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Canon EOS 5D Digital SLRs

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MSRP : $3299.00
Resolution : 4368 x 2912 pixels | LCD : 3 in. Display | Max. ISO : Auto 


  • Image Sensor TypeCMOS
    Resolution13.3 Megapixel
    Camera TypeSLR/Professional
    Interchangeable LensInterchangeable Lenses
    Digital ZoomWithout Digital Zoom
    Focus TypeAutofocus & Manual Focus
    Camera Resolution13.3 Megapixel
    Shutter Speed30 - 1/8000 sec
    White BalanceAuto • Manual • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Cloudy (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset) • Shade (Preset) • Sunset (Preset) • Flash (Preset)
    Frames Per Second3 Frames
    Memory TypeCompactFlash Card Type I • CompactFlash Card Type II
    Compression ModesFine • Normal • Uncompressed
    Compression TypeJPEG • Raw Image
    File Size (High Res.)12.9 MB (10 images on 128MB card)
    File Size (Low Res.)1 MB (about 128 images on 128MB card)
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 50 • 100 • 400 • 1600 • 3200
    Flash TypeExternal
    ViewfinderDigital
    LCD PanelWith LCD Panel
    LCD Panel Size2.5 in.
    LCD Screen Resolution230,000 pixels
    LCD Protected PositionWithout LCD Protected Position
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Video InterfaceVideo Out
    Battery TypeProprietary Lithium
    Battery Life800 Images
    Self Timer2 Sec. • 10 Sec.
    Built-in MicrophoneWithout Built-in Microphone
    Operating SystemApple Mac OS X • Microsoft Windows 2000 • Microsoft Windows 98SE • Microsoft Windows ME • Microsoft Windows XP
    Width6 in.
    Depth3 in.
    Height4.4 in.
    Weight1.79 lb.
    Included AccessoriesLithium Battery • Remote Control
    Release DateOctober, 2005
    MPN0296B002
    Product ID27080528

Product Description

A lightweight, robust full-frame 12.8 Megapixel digital SLR with Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor, a high-precision 9-point AF system with 6 assist points, and "Picture Style" color control to deliver images of superior quality with enough resolution for any application. With its wide-angle capabilities, 2.5 inch LCD and magnesium-alloy body, the 5D is the perfect addition to the Digital EOS line.

by Larry L Greenhill

The Canon EOS 5D is a lightweight, robust, digital SLR with Canon's DIGIC II Image Processor, a full-frame 12.8 megapixel CMOS sensor, a new 2.5-inch LCD, high-precision 9-point AF system with 6 assist points, and "Picture Style" color control.

Price: $3299 US

Canon EOS 5D Pros and Cons
    Pros
  • 24x36mm sensor maintains normal viewpoint of wide anglewide-angle lenses for group, architecture, and landscape.
  • 12.8 megapixel sensor captures images capable of being enlarged to 11" x 22" prints.
  • Smaller and lighter than other full-frame DSLRs.
  • Fully compatible with 70 Canon EOS lenses designed for 35mm film cameras.
  • 2.5-inch color LCD with 170-degree view angle.
  • $4000 less than Canon's other full-frame DSLR - the EOS 1Ds Mark II.
  • Good battery life.
  • Rapid start-up time and buffer/card write speed.
  • True, 3.5% spot meter.
  • Low noise up to ISO 800.
  • High image-review magnification (zooming) for checking sharpness.
    Cons
  • Minimal weather resistance.
  • No vertical shutter release.
  • LCD display needs to be adjusted to max brightness in sunny settings.
  • No built-in flash.
  • Slow 1/200th second flash synch.
  • Slow, 3 FPS capture rate.
  • $3300 price tag.
  • RAW images require post-processing for maximum sharpness.
Canon EOS 5D Studio Test Images
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Canon EOS 5D - front and back
Canon EOS 5D Key Features
  • 12.8-megapixel resolution.
  • Full-sized 23.8 x 35.8mm CMOS sensor.
  • Lightweight, compact body.
  • Big, rear panel 2.5-inch color LCD monitor.
  • Rapid start-up, shot-to-shot speed, and 3 FPS capture-rate.
  • Hot shoe and PC terminal for off-camera lighting.
  • "Picture-Style" control for color, sharpness, and contrast
  • 21 custom functions with 57 setting options

