Canon EOS 5D review

Started Aug 4, 2007 | User reviews thread
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photoforfun Veteran Member • Posts: 6,084
Canon EOS 5D review

Had a 5D for about 6 weeks, 2000 pictures...
My findings:
Superb resolution and detail, even @ iso 800, resolution and detail on pair with Nikon D2X until approx iso 400, over that 5D wins hands down. I bought it together with the 24-105F4 lens, which is a fantastic allround lens.
One full stop(but not more than that...) better than D200 about noise @ high iso. In real low light conditions 5D produced permanent unnatural bright images, which is to my opinion the base for the overall very low noise @high iso impression. If I wanted to catch the picture "like my eyes see" in real low light conditions 5D pictures became noisy as well, although manageable with noise software.


Built quality is not what I expect from an over 2000€ camera body. CF plastic door moved while closed since day 1.
Dust on the 5D sensor is a problem.
Light fall off in the cormers is a problem, manageable with software.
5D's very shallow DOF is something I didn't like because I do a lot of macro photography.

Canon EOS 5D
13 megapixels • 2.5 screen • Full frame sensor
Announced: Aug 22, 2005
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