Canon EOS 5D Mark II In-depth Review
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
- JPEG Large = 5616 x 3744
|Enables auto focus confirmation beep. Also used for self timer.|
|Shoot w/o card|| On
|Allow shot to be taken without CF card inserted.|
|Review time|| Off
|Peripheral illum. correct.|| Enable
|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
White fluorescent light
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
|Picture Style|| Standard
User Def. 1
User Def. 2
USer Def. 3
|Dust Delete Data|| OK
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 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.|
|| 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.
Mark all in folder
Clear all in folder
|Transfer order||Allows you to create a transfer order file, for use with automatic image transfer software.
Mark all in folder
Clear all in folder
Mark all on card
Clear all on card
|Highlight alert|| Disable
|AF point disp.|| Disable
|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
Setup Section (Yellow)
Values / Actions
|Auto power off|| 1 min
|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)
|Chooses whether orientation information is recorded and if the camera should rotate in play mode.|
|Format the CF card|
|File numbering|| Continuous
|Controls the numbering method used for filenames.|
|| Select folder
Create folder nnn ?
|LCD brightness|| Auto
1 - 3
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
|Select menu language.|
|Video system|| NTSC
|Select video system for video out connector.|
|| Auto cleaning
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 + movie
Live mode with face detect
Movie record size
1920 x 1080
640 x 480
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.
|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
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
|Firmware||Select to load new firmware from CF card||Also shows current version, on our camera; 3.6.1 63 (00)|
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Specifications
- 3 What's New
- 4 What's New
- 5 Body & Design
- 6 Body & Design
- 7 Body & Design
- 8 Operation & Controls
- 9 Operation & Controls
- 10 Displays
- 11 Displays
- 12 Menus
- 13 Menus
- 14 Performance
- 15 Features
- 16 Features
- 17 Features
- 18 Features
- 19 Video
- 20 Software & Raw
- 21 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 22 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 23 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 24 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 25 Photographic tests (DR)
- 26 Vignetting/Shading
- 27 Photographic tests
- 28 Compared to
- 29 Compared to (JPEG)
- 30 Compared to (JPEG)
- 31 Compared to (JPEG)
- 32 Compared to (JPEG)
- 33 Compared to (RAW)
- 34 Compared to (RAW)
- 35 Compared to (RAW)
- 36 Compared to (RAW)
- 37 Compared to (sRAW1)
- 38 Compared to (High ISO)
- 39 Compared to (Resolution)
- 40 Conclusion
- 41 Samples
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