  • Canon EOS 5D Design
    With the introduction of the $3,299 full-frame, EOS 5D digital SLR camera body, Canon drops another bomb on the market, undercutting both the new $4,999, 1.5x sensor-factor Nikon D2X and Canon's $7,999, full-frame sensor EOS 1Ds Mark II. Further, the 5D uses large 8.2-micrometer pixels, which are said to offer lower noise and a wider ISO range than can be found in comparable models. Because of the sensor design, the 5D's pixels run cooler, and that ensures lower noise at high ASA settings.

    The 5D is lighter than both the Nikon D2X and the EOS 1Ds Mark II, has better ergonomics, better functionality, with fast start-up and no appreciable shutter lag. It offers a huge rear panel LCD monitor, wide range of ISO speeds, good control over TTL flash use, true spot exposure metering, and multi-zone auto focus functions.

    The 2.5-inch, 230,000-pixel LCD monitor features a wide, 170-degree viewing angle. The larger LCD produced sharper thumbnail images, and the camera's "JUMP" button speeds reviews of large 4GB compact memory cards by skipping through at intervals of 10 or 100 images. PictBridge makes it possible to generate a "contact sheet" directly from the camera with a Canon's Pixma printer. Included in the box are Canon's Digital Photo Professional 2.0 RAW converter, as well as EOS Capture 1.5 and PhotoStitch 3.1 for panoramic shots.

    Canon EOS 5D - Back View EOS 20D vs. EOS 5D
    Back view of the EOS 20D and the EOS 5D with improved 2.5-inch LCD monitor.

    There's more. The Canon EOS 5D's body is 34 percent lighter than Canon's other full-frame DSLR, the EOS 1Ds Mark II (810 versus 1215 grams), and the 5D's lithium battery is 36 percent lighter than the EOS 1Ds' (82 grams versus 225 grams). While the 5D's physical size almost matches the much less expensive ($1299) Canon EOS 20D, the 5D sports a higher resolution (12.8-megapixel vs. 8-megapixel), full-frame CMOS sensor and a larger (2.5-inch vs. 2-inch) rear panel LCD monitor.

    Canon EOS 5D - EOS 1D Mark 2 vs. EOS 5D
    The EOS 1D-Series bodies (left) are much larger and heavier than the EOS 5D.

    Although not as rugged as the more expensive EOS 1D-Series digital SLRs, the EOS 5D is a tough camera. The camera's shutter is rated for 100,000 shots. It has a stainless steel sub-frame and top, and its front and rear casings are made of aluminum alloy. The grip and battery compartment are made of magnesium alloy. The internal mirror and housing had to be made larger than the 20D's to accommodate the full-frame sensor. The pentaprism has a new shape.

    Image data is delivered to the most recent iteration of Canon's proprietary Digic II image-processing chip. Combined with the EOS 5D's DDR SDRAM and 4-channel reading, the camera can capture bursts of 60 large/fine JPEGs or 17 RAW files at 3 frames per second (fps). The Digic II processor's inner circuitry provides improved noise reduction, better white-balance controls, and an expanded ISO range.

    Exposure functions use an improved 35-zone SPC through the lens (TTL) metering system that offers evaluative metering partial (13.5%) metering, spot metering (3.8% of the viewfinder area), and centerweight averaged metering. The SPC (Silicon Photocell) element is placed as close to the focal plane as possible, so that metering is performed at a point equivalent to the digital sensor's plane. SPC provides a wider metering range, fairly fast response, and superior linearity. The 5D's 3.5% center spot coverage is a major improvement over the EOS 20D's 9% spot coverage. An all-new auto focus system uses 9 focus points plus 6 invisible zones used by the predictive AI servo AF mode.

    Canon EOS 5D - LCD Display
    Canon EOS 5D playback display, with histogram and info displayed

    Canon EOS 5D - LCD Display
    Canon EOS 5D main menu

    Canon EOS 5D - LCD Display
    Canon EOS 5D Custom Function menu

    Canon EOS 5D Controls
    The simplicity of the EOS 5D's controls make it easier and more enjoyable to use than Canon's EOS 1D pro digital SLRs. I knew how to use the 5D as soon as I picked it up. I've owned the EOS 1D Mark II for 18 months and still have to refer to the manual for less frequently used operations.

