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Average Customer Rating:
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90% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:

Bright Lcd (262), Superior Build Quality (237), Quick Start-up Time (223), Excellent Image Quality (306), Lightweight/portable (111), Solid Operation (228), Easy To Use (189), Nice Features/settings (210), Quiet (135), Good Battery Life (203), Simple Controls/menu (193), Hd Video (3), Full Frame Sensor (3)

Cons:

Missing Features/settings (70), Heavy/bulky (34), Noisy (44), No Manual Control Of Video (4), Dim Lcd (4), Short Battery Life (12), Complicated Controls/menu (12), Shaky Operation (9), Difficult To Use (4), Poor Image Quality (15), Poor Build Quality (9), None (3), Price (4)

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Best Camera Ever

By jlkinc50 from Somerset, NJ on 08/23/2015

This is one of the most versatile cameras that I have ever purchased. I have had this camera since 2010 and I am still exploring the features!


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CANON POWERSHOT SX520 HS

By dustyteters from WOODLAND, WA on 06/23/2015

First let me say that the service was superior; I got my camera within 2 days! Also: I LOVE the features on this camera and it's ease of use. The only thing I'm not satisfied with is the fact that I haven't even had it a month and the lens quit working so I have to send it clear across the country for repairs so I'll have to go through camera withdrawals for approximately 2 weeks until I get it back. If the camera was older, I'd give it a higher rating...but it's practically brand new and already has to be sent in for a manufacture error. Other than that...It's a really GREAT camera!


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best camera i've ever purchased

By Anonymous from Hot springs, Ar on 02/20/2015

The camera i've always wanted, it takes great pictures of whatever I want whenever I want with little effort. The auto mode is extremely easy to use. although I'm still learning about all of its functions so far I'm extremely happy with my purchase of the T5


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Life Changing

By arsk14 from seattle on 01/23/2015

I am grateful every single day I picked up this camera.


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The best full frame!

By irfilipak from Curitiba, Brazil on 01/16/2015

Simply the best full-frame DSLR at it class! With the extense line of Canon Lenses it is unbeatable.


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Great camera!!

By Tattooer from NM on 01/16/2015

Fantastic camera! All the features I was looking into having. Very excited to use for stop motion project. Easy to learn my way around this work horse!


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My new Camera

By Jeep Girl from Hebron, CT on 09/28/2014

HI. I wanted a cameras for years, I was watching QVC, and The Cannon Rebel T5 was on , I believe a good price. I'm brand new to this much camera, I'm still learning , But very happy with the basic photos I've taken. I need help with IOS and Lighting, My zoom shots are fuzzy and I need to learn how to take Fire works and Moon shots. I'm Sure I will have fun learning.. Thank you.


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Great Camera

By kampbyll from Binghamton , NY on 02/12/2014


Pros:

Super-sharp Images, Superior Build Quality, Great Camera

Cons:

Slow Auto-focus, 9 Point Af System

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is great in just about every way , there are a few things i would change , the 9 point AF , im not sure why in the world there is only a 9 point AF system in the 5d mark II , this camera deserves so much better , the other small thing is low light shooting , it is ok , but a lot of noise past 1600iso , other than that , depending on your lens and i recommend using a tripod unless your very stable , you get super sharp images , and the camera just feels great , yeah a little heavy and bigger than your beginner dslr , you feel like your holding a great piece of equipment , im upgrading to the 5d mark III for the extra's , but i shoot professional portraits , and i need the extra things the mark III has , if your coming from a rebel or other amateur camera , start with the mark II , get to know the camera , and see if you need the extra stuff on the mark III if you dont the mark II works great


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Best camera ever made

By Mare from Gurnee, IL on 06/08/2013


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'm a second shooter for a successful wedding photographer out of Grayslake IL and this camera handles well and outputs amazing photos for the customer.


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Great Purchase

By Anonymous from Undisclosed on 05/14/2013


Pros:

Quiet, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is excellent. I got this camera in the summer of 2012 as my first "big" purchase after graduating college. This camera is amazing and is everything that I hoped it to be, now I just need to get some better lenses to really put the camera to its true power. Terrific with a very high ISO, obviously it still gets a little grainy, but not NEAR as bad as some cameras. I would recogmend this to a lot of people. Only down fall is that I have not upgraded Photoshop on my computer in a while and still have CS3 and camera Raw does NOT work with the 5D mark II. Kind of frustrating because I thought I did a lot of research, but no where did I find this information. But still a great camera.


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One of the Best

By J-Man from Southern CA on 11/04/2012


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Af System, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Lcd Zoom Function, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Coming from the 30D,40D,7D and the 5D Mark II this new body exuberates updated features that make it a must have for an enthusiast as well as a pro. It captures very nice high detailed photographs using a much more advanced AF system that works very well. If your not getting clear photographs (your doing something wrong) its that simple. I can tell a HUGE difference in the level of detail that it captures compared to the 5D Mark II. Not to discredit the the Mark II at all. One of the only things that drive me nuts about this camera is the zoom buttons are different then previous models for looking at a photograph on the LCD. With as mutch technology built into this model you should be able to assign the old buttons to this function. The new shutter sound is powerful and responsive not klunky..Currently using two bodies the 7D and the 5D Mark III.


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Best Camera Ever

By PIng from ohio on 10/05/2012


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Fantastic Quality, Love everything about this camera.


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I've wanted a 5D MKII for years

By Mike in Tennessee from Chattanooga TN on 09/29/2012


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Quiet, Nice Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've wanted a 5D MKII for years as I have always looked at it as the gold standard for affordable DSLRs. When the MK3 came out the price finaly came down on the MK2 and I was able to afford it. I bought the MK2 about two months ago and LOVE IT. The image quality is incredible and I have been able to do things with it I could not do with my 50D or 7D. I am completely satisfied with the MK2 and it takes photos as good or better than I am capable of producing.


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First DSLR exceeds expectations

By Bill from Kitsap County, Washington on 09/14/2012


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My 35mm SLR disappeared twenty years ago and, not able to afford another one, I have made do with point-and-shoot digital cameras. They enable me to take snapshots but are limited in what they can do. I yearned for a good DSLR. After researching various makes and models I decided on the Canon EOS 5D Mk II. There is are major differences between a SLR and a DSLR, I immediately discovered. I had a lot of learning to do " and am still learning. The manual that comes with the camera is really good. It takes a bit of digesting and practice with the camera, but is much better than the manuals that came with 35mm cameras. I purchased a Canon zoom lens to go with my camera and, as time and funds allow, will add some prime lenses to my kit. I am using the camera for portraits and macro photography at the moment. I expect to add architectural and street photography in the coming months. I like the large sensor (21 mp) which gives clear and brightly colored photos. I find the clarity and brilliance of the photos I have taken absolutely amazing. The camera is a bit heavy, compared to my SLRs, and that is taking some getting used to. It is solid and has a nice feel to it, and is comfortable to hold. I bought this entry-level professional camera because I wanted to be able to have control over the pictures I take. I bought it sight-unseen and with little knowledge of DSLRs, although I did speak to some Canon camera users about it. It does every thing I wanted in a camera and then some. I am supremely pleased with my purchase.


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Beautiful

By Director from California on 09/12/2012


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

I Want More Of Them!

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

We bought the 5D Mk2 for cinematography and it's awesome Period.


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simply great

By Scotiez from Grand Forks, ND on 09/10/2012


Pros:

Quiet, Lightweight/portable, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have wanted this camera for a very long time now. I finally decided to upgrade from a Canon EOS Rebel XT. From the very 1st picture i took i could see the quality that this camera and lens has. Oh .. i bought the EOS 5D Mark II with a lens kit, The EF 24-105 L IS USM. This is a perfect match. My photos come out so nice. I am not a professional photographer, I just take pictures for my own enjoyment and hobbie, But i find myself taking my camera along almost every where i go now. This camera is so easy to use, even a total amature could use this. The Menu is easy to navigate, adjustments are at the touch of your fingers, and even though it is bigger then my EOS Rebel XT it is no problem caring it around when i go places. Canon supplies a software called Digital Photo Professional with the camera. This software is so easy to process raw photos. Sometimes a photo needs just a little tweeking to make it a perfect picture. The Battery is outstanding. Lasts me a long time. Not like my old camera which i had to be sure to carry a spare with me all the time. This one i have no trouble with the batty draining or running out of juice, How ever i do have a spare just in case. I can't get into all the tech terms since i am not a professional at all. All i know is if you are looking for a professional grade camera and want some outstanding pictures you will not be disappointed in the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. I am sure i will have and be using this camera for many years to come. Thank you canon for putting out such a high quality camera that is affordable to buy. I can not express how much i love this camera. I would rather loose a limb then loose my camera LOL.


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Very Bad AF focus system

By yvansled from Michigan on 08/24/2012


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Quiet

Cons:

Poor Image Quality, Af, Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I have had this camera for 9 months and at first it was great, sharp images and focusing was right on and got 80 to 85% good images but after 4 months, I started having focusing problems and it has gotten worse with each use. Lenses were calibrated and did all the usual checks but no matter what I did the AF focus continually gave soft or blurred shots. Didn't matter if it was AI servo or One Shot, photos came out very soft or out of focus. Even though it would tell me it was focused and took extra time to make sure, the image still came out soft or what I was focused on was blurred or soft but a different area of the image was sharp. It does a lot of back focusing I did a wedding last week and took over 600 pictures, did not even get 10% of the images as good quality, the rest although shot in raw were useless. I have read and talked to several professions about the cause and all say the AF focus has issues, well I can attest to that. I did sooo much better with my 40D and did not have this problem at all and I have the same L lens. This is the 2nd time I have taken it in for repair and I have to say although I like the camera in every other respect it's useless for me as a photographer if I can't get the majority of my images to be focused and sharp. Until Canon fixes this issue I would not recommend this camera to anyone. I think the 7D would be much better and less costly. I will be looking very closely at the 5D mark III which their AF system is apparently suppose to be much much better. I will see how it does when I get it back from repair from Canon. For the price I paid for this camera it should have a professional AF system. You can't use the outside AF points, they are useless and the Center AF point does a very nominal job after a few months of use. And only 9 AF points close together is an issue also. Until they address this issue, I would not recommend this the 5D Mark II.


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Love my 5d MarkII

By stanclark from Windsor,Ca. on 08/10/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love my 5d MarkII would not trade it for 1d ...takes great pictures, light meter is actually accurate.... feels better in my hand....yes its heavy compared to a crop sensor...so what...


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A Focused Purchase

By Mr. Focus from Los Angeles, CA on 08/10/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am a Professional Videographer who started shooting DSLR Video in 2011. It was quite an adjustment. My 1st purchase was with another brand in which I had amazing success. I was brought on to another project in which a 5D Mk II was used and I was convinced with the quality of the videos that this Camera was truly a game changer. I put all of my intentions into making my upgrade to the 5D Mk II. I recently purchased one about a month ago and jumped on the newest project with excitement of the upgrade in quality and performance. In addition, I have been practicing the craft of photography since the camera is intended for stills. It is such an amazing tool that challenges you to grow on so many levels while using it. For example, the capabilities of mastering the Manuel Exposure to it's fullest potential leaves a student striving for perfection in setting the right modes for the perfect shot. This camera is not for a rookie, unless he or she performs like Lebron James. Just saying, it's an awesome camera.


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Best DSLR purchased.

By laserguy 007 from Coral Springs FL on 07/15/2012


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Even though this is my first full frame DSLR, I purchased the 5D MK2 5 months after purchesing a T3i. Must say that there is huge image quality difference. Would recommend anyone wanting a full frame DSLR to start with this one. I could have purchased the 5D MK3, but for the money the MK2 is a better choice(unless your a pro and need the extra fps).


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My best body

By Pjake from Poland on 07/02/2012


Pros:

Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Graeat body with focusing issue. Since few mont i'm very happy user of that body. my relationship with this body was difficult at th beginning. Previously i was using 10D and 40D; 40D autofocus spoiled me and gave me to much confidence in Eos AF system. Since i got my 5D mkII i had to lear how to focus using non center AF frame. It took me some time and a lot of frustration to lean how to use it. Right now all AF frames are focusung very acuratly and repetably.


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Great full frame camera

By Ultrafox from Somerset, Ky on 06/10/2012


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Quiet, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Autofocus, Frames Per Second

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is an excellent full frame camera. I love how easy it is to use and where everything is located on the body (i.e. buttons and such). The only cons for this camera would be the autofocusing system and the frames per second. This camera is known for not having the best autofocusing system and at 3.9 fps, I feel like this is a little slow. However, those things aside, this camera is a dream to shoot with. With the Mark III out though, I would recommend buying that instead of the Mark II IF you have the money. If it would be quite some time before you could ever save up the money for a Mark III, then go for the Mark II.


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Outstanding purchase

By PhotoRLT from SC on 06/05/2012


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Only 3 Fps

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've owned Canon SLR cameras for over forty years and this is the best product for me.


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First Class Performance

By DaveQ from Johannesburg, South Africa on 05/30/2012


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am a Product, Lifestyle and Food Professional Photographer. I am taking around 2500 images a month for various clients in the Hospitality Industry. Since moving to the 5D MkII, I am amazed at the IQ, and the number of keepers I now produce. For theis genre of photography there is no better DSLR out there in terms of magical IQ...I cannot describe it...this camera has "Something" that no other has. My EOS 40D and EOS 7D are wonderful crop cameras, but when you insist on the pinnacle of IQ, there is nothing to bet the 5D Mk II and "L" lenses.


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Best Camera EVERRr!

By albaboy from Undisclosed on 03/31/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

for me the CANON Eos 5D Mark ll is the best camera ever made by canon


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Incredible still images

By OldHRHitter from San Diego, CA on 03/03/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera creates the absolute best still images for the money. I use the 24-105L stock lens (very good) plus the 70-200L F4 which for the price has unbelievable images across the entire F range and is relatively small. The known issues with this camera are well publicized so I will list but not rant...no pop up flash for fast fill shots (did not put it in the Mark III either, dumb!), poor high speed focus, archaic focusing system, loud! mirror/shutter, mediocre flash metering, cheap CF door...) For travel and stills it is the worlds cheapest great camera with images that are truly incredible but for sports I would look elsewhere. Video has clumsy controlled but is incredible.


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Best quality/price ever

By itanium from Roma on 02/28/2012


Pros:

Ergonomic, Photo Quality, Video Quality, Good Featurs

Cons:

Poor Cf Door

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Best quality-price Canon ever. Photo and video quality are on top. Boor CF built quality is very poor like other eos pro sumer cameras.


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Excellent for a city, reasonable for a deep forest

By iv_an_ru from Undisclosed on 02/28/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It sounds funny but I've bought 5DmkII it as a replacement for Canon 300V, and I've found it almost as convenient as 300V. I'm not a professional photographer, I simply keep a camera in belt bag, always, and make shots here and there. "Here and there" means from winter Siberia to desert in Emirates and from glider to submarine. Thus the camera should be weather-resistant. It should be relatively compact. More important, I must be absolutely sure that if I want to make a shot I'll make it in good quality in next 10 seconds or so. 300V matched all these requirements and it's is still alive after 8 years of my attempts to break it. Just perfect. 5DmkII fits in same rugged bag with same F/1.4 50mm fix, and it's still ok after the first year. So far so good. The only problem is the use of 5DmkII with waterproof boxes. It's next to impossible to select the mode (say, switch from Av to M) and it's absolutely impossible to move on/off switch. It would be nice to have some mode with both A and T set by hands and the auto ISO, esp. with bracketing via ISO. Software is mostly OK, the only problem is that images are always downloaded into "My Pictures" folder but I want to keep them on my fileserver and thus I had to manually move them after every downloading.


