Manual exposure,
    ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard PS), Self-Timer
  • Nikon D700: Nikkor 85 mm F1.8 lens, Aperture Priority, ISO 200 (default base)
    JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Normal), Self-Timer, Exposure delay
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Nikon D700
5,607 KB JPEG (5616 x 3744)
3,796 KB JPEG (4256 x 2382)

Like the comparison with the original 5D, this comparison presents a problem; the 5D Mark II has almost double the pixel count of the D700, making a direct comparison at 100% rather moot. That said, on a per pixel basis, the 5D Mark II is sharper and produces more fine detail, helped by Canon's slightly higher in-camera sharpening. There is no visible noise in either of the cameras at their base ISO settings. If you need a lot of resolution for very large prints there's no doubt at all that the EOS 5D Mark II is several strides ahead of the D700.

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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.
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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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