    Canon EOS 5D - Top View Controls

    Canon EOS 5D - Direct Print Button The EOS 5D is a "one-button-per-function" camera, while the EOS 1D Mark II is a "two-button-per-function" camera. Consider checking images for sharpness on the LCD. With the EOS 1D Mark II, I have to hold down the "Memory Card Selection/Magnify" button while rotating the rear-panel "Quick Control Dial" for horizontal movement, or the top panel "Main Dial" to move the image vertically. After 18 months with the 1D Mark II, I still can't remember which dial controls which motion. The EOS 5D's "Multi-controller" joystick is so intuitive that I was able to navigate the magnified image without ever using the manual.

    Functions on the rear panel closely resemble those found on other Canon DSLRs, with the exception of the 5D's Direct Print button (see right).

    Camera Experience
    The 5D has fast, accurate, and consistent auto focus, especially in low light--and it offers fast start-up and short buffer-to-card writing times. It has a faster start-up time (0.2 seconds), less shutter-lag (0.0075 seconds), and less time between shots in single-shot mode (0.4 seconds) than the more expensive EOS 1Ds Mark II, which takes 0.3 seconds to start, has a 0.05-second shutter-lag, and requires one second between pictures in single-shot mode.

    Of course, the 12.8-megapixel, full-frame, CMOS sensor allows a wide-angle lens to be all it's supposed to be. My Canon 24-105mm f/4 zoom lens is constricted to a 32mm viewing angle by my EOS 1D Mark II (1.3X crop factor). Using the 5D, I could capture a much wider scene, as shown by these two photos of my neighbor's house, both shot with the 24-105mm lens set at 24mm and mounted on the Canon 5D and my Canon EOS 1D. Notice how much wider the view is with the Canon 5D.

    However, ultra wide-angle lenses may exhibit vignetting with the wider view. I tried 3 different lenses taking the same picture when mounted on a fixed tripod: the standard 50mm f/1.4 Canon lens, a Canon EOS 14mm f/2.8 at f/6.3 and a Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5 zoom at its maximum aperture. The Sigma 12mm showed darkening of the upper right corner. This is easily overcome by shutting down the using a smaller aperture.

    The rear panel LCD monitor's factory default settings were dull and low contrast. I had to increase brightness to maximum to match the brightness of the EOS 1D Mark II or the Leica Digital-Module-R digital SLR. Once the brightness was adjusted I could easily see the LCD monitor in bright sunlight.

    Auto focus was fast, even in dim light. And the image sharpness proved to be critical, revealing that my new Canon EOS 24 -105mm f/4.0L zoom was not sharp when used wide open. Using my 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L lens, I was able to take pictures of sufficient sharpness and resolution for uninterpolated 11 x 14 prints.

    Image Quality
    Canon EOS 5D - Autumn Trail At ISO 100, the EOS 5D's image quality is clean and smooth, with no artifacts or jaggies. Noise in the shadows is minimal all the way up to ISO 800. The sample images taken in the forest (see right) reveal detail in the shadows, both at the corners and at the center of the image. Some mild noise becomes detectible at ISO 1600. See the controlled studio tests to best evaluate image quality and compare with other cameras.

    The 5D's color reproduction was impressive, both in dynamic range, depth, and ability to register what was there. Take the sharply focused picture of autumn colors shown in the thumbnails, or the vivid colors Logan Inn photo (see below). The 5D was able to catch the brilliant yellow paint on a Lotus Elise coupe (see below) and the glossy, hot pink spoiler of a Porsche 911 RSR 3,8 Carrera.

    Even though I generally shoot RAW with white balance set to "cloudy," I experimented with white balance settings in post-processing in order to get the best possible color and skin tones . I set exposure by monitoring the histogram and adjusting so that there was no clipping in the highlights. I found that the histogram shifted to the left in low light situations, so exposure compensation was needed. Skin tones were a bit warm, but the red saturation was not as intense as with the Canon EOS 1D Mark II.