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Good; but Canon needs to stretch for more features

By Deke from Colorado on 02/22/2012


Pros:

Great Image Quality Even In Low Light

Cons:

Missing Some Features

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Overall this is a very fine camera...I've taken many excellent images. But some ares I think Canon needs to improve in the next version: 1) Auto-exposure bracketing should be operable over a much larger range with more images selectable- I do alot of post processing of very high dynamic range scenes and the +/-2 stops available is not enough. 2) Low ISO should extend lower than 50. Lower ISO values would allow for long exposures without requiring an ND filter...would be a great advantage in the field. 3) I'd like to see an extendable LCD screen for setting up shots where I can't use the viewfinder nor can I see the fixed screen in Liveview. 4) Auto-ISO should be auto in Manual which would allow the user to set both aperture and shutter and allow the camera to find exposure by adjusting ISO. I've had several occasions where I wanted to do that but in Maual mode ISO defaults to 400...which is silly and useless.


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5D mk2 with wedding photography

By martiloga from new jersey on 02/19/2012


Cons:

Low Light Focous

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using the camera for almost three years and it does a great job. My only complaint is that it does not focus well in low lit rooms. I do mainly wedding photography and when I am taking pictures on the dance floor when the room is lit very low light the camera has a hard time to focus. The feeling when you draw the attention to the dance couple to look your way and then the shutter won,t release because it does not have a focus is uncomfortable. In movie mode it is only a manual focus. All said for my needs I enjoy using the camera and feel confident with the results.


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Excellent

By grassmanphoto from Ua on 02/18/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have this camera for over a year. And I am very pleased with its capabilities. Allows you to receive pictures of excellent quality in all conditions. I am very glad that I chose this camera. An excellent choice for advanced amateurs and professionals!


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So Glad I Went For It!

By michgirl from Michigan on 02/17/2012


Pros:

Very Intuitive, Advanced Enough For Pros, Easy Enough For Beginners, Outstanding Results, Iso Performance, Great Iq

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After much deliberation and research, I replaced my Rebel T1i with the 5D Mark II. I know a new 5D is just around the corner, and I am usually all about the latest and greatest. However, the image quality with this camera is outstanding, along with the high ISO and lack of noise. The color, the contrast, the features are all outstanding. I know this camera will give me the results I desire for many years to come, no matter what newer model is released. I have a lot to learn and this camera will allow me to grow into it for a very long time.


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makes you better

By doug1408 from mililani, HI on 02/08/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

i have owned this camera for 3 years--since it debuted and have nothing but good things to say....i know you already know what those are....for those that say they have fuzzy or bad images, i might add that for this body, you should be using the L series lenses and check to see if you're shooting in RAW as this requires post processing...sharpening, color saturation and contrast are not processed by the camera in this mode...also check to see that your settings in picture styles are correct...some people have the sharp setting on "softer than normal" and don't even know it...people will shoot softly for portraits, etc. and forget about re-setting their defaults...


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I love this camera!!!!

By Wane from Omaha, NE on 02/05/2012


Pros:

The Best Full Frame Camera There Is!

Cons:

None

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I reviewed the 5d Mark II earlier. I have to say that after purchasing the camera body in December 2008 my photography took off. I have nothing but fantastic feelings for this product. My photos with the prime L lenses are superb. I am an amateur and do photography for a hobby. I have no doubt that if I wanted to expand my horizons and go pro that this is the camera to go with. I am so pleased with the results that I continually strive to learn how to use to use it on a daily basis. It works for weddings, portraits and for whatever you want it to do. I found out that the more you learn about the capabilities of this camera will amaze you. The only limits you face are yourself. So if you have made the plunge and invested in this camera, take the time to learn all you can about how to use it and you will not be sorry. I truly love the way it can take whatever available light to produce stunning photos. Finally, I prefer the 24-70 mm 2.8L lense to the 24-105. My preference that I have never regretted.


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Great Product

By sailfish82 from Denver on 02/04/2012


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Having been in photography for almost 50 years, this is, by far, the best camera I have ever used. Crisp, clear photographs with fantastic color and great dynamic range. I bought another top brand full frame model and this tops it by leaps and bounds. With the L series lens, it is as good as it gets in this price range. Good video as well which works well in low light.


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My first pro camera

By 2cool4games from Milwaukee, WI on 01/29/2012


Pros:

Good Video Ok Pricing Full Frame Sensor

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is awesome, I use this all the time for video. This is really handy for video, and you have such a good amount of lenses to choose from. Right now I am saving up for a 50mm 1.4 lens for my Canon 5D Mark II. I am not mad that the Canon 5D Mark III is coming out, because it's just going to take to long.


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Eye Loupe Attachment

By Anonymous from Montana on 11/24/2011


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

On this camera, and other video capable dslr's, there is a need to add an eye loupe (hoods, etc.) to the LCD monitor on the back of the camera for viewing while video recording. In your future chassis design you should add little "dog ears" around the periphery of the LCD Monitor such that after-market loupe makers can make "snap-on attachable" loupes to the LCD.


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The best camera I've ever owned

By lwdesign from Clearwater, FL on 11/24/2011


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been an avid photographer since 1982 and have used many different brands of professional film and digital SLR cameras. The 5D Mark II is simply the best camera I've ever owned, producing the most strikingly beautiful shots in all kinds of lighting conditions. Good photography depends on good lenses, and the combination of Canon's L series lenses and the 5D MkII is stunning. The full frame CMOS sensor means no sacrifice of wide angle shots, especially good for landscape photographers. My general lens of choice is the very capable 24-105mm F4 L, and I take it with me everywhere. The only thing that is a drawback is the absence of low-light autofocus without an on-camera flash. I'm hoping that Canon will include an onboard infrared system to remedy this with the 5D MkIII. I can work around it with the Mk II but it's a bit of a pain. Other than that, I have nothing but the highest praise for this camera and its L series lenses.


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Everything I wanted!!

By leopardking23 from Atlanta, GA on 11/23/2011


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is truly the best DSLR Canon has ever made! Superb image quality in a pretty compact package. Sure, the auto focus could be a bit better but it's not a huge deal to me. Image quality and sensor is what counts!!


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Probably the nicest thing I have ever owned...

By Space-wanderer from Los Angeles, CA on 10/22/2011


Pros:

Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Lightweight/portable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I don't always shoot digital, but when I do I prefer the 5D Mk II.


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Camera Nirvana

By Gram from Spokane, WA on 10/20/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

No Lock On Mode Dial, No Fully Articulating Screen, Less Af Zones Than The 7d, Missing Features/settings, Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is far too nice for my skill. It takes stunning images. Upon receipt I compared the innards to my 60D to fully appreciate the size of full-frame guts and I must say I am impressed. I have a 60D but there were several times in Europe that I couldn't get far enough away to get the shot. While I appreciate the limitation of the wide ange 18-135 on the cropped sensor, I chose a multi-pronged approach and will be purchasing a 16-35 to complete my further preparation to be ready for anything. The build quality and images are just beyond description.


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This is one the best ...

By Barricklow from Las Vegas, NV on 10/13/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu, Difficult To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is one the best camera I used doing professional work. Full frame does increase the level of the image; but knowledge of the usage of the camera will play a major role to obtain outstanding photographs. With a EF lens this camera has produce outstanding photographs so I am thinking what the photographs will look like if I used the L-series lens.


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So many usable features

By Randy from Atlanta, GA on 10/06/2011


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

No Autofocus For Video

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After having owned a Canon 20D, 30D,40D and 50D, I moved up to the Canon 5D Mark II to get the full frame sensor. I've owned the 5D for a couple of months and love it!


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Best working camera a photography can have

By Anonymous from windsor ca. on 09/22/2011


Pros:

Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Quick Start-up Time, Iso Is Great, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation

Cons:

Shutter Slightly Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had the Canon 5D Mark 2 for 10 months now and love it. the best part is the low noise at high ISO levels. if you need a professional camera at a price point you can afford this is the one. it's a great camera for a working pro.


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professionals beware

By leroy from detroit, mi on 09/15/2011


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I've been a canon user for years since the first 1ds full frame sensor came out, I still have this camera. I bought the 5d mark11 because I thought is was time for a new camera and I've heard that is was great at higher iso's, and it is. But I can not understand why canon would put such a narrow oblong triangle focus points. I am so frustrated with this when I'm shooting that I want to throw the camera away. When shooting people I have to focus and recompose to the degree that I'm loosing a great number of images to them not being sharp. The files on the eos-1ds is much sharper and I have more focusing points toward the edge of my frame. It's a good semi professional camera. I will probably have to purchase a 1ds-mark 111 to get that feature back, of course.


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Great Camera

By Anton from Undisclosed on 09/07/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

No Autofocus With Movies, Complicated Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using my 5DMk2 for two years now and I love this camera. I Bought it as replacement for my 450D and this camera can't be compaired. The camera is much more sensitive for light so it's faster and easier to work with in low light conditions. The ISO performance is also great. Build quality is on a professioinal level with a litle downsite that this means it's have as well, especialy with my 24-70 2.8 mounted.. I would recomend this camera to professionals and serious hobby photograpers!


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Camera that revolutionized Videography

By ULight.Me from Undisclosed on 09/06/2011


Pros:

Quiet, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

and there for it also revolutionized photography too.


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Great purchase

By Bigfishparty from Streamwood, IL. on 08/28/2011


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Would Have Loved Faster Fps

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Excellent choice and couldn't be happier since it was purchased. It has plenty of flexibility and battery life, is solidly built and it's overall performance makes this a winner. Combined with Canon quality glass and this combo is really fantastic!


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Terrific Camera

By EZ from Sacramento, CA on 08/27/2011


Pros:

Professional, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Dependable, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had this camera for nearly two years. In that time, I have found it to be equal to the tasks I put it to - whether action, night, photographing my youngsters, or whatever it might be, the camera is a performer. Is there room for improvement? You bet. Such is the life of a photographer - the equipment could always be made more to suit my particulars. But it is dependable, does what I need it to do, is solid in build and the image quality is outstanding. I am extremely satisfied with this product.


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Great images but too slow

By sdm268 from Houston, TX on 08/25/2011


Pros:

Superior Video Quality, Full Frame Sensor, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Great Low Light Video Capability

Cons:

Slow Auto Focus Even With Fast L-lenses, Difficult To Use, Shutter Speed Too Slow, Slow Start-up Time, Shaky Operation, Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great full frame camera with superior HD video capability. Unfortunately, the shutter speed is sub-par and needs to be faster, for the money spend for that camera.


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Noisy, noisy and noisy.

By Pirate from DWG, Texas on 08/25/2011


Pros:

Quiet, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu, Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Purchased 11/09. Returned for warranty service 9/10. Photos became progressively noisy, even in bright light and low ISO. After service, photo quality was better, but degraded over time. I think every camera in the world takes better pictures. My G12 and my XSi are far superior to my 5D Mark II. Other problems: AF is horribly slow in AI Servo. Buttons don't always work. Canon has a long way to go to make this a good camera.


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Fantastic Camera

By sciencectn from Sacramento on 08/18/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Amazing Video, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Expensive

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Quite possibly one of the greatest cameras ever made for photography and videography. It especially shines with its low noise at high ISO and dynamic range. It's also weatherproof, which when combined with an L series lens gives you one tough camera setup ready to tackle any environment.


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Best Canon camera I have owned at present time.

By Doug from Knoxville, TN. Smokey Mountatin National Forest on 08/09/2011


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Up To 7-9 Would Me Great, Need More Frames For Hdr Exposures

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

As a professional photographer, it as justified every situation that has confronted me since my purchase of two of these cameras.. From weddings to posting on my website with Photoshop and Lightroom.


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Amazing Camera

By Dave from Oshgosh, WI on 08/06/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The image quality of this full frame sensor is amazing. There is no built in flash on this camera, but you will not miss it under normal conditions. I do have a flash that I use for dim, in door, evening shots. I can get quality shots at 3200 ISO. You will find some people are critical of the 9 AF points. Honestly, how many do you need or can you control? I use the stick controller to choose one for each shot and have yet to feel that I have problems focusing. I am not afraid of cropping my images down from 21mp to achieve my desired shot.


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Great camera... an update ...

By Darwin from Undisclosed on 08/03/2011


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great camera... an update on focusing like in 7D would be great!!!


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Long time Cannon coustomer

By D72 from Sturbridge Ma on 07/20/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

21.1 pix,large 35mm frame,many operating modes,easy point and shoot,


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No Regrets!

By Dave from Undisclosed on 07/14/2011


Pros:

Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu, Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been using the 5D Mk II for about 6 months, I consider myself a pseudo-pro photographer who has been shooting for a little over 3yrs and my passion for the art lives on everyday. I've shot thousands of portraits/landscapes/nature scenes as well as at over 100 weddings ad agencies. I purchased my 5D Mark II to replace my Rebel XSI (aka 450D) and though I love my XSI and will continue to use it also for many years to come, the 5D Mark II is phenomenal! Equivalent image quality and overall camera build quality CANNOT be beat @ this price point. Though a long time Canon user i weighed heavily the available options before purchasing the 5D Mk II and found that its features, build quality, and overall image quality was beyond equivalent to its competition and around 6000$ less cost. I am immensely pleased with the shots produced from my 5D Mark II. Don't know how to say it enough.. If there could be ONE thing which I am not entirely thrilled with about my 5D Mk II, it would be the LCD menu for changing shot settings (ISO, f-stop, white balance, etc.) I was used to preparing for a shot using the large LCD options menu with the XSI, and while this menu offers all he same features (and some additional ones), it is not as easy to access once you've engaged the auto-focus, it requires depressing a button which is on a pivot.. so it must be pressed exactly downward to bring the menu up. With some practice I've mastered how to achieve this quickly though it may be difficult for someone at first. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this camera over any other to anyone looking to expand their tool set. If this camera is still a bit out of your price range.. check out the 7D :)


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Fantastic Camera - except the weight

By Mark from Boston - Phoenix on 07/09/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Full Frame Images, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation

Cons:

Fear Of Theft - Don't Turn Your Back On It., Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I concur with the majority of positive reviews. I use the camera professionally and as a photo enthusiast. I bought mine with the kit lens and have no reservations recommending this camera for what it is. It takes some of the most beautiful pictures and video I have seen. I shoot landscape and architectural (indoors and out) to take stunning photos that are beyond the capabilities of lesser cameras. My reservation is the weight; its not a vacation camera. Even with a backpack and no extra lenses this camera gets heavier and heavier with each hour. For on the go casual shooting, a (plastic) Rebel is a better choice; however your photos cannot compare with the 5D Mark II. A G12 with a wider angle lens (21 " 105) would be my perfect travel camera.


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Amazing Camera!

By Hippoeater from Strongsville, Ohio on 07/05/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've owned this camera for a little over a year now and It never ceases to deliver consistent results that continue to impress. The menus are extremely user friendly and easy to navigate - I would recommend you read the official canon manual as it does give lots of great information to first time DSLR owners about the sub menus and controls. Fantastic video and photo quality. I have been using this camera in conjunction with the canon 70-200mm f2.8 is usm ii and sharpness/clarity are the best I've come across yet. Absolutely recommend this camera to anyone looking for a camera to meet their needs today and going forward. Full Frame is the future and this is a camera that delivers.


