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Studio scene comparison (sRAW1)

The sRAW1 setting of the 5D Mark II produces an image which is 9.9 mp. This is a little smaller than the resolution of the original 5D, but much closer than the full 21mp. A comparison of the image produced in sRAW setting reveals how useful this setting could be in real use.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II (sRAW1) vs. Canon EOS 5D (RAW)

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
  • Canon EOS 5D: Canon EF 85 mm F1.8 lens, Aperture Priority,
    ISO 100, JPEG Large/Fine, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard PS), Self-Timer
Canon EOS 5D Mark II (sRAW1)
Canon EOS 5D (RAW)
2,601 KB JPEG (3861 x 2574)
4,422 KB JPEG (4992 x 3328)

While the comparison between the 5D Mark II and the original 5D presented a problem in that the Mark II is so much higher in resolution, the 5D Mark II also has an sRAW1 mode which produces an image slightly lower in resolution to that of the original 5D. In this comparison we can see that on a per pixel basis the original 5D is better than the sRAW1 file, but there is not a huge amount of difference. The conclusion is that sRAW1 would be a good choice if the absolute highest resolution is not needed; it also represents a smaller file size and thus a speed increase in use for the 5D Mark II.

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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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