    Canon EOS 5D Walt's Portrait, Natural Light Canon EOS 5D - Lotus Elise coupe Canon EOS 5D Logan's Inn Sign
    Click on thumbnails to view sample photos.

    Canon EOS 5D Leatherstocking Trail Sign Canon EOS Sitting Room at the Hotel Du Village Canon EOS 5D Changing Leaves
    Click on thumbnails to view sample photos.
    Conclusion
    The Canon EOS 5D lives up to the hype. It breaks new ground with its full-frame sensor and huge rear panel LCD. Comparing it to Canon's $7,999 flagship EOS 1Ds Mark II tells it all. The 5D offers a comparable full-frame sensor but beats the more expensive Canon with its lightweight construction, simple control layout, simplified menu, and a much larger LCD monitor.

    On the other hand, the 16-megapixel EOS 1Ds Mark II offers a 27 percent more resolution than the 5D, better battery life with a 33 percent increase in total shots (1200 versus 800) from a single charge, a vertical shutter release, higher viewfinder magnification, an eyepiece shutter, better build and weather-resistance, and more viewfinder information (image recording quality, shots remaining; ISO speed, self-timer countdown; a scale showing both the camera's exposure compensation versus the flash unit's compensation; and white balance correction). Only you will be able to determine whether these extras are worth the extra four thousand US dollars you'll have to pay for the EOS 1Ds Mark II.

    Who Should Buy The Canon EOS 5D
    The Canon EOS 5D is an excellent choice for any serious amateur or professional photographer who needs a lightweight, easy-to-use, full-frame DSLR to complement wide angle zooms and prime lenses. The 5D will be a boon for wedding photography because of its light weight and ability to take group shots with wide angle lenses. It also will be welcomed by pros who need a second, lightweight camera body for wide-angle lenses.

    The EOS 5D's unique assets emerge when you need high-quality images of architecture, interior shots in small rooms, landscapes, brides, grooms, or macro shots of flowers. The EOS 5D's ease of use, superb image quality, versatility, and relatively lightweight body, and low cost compared to Canon's top-of-the-line EOS 1D Mark II make the 5D an ideal camera for studio work, wedding photography, catalog work, or landscapes. If you are interested primarily in sports photography, portraiture, or wildlife photography, then the EOS 5D's slow burst rate will be a disadvantage. However you look at it, the EOS 5D represents a breakthrough in price and performance and has the ability to change photography for the better.

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    What's In The Box

    • EOS 5D Digital Camera (Camera Body)
    • Canon BP-511a Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
    • Battery Charger
    • USB Cable
    • Video Cable
    • Body Cap
    • Neck Strap
    • EOS Digital Solutions CD-ROM
    • User's Guide
    • 1-Year U.S.A. Limited Warranty
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    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Sam a Expert

    Date Reviewed: July 14, 2010

    Strengths:    ???

    Weaknesses:    1.I think the perfect 5d has also a weaknesses,that is the build-up quality, which is really a shame for users(especially in compare with my Eos 1V produced years before 5d).Not sealed well on the body,dust is easy to be absorbed in and stuck on CMOS.
    2.The clean-CMOS function is also a pity to be reduced.
    3.Mirror is sometimes falling on occasion.I just heard.
    4.If you force me to tell you more about the weaknesses of it I will say the ISO is abit low when compare with the new generation of EOS 1dIv or 5DII, But I am used to use film SLR and ISO is usually less than 400. so I think a good tripod is much more usefully than high ISO used, and the same time fine and smooth pictures is more important to me than noisy dark place shot.


    Bottom Line:   
    EOS 5D is so far the most successful FFDSLR in all Canon selections.I fall in love with it years ago and married with it immediately.I found the FF giant is not only a king of picture quality,which fully satisfied me ,but also the price is even the more lovely.
    1. FF Cmos combine with L=series lens helps me to shot very fine and detailed pictures, both landscape and people.
    2.I am not really like the Video shooting function on DSLR ,It`s like monster.I like to be concentrate in shooting pictures so EOS5D is a perfect weapon for my photography not videography.Video shooting is far beyond a serious photographers requirement.
    3.Focusing is good enough if you know the trap-shooting. and when 5d adapt with some white lens which is pretty cool, because of the size of the Body is very masculine.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $1600.00