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Worst purchase ever

By Steve from Oregon on 06/18/2011


Pros:

Quiet, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Difficult To Use, Heavy/bulky, Missing Features/settings, Shaky Operation, Complicated Controls/menu, Poor Build Quality, Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Purchased this thing new. The first disappointment was the focus screen fell out of the mount and chipped a corner. The next this thing has very large pixels in RAW. Will not focus with distance shots. My 7D is a far superior camera every way over this.


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I have had this camera ...

By JRDPHOTOG from Albany, NY on 06/15/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had this camera for 2 years, it is used on a daily basis along with a 5D, 40D and a 30D. I write to commend Canon on this camera because it is a positive "workhorse" and the body I most use. I shoot a variety of assignments from weddings to documentary, journalistic work. My equipment is used in all weather and lighting conditions. I shoot much of my work with available light - high ISO is where this camera excels - a "sweet spot" is at about 2500 though I get excellent results up to 6400 using all "L" lenses. Color converted to B/W is frequently used as many clients are requesting B/W work. Canon battery grips are used on all of my cameras - been using Canon since the early 1990's - excellent equipment!


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Absolutely breathtaking

By Crypto from North Arlington NJ on 06/12/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Lightweight/portable, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have used Canon products for the past thirty years and this camera is by far the best of all.The only issue I have is the AE lock only lasts four seconds,if you do not recompose within that time it must be enabled again,nonetheless I love it.


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Best Investment

By Bcary from Trenton,Tn. on 06/03/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Excellant Investment, wonderful quality pictures.. Would definately purchase again..


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Great Camera

By AF Photo from Prattville, AL on 05/24/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Quiet, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable

Cons:

Mode Dial To Easy To Accidentially Move.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a great camera offering high quality images. I am a wedding and portrait photographer. I moved up to the 5D Mark II this year and could not believe how much better the images look when zoomed in. Of course the lens matters too, but when you combine a Canon L Series or Canon Prime Lens with this camera you will get great images. I shoot in low light situations regularly and this camera is amazing. I often shoot at 2500 ISO and they come out amazing, sell-able images. My only complaint, from a wedding photographer's perspective, is it is easy to brush the Mode Dial against my clothing when it is hanging to my side and change the setting without knowing it. This can be frustrating when switching cameras hanging on each shoulder. Nothing worse than raising the camera to take a quick shot and the Mode Dial is in the "B" mode for bulb. This needs to be addressed in future camera. There is a fix where you can send the camera to a company and they retrofit a device that protects the dial. Probably will not do this while under warranty.


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Excellent Product

By BB from PNW on 05/09/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Noisy, On/off Switch Location, Af Selection Awkward

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Having switched from the XXXX a7XX to the 5DMK2 recently. I am finding the AF is far superior over the XXXX. The AF controller is awkward, makes manually changing focus point hard to do on the fly. The on/off switch at the bottom area of the camera...another awkward placement, not user friendly. With that said, this body is amazing. I feel you do need to tweak your custom settings for better color and noise control (which is very good). But all cameras need this. Even with the 3.9 fps shooting in raw+jpeg mode...I capture action with ease. I never shoot on auto anything...CR settings, custom WB, manual, set ISO...bar none worth every dime. Now if they made this with out video, it would be a 10 in my book.


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Best purchase I ever made

By yeldarb from PA on 05/05/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Weak Auto White Balance, Auto Iso Inflexible

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is truly a superb camera and the kit 24-105 f/4L IS lens is also great. It is the best equipment purchase I've ever made in 20+ years, and I've improved my photography dramatically as a result. Regarding the video capabilities: I honestly don't shoot much video with this camera. I'd like to do more, but the reality is that various accessories are required to do it right (at the very least, good tripod head, good stereo directional mic, and maybe follow-focus.) I do also have two criticisms of this camera: First, Auto White Balance is not good enough for today's horrible interior lighting environments (vast differences in color temp and quality of CF bulbs being one of many factors.) Sure, one can shoot RAW and it's not an issue, but sometimes time and other factors mean it's easier to shoot JPEGs and it would be nice for them not to have extreme orange cast. My second "con" for this camera is that Auto ISO isn't perfect. While it's great that it's lens-sensitive, it is programmed to use too-slow shutter speeds 1/3 stop slower than 1/focal length. This makes it useless for shooting kids or other action. I'd like to be able to set both shuttler and aperture in M (e.g. 1/125 at f/8) and "float" the ISO dynamically. Optimistically, perhaps such an enhancement could happen via a firmware update.


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This is a great camera ...

By Anonymous from Harford, CT on 04/28/2011


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Auto Focus Not Always Easy To Use, Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a great camera overall. I would recommend it to most. When shooting macro or close up photos, sometimes it is hard to focus, you can't really get as close as you want to. Start up time is good. The LCD display is easy to see in the sun. The manual focus is definitely a great feature.


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Simply THRILLED

By Rocky from Eastern WA state on 04/27/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Dealer Provided Customer Assistance, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Even though I'm new to digital SLR the controls and functions are well laid out and easy to understand. The more advanced functions(modifying image & quality w/in the camera) will take some time because these were never available to me before. However, with the OP manual in hand I am learning the subtleties and possibilities this advanced system can provide. I remain truly amazed at the ease of use, image quality and overall functionality of this camera.


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Love this Camera!

By Phoenix Shooter from Phoenix, AZ on 04/26/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've used Canon cameras for a long time now, first using film versions and now digital. I bought the Canon 5D Mark II as an upgrade from my old digital Rebel XS. I really like my XS (with a battery grip) and have taken thousands of photos with good success. When I got the new camera I was blown away at the difference in quality! I have now been shooting my 5D for several months now. The XS is still my back-up. I have shot quite a bit of sports with the 5D, baseball and ice hockey. Mounted with my 70-200mm2.8LIS or a rented 400mm. I managed to get some fantastic images! I have also used it for just about everything else, portraits, landscape, etc. Always with tremendous results. The 5DMKII is a solidly built camera, feels great in the hands and is heavy, specially when mounted with my 70-200mm 2.8LIS. That's not a complaint, I like the weight and feel, it just feels durable and solid. The XS now feels more like a toy, so if I want a lightweight camera, I use it. I find the image quality to be excellent! I do considerably less post processing with the 5D images as compared to the XS's. Many images are just fine straight out of the camera! Functions are easy to understand with the control dials and buttons placed in strategically proper locations. For a "pro"/"semi-pro" camera it is very easy to use. I read that you get better battery life when you run the battery down to almost 0% at least once and then give it a good overnight charge. Seems to be true as at first battery life seemed to be rather short until I tried this little trick. Now with one extra battery on hand I have had no issues with running out of power. The larger viewfinder and LCD screen are awesome. Enough said there. Besides loving the 5D myself, I have noticed an increase in compliments on my work from others. The better quality in images is very evident and is even noticeable to the casual photographer. I love my 5DMKII. The only negative I have to say is that I wish it had a faster shutter for continuous shooting, 4fps just seems a little slow. But I knew that going in so I didn't mark it down because of that issue. Overall I love this camera and can't get enough of it!! Haven't used the video function enough to really critique it, but so far I like what I have seen to this point.


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Beautiful for Indie Film

By tshaaban88 from Atlanta, GA on 04/07/2011


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Lightweight/portable, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Helped me in shooting a short film to get the powerful message across. The camera had people in awe from the quality it delivered to the big screen. The film wouldn't have been anywhere near as powerful had I not had this. Great size, great image and film quality, and very powerful.


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Canon EOS 5D MkII

By sy from colorado on 03/26/2011


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Low Noise, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Old Focus System

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I use 5D MkII and 50D. I also have old 20D. I truly appreciate full-frame sensor when I use with wider angle lenses, and love to play with DOF. I also appreciate a larger viewfinder. It produces superior images and noise is fairly low that I find myself using ISO 1250 - 2500 easily in low light situation. I agree that AF system is old and 9 AF point is too close together in my opinion. Also 3.9 fps continuous shooting is a bit slow but I guess these things are trade off from using the same sensor as 1Ds MkIII with much lower price. I never used HD video feature. I personally wished that Canon spent money for better still camera feature such as a newer focus system than adding a video system.


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Superior machine

By Larry from Sedro Woolley, WA on 03/18/2011


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Absolutley satisfied with the cameras superior build, overall quality, photographic results, ease of use, and controls. Use for still photography, rarely use the video capability. At first the battery life seemed short, but has improved as of late, unsure why, but quite happy with end results. Would like to have update of focusing system, a bit slow, but knew that when purchasing camera. Manual states the LCD will lighten/darken according to lighting condidtions, does this when viewing, a small incovienance. Thank you Canon for creating the best camera I have yet to own and utilize.


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Good Purchase

By Ted from Woodbine, GA on 03/11/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned and operated CANON products for nearly 30 years. Starting with the CANON A-1. I purchased the 5d Mk II as a upgrade to the CANON 40d. I have owned the 5d MkII for nearly a year now. I am extremely pleased with the quality of the build and with the exceptional image quality. Coupled with the 16 -35mm L lens I have had absolutey no issues at all. I have installed all three firmware upgrades, plus changed the focusing screen. And the camera continues to perfom at or above my expectations.


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It doesn't get any better

By Jim B. from Maryland on 03/05/2011


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Solid Operation

Cons:

Nothing I Can Think Of

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The EOS 5D Mark II is a remarkable machine. I've been using it for about a year and have just begun to master its advanced capabilities. When I finally retired my beloved T90 I thought I 'd never be satisfied with a dSLR. Well I was wrong big time. The 5D Mark II is a worthy descendant.


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Wow !

By Dan B from Philadelphia on 03/05/2011


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After 41 years in the profession I discovered the 5d mark 2. It is intuitive, It knows what I expect and delivers it. Hands down the best including the medium format camera from Sweden which were replaced with 2 of these cameras and zoom lenses. Canon thank you for making a camera for me.


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Amateur camera

By Pro from Detroit, MI on 02/21/2011


Cons:

Shaky Operation, Poor Image Quality, Poor Build Quality, Noisy, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Have had this camera for about 6 months now and feel the need to review it. Simply put the camera is a sub par. sensor reads way to blue and honestly their are too many pixels crammed in resulting in what looks like a corrupt file due to the pixilation. If your a doctor or dentist looking for a higher end camera thats full frame i'd honestly suggest going with 1ds mark ii over this. Or if you don't really care about overall quality go with it. The only positive note i have for this camera is that it's video is decent. I only wish that it went up to 60 fps or 90 fps. Lastly button features and menu control. Its terrible plain and simple transitioning from the 1d series to this was a mistake. I'm hanging up the camera and going back to the 1ds mark II until i can afford the 1d mark iv which i've used extensively and is one heck of an impressive camera.


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2 1/2 years in, still very happy

By RecordProd from Oxford, UK on 02/19/2011


Pros:

Quiet, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Lightweight/portable, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'd been waiting for the 5DmkII and it turned out to be even better than I'd expected. I was previously using a 5D classic and 1DmkIII and the instant attraction was the video and resolution. After nearly 2.5 years of owning the 5DmkII I am still delighted with it. It is reliable and has a good dynamic range.


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Easy operation

By Bill from Fort Myers, Fl on 02/12/2011


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased my 5D mark II about two months ago, and am now getting to know it better. I used film cameras years ago, and got into the digital arena about a year ago, after a long absence. I bought a T1i as my first digital camera and moved up to the 5d after a year. It would appear to be pricey, but the ease of operation and the speed you can get to the settings you need is, to me, well worth the price. So I have given it an excellent on price. I've encountered no problems with the camera, and the quality of the photo's I've taken is very good. I recommend this to anyone wanting to step up in their photography, or someone serious about photography, but not sure about spending the money.


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superb camera--some issues

By garlec from Oregon on 02/10/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Great Ergonomics, Many Custom Features, Solid Operation, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Reliability??

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have this MkII and two 5Ds. I bought the 5D MkII for the 21 megapixels and the easy ISO range expansion up to 25K. With a fast (60Mb/sec) 16GB CF card I can get close to 550 photos and the transfer rate is at least 4 fps. I love the camera for jungle shoots in low light, BUT humidity and heat are the foe of this camera. I lost function in one of the 5ds in Costa Rica, and the MkII quit in the Amazon last week. The issue seems to be the LCDs that become inop and the camera quits. I lost a focusing screen in Greenland but fortunately I was doing macro and retrieved it off a flower. It gets fixed and returned promptly (Gold cps member) but when you are used to the ISO speed of the MkII it's hard to go back to the 5d and I lost some shots of monkeys in the Amazon. That's why I give it 4 stars for quality.


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Best Upgrade Ever

By S from San Jose, CA on 02/09/2011


Pros:

Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable

Cons:

19-point Focus

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Upgrade from 20D to 5D Mark II, an that is the best upgrade ever! 5D Mark II bring image quality of all of my L lens to a step up level that 20D can never achieve in term of color depth, dynamic range, resolving power, focus accuracy, accurate AWB, full frame perspective, and low light performance for both portrait and landscaping (have not tried sport photography yet). Focus micro adjustment is a big plus to get the best out of each lens without paying expensive costs for lens focus calibration. Much faster response, faster speed during manual HDR rapid captures. With 20D, I needs to pause and wait for the camera to complete each capture. With 5DII, no need for that. The camera simply keeps up, no matter how fast my captures are. 21MP resolution is amazing with so much details and information that the file for enlarge prints. Digic IV technology is way ahead of the old DigicII, the image quality reflects all the advantages. Some complains about AF system, but for me, AF works perfectly, no issue there. Way better low light performance than 20D In short, 5DII is the best and hightly recommneded camera


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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

By daluser from Knoxville, TN, & Overland Park, KS on 02/09/2011


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Lightweight/portable, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using Canon and some other film and digital cameras for many years, beginning in 1950s. I have always been happy with results of Canon cameras and their qualities and features. The EOS 5D Mark II is an outstanding camera with numerous features, all that I need as an advanced amateur. It is easy to use and learn. I bought one for my wife, a relative new amateur, and she takes excellent pictures with it. My daughter and I took the camera, along with two Canon EOS 50D cameras, on a trip to Alaska this past fall and took maybe 3000 photos and none of them were bad, but rather all were great. One-half to two-thirds of them were taken with the 5D. I could never equal that with other cameras previously. The video is excellent although I have only used it several times. Occasionally, I haven't used an option and don't remember how to set camera for it, but it is easy to find in manual or on the camera's menu. It is a complex but well designed camera and the placement of controls is excellent. Unfortunately, recently I was using it and also using a Canon EOS 1v, comparing them and results, and changing lenses from one to the other. I dropped the 5d from about 5 feet onto a rough concrete survace outdoors and it bounced several times. It had no lens on it at that time and it did make three scuff marks on corners. I took several dozen test pictures and it worked great. It did not receive any dents. I sent it to Canon factory service and they sent it back, noting that it was working as it left factory. Rugged is the word that would describe it. I used a Canon EOS D60 for many years before getting this one and it was an easy transition from one to the other. Before that and in parallel, I used a Canon EOS Elan IIe film camera and the EOS features are easily to use from one camera to another. One nice thing I noticed is that the battery charge lasts a long time when using the camera. I would highly recommend it and will definitely be getting another one in near future. The one I dropped is my wife's and I will get her a new one that is unblemished and keep hers. Thanks to Canon for an excellent product.


