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Connections

On the left side of the camera are all of the camera's connections, these are protected by a rubber cover which allows you to expose the PC sync and remote terminals while keeping the USB and Video out terminals covered. In summary from top to bottom: PC Sync (left), USB (2.0 Hi-Speed), Remote terminal (left; N3 type), Video Out (right). (Note USB transfer speed test now moved to the Timings & Sizes section).

Tripod Mount

On the bottom of the camera you'll find a metal tripod socket which is aligned exactly with the center line of the lens.

As I've requested in previous reviews it would have been nice to have had a rubber 'foot' on the base of the camera, although I will speculate that this could cause the camera to be incompatible with the optional battery grip.

External flash

The EOS 5D's hot-shoe can be used with Canon and third party flash units (sync only). It supports E-TTL II metering which uses distance information from the lens to calculate flash power. This works with all Canon lenses (although distance information is only provided by lenses with ring type USM motors). Introduced at the same time as the EOS 5D is the new Speedlite 430EX which has digital ready features including zoom linked to sensor sizes and AWB switched to flash WB (causes the camera to switch to flash WB in certain circumstances).

Lens Mount

The EOS 5D has a standard metal EF lens mount, because the EOS 5D uses a full-frame sensor it can't support EF-S lenses which are designed to work with APS size sensors (and hence produce a smaller imaging circle). Because of its full-frame sensor a 50 mm lens on the EOS 5D produces the same field of view as it would on a 35 mm film camera, there is no 'field of view crop'.

Mirror compared to the EOS 20D

As you can see from the images below the EOS 5D has a considerably larger mirror than the EOS 20D (which has an APS size sensor).

Supplied In the Box

The EOS 5D will be offered (officially) as body only which means you will have to either already own or buy a lens. The new EF 24 - 105 mm F4L IS would appear to be designed specifically to serve this purpose.

The EOS 5D body only is supplied as:

  • Canon EOS 5D Digital SLR body
  • Eyecup
  • BP-511A Lithium-Ion battery pack
  • CG-580 / CB-5L Battery charger
  • Neck strap (with eyepiece cover)
  • USB Cable
  • Video Cable
  • CD-ROMs
    • Canon EOS Solution Disk v11.0
    • Digital Photo Professional v2.0
  • Manuals / Reg. card
  • Warranty
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Total comments: 11
Hai Ching Lee
By Hai Ching Lee (3 months ago)

Hi...!

I bought one last month for Usd500 in super good and working condition but without any lens......
I bought an L Lens 24-105mm f4 for another Usd 500...... a 50mm f1.4 for Usd350.......
After much testings around, I noticed 5D is not good at Indoor unless with the help of a Flash......However , at Outdoor I must say it is a Super duper Good Full Frame machine even though it is around 8 years old........!!!

I still feel it is a Good Investment as far as dollars and cents counts......
An FX cameras from Nikon like the D700 body will cost Usd1.3k in Malaysia......

I also own a Nikon D90 with standard kit lens 18-105mm, 70-300mm Tel lens, a Fx 24-50mm f3.5-4 and 20mm f2.8 and others...
Recently I bought an Adapter for Nikon lens to Eos FX body like 5D..........It WORKS very well but have to Manually focus......So now I can have Nikon lens on 5D body which safe me a lot for a start....!!
Used 5D MK-II is selling here at around Usd1.6k which I am looking forward to...!!

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JSnees
By JSnees (4 months ago)

I am using a nikkon D 5100. Have the opportunity to purchase a cannon eos 5d in excellent condition for $500 with 50mm f1.8 lens. Any advantages to this camera vs what I currently have besides FF? Good investment? I currently do not own any pro lenses from nikkon.

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SculptedPhotography
By SculptedPhotography (9 months ago)

The 5D was and is my first digital camera. It has served me with spectacular results. It's main minus for me has been its inability to use the higher ISO's, as anything higher than 200 produces visible grain in images that I print very large on my epson 24" printer. I almost always shoot with a monopod to assure the results.
Technology has changed and improved and I am searching for a replacement. I am invested in excellent Canon lenses and want to stay with Canon. I also want a camera that is not as heavy as my 5D (I am old and am fatigued by the weight of the 5D which I affectionately call "my brick".) Price is an issue too.
Still casting about trying to find a replacement.

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frosty 7
By frosty 7 (5 months ago)

hi i jus bot a canon eos 5d from a friend am i able to record video with the camera ?
thanks

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Ugo78
By Ugo78 (4 months ago)

No, unfortunately you are not able to shot video, neither by installing Magic Lantern (because the camera is not equipped with live view).

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InfraOptic
By InfraOptic (3 months ago)

Easy answer: Buy a Sony A7 mirrorless and a metabones adapter to use all Canon AF lenses.

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KariIceland
By KariIceland (9 months ago)

I wish you guys would do a new comparison with the 5D, would love to see it vs the newer dslr's

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qianp2k
By qianp2k (9 months ago)

Agreed! In all cameras announced around that time, only EOS 5D still attracts many discussions in DPR forums. How many are still talking Nikon D200 that announced just three months later these days? If you don't print/view in very big size, EOS 5D actually withstands most today's FF cameras very well till ISO 800/1600 in IQ, no mention crop cameras.

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sh10453
By sh10453 (9 months ago)

I love my 5D.
Using the 5D with quality Canon L lenses produces images that I do not see a difference between them and those taken by a newer camera (5D II, 5D III).

If video is not needed or required, then finding a clean 5D would be prudent.
Some very well kept, used lightly by some hobbyists can be found at around a $1,000 or less.

I have no immediate plans to shell out $3,000 or more for a newer model that is not going to give me much over the 5D, in terms of image quality.

But for commercial photographers, that's a different situation.

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Macandts
By Macandts (9 months ago)

Ditto. I could not be happier with my 5D. I'm also disappointed that the set up for image comparison keeps changing. It makes it difficult to compare any older digital camera with anything contemporary.

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MFog
By MFog (1 month ago)

I just sold my trusty old 5D. I love the camera but I will not miss cleaning the sensor every other week and fixing dust spots in lightroom! That was always a royal pain in the neck. Still a great camera.

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