    Purchased At:   B&H

    Similar Products Used:   Eos 1V
    Eos Rebel


    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by sgsaint a Expert

    Date Reviewed: December 18, 2008

    Strengths:    Bright viewfinder
    Fast & accurate AF
    Good color dynamics
    Noise control and suppression @ high ISO (3200)
    Good overall grip
    Almost solid feel


    Weaknesses:    Multi-selection joystick is numb
    Additional weight for vertical grip (bad if you carry 2 bodies in gears)
    Slightly slow Frame speed
    Easy to pick up dust (even for the most careful user)


    Bottom Line:   
    This is the best affordable camera you can find, irregardless full-frame or not. Low light capability is awesome with noise very well controlled and suppressed. Photos taken @ H (3200) is good enough to use directly without the need to enhance further.

    Grip on this camera could have been slightly larger but its still good without vertical grip. However, I would choose to have vertical grip if budget and weight were no an issue when packing my full gear out.

    The viewfinder is the best (mainly because its Fullframe)... or at least, sense of nostalgia - Reminds you how bright viewfinder can be. Its bright, and clear.

    Color dynamics and sharpness is exception for a 3 yr old guy. It can still probably beat the 50D despite of a slower 2nd Gen Digic processor and sensor technology.

    AF speed is just awesome compared to the 40D & 50D. Probably that's the extra price to pay for to get additional 6-invisible assist AF point. I get virtually 95% sharp pictures using the center AF point while using AF Servo. Its something I can't live without.

    However, the frame speed is slightly slow consider I've been using a Rebel XT/350D with similar frame speed. It could have been faster when it 1st designed. But then now there's a choice of 5DMk2 that comes with close to 4fps. It helps to capture crucial moments better.

    The multiselection joy stick could give a little more feel esp that I set it to AF selection function. Some times I just don't get a sense of getting my AF point to the diagonal corner points. But it surely is better than scrolling thru each point using the AF Selection button.

    Having to use the 350D/Rebel XT for slightly more than 3 yrs, I only have 2 incidents of dust problem. But the 5D is like many said, dust collector. I had this only for 1 week, I had dust on the sensor. Seemingly the opening is so big that smaller speck of dust could sneak in so easily during lens change or what. (even tho this camera when bought is 95% clean and mint feel)

    Overall, this is a great camera with awesome image quality and performance with just a slight hint of weakness.

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    Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

    Price Paid:    $1500.00

    Purchased At:   Previous owner

    Similar Products Used:   40D
    10D


    Type of photography:   Other


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Leo a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: September 11, 2008

    Strengths:    FF, every lens and zoom seems to fall in place. The 24-105 for example is so wide, even in comparison with the 1.3 factor Mark II. That's the main reasing to buy it.
    Increadeble clear and big viewfinder, a big joy.
    Nice size, the grip not so nice as the bigger EOS1. That's the price you pay.
    Much simpler menu then the EOS 1, not so good as the 40D, wich is simple more modern.
    C mode, wich can be nice.



    Weaknesses:    Three years old.
    No 2 sec selftimer, I miss that very much.
    No indication of iso in the viewfinder
    No dust removal.



    Bottom Line:   
    I own a EOS1 Mark II, wich I bought before the 5D was availble. Still a very fine camera, I wanted a good second camera. This year I bought the 40D, also a very fine camera, but I hate the crop factor of it. Nothing seems to fit and I simply refuse to buy EF-S lenses. The 5D always appeals to me, for the FF. But bying a three years old digital camera? In a impuls I just went out and bought it, maybe the last person to buy it. I own it so shortly that I can not really tell the quality in comparison with more modern models, but it seems to be very fine.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $1600.00

    Purchased At:   Foka Rotterdam

    Similar Products Used:   10D (not using it anymore)
    Eos 1 Mark II
    40D


    Type of photography:   Other


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Rick Morris a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: February 29, 2008

    Strengths:    Uses hundreds of Canon lenses.
    Thousands of settings for any situation.
    Able to hold a focus point, move the camera and take the shot.
    Quick and easy editing software.
    Easy to clean.