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Excellent Wedding Camera

By Goldpixel from Hagerstown, MD on 02/09/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I only shoot a few weddings a year but was frustrated with the high ISO performance of my aging 20D. Remember, no matter what a bride pays for her photographer, or what little she claims to want while negotiating a fee, she, and everyone else at the wedding will expect the highest quality photography available. And, since the photographer is the only person not allowed to use flash at a wedding, a camera that can perform well at higher ISO's are a must. And for that, the 5DMKII delivers. However, be aware of a few things. First, the body of the 5D is not as large as are it's more expensive siblings. And since you're likely to be attaching the heavier L series lenses, you'll need to purchase a battery grip for balance, not to mention the other advantages. Having shot with battery grips for the past few years, I was surprised how small the 5D body felt when attached to an L. The grip provides a surprising amount of balance to the overall camera with larger lenses as well as vertical shooting capabilities. Second, at first you might not think that you'll use the video functions in the 5D. However, time may prove you wrong. So you'll need a third party LCD screen eyepiece. And while you're at it, consider a Rode shotgun and possibly a Zoom portable digital recorder to give you the pro level sound recordings that better match the high quality visuals you can achieve with this camera. And third, this camera shoots big files. I know, so what? But I was surprised what a difference that makes in storage and delivery to clients. Also, since I process every photo I shoot, the size of the resulting images can be quite large and DVDs or multiple CDs may be required where a single CD used to be sufficient. But hey, get used to it. That's the future anyhow. But I love my 5D and can happily recommend it.


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cleaning disappointment

By cable queen from Folsom CA on 01/26/2011


Pros:

Solid Operation

Cons:

Dirt All The Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The camera is great overall. We now own three Canon SLR's however this one always has dirty spots and the self cleaning does not work. It has been into the factory and it is still bad and i have had i at a local camera store and the spots return. I am disappointed


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Excellent all around camera

By Bshooter from Los Angeles, CA on 01/25/2011


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Sadly I have never used a 1D but if you can tolerate a longer mirror blackout and a less than robust build this camera will deliver excellent pictures in just about any condition. I've had mine over two years now and have had it out on many cold nights in the dark. It's probably my favorite form of photography with this camera. It excels at low light and night shots. Any camera has weaknesses, many are quick to point out the less than stellar AF design, slower frame rates, etc. Well, I have to say this camera delivers top photos that really are second to none and that would have to be the main criteria for a camera wouldn't it? I haven't used video all that much but it is another great feature of the camera. I wish you could access mirror lock up a little easier and I wish it would shoot several shots in quick succession with the mirror remaining locked up but I believe that's common among most cameras. I have thoroughly enjoyed mine and have seen the quality of my photos go up since acquiring this camera.


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Outstanding Camera

By usaf64 from Arizona on 01/24/2011


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Went from the EOS 1Ds Mark III to the 5D Mk II and never looked back! Although I'm not a pro, I feel the metering is better on the 5d and ease of using the various features is superior. The only drawback I see is the lack of an eyepiece shutter which is really surprising on an upper end camera body. I will be getting the battery grip shortly. HIGHLY recommend this camera to all serious photographers!


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Worst Purchase experience ever

By Ron from Gaithersburg, MD on 01/21/2011


Pros:

Nil

Cons:

Poor Build Quality, No Sharpness, Out Of Focus, Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

If you really want to waste your money and time and want to know how poorly a product can be manufactured then it is right time for you to purchase this product. Pros -- Nil Cons -- Out of Focus, No sharpness, Poor Build Quality and Image Quality


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Excellent for Still Subjects, Good for Action

By CamDog from Dallas, TX on 01/15/2011


Pros:

Color & Light Rendition, Least Expensive Canon Full-frame Option, Resolution & Sharpness

Cons:

Not A Light-weight Camera

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is an amazing camera for the money. For still subjects, I can't imagine a better camera at even twice the price. The rendition of colors and light are beautiful. The resolution allows you to make either huge enlargements or crop in ways that we previously dreamt about, providing terrific flexibility in post-processing. For action subjects, the nine focus points and fewer cross-hatch focus points will lead to a lower yield of in-focus photos than one would get with a camera built specifically for moving subjects, but the yield is still good, and I'll keep resolution, crop flexibility and full use of wide angle lenses any day for a 10% - 15% higher yield of in-focus shots in sports photography. The full frame (vs crop sensor) will make your lenses look better from a resolution/contrast standpoint, in addition to your wide-angle lenses giving you wide-angle results without the multiplier to focal length. The shallower depth of field that comes will full-frame took some adjustment for me with group photos, but is great for single portraits. If you want great resolution, contrast, and wide-angle performance, this camera is hard to beat. Plan on using Canon L lenses with it, since most of the less sharp lenses will be exposed as such under certain circumstances.


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Best Camera

By Don from Dallas, TX on 01/14/2011


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had own a 5D and moved up to the 5D Mark II and absolutely love it!


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Excellent Camera

By Albert from Chicago on 12/23/2010


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I just switched from Canon 50D to Canon 5D Mark II . Ladies and gentelman the difference is in the details. Great quality of picture. I only had this camera for few hours now, but I can tell the difference between Canon 50D and Mark II. I know some people complain about focus on this camera, so far had no problems. In fact this camera is focusing much better then my 50D. I am glad that I bought this piece, so far I love it.


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Best Digital Camera

By Pablo from Uxbridge, MA on 12/19/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

As a professional photographer I find that the Canon 5D MKII DSLR full frame 21.1 megapixel camera exceeds my every expectation. The quality of the images produced from this camera are outstanding. The durability of the camera body is second to none. I am very pleased with this camera so much that I just purchased a second 5D MKII as a back up camera. I highly recommend this camera to any professional looking for a qaulity and durable camera.


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Outstanding

By Gerald from Portland, Or on 12/09/2010


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It's now going on 6 months since I got my 5D and absolutely love it. This is my second Canon purchase in 2 years and I am very happy with my choices. I got it for the sensor size and not because of the video. I thought I don't know why anyone would want to video on a dslr. That is till I took it out of the box just to look at the video and wow, hooked. The images are also amazing, I love large prints so I print 13 x 19 prints and they are so clear I can see what the person on the photo is thinking :-) You can't go wrong with the 5D.


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Great upgrade move

By Missy Colorado from Crawford, Colorado on 11/28/2010


Pros:

Fast Enough For Wildlife, Size And Weight Of Body, Detail

Cons:

Battery Change From 5d, Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Since entering the digital era I went from a 20D to a 5D and then to a 5D Mark II. The Mark II is a fabulous camera and the increase in detail is amazing. I currently use my Mark II as my main camera and the 5D as my backup. One thing I consider a downside is the fact that now I have to carry two sets of batteries and two battery chargers. I should have checked ahead of time (though it probably wouldn't have changed my mind), but why does the configuration and fit of the battery have to keep changing. I understand that the newer batteries are probably better, but why cause us to carry two completely different sets for a 5D and a 5D Mark II, knowing how critical it is when traveling to control weight and bulk? I realize it sells more product but at a detriment to us photographers who have to pack it around. The only other thing is noise. I do mainly wildlife photography and after stalking and hiding to get close to my subject, the noise of the camera is almost always detected while shooting. Please can you make a quieter camera?


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Best camera for this price !!

By yair2112 from Israel on 11/01/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

great camera the autofocus is better then what some people saying love that camera and ill probably going to keep it for a wile


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Simply Amazing!

By b8264d from Martinsburg WV on 10/20/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Since purchasing this I barely use anything else. My clients always have rave reviews for the color and quality of thier images and if they are happy, I am extremely happy. I upgraded from a 20D to the 5D MK II knowing there was a difference between the two but I had no clue just how much I would fall in love with this camera. I would buy another one as a backup if I could.


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Great Camera Lousy Software

By SamD from Atlanta on 10/19/2010


Pros:

Image Quality

Cons:

Bad Software

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Excellent camera, outstanding images, easy to use but the supplied software never works - it won't properly install and conflicts with previous cameras installed on your computer


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Amazing!

By AJP from Niagara Falls, NY on 10/15/2010


Pros:

Overall Quality, Picture Quality, Build

Cons:

Price

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Had many other canon products, nothing compares to the 5DII


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Great camera

By rancheroperson from Buena Park Ca on 10/09/2010


Pros:

Full Frame Sensor, Ease Of Use, Picture Quaitly

Cons:

None

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Glad I bought this camera having owned a EOS 30D & still use a 50D this is a great upgrade what a differance the full frame sensor makes


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Canon manuel ise and 60 FPS video problem

By bob from California on 09/29/2010


Cons:

Low Light Not Not Working Auto Iso But No Problem., In Manuel Mod Not Support "auto Iso" Mod., Not Support 60 Fps Video.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Good camera but have some problem. 1- in manuel mod (M) not support "auto iso" mod. 2- Not support 60 fps video. 3- Low light not not working auto iso but no problem,it's normal...


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Best camera I ever owned

By Stu from Lake Success, NY on 09/19/2010


Pros:

Price, Image Quality, Lcd Display Is Outstanding

Cons:

None

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have numerous DSLRs and the 5D2 is the best of all of them. The image quality is superb, the high ISO quality is without comparison. I had sold a medium format camera and never enjoyed image quality with that camera as I do with the 5D2. The 5D2 is THE camera that all others are compared to.


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Great high ISO pictures

By Dsltech from san francisco on 08/31/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

A little over a year ago I started with a T1I and a Tamron 28-270. It was fine but I really liked taking nightlife and low light pictures. I bought a 24-70 2.8L and I started getting what I wanted, but still fell short. So I am at the camera store debating if i should buy the 70-200 IS 2.8L II or the 5D II as they are basically the same price. I thought the IS would help in making those dark night shots. Lucky me the sales rep definately recommended the 5D II instead. It is a great camera for low light shots. ISO up to 3200 with no flash on dark nights is amazing. Picking up background light makes my subjects just glow. There is some visible noise at ISO 3200 but nothing compared to what I had on my T1I at 1600. Very usable. Higher pixel count rounds out to make an exceptional picture. I dont have any regular canon lenses to compare the picture quality to but I think you really need quality glass to make the most of the 5D II. Menus take some time to get use to as I tended to mind freeze for a couple of seconds trying to remember what button goes with what feature but that goes away as you use the camera. Full frame is great compared to crop sensor but it took awhile to get used to how wide 70mm really is compared to what it is on my T1I. Extremely happy with the camera but a little disappointed at the price point. I was also pushed the 7D by the sales guy and the most appealing thing about it was the price. Better autofocus points and faster frames on the 7D for almost 1K less. But I am glad I stepped up and bought the 5D II and the only camera I will upgrade from this one is the mark III when it comes out.


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Amazing camera

By renavoo from New York, NY on 08/28/2010


Pros:

Feels Really Well Built, Iso Sensitivity, Pretty Intuitive For Previous Canon Users, Unbelievable Photos

Cons:

None Yet!

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I upgraded from a T1i because I wanted high ISO sensitivity. The 5DMKII fulfills this need and more. I just went to the zoo and was forced to go up to ISO3200 to take certain photos. When I came home, I uploaded the photos and I was shocked by how great the photos turned out. What an amazing camera! It's definitely heavy and I'm still learning how to use all the controls (but it's been pretty easy to navigate, since I'm coming off of a Canon dSLR.) I was initially worried about spending so much money but now I'm so pleased with my purchase!! Full frame all the way! By the way, I haven't used the video function and I don't expect to much either, since I have a HD camcorder. However, it's a nice to have and hey, after watching House and seeing what they did with the 5DMKII, I know it takes great videos!


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Love everything bout it, ...

By Ysoltys from Seattle on 08/22/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love everything bout it, 60 fps would be amazing tho. And also anamorphic would be great


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Poor Quality Item

By jimmy from Melbourne Florida on 08/15/2010


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I purchased the 5D MkII based on previous versions of Canon SLR camera's and the reviews it has recieved since it was built. I usually nerver purchase a first of a kind technology becuse of hardware and software issues so after the MKII came out I was satisfied enough to purchase this. After owing this camera I am very satisfied with the quality of the image and the features of the camera, that is if I could keep it working. It has stopped working three times since I purchased it and the only way to clear it was to remove the battery and start over. I recieved no error's from the unit and it is now currently being retuned for repair. Pretty poor for a two month old camera and at this price totaly unexceptable. I will post a new commnet once the unit has been replace or repaired.


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Stunning stills / awesome video

By Anonymous from Pierre, SD on 08/10/2010


Pros:

Add A Pro

Cons:

Add A Con

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The Canon 5D Mk II has taken my still photography to the next level and my video production to an entirely new level. I primarily work in video but often integrate still photos into my projects. I appreciate the powerful combination of features and performance set against a small and easy form factor. The technology does not overwhelm but allows for a clean, simplistic workflow. I can quickly and easily field with a minimal amount of kit and return with exactly the shots or images I wanted. Having worked with this camera for more than a year now, I find my dedicated video camera (Canon XL-2) is spending more time in the office while the 5DMkII stays with me all the time.


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Changing Brands after 38 years

By BlueMoon Bob from Providence, Rhode Island on 08/10/2010


Pros:

Add A Pro

Cons:

Add A Con

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have not use a Canon in my 38 years of photography. This is my first Full-Frame camera too...I resisted switched from film to digital 6 years ago...So, I'm allowed two mistakes in a lifetime? The ease of use of my 5D Mark II is incredible. I'm in my 3rd week and have found all the settings I needed plus learning many others I wish I already were using. I used the instruction manual and recommend any additional 'field' books or DVD's that can be found at your local photo store or on-line. Please read the manual first...its very helpful. My first impressions of the 5D Mark II are the grip of the camera is great. The toggle switches and main rotary dials are within reach of your finger tips when gripping the camera. The internal 'on board' computer- is very easy to read and follow without being a maze of folders and sub-folders . The included 3 types of software are great: The Digital Photo Professional [used mostly] ; is great to organize your photo's, quickly download, batch process with simple click of the button to rename groups of photo's, change output resolution, convert RAW images and change image Quality to JPEG, TIFF or a combo of them. The Picture Style Editor [not used yet-still learning] A nice edit software with a DVD learning step by step on how to color correct, exposure compensation, etc, etc.. EOS Utility [Used somewhat] Quickly downloads pictures directly from your camera when used with Digital Photo Professional -can also use a card reader too if preferred. But downloaded directly from camera with a 16GB 90mps card...saves a bunch of time. I've used about 10 minutes of video on the camera ..which is beautiful 1080HD. Wow is all I have to say. Can't wait to dig into the real essence of the EOS 5D Mark II. There's lots of options I haven't used and never had on my old camera.


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Exceeded My Expectations

By garmer from Miami on 08/10/2010


Pros:

Ease Of Use, Extensive Pro Features, Accurate Exposure, Accurate Focus

Cons:

Squeeky Cf Card Door

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera has been used for photojournalism, fine art photography, landscapes and catalog work for museums and also in the studio for portraiture. It has met and exceeded my expectations. At first, it took me awhile to figure out the best workflow with this camera as there are so many choices, so my appreciation has increased over the year that I've had this camera. Its an all-around performer.


