The Canon EOS 5D

The 5D has become one of Canon's most popular dSLRs as it appeals to advanced amateurs as well as professionals

The Canon EOS 5D (see 2-8) was an instant hit upon its release and it is no wonder, considering that it offers a full-frame CMOS sensor with 12.8 megapixels and currently sells for less than $3,000. It has become a fast favorite of many professional photographers, due to the high resolution and lighter weight of previous full-frame dSLRs. Price has also contributed to its popularity. As I mentioned previously, the overriding difference aside from higher resolution is the build quality. The Mark III is designed to withstand abuse and inclement weather extremes, while the 5D is not. If your primary use will be under normal everyday conditions, the lower price and lighter weight are a plus — for example, my wife, who is a portrait/commercial photographer, uses the camera especially because it weighs so little in comparison to the EOS-1D series. As with the EOS-1Ds Mark III camera, you are looking at an extremely high-resolution camera, so lens quality is paramount for optimum results.

The 5D is what some consider the ideal camera. It is lightweight, offers high resolution, and, like all the Canon dSLRs, the menu, controls, and dials are intuitive and easy to master. Many professionals prefer its smaller profile particularly for candid or street photography. Unlike the Mark III, this camera doesn’t scream “professional,” which can quickly rule out candid people shots. This isn’t to suggest in any way that this camera’s construction is subpar, as the magnesium alloy body makes it a sturdy performer.

The 5D is a sturdy dSLR that uses all of Canon’s EF lenses to their fullest potential. The full-frame high-resolution CMOS sensor, combined with Canon’s DIGIC II Image Processor, a high-precision 9-point AF system with six assist points, and Picture Style color control, delivers images of superior quality with enough resolution for almost any application. With its wide-angle capabilities, 2.5-inch LCD and magnesium-alloy body, the 5D is a great addition to the digital EOS lineup.

Here are the Canon EOS 5D specifications at a glance:

  • 12.8-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 3 fps continuous shooting
  • Buffer/maximum burst of 60 large JPEG images, 17 RAW
  • 2.5-inch, high-resolution LCD screen
  • High-precision, 9-point wide-area AF
  • Customizable Picture Styles
  • DIGIC II Image Processor
  • ISO range: 100-1600; expandable to L:50 and H: 3200
  • Shutter durability of 100,000 cycles
  • Magnesium alloy body and stainless steel chassis
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed and Video Out interface
  • Compatible with all Canon EF lenses and Speedlite EX flashes
  • Supports wireless file transmitter WFT-E1A

Category: Canon dSLR lineup

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