    Weaknesses:    Relatively heavy.
    Needs frequent cleaning.
    Recommend purchasing how to DVD


    Bottom Line:   
    The Canon 5D is my second Canon DSLR. Having purchased a used Canon Rebel 6mp as the first. The 6mp is great for 8x10 prints, but I wanted a camera for 16x20 or larger. I have really enjoyed both of these cameras. I carry the 5D into the backcountry of Idaho strapped around my neck or in my back pack. So far its held up very well to all the bouncing around its been subjected to. The original purchase was a package deal including the 24-105mm Canon zoom lens with lens stabilizer. I use this lens almost exclusively. I've taken over 3000 pics so far with no problems. The 2G memory card allows over 300 shots in JPEG. The battery will hold up easily through an entire card shooting. Batteries and cards are the same for the 5D and the Rebel. Thousands of options are available in the 5D to cover every possible shooting situation. The software included with the package is a very easy and quick way to make simple editing adjustments. To see some of these images please visit my website at www.backcountryphoto.net.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $3600.00

    Purchased At:   Local camera store

    Similar Products Used:   Many firm type cameras including Minolta and Pentax SLR's
    HP and Nikon fixed lens Digitals


    Type of photography:   Outdoor


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by gahspidy a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: January 29, 2008

    Strengths:    Good build and size, good price for a quality camera with a Full Frame Sensor, comfortable and easy to use, excellent image quality at practically all ISO, good low light performance

    Weaknesses:    No dust removal system built in (although i have not had much of a problem with dust and have not needed to clean the sensor yet) no built in flash.

    Bottom Line:   
    This was the DSLR that i had always had my eye on, but at the time made the step from film to digital, this camer was still in the 3,000 price range. so, at the time I went for the Rebel XTi that had just come out. The XTI was a very good camera for the money, but it still did not feel right to me. small in size, cropped sensor (smaller than 35mm film) and very small and dim veiwfinder.
    I finally purchased the 5D went it came down to nearly 2000.00 It was like a breathe of fresh air. the camera is large, but not a monstrosity so it has a good substantial feel to it and yet does not kill your arms by carrying it around all day. The full frame sensor not only gives me great image quality but works very well in low light conditions. My lenses are now back to their intended sizes. It is a pleasure to have my wide angles again without having to purchase fisheye lens just to give me a wide angle. The viewfinder is large and easy to see through and this camera also has available different screens that can be placed in the viewfinder to make focusing even easier depending on your specific applications. i find that the screen that is in the camera is adequate for me, but i am considering trying another that is supposed to work even better when manually focusing often.
    The controls are arranged in a logical and easy to use manner with many different user specified options available in the vast array of custom Functions settings. The only problem here as with all Canon cameras that I know of is the Mirror Lock-up option is also buried in the Custom functions. It would make more sense to have that option as a separate button that could be turned on and off without having to go into the menus.
    The ISO range is 100-1600 but can be expanded to 50-3200. I have used 3200 and was very happy with the quality of the images. there was definetly noise but the noise was very fine and yet the images still retained alot of great tonal range and sharpness. There doe not seem to be much color noise in shadow areas which is very good. I would not hesitate to use ISO 3200 when i needed the extra speed. I have not used ISO 50 but I read something on Canons website that stated ISO 50 will not actually achieve any better image quality than ISO 100, but will actually hurt the dynamic Range in the light areas. So, basically ISO 50 would be for when you absolutley needed a slower shutter speed and there was no other option in achieviing it.
    The Canon 5D does not have a built in flash, nor does it have a dust removal system built in. the body is very strong and built well but is not a "pro" body and does not have very good weather sealing. i guess some of these things that would be a drawback are there to help keep the cost down of this full frame sensor camera. Still and yet, a very good build with a shutter that is rated at 100,000 shots. This is a very good shutter indeed.
    I would not recommend this camera for someone who is shooting Sports most of the time as the FPS is relatively slow (3FPS) It is however an excellent camera for Fine Art, Landscape, Portrait, Night photography, and I had pretty good success with it for a Dance Theater Performance shooting at 1600 and 3200 ISO.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $2100.00

    Purchased At:   Amazon.com

    Similar Products Used:   Canon elan 7 film 35mm SLR, Canon Rebel Xti DSLR

    Type of photography:   Other



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