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Friends are raving

By Josepi from Cary, NC on 08/10/2010


Pros:

Easy To Use, Beautiful Photos, Amazes Friends

Cons:

Video Auto-focus

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Got the camera for Father's Day/Birthday and I was shocked at the photos. I have always used point and shoots, but wanted a really good HD video camera. My wife showed me the article about House using this DSLR for the last episode, and I decided to give it a shot. My friends and family LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the photos I take on this camera. I use the 24-105mm zoom and it is incredible. The depth of the shots compared to the point and shoots have me taking way more photos than videos and I am a video guy. I have taken over 3000 photos with it since June. So how long does the shutter last?


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MDMkII

By Zigi from Oregon on 08/10/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is everything it is touted to be and so much more. The learning curve is a little steep at first however the results are absolutely spectacular. I recommend the learning videos from "Elite Video". I sense that there is so much more to learn about this camera and thus apply to photography. I have owned a Hasselblad in the past the the optics on this camera ( kit L lens) are totally comparable.


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Great except

By weddingphoto from Virginia on 08/10/2010


Pros:

Great Color, Battery Life Is Great, Great Images In Low Light If You Can Focus

Cons:

Does Not Focus Well In Low Light, Mine Is In The Shop For The Third Time.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have had mine for almost two years and I love it in low light. Wedding dresses are wonderful!


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Great Camera

By Showme from Missouri on 08/08/2010


Pros:

Easy To Handle And Carry., Low Noise, Sharpe Images, Excellent Build

Cons:

Slow Shutter Speed, Slow Low Light Focusing, Too Easy To Change Setting Dial Accidentally, Outdated Focusing System

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

In my tests, images have been tack sharp with very low noise; often essentially no noticable noise. The noise at even 6400 ISO is in a range that can be dealt with. I can not imagine anyone complaining about noise with this camera in most shooting situations. Certainly as with all systems, there are situations where noise can not be completely eliminated. That is a given and understood by most photographers. Some who complain about noise should take a film camera out, shoot a roll of 1600 ISO film and compare to 1600 ISO on this camera. The focusing system is outdated, something Canon needs to improve, but frankly I get as few missed focus shots with the 5D as with the 7D which uses the newer but still not perfect sytem. When the focus is missed or I do not get the desired depth of field, the reason is obvious; normally the photographer is at fault! I do find the setting dial a little too easy to accidently change and that is rather surprising. The focus is slow in low light and in some lighting the colors are somewhat flat. Overall it is hard to find any real true weakness with this camera, when used for what it is designed for. Certainly the shutter speed is too slow for action sports and some wildlife situations. Overall I am very pleased with this camera and consider it well worth the money.


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Best investment I've ever made!

By countrygirl from Buckley, WA on 07/28/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Where do I begin? There are too many good things to say about this camera. I love the size and weight, it just feels right in my hand (and I have fairly small hands). Second, I love the technical and creative control this camera offers me. The picture quality is incredible. I could not be more pleased. The colors are rich and creamy, the contrast is great, I love it all! This camera also does very well in low-light situations. I have yet to use a flash with it, and have been very happy with the results of my pictures. The build quality seems to be very good. I have used this camera around clingy children, on the farm, traveling, and even on the side of a small ship (with water spraying me and all!).


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Good camera bad price

By gwijoo from LA, CA on 07/22/2010


Pros:

Easy User Interface, Good Photo Quality

Cons:

Body Quality, Price

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

even with the high cost of 35mm full frame sensor. price is still too high for the overall quality. unlike 7d or 50d it cannot perform in rainy weather. poor body build. other than that, the quality of photo or any other features are good. hope 5d mk3 would fix all problems.


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Great Camera

By Chicago_Al from Chicago on 07/21/2010


Pros:

Great Image Quality

Cons:

Auto Iso Needs Improvement

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I won't bore you with the list of good things about this camera. Instead, here is a list of things I wish this camera had: 1. I wish the auto ISO feature would allow me to choose the shutter speed and aperture, and the camera would set the ISO. The way auto ISO currently works is that I can choose the shutter speed OR the aperture. If I choose them both, the ISO is set to 400 and will not change. 2. I wish auto focus was faster and had more focus points. 3. I wish the camera had an "aperture bracketing" mode, similar to exposure bracketing. That is, I wish the camera would take 3 pictures rapidly, and change the aperture by increasing and decreasing it by one stop (without changing the exposure). This would change the depth of field and change the background bokeh. Otherwise, everything else about this camera is excellent and it is a joy to use it.


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Excellent camera

By nene212 from new york on 07/21/2010


Pros:

Does Great In Low Light, Still Pictures Are Beautiful, The Video Is Hd

Cons:

A Bit Heavy, The Sound Quality Is Terrible

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am a lover of the 5D mark 2 the camera is amazing. The still pictures are great but the video is awesome. It is so clear. The only negative thing is the sound, i bought an external mic for this camera when i am doing video. does great in low light


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Why Canon

By Aspet Manukyan from New York on 07/10/2010


Pros:

High Iso Quality

Cons:

2- In Auto Iso Mod Not Support Iso 50 Setting., 1- In M Mod (manuel) Not Support Auto Iso.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Good camera but some have software support problem.


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1st DSLR

By monzarottie from Portland, Oregon on 07/05/2010


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

While this is my first DSLR, I chose a fairly high point of entry. With the 5D mkII, image quality is fantastic although I periodically have difficulty with focus points (this may just be me getting accustomed to the settings though). Battery life is incredible. Spending 9 hours shooting around Amsterdam, the battery was still half full. This included regular use of the LCD display. I'm glad I decided to wait on the battery grip since I get plenty of life out of a single battery. Operation is pretty intuitive. I've only taken about 900 shots, but so far, I'm confident I chose the right camera. I'm using the 24mm~105mm L, 100mm~400mm L and a Lens Baby kit. Fun times ahead!


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Right On Time

By Golfmac from Largo, MD on 07/01/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Quiet, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Since I moved from Hasselblad cameras in the 70's thru the 90's, I started using the Canon D60 in 2001 & every model since (except the 1D). After using every multi-functional excuse not to purchase the 5D Mark II, I finally gave in and purchased it a week ago. I am very impressed with the feel of the camera first of all. Most of the controls are located in the same place as my original 5D and the setup is equally as easy. I was determined to avoid using the video but I'm finding that the more I play with it the more I like it. I have a Canon XL-2 and a Canon Vixia HV40 HD video camera and the thought that I could leave some of that equipment behind is inviting on jobs where a video clip or two enhances a video DVD I can give to my clients as an extra gift & promotional tool. I like being able to shoot video in the manual mode and the LCD screen is so close to color and exposure accurate the I can trust what I'm seeing and not worry about makeing corrections to exposure and color. I love this camera. Just might get another one as a back up.


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Awesomest Camera Ever

By jtt418 from Atlanta, GA on 06/17/2010


Pros:

Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Video!, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This still/motion picture camera is fantastic in every way. If I had to think of one thing it (arguably) lacked, it would be 60p video. But that's probably coming in a future firmware.


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One Big Problem

By Larry from San Francisco, California on 05/25/2010


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Quiet, Lightweight/portable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have Used Canon systems for 35mm for many years including going digital some years back and have several bodies and a number of lenses in the bags I carry with me at all times. I have always had excellent results from both the camera's and lenses, and still do. I also carry a Canon XL-1s for video work, or, I should say, I used to. Now that I include a 5D Mark II I only add the XL-1s when I know the conditions will require it. I am a fire department photographer and on a pager 24X7. When a fire or crash call comes in I am dispatched with the engine companies. My work involves everything from documenting the fire scene and firefighting activities to forensic photos when needed. My one gripe with the 5D Mark II is that the Mode Dial lacks a lock feature and that little omission is my biggest source of grief. I often hit a fire scene in a hurry, pulling on my protective gear, pulling out cameras and going to work. Way too often I find that in the hussle of the action one of the cameras has rubbed against something that changed the setting without me noticing. Sometimes the result is not a disaster. Other times it is. And while this may not be a problem for a studio or landscape photographer, a working fireground is another matter entirely. If I could have just one modification to this great camera it would be to add a lock to the Mode Dial.


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Watch out Red

By ru4reel from South Fl on 05/23/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Short Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I mainly use this camera for video the only thing I can say is WOW. I'm sure you know the look of footage capture by this camera if not watch SNL,last season of House and so many more.This camera is in a class of it's own but there are many things you need to know before buying this camera for video.One the camera is not a run and gun type of camera think of it as a hi end HollyWood type of film camera shots need to be planed you can not have fast camera movements there will be a jello like effect.Two focus is tricky just like Hi End film Cams plan the shot and mark the focus .Three give the camera time to cool between shots this will keep from burning out the main board and keep the noise level down in your footage.Four the Sound capture of the camera is by no way good enough for Broad Cast so you will need a better way to capture it.I think for the money it is by far the best camera out there even thou I have problems with my main Board burning out 3 times canon stands behind there product and has fixed the problem each time.I have made over 40 TV commercials and 2 music videos ind the past year 1 1/2 since I have bought this camera and because of it my body of work has reached levels I could only dream about before.


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Superb!

By Wolfgang from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/19/2010


Pros:

Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

No Video Auto-focus

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Before purchasing the 5Dii, I read the majority of the reviews and blogs out there - both good and bad. I really cannot say anything bad about this digital SLR. The only short-coming I can think of is the lack of auto-focus for the HD video. But, I purchased the camera for still capture and not to take videos. The first assignment for this camera was for my trip to Maui. The images are absolutely superb - color gradations are film-like, detail is razor sharp, and pixilation is just not a factor anymore with the 21MP full-frame sensor. The work I do is mainly landscape and wildlife - landscape panoramics are my specialty where at least 5 to 15 individual captures are blended together to make one wall-sized final image and this camera has expanded the level of detail ten-fold. I have read too many reviews claiming "soft-focus" - I do not have this problem. Out of the box, focus is tack sharp with all my L lenses without any micro-adjustment even with the lens wide open what I want in-focus is - but I do use a mono-pod or tri-pod most of the time, this adds to the sharpness! Noise is not a big deal until you get above 3200 ISO and is not objectionable until you get above 6400. Auto-focus in low light is a bit slow, but is not bothersome. There have been many reviews claiming that there are not enough focus points and auto-focus is too slow. I have always been in the habit to select a specific focus point manually (usually the center) and auto-focus is not only fast with a moving subject (like a wave coming into shore) but is very accurate. Of the 10,000 plus photographs taken over the last 1 1/2 months, less than 1 percent are "soft" or out of focus because of camera error - it is usually the fault of the operator which I have taken a few of those as well. For me, the camera is not noisy and is very well built. It feels very good in my hands and as the shutter fires it just sits rock solid in your hand - it feels better than the 10D or 40D. My wife loves using the camera too, her hands are smaller than the average adult female, but the handling of the camera body even with the 70-200mm 2.8 L lens for her was very comfortable. However, after awhile the weight of this combo gets to be too much for her, but with the 24-105mm 4.0 L lens - she can shoot all day long. I can go on and on - the Con? Just one for me, auto-focus in video mode would be great, but after a while, I am sure I'll get used to the manual focus from the "good-old-days", but wait, I guess manual focus is not all that bad because you can zoom in on the fly with the Live-View display and get it really sharp - practice, practice, practice. Have fun shooting, you'll love it - the Canon 5D Mark II will improve your game, it did mine!!


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I love it!

By sb12 from Undisclosed on 05/15/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've worked with many cameras before - of Canon and of other brands and I have not been able to love any other camera over the mark ii - the images and extremely crisp, af is quick with the many lenses that I use, and it performs exceptionally well... I love it! I've been using this camera for all of my photo shoots since I bought it over a year ago. I HIGHLY recommend this product to all serious photographers.


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The problems with the 5 D ...

By MG from Houston, TX on 05/11/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Poor Image Quality, Autofocus System, Focus Is Soft

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

The problems with the 5 D Mark ii the images are hazy and 'soft' over 70% of the time regardless of the ISO settings and program selections. I have exchanged this model for another 5 D Mark ii and it also has similar issues so it appears that it is the camera unit. I will wait until it returns from the factory for calibration with my lens to see the results, hopefully this will do the trick.


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I liked the 5dMK1 better

By HDfreak from Boise on 04/27/2010


Pros:

Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The low iso pattern noise is really annoying Sometimes visible even without pushing the exposure in DPP


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Best upgrade

By Alex from Jackson, TN on 04/25/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have the 5d markII for almost 5 month. The 5d was an upgrade from rebel xti. The picture quality were more sharp, low noise level and better depth of field. I took several close up shot with my new 70-200 L 2.8f lens. The subjects were clear and background were nicely blur. The 5d markII is the best full frame camera with the price of less than 3 grand.


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Canon EOS 5D II

By Gary from Undisclosed on 04/24/2010


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Noisy, Missing Features/settings, Needs Hdr Shutter Burst

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

If you like to take HDR don't buy a Canon I bought the 5D II to upgrade from my 5D. I enjoy all the new features and believe it to be of excellent quality and druability. However Canon is not providing the HDR feature with this expensive model. It does not provide a software feature that takes a number of shots with bracketed from overexposed to underexposed. HDR is a recognized enhancement process that other less expensive brand models provide. I think Canon should offer this change in a software upgrade.


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Love it!

By Gary from Birmingham, AL on 04/18/2010


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Quiet, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Amazing camera for the price, full frame sensor generates amazing quality, I moved up from my 5D and kept the 5D. A truly professional camera at a less than professional price.


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Best full frame camera in a price range

By Mike from Sherman Oaks, CA on 04/17/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Nice Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

First off, people complains about video quality, this and that, and also shaky so much and on. First of all, photography has never been invented to do with video. If you want to shoot a video get a video camera, not shoot with the camera it self. Camera you own is for the pictures, not your videos. This is great camera, nothing wrong with it. People who complains, should check your ratings about photography...


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A Strong Purchase, but NOT Perfect

By Photogal from Chicago, IL on 04/11/2010


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Shaky Operation, Missing Features/settings, Complicated Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned this for almost two weeks. Most features worked as expected. However, I am frustrated with the way focusing works. I expected to be able to move the focus point while still being able to see through the viewfinder. I can't. I have to switch to Live View and use the rear viewfinder. Also, I now just this morning suddenly have tiny black dots that appear on a white background (lit table). I am running 2.0.4., so it didn't fix the issue in my opinion. I did not see these until I began shooting through a lit table (shooting jewelry). And yes the camera is a little too slow (3.9) - which I expected due to reviews. Overall the camera is capable of great photos, but there are some issues for sure. I am slightly disappointed after spending so much money. I expected 5 star performance across the board. Certainly didn't expect the focusing issues when you want to focus on something other than what is in the center of the photo. I wanted to be able to move the 9 pts. anywhere on the screen. Again, I can do this only in Live View and changing some of the custom settings. A pain.


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Problem Solved

By EK from Undisclosed on 04/11/2010


Pros:

Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I used a 5D for a year and had problems with dust on the sensor. Purchased the 5D Mark II and that eliminated the dust problem. I didn't like the video because it was choppy but it was not the problem with the frames per second. Cannon has changed the frame count in their recent firmware update. The problem with the choppy video was the OS on my PC. A recent upgrade to the new OS eliminated the problem completely.


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Excellent image quality. Lousy focusing system.

By jerryL from Undisclosed on 04/07/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Lousy Focusing System, Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Excellent image quality, but the focusing system is so out-of-date and I even miss my old 30D.


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video needs improving

By targetpro from Undisclosed on 04/05/2010


Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Great camera, but the 1080p video recording is extremely choppy, and essentially not usable for any important work. 29.97 fps should be fine, but for some reason, it's just doesn't record smoothly with the Digic 4 processor. Watch Canon's sample 1080p video recording made with the 5D Mark II, and see for yourself before buying. In a couple years, this feature should be great.


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Excellent performer

By orbit from New Orleans on 03/28/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Quiet, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Before buying the 5DMKII I had all sorts of imagination how it would/may be. Now having bought and used it for almost 8 months and shot thousands of frames both stock and wedding, I can say the 5DMKII is a superb camera for my needs. It is fast, responsive and produces some great images, with excellent high ISO settings too. It's a camera I can trust in performance and quality!


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Weather resistance claim misleading

By Deborah from Undisclosed on 03/26/2010


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Misleading Weather Resistance Claim

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is by far the best camera I've ever owned and recommend it in a heartbeat to anyone looking to purchase a DSLR. Images have unbelievable levels of detail and color quality, low noise, love the video features and live view. Unfortunately my one complaint is a big one! The weather resistance claim is misleading. With my previous 400D, I was able to continue shooting in very light rain, unprotected. With the 5DII, even inside a rain protection sleeve with no moisture directly hitting the body, the camera electronics fail. The first time it required major repairs, and the second time it had to sit on an air vent overnight to reduce humidity before it worked again.


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Lays Golden Eggs

By FullFrameDP from DC on 03/18/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am very pleased with this investment. I was able to shoot a three week-end rehersal for 20 episodes of a musical tv production in available light. What I was able to capture blew away the most exeperienced technicians in the field that worked this project. When I produce prints, there is not much that I have seen which can come close. I use HD ink and printers. My HD video work flow is still in proccess. The learning curve is steep, I am excited by my progress. Firmware upgrade 2.0.3 was worth waiting for. Thanks Canon!


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excellent value in HDDSLR

By editing guy from Keystone, Colorado on 03/17/2010


Pros:

Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is an amazing kit, and now with the latest firmware update - this will be an excellent HD acquisition tool for any serious video production enthusiast or professional.


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is a good camera but

By another 5d user from miami on 03/10/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

my 5d2 cant focus right until i micro adjust to all my lens. 17-40L set backward -7, 20-70L -8, 50 1.4 -6, 80-200L IS -10, 90 tse -7.


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My son was getting ...

By Ravito from S. california on 03/07/2010


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My son was getting married and I want to shoot his wedding. My last 10 mega pixel camera took the worst pictures with flash. I just finished shooting my son's wedding and with the Canon 430 EX flash in auto mode and every one of my pictures came out absolutely perfect. I thought I spend a lot of money for this camera but I am so pleased and it is worth the money. I hope I never have to buy another camera. The lens i used is the standard lens that came with it- 25-105MM.


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Great Camera

By DJ from New York, N.Y on 03/05/2010


Pros:

Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Short Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The 5d mark II first test drive was a trip to RMNP, cold, snow and wind the camera performed great. Images quality is excellent. High ISO Performance, Large Clear LCD, Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus


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There are people on here ...

By RebelRebel from Los Angeles on 03/05/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

There are people on here that are able to give a detailed technical and professional review of this camera, much better than I. That being said, I love everything about this camera. Low light capabilities, features (specially with the new firmware upgrade coming up) and value is right on the money.


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Best camera I have ever owned and used.

By Steve from Johnson City, Tennessee on 03/04/2010


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought my Canon 5D Mark II about a month ago. I shot a wedding two weeks ago at 21 mp RAW. The pictures are awesome with incredible resolution, rich colors, and wonderful skin tones. I have shot a lot of snow and ice pictures recently also and am amazed by the great exposures I can get with the adjustments availabe in this camera. I switched to Canon from another brand and it is the best move I have ever made in photography.


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Best Splurge of the Year

By sonshine from central Texas on 03/04/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Lightweight/portable, Quiet

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

My pics are better than ever. With lots of options for settings including the easily accessible ISO setting i can get great indoor event shots as well as fast moving outdoor sporting events. Thanks Canon for a great experience.


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Excellent Camera

By goodoldroute15 from Western, New York on 03/04/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been using the 5D MkII for about a year. This is, without a doubt, the best camera I've ever owned. The results I've gotten have been nothing less than phenominal. What's so good? - the build is solid and substantial and I've had no problems whatsoever under challenging conditions. - noise even at 3200 ISO is minimal...terrific for low light conditions - controls are convienient and easy to use as are menu items.....converts to different picture styles on the run. - cleaning system works well....I sometimes use a EF 100-400 IS USM which can move dust through a camera easily and I rarely end up with a "bolder" in the blue sky. - the battery longevity is alomost unbelieveable, I have a battery grip and still haven't purchased a second battery because the service time of the single is so good. - start up is lightning fast - LCD is bright and the auto control for brightness is a neat feature! - body itself is fairly light...if you use a battery grip and L series lenses, expect to be hauling some weight. I use the camera as a still camera and have "fooled around" with the video capture so I can't comment on this feature. If you want a camera of fime quality, this is the one!


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Best Purchase Ever

By alimak from Undisclosed on 03/04/2010


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Good quality and performance. The strength specifications are a full frame DSLR with high quality components. Ergonomics design and size is another positive point in this product and also its price.


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Greatest camera Iever held.

By GilRivera.Net from New york, NY on 02/28/2010


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The greatest Camera I ever held. That's saying alot coming from a person who also used Medium Format!!!


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Never dissapointed

By acha from Southern California on 02/26/2010


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu, Heavy/bulky, Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After be in wedding photographer for 5 years, this SLR are one of my favorite. The color the image and the 21.1 mega pixel to work with in PS are unbeatable from any other brand at the same level cameras. I would suggest anyone even beginner photographer to try out this fantastic camera with all the setting it has and create better images you can tell right away on it's LCD. Build quality is decent compare to 1D seriers but the image aren't the old 5D which everyone complains blacks and contracts. mark 2 fixed all the problems, you'll never be dissapointed


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Best camera I used, but could be better

By Zack from Austin, TX on 02/26/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is the first full frame camera I have. I did pretty thorough research so I know about AF and I don't need more than 3.9fps. I know the ISO is great, image quality is great, and LCD just blow 40D away. Here is the surprise that I had: Start from the bad: The only surprise for me is the shutter lag seems longer than my 40D. It took me about a month to get use to it. The good: 1. AF actually exceed my expectation, it is very accurate and it can trace pretty well if you know what you are doing. Machine gun it won't work, but I am not that type anyway. 2. It is sharp. It is the sharpest camera I ever used 3. ISO meet my expectation The ugly: Highlight Tone Priority is very intolrable of exposure manipulation in PP. It does have pattern noise. If Canon can make be pushed as normal mode, that would be very useful. The hopeful: I desperately need AutoISO in Manual mode, this feature is available in 7D and T2i. And I don't believe this is anything limited by the hardware and a pure simple firmware thing. If it is not in the next firmware update, I would be extremely dissappointed.


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5D Mark II

By Spiff from Charlotte NC USA on 02/19/2010


Pros:

Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is so easy to use and get a Great picture. I think back to my film days and my Canon F-1. I know you can't compair the two but NMHO as far as operation and picture quilty right out of the box... it can't be beat!! I really love this camera. Spiff


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Great camera

By Hutchence from Los angeles on 02/18/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Noisy, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought the 5d mainly for the Hd video feature. However,everyday I keep getting more and more impressed about this camera. The sharpness of the picture is really amazing as soon as you are using prime lenses. I hope canon gonna release soon the firmware update with the 24p mode ( same as on the 7D). Great camera !!!!!!!


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auto focus point

By ken from Los Angeles, California on 02/17/2010


Pros:

Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I have a problem of auto focus with my 5D-11. most of the time, sharp area is a few inches before the focus point. I say, 80% of the time, focus is off. I tried so many ways. I still have the problem, include auto focus micro-adjustment. This is not acceptable for picture quality. This is my first digital SLR camera, so I may doing something wrong ?. I just want to fix this problem.


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Excellent camera

By Imalexhi from Fountain valley on 02/13/2010


Pros:

Quiet, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Short Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After 4 months of saving for this camera I was finally able to upgrade from my canon eps 50d. I was very satisfied by the result of this camera. I was using my 85mm 1.8 on my 50d for awhile and the pictures were just breathe taking. After putting this lens on my canon 5d mark ii I was very surprised. Not only I don't have to walk back because of the focal length but the image was atleast 5 times better. The video function is pretty nice I have to say but I have a xl2 HD cam already so I don't really use it as much as I want to. Although this camera is pretty slow and not 5fps as the 1ds I am still impressed with the speed. The only one negative about this camera is that the AF is really bad, but I use spot metering for portraits so it isn't as bad as a lot of people make it. Still the AF isn't as good as my 50d. Overall very happy with my beautiful expensive camera and plan to use it for a very very long time. If your getting this camera with the kit make sure to grab a 85mm 1.8 with it! Worth every penny.


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canon hits another home run with their new 5D MK I

By BONEDADDY from SCOTTSVILLE VA. on 02/11/2010


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Heavy/bulky, No Auto Focus For Video

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Amazing camera, Tough as nails and water resistant. It takes beautiful detailed photos and HD video. Just make sure you have a fast umad CF card for video work as you can run into problems downloading the video without breaks. I love the camera so much I bought a second one. Wonderful custom functions ability. I can't say I dislike anything about the camera. I do wish they had incorporated a couple of the features from the 7D in it like the one button live view and the ability to auto focus in HD video mode. But I'm sure the next Generation of 5D will surpass even that. That is if we can earn enough money to keep up with Canons R&D department. Keeping up with the next best thing can break you. LOL


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This Camera is great

By Edd from Douglasville, GA on 02/08/2010


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera was a great upgrade from my old XTI. I also upgraded to all L series lenses and can tell a big difference in the quality of the shots I am taking. It is very easy to get around in the menu and understand, even for a beginner as myself.


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Good camera

By 5d mk$ from Seattle, WA on 02/07/2010


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Pro's Image quality is good, High ISO quality is good Con's Shutter is loud autofocus needs improvement. Overall: With exception of Video it is more of a me to camera and not really the class leader that 5d was..


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Exceptional Camera - Bet on Full Frame

By DigitalPhotoGuru from Westminster, CA on 02/02/2010


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Simple To Use, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

No Auto Focus On Video, Very Bad Af Feature Almost Shame., Bad Auto White Balance Feature

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I returned my Canon 7D because I was NOT happy with excessive noise problem after shooting 500 pictures. I have good quality canon lens portfolio. I use camera for nature photography, and amateur photo journalism purpose. I could not compromise the quality of my images and had to dig in to FF size cameras. With serious concern, I purchased Canon 5D and 70-200 L USM 2.8f without IS. Quality of images are beyond amazing, literally it is day and night difference. I am looking to buy 24 - 70 USM L 2.8f lens for photojournalism purpose. I tried my other three lens with Canon 5D camera, fantastic results with 17-40mm L USM 4.0f lens, 100m 2.8f macro lens and 75-300mm 3.5-5.6f with IS. If you give up on Canon 7D, you will be giving up on instant flash, 50% of frame per second speed, few good video features, instant correct white balance feature, Fast & Functional AF focus. It was a hard decision for me, pay excessive extra money and give up on these good features. Canon should have at least provided 41 point AF features on this camera. I could not live with noisy pictures and decided to bet on Full Frame feature heavily. Today I am so thrilled with sharp quality of pictures and low light performance. I was happy with 3.9 frame per second performance, It is not too bad. Video feature is awesome!, but video does not have auto focus. I did not understand why not? Hard to coordinate focus and movement of camera and white balance in video tend to be slow. I can hardly imagine to use this camera for professional action videos. Shooting video will be easier with Canon 7D. Yes this is the best value SLR camera Canon offers because of its FULL FRAME feature and with FF you will get the most out of canon L lens series. You can take pictures with Wider angle, sharp color, from brighter viewfinder. Digic 4 is fast enough but make sure to use fastest memory card. I have no problem with battery but you should have extra. Excellent performance with external 430 TTL flash. Recommended 580 TTL. Never tried that one. Get ready spend more than $5k to camera and lens. If you can wait till Canon 5D mark 3 it would be ideal, if you can not wait BUY THIS CAMERA NOW. You will love it.


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Great Camera but AF needs work

By Snapper from New Mexico on 01/15/2010


Pros:

Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Poor Image Quality, Dim Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I own the 40D, 5D, and now the 5D Mark ll and so I'm set up for just about any shooting situation. I really like the picture quality from the Mark ll, but Canon what happened in the Auto Focus Department. I loose so many chances for great photos due to Blurring because the Camera just wouldn't focus in time. Hope theres a fix being worked on to take care of this in the future. Otherwise then this the Camera is out of this world in what it is capable of doing and the image quality.


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An amazing camera at a great price.

By timecode from Los Angeles on 01/07/2010


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Mini Plug For Audio Needs Xlr, No Auto Focus In Video Mode.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have used this camera on several projects requiring video acquisition. A major plus is low noise and and exceptional performance of capturing video in low light. Seriously recommend for anyone seriously thinking abut documentary work. Only limitation is the mini plug for audio. Several companies have adaptors. Also, menu system needs to take video features into account, having auto focus for video would be a major plus. As a hybrid it works fantastically. Canon is ahead of the curve of what works for serious documentary filmmakers.


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Worth the money

By CanonCam from Charleston SC on 12/30/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Lightweight/portable

Cons:

Auto Focus Is Slow Very Slow

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The camera is worth the price, The only thing that could be better would be the auto focus, my 40d was MUCH faster at both auto focusing and obviously the FPS. The Camera is really easy to use if you have used any canon in the past and the photos are AMAZING. Great for portrait, landscapes, weddings, not so great for action shots


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Outstanding Full Frame Performance

By Tripod from Tarpon Springs Florida on 12/27/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Iso Capability, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Upgraded to this full frame beauty after using a Rebel 450D for about a year. The improved ISO capability and full frame sensor produce nothing but the finest image quality. Full frame simply produces the best image quaility in my opinion. I now use my 450D as an excellent backup, but it cannot compete with the 5D in all respects. Modestly priced considering what you get.


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Frame rate drop but good but good quality

By flickimage from hilliard oho on 12/26/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Frames Drop 2-3 Seconds, Missing Features/settings, Shaky Operation

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I like the camera is has great quality in low light..but i have shot almost 100 deferent clips in a day and all my clip have 2-3 second frame drop..very very very annoying, if canon cant fix this ,, i wouldnt recommand


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excellent choice buying this product

By tony from waterbury conn, on 12/26/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Weak Battery Compartment

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

i use this camera for everything , portrait , landscape, weddings etc, etc.. excellent image quality, very sharp ,its easy to use , i have no regrets in buying this camera . i recommend this camera to the canon users..


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great camera!

By Anonymous from Buffalo, NY on 12/25/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Love the camera. It's priced low enough and has fantastic image quality. I upgraded from a Canon 40D to this and it was the best decision I've made. I would like to have a bit more control over the video recording, but it's not a true pro video camera so I can't complain!


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Not Happy with the 5 D Mark ii

By Progirl from Toledo, OH on 12/23/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Poor Image Quality, Poor Build Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I have had nothing but problems with the 5 D Mark ii . My images are hazy and 'soft' over 50% of the time regardlses of ISO/ aperature/ shutter. I would save your money and buy a different camera body.


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Great Camera

By Drew from Bel Air, MD on 12/19/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Poor Autofocus, Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The 5D mark II is arguably the best professional camera for its price. It is built very nicely and nothing is flimsy. The high-ISO performance is absolutely dominant. However, the 5D2 is not perfect. The AF system is archaic and not even closely comparable to the 1D series (but for the price difference, it shouldn't be expected). I also wish the exposure bracketing feature was better, i.e. being able to take more than just 3 exposures.


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Superb Camera

By GR Bill from Grand Rapids MI on 12/13/2009


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After using the Canon 5D Mark II for approximately 8 months I have been impressed by the ease of use and the superb quality of the photos. For the performance and features of the 5D Mark II this camera is a real bargain. Shop around and try the competition I'm confident that like me you will return to purchase the Canon. Good shooting.


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nice camera

By Larry from BROOKINGS, OR on 12/12/2009


Pros:

Quiet, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Went from a EOS 20D to the EOS5DMark2. Purchased a Speedlight 430EXII flash. The flash produces no red eyes. Best flash photos since the M3 flash bulbs we used in the old days and got great pictures. Like the weight. Good balance with the 24-105mm lens. Since my EOS20D can use the 24-105mm lens I am able to compare the full frame picture my EOS5D against the EOS20D. There is more picture with the full frame. The maxium megapixil pictures are hard to e-mail as the file is huge. Shoot the pictures at a lower quality solves this problem. Still learning the video part. Love the big LCD display


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Worth The Wait

By Mose from SoCal on 12/10/2009


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use

Cons:

See Review

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Waited a year to purchase and it was well worth the wait. The camera is sturdy, it is easy to use. Great images at up to ISO 1250! Marginal noise. It is not for action, but I have another body for that. This would be a stellar camera except for two glaring problems. -> The auto-focus system is old and tired and requires work to be successful with the camera. -> The images produced generally require a 1/3 to 1/2 EV adjustment. Images are typically on the dark side. I am glad I made the jump. Very pleased.


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A virtual Pro camera with a few Cons...

By framed6 from New York, NY on 12/06/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Poor Autofocusing

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned my 5D mkII since Aug, upgrading from a Canon 20d. Understandably I was impressed with the additional features and higher quality images while retaining the familiar Canon SLR layout. The build quality feels a bit more substantial than my 20d but it also increases in bulk as well. The grip is just slightly too large for the average hand in my opinion but I don't worry about dropping it or fatigue during shoots. I do notice a slight flex or squeak by the CF card door when holding the grip firmly and this does annoy me a bit considering the cost of this camera. The 5d mk2 will give you stellar images with detail that you never saw before...assuming the images are in focus which leads me to this point. The AF system seems to miss the "target" 40% of the time during average usage with average settings...i.e, Aperture 5.6.....Shutter 200....50mm prime lens. I have experienced many images that were just slightly out of focus even shooting static subjects. I notice that it tends to target about an inch or less before the subject. This has been a common issues among fellow users and bloggers alike. It turns a beautiful high performing camera into source of concern. If anyone else has this issue....please speak up and let Canon know. The HD video feature on this camera is really amazing in terms of quality BUT it is NOT meant for shooting a kids birthday party or home video. You need to master the settings and approach your video shoots like a film production. The results are beautiful considering it's an SLR camera but don't expect point and shoot video from this mode....it's just not designed for that. I won't even get into the editing work flow that needs to be done to utilize the mk2 footage ....slow and tiresome...but worth it in the end. Those of us in video production realize it's potential though and Canon probably gained new SLR customers by offering the HD video mode alone. To sum this up...I want to LOVE the camera... but I just really like it a lot right now due to the AF gripe. I use manual focus often as well... but sometimes I just need the speed of autofocus. If Canon is listening....PLEASE look into this and work on a potential firmware update for the amazing 5d mk2 that could improve it's focusing......pleeeeeasssseee.


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Completely satisfied

By dc from Undisclosed on 12/06/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It was a big decision to purchase the 5D Mark II and the decision has proven to be a good one. Impressed with build quality, the thought that went into the info screen, and best of all the image quality is outstanding. Low light capabilities are simply amazing. Looking forward to matching my vision with the phenomenal output of the camera.


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One of the best Canon Camera's!

By Photodude from Portland, OR on 12/06/2009


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is amazing! I read reviews online but nothing compares to the actual camera. It shoots clear crisp photos and video. I was amazed at the low - light features. I have shot in almost complete darkness, and the video is incredibly sharp and detailed. Thank you Canon!


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My experience with my new 5DmkII

By nuB2dSLR from Nothern California on 12/06/2009


Pros:

Quiet, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I made the jump from film SLR to DSLR in a big way with my purchase of the EOS 5DMKII. This camera has been a bit of a learning curve but I am very impressed with the camera. Coming from a film SLR, the first thing I had to get used to was being able to switch ISO settings from one shot to the next to get the results I want. One thing that surprised me was having to use an ISO of 400 to get really good results with the 430 EX II flash I purchased with the camera. Lower settings sometimes leave darker areas near the bottom of the frame. Another thing I would add is that I purchased the 24-75mm L lense for this camera because of the extra f-stop. If I had it to do over I might go with the newer 24-105mm L because it is lighter and ha the image stabilization. Lastly, I held out for this camera because I wanted full frame like I was used to on my film camera. If you are one of the last like me that is switching from a film SLR and have lenses you want to keep and have it look the same, this camera is for you.


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Outstanding Camera

By photorlt from SC on 12/06/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been a Canon fan for 30 years and this is the finest Canon camera I have owned


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Not for heave video use

By IndyCanon from Indianapolis, IN on 11/26/2009


Pros:

Solid Operation

Cons:

Overheats After Extended Video Use, Heavy/bulky, Noisy

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

The camera certainly makes great pictures. The video is still a challenge with overheating, no live focus and no guarantee on the quality of the image. The compression can sometimes be a challenge The lenses make depth of field great. This is a still camera that can make decent pictures in the hands of someone technically savvy and very patient.


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Canon has OUTDONE themselves...

By James from San Francisco, CA on 11/19/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The day I heard Canon had released the 5D Mkii, I was anxious to get my hands on it. 21.1mp's, FULL HD video, FULL Frame, what else is there to ask for!? I've rented the camera a few times to get a first hands-on experience. All I can say is the moment it touched my hands, I was hooked. Very solid build. Conforms to my hands nicely. Large screen with easy to use controls. I also had the battery grip which made it even better. Battery life is pretty good given the fact that this camera packs so much power in it.


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Awesome Camera

By Kat from Texas on 11/18/2009


Pros:

Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this camera! I have been shooting with this camera since it became available. The color and quality of the photographs is superb.I have had people comment on how beautiful the colors are ! Right out of the box, I started shooting...very user friendly, and it's built like a tank! I havve seen a couple of reviews about it being noisy, but I have never experienced that. It is a bit heavy,but that comes with being sturdy and well built, so, its worth it to me to have a camera that can take the wear and tear.


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Wonderful Camera

By Canon Girl from Seattle, WA on 11/09/2009


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Quiet, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

WOW! I love this camera. It is easy to adjust shutter speed, aperature and ISO, while shooting in Manual. The photos are clear, and beautiful. I tested out the high end ISO on Halloween, and it worked better than I expected. I found that the photos looked better in B&W, than color. I liked it. I would highly recomend this camera.


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New 5D Mark II

By Richard from Pennsylvania and elsewhere on 11/08/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Noisy, Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Replaced my old friends 40D and XTi with this and have been very impressed. It is so much like my 40D that learning it and making it intuitive was pretty easy. Though I have not explored the full range of features, I am most impressed with the extraordinary detail in even a hand-held long shot on enlargement. Down sides are few/ The focusing screen fell out after three weeks of use, apparently due to a missing tab. The camera does not accept my older 28-80mm designed for smaller sensors. Worst feature is that the RAW files can't be handled by my CS3 or DNG converter files and means I have to work around that thru making TIFs with other software before I can work with the RAWs. But that is really a PS problem, not a Canon one.


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Pleased...

By TJRP from LA on 10/30/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It's like a good friend.. always there for you :) shame the video is limited...


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A Very Satisfying Purchase

By Doyen from New Jersey on 10/29/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Quiet

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have used my camera on my daughter's wedding rehearsal inside St. Matthew's Cathedral in D.C. The warmth of the pictures taken on available light is unbelievably terrific. On my granddaughter's soccer match the multiple shot function also on available light was great. A great buy indeed.


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Blows the doors off the 5D

By Spatch from Oakland, CA on 10/25/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I upgraded to the 5D Mark II while my older 5D was in the shop being repaired, and it was a serendipitous circumstance of the highest caliber. The color in the Mark II shots is so far superior to the older 5D it boggles the mind. It feels like it is dumbed down a bit with the creative mode menus, but you don't have to use them if you don't want to. The high ISO shots are unbelievable. I didn't think I'd use the HD video much, but after experimenting with it a little bit I'm psyched to try it out more. Hopefully it will be more water resistant than the 5D.


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Worth Every Penny

By Corey from Michigan on 10/23/2009


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I upgraded from the 5D last winter. The picture quality unmached by any other camera in the canon line except the 1DS Mark III. I use the camera for weddings, portraits and landscapes. I could not be any happier with the results. I have recently started shooting football games, unfortunately this camera was not really designed for sports, it just does not have a fast enough frames per second or auto focus. I really wish Canon would have not put the video in the camera and put a better auto focus and faster frames per second. That being said it is still the best camera you can buy for the money, nothing else comes close. The high ISO is incredibly low noise. Do not hesitate to buy this camera.


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best full frame slr researched

By redstiletto from marysville b.c. canada on 10/21/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Heavy/bulky, Live View Not Versatile, Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have only had this camera for a couple of months and found it easy to use confidently. I have been through the hoops with digital cameras from Panasonic, Leica (actually another panasonic) and Olympus and find the EOS 5D Mark II a beautiful piece of equipment to use. I do not like using flash and found with the high iso settings it gave superb natural images suitable for available light photography. The camera is heavy but it feels sturdy, reliable and of a high quality. The live view is certainly not for point and shooters but can be used if care is taken in composing. I would recommend this camera to anyone interested in serious photographic work.


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Excellent Portrait/Landscape camera

By DAdeGroot from Queensland, Australia on 10/20/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Poor Af System, Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After working along on a 400D for about 18 months, and having come from a film SLR background, I found myself drawn to a 135 format body. The 5DMkII fits the bill perferctly, priced in a reasonably affordable bracket, well built with stunning image quality and more resolution than you could ordinarily need, it's almost perfect. Why almost ? Well the autofocus system is antiquated to say the least. That's really my only issue with this wonderful camera. What should be noted is that the mirror slap is quite loud, not an issue for me, but some people may have problems with that (live view mode #2 solves that issue, but LV isn't always practicable).


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A Good Upgrade

By Rufus from Salinas Ca on 10/17/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have only used the my new 5D now for a short time but I really like it so far. I found it interesting how my 105 mm lens acts like a wide angle at the low end of the zoom. The HD video comes out very nice but it will not be something I use to often. It would have been nice if the HD video could have been shot through the lens but so far it seems you have to use live view to shoot video. The shutter is a lot louder than my 50D but all in all, I am very happy so far with my purchase.


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Astounding Low Light Capabilities

By Tony from Hawaii on 10/13/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Superb Lowlight Capabilities

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Prior to purchasing the 5D2, I had a 40D. Loved that camera, despite it being a 1.6X crop body and its mediocre LCD display screen. Moving up to the 5D2, I've discovered a whole new world has opened up to me. Coupled with large aperature lenses, night shots are unbelievable. Got several astounding shots just walking through Waikiki (Hawaii) around midnight with nothing but the 50mm 1.8II attached (no flash, no tripod). Sharp handheld shots of the moon with a 135mm F2? No problem. Moving motorcycles from the 5th floor of my apartment building? Even the license plate numbers are crisp. Now, if the 5D2 had better AWB and an AF system like the 7D, it would be the perfect camera.


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5dmk2

By gargamel from london on 10/13/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

love it - best camera I've owned by far - the video is great as well - even tho waiting for 24p - if they don't supplement 24p I would be pretty bummed...


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Best Purchase Ever

By Pro Photographer from Brooks ! from Santa Barbara,CA on 10/11/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Lightweight/portable, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

BEST purchase that i have ever done in my life !! this is the camera i was looking for,for ages and ages !! only thing that i wanted,that is not in this camera is, autofocus during videos !! Hope canon will come out with a firmware update for that !! Thanks to canon for such an incredible camera !!


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So close to perfect ...

By brasc from Los Angeles on 10/03/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

View Finder Too Dim

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

First off, I LOVE this camera. I've had it for almost a year now, and it's simply the best camera I've ever owned. I bought it for the image quality and it delivers big time. The only real disappointment is that the information bar at the bottom of the view finder is too dimly lit for outdoor shooting in bright conditions. When you have a camera like the D body that makes manual shooting easy to control, and then don't make the info bar showing the parameters of the exposure bright enough to read easily ... well ... It's fine in the studio, but I find it inadequate outdoors. The 50 D's info bar is great. So what happened, Canon? Why this feature should be superior in a model lower in the line baffles me.


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Several unpleasing issues

By Pablito from New Mexico on 10/03/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Noisy, Poor Image Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Great camera at first blush. However several things temper this first impression. The focus issues are real. I use the center point so the complaint about the peripheral ones are not what bothers me. With L lens, focus is not always consistant. The shadows when pushed have a cross hatched appearance. Large prints (15x20 and 24x36) of images taken at ISO 100 or 200 are noisy. Finally the function dial is easily changed without your knowledge by such things as removing it from a case or holster bag. If one is careful to expose to the right (not always possible when in quick changing environment), use careful post processing of RAW files the images can be simplly magnificent. If Canon were to correct the crosshatch noise and the focus issues this would easily be a five star camera.


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Overall Satisfaction

By Northern Sights from Alaska on 10/03/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Quiet, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Poor Autofocus In Low Light, Poor Autofocus With Single Color

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is the second Canon Digital Camera I have owned. I can't say how many frames I have shot with both but well over 100,000. My other is a 20D. First off for studio work this camera is unparalelled. Hands down best thing on the market in my opinon. Hand held it is average. I use all L Series lenses by the way. For wildlife I think cropped frame is better. The picture quality is fabulous no doubt about it, the Raw and Jpegs both are incredible. I haven't and probably won't use the video feature as I am a still photographer and that is that at least for now. For portraits I will match this against anything on the market. The several choices of file size/resolution is great depending on what I am shooting, products or people whatever. Now let's talk about autofocus, that is where this baby falls down. If you have a single color it simply will not focus, shooting a clear blue sky for stock background for instance you just have to go manual. A white board or solid color anything flat it hunts and hunts and just flat won't focus. My 20D locks on instantly in the same situation. If Canon had put more autofocus points maybe that would have solved it. They should have warned users of this. Low light focus is a problem also. What use is the high ISO performance if it won't autofocus in low light? Maybe the 7D with it's 21 or so autofocus points will solve this but the 5DMark2 hasn't. Other than that the camera is outstanding. In good light it is fantastic. Images are incredibly detailed and working with shadows in B&W it blows you away. The build is solid, the weight is decent, all the controls are easy to use and the live view comes in handy. I wish they would move the exposure lock out from under my thumb but other than that the build and layout is superior. Some have complained about the LCD but I find it adequate. All in all it is good but not great. Still shooting in the studio I will use it everyday.


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First off, this camera is ...

By Anonymous from Chico, CA on 09/22/2009


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Noisy, Short Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

First off, this camera is amazing right out of the box. I received this as a graduation present, and I instantly experimented with the video feature. The camera shoots excellent images. Except I need to buy IR filters for my lenses.. But that is not a problem with the camera. I use the video feature more than actual stills for work. It has pretty good video quality but I wish there would be a firmware update that allows the user to change the frame-rate ( 24p, 30p, 60i) etc. Hopefully in the future, but knowing Canon, they will use it as a marketing feature in one of their newer cameras. (7D) :-( For a full-frame camera, the price could not be better. It is affordable for consumers, prosumers, and professionals.. The FPS is the only drawback.... Just a little too slow


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Awesome

By Denden from Upper Texas Coast on 09/07/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Quiet

Cons:

Fps Is Slow For Wildlife.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I pre-ordered my 5D-MarkII. and received it in Nov. '09. With a camera this nice it is only reasonable to use L- lenses. I am continuely amazed at the quality of the photos I bring every time go out shooting. The photos are so real looking it is like out the window and seeing in real life. That is the only way I know how to explain the quality. I don't use the video much, but have had fun with it hoping I may learn about developing and using them later.


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LOVE THIS CAMERA

By Paprophoto from Lehighton PA on 09/01/2009


Pros:

Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Quiet

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

It's everything the first 5D should have been.. I could do without the video though. I think they should remove the video and use it to make the camera even better... if that is possible. With the battery grip I can shoot a 10 hour wedding and only use up one bar in the battery display. I shoot this camera everyday.. one to two weddings a weekend, and endless amounts of seniors and models....


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amazing Image quality

By Satung from NY on 08/23/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Short Battery Life, Af Should Be Better

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using Canon EOS 5D markII for three weeks now. The image quality is industry leading. it is a great camera. The only negative thing is the AF system seems to hunt a bit compared to Canon 50D which snap on the object a lot faster at low light. great camera should come with great AF. there is no point of buying great camera with amazing low light sensor that can not even focus in low light. However , this is great tool which most of users will fall in love with its file quality.


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Canon's 5D Mark II

By Wildman from New Mexico on 08/21/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I own the Canon 40D, 5D, and now the 5D Mark II which I just received a couple of days ago. Right out of the box it gave amazing photos with the colors exactly what I saw with my naked eye. I'm amazed and think I've finally found the camera I've been looking for. I only purchased the body since I have a large assortment of Canon L series lenses which I use with all my Canon's. I haven't played with all the features and settings yet and don't know if I will for some of them I'm not really interested in, but I know their there if I ever need them. (Example Live Video) I'm a wildlife and nature photographer and take numerous still shots of both, I've been looking for a great camera which would give me fantastic photos of both without having to always do editing to the photos to get the desired results. Just the first few photos I took right out of the box with the Mark II showed me this was the camera I've been waiting for. I also took a few photos in the fully manual mode using a few settings and so far superior results seems to be what the 5D Mark II is all about. Thanks Canon !!!


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ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS CAMERA

By apples from WV on 08/19/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased this camera approximately 2 weeks ago. I own both a Canon Digital Rebel and a 20d. This camera is a great replacement for both. Since I was familiar with Canon DSLRs, it was very easy learning where all the features, buttons, etc. were located on this camera. I purchased the 5D Mark II, along with several lenses, an extra battery, flash, backpack, etc. I have taken approximately 250 photos, some at dusk, and all have been amazing. This camera has been everything that I expected/wanted and more, it has far exceeded my expectations. I consider myself to be an advanced/amateur photographer, and carry my cameras everywhere. I have taken action photos, nature photos, and candid family shots. All have been perfection. I am anxious to shoot some HD video, but haven't had an opportunity yet. I am sure, if the video is like the other features of this camera, it too will be amazing. I would recommend this camera to anyone who rates themselves as an advanced amateur/professional photographer. Great investment.


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Super camera! Super pictures!

By Ang from Anaheim, CA on 08/13/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Solid Operation

Cons:

Noisy, Bigger Grip To Hold Lens More Comfortably

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Some people have complained that the battery doesn' t last long enough, others that the camera is loud, although they all agree that the 5D Mark II is a fantastic camera. Here is my take on it: I took over 1000 pictures and my battery is still 70% full... I take only RAW pictures, so each is over 22 MB in size. So why are there complaints about the battery? Most likely the CF card used is not fast enough! I think that if you buy a CF card that has write speed of 600X, you will not have the short battery life problem! You will find that the camera is loud, however, but if that really bothers you, read the manual the camera comes with. There is a way to reduce the noise! I personally never had a better camera before (I also own a 5D). I now take pictures that are truly sharp, clear, and I am able to capture fun blurred motions as well when my subjects (animals, nature's critters, and flowers) move too fast. I recommend this camera strongly to anyone, even amateurs, because this will make amateur pictures look near-professional! My only problem is that while the cameras are getting smaller and lighter, the good lenses are larger and heavier. This combination makes it quite hard to hold the camera comfortably with a telephoto lens, for example. I own EF 300 mm f/4L IS USM and when the hood is fully open, my small hands can barely hold the camera. As it is not always possible to follow a speedy humming bird with a camera on tripod, I must hold it for extended time in my hands. It is rare that I am not sore or cramp up after 30 minutes of holding the camera with that lens. CANON: I think a larger grip, a wrist band, or a bracket against the chest might work! Please look into that Canon!


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Thrilled!

By Mom from Honolulu on 08/11/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I considered this model because of the full frame sensor and the fact that I could use my EOS lenses and am throughly pleased with the performance. Happy with everything about the camera. I have used the early (1996) EOS 1N before so the layout was comfortable for me and easy to learn. I had become comfortable with digital menus from using my son's PowerShot since I have been a hanger-on to film. Love the quality of the movies! My only slight complaint is that the shooting data at the bottom of the view-finder is not as bright as I would like and it is difficult to see in daylight.


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Great Value

By rogerb from Plano, TX on 08/09/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Now that I've taken about 5000 shots with this camera under all sorts of conditions, I have learned to appreciate just how well this camera performs. I shot a series inside an antique auto museum, handheld which necessitated an ISO of 1600 and the image quality was superb. Also all those pixels make it much nicer for those instances where the image needs to be manipulated. About the only disappointment is the limited bracketing range of +/- 2ev which necessitates going to manual for hdri situations. However for the price, this is an outstanding camera. I've owned the XT and the 30D but this one takes photography to a whole new level.


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5D Mark II Rules

By spacecadet from Tucson, AZ on 08/07/2009


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Lightweight/portable, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This replaces my 1Ds Mark II which is an excellent camera BUT a little big & heavy, and had lousy battery performance. The 5D batteries are so much better and smaller and the 5D charger is tiny compared to the 1Ds charger. Maybe a couple of changes: 1. Program setting dial could be less easy to turn and easier to read. 2. Variable angle LCD viewfinder for low angle, overhead shots. 3. I hate neck straps and like the hand strap that the 1Ds has- just add a strap holder to the lower right hand side. The images are excellent and very detailed, The camera weight is good and the viewfinder clear and bright. Like the menus and displays, almost intuitive.


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My First Full Frame SLR

By vschin from columbus, OH on 08/07/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Autofocus Fails Lot Of Times, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

This is an excellent camera with superior build quality. I have been using this for over 6 months and have taken lot of professional quality images. But I have lot of autofocus problems even with good contrast. At first I thought it is a problem with my piece, but I have lead lot of other reviews where others too have a similar problem.


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I never thought

By teslabe from Los Angeles CA on 08/07/2009


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Lightweight/portable, Quiet, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Just Wish Some Of My 5d Stuff Would Work With It.

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been using my 5D since 05 and thought it could not be topped, but I now have been using my new 5D Mark II for the past two months and well....... It's just the best camera out there. I know there's another camera company out there, I think it starts with an "N", just can't think of it right now. They have nothing close. I love this camera......


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You want the best? Well here it is!

By PoorRich from KCMO on 07/30/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Quiet, Solid Operation

Cons:

Not Ef-s Compatable

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

What more can I say... This camera was made by the gods themselves and sent down from the heavens above. But seriously this camera is simply perfect all around. If you are a pro or a beginner it can fulfill all of your expectations. It has all the features of a professional camera and you can record in full 1080P HD video.


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Best digital camera I have owned

By VW Guy from Central Nebraska on 07/28/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have used Canon cameras for over 30 years starting with a FTb 35mm camera. I have owned an XTi, 40D, 5D, and now the 5D Mark II. I have 5 Canon lenses (three of which are L series) and the 5D II brings out the best in all of them. The 5D II is the best-ever camera for wedding photos and works very well for protraits. The 21 MP sensor allows for wide lattitude in cropping that the 30/40D series doesn't allow. I really haven't used the video portion yet so I can't comment on that. I recently purchased the 24-105mm f/4 L lens. This combination is superb for 95% of my wedding shots. The full-frame sensor allows for wide to medium telephoto use without the time-consuming lens changes. Overall, I give this camera a 10 out of 10.


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Simply Fantastic

By SRF from Cincinnati, OH on 07/14/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had the camera for about 6 months and am still blown away by the photos I have taken. In short I can sum it up best by saying this camera has tremendous "dynamic range". The ISO sensitivity lets you capture images in a wide variety of circumstances. While I've seen professionals nit pick the AF speed and other issues there is plenty to like about this camera. It isn't cheap but the versatility is fantastic. I have two L series lenses - the 24-70 f2.8 and the 70-200 f4. These coupled with the 5d mkii have exceeded my expectations in terms of quality images.


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Best Overall DSLR yet

By Bellevue Fine Art from Bellevue, WA on 07/07/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been shooting with this for about a month now. I've used the 20D and 40D previously, and just love this one. It's nice to finally have full frame digital, and I notice the extra pixels a lot. Overall usability has improved over past models, and yet it has the same familiar interface as the previous models. The 5D also does well in low light, even at ISO speeds of 200 and 400. I'm impressed. Money well spent, and a great motivation to buy some more L series glass, as this camera really shows off the clarity and detail that a good lens has to offer. The only additional feature improvement I could ask for is more granular automated bracketing control for setting up images for merged HDR. But that's more of a wish list item than criticism. Great piece of photo great and it inspires me to get out and shoot.


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Excellent Photo camera, Missing 24p video though

By raelic from Philadelphia, PA on 07/07/2009


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings, Quiet, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, Missing 24p Video For True Video Production Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

As any other canon camera it takes beautiful pictures with any of canon's EOS lenses. The only complaint I have with the camera is that it does not offer 24p (24 progressive or Film standard) frame rates which makes use of this camera for Video strictly limited. It takes better Video than camera systems that cost 10 times its cost but because of the frame rate cripple it makes it almost useless for true video work. Otherwise though this camera is definitely a beauty. I have owned 4 Canon cameras and this is by far the nicest yet,


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Needs more updating

By Mo007 from Maryland on 07/03/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Image Quality Is Good But Need Post Processing, Built Quality Is Good But Not Superior, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Grip Is Not Comforable And Feels Too Plasticky

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I had my hopes high when I purchased the new 5D mark 2 but unfortunately the one I got is not producing crisp, pleasing images. On the standard setting which I normally shoot photos don't have enough contrast and saturation and when I add them through the menu it seems that camera adds too much to the point that images become unnatural. I shoot mainly weddings and can tell you that flash performance of 5Dmark2 with 580EX and 580EX II is very mediocre, it reminds of 20D that I had to overexpose the flash by +2/3 or +1. every little faint spot light in the background throws the flash off. sometimes switching to average flash metering helps but certainly 5Dmark2 flash photography is something that Canon needs to look in to a little deeper. I have to mention my Canon 50D flash performance is great so I don't know what Canon changed on 5D2. I really don't care about the video part of it, as a matter of the fact I have not even tried it and wished instead of video Canon had improved the focusing and metering system of 5D2


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Good working camera

By jrdphotog from Albany, NY on 06/29/2009


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Rec'd this camera Friday morning, had an all day "event" assignment on Saturday, shot over a thousand images. The other cameras used on the assignment were a 5D and a 40D, all with the battery grips attached, flash and natural light. About 550 images shot with the 5DII were with available light at high ISO. Our older "L" lenses work well as does the new 24-70 "L" with all of the cameras mentioned. Sharp, crisp, noise free images produced, especially with the older 80-200 f2.8 L lens. I expect to produce 11x17 and 13x19 prints for the client that will be outstanding. The only drawback I find at this time is the fps, yet it appears faster than the 5D.


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Very, very good, but not perfect

By Colorado Guy from Denver Colorado on 06/28/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Only One Cross Type Sensor Even At F2.8, Lack Of Pic Modes, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've been shooting the 5D Mark II for a few months now. I've been very impressed with images I've been able to create. The low light capabilities are very good, allowing me to take some pictures that otherwise wouldn't have been possible. The resolution is extraordinary. I have a 16x20 of my kids on the wall in my office. It can be critically inspected from 6 inches away and produces awe. Each eyelash is clearly defined. Enlargements can be exceptional if the photographer does his/her job too. Massive enlargements require a good lens, steady hand and attention to focusing on the eyes, etc. but you can get some absolutely stunning results with this camera. There are only two weaknesses I've found. First the autofocus isn't all cross type like the 50D. In fact, if you don't have an f2.8 lens on, you have no cross type sensors. Second, there are no PIC modes. I'm unlikely to use them, but when I hand it to my spouse, she sure would.


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Extremely satisfied

By JTH from The Frozen Alaskan North on 06/25/2009


Pros:

Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased the kit (my first ever L series lens) and couldn't me happier. My wife can't get me to shut up about it, my son is tired of smiling and going on "walks" :) And I can't find enough hours in the day to do all the shooting I want to! I love this camera! I am the longest term amateur photographer I know...going on 25 years now, LOL. I was the proud owner of the XXD series, through 40D, 30D, 20D...and have collected decent APS-C glass. Certainly my deciding factor when moving to full frame was my bag of Canon glass already accumulated. Didn't really realize the difference though:) The feelilng/look/results of the 24-105L vs. the 28-135IS that came with the 40D/50D kits, the difference is night and day. Big Raw Shots with Large JPegs tend to take up some space, 104 shots per 4gig card....but that's cool. If the only sacrifice I have to make is to buy bigger CF cards and better lenses, I'll live!! I haven't shot video yet but I am looking forward to it. Good Luck and happy shooting!


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Value per pixel is Tops

By Max from Albuquerque, NM on 06/12/2009


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Good Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Most of the salient points concerning the 5D2 have been covered in previous reviews. Reviewers on many different websites have covered virtually every feature the camera has, so there is no need for that. I have nothing but praise for the camera, and Ive had dozens over six decades. There is no greater value per pixel on the market. Combined with Canon L lenses, no user will have an excuse for not creating more than one outstanding image on every photo shoot. No doubt there are cameras that will shoot more frames per second, have superior autofocus systems, total waterproofing, and so on. Users who need such features should buy one of those. For users interested in the biggest bang for the buck including image quality, the 5D2 is the one. Ive had two of them, almost since the day they were released. Ive never enjoyed photography more.


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Excellent Value in a High End Camera

By Mark from Portland, OR on 06/10/2009


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purchased this camera to replace my 5D as a backup camera to my 1D/1Ds MkIII cameras and got to put it to the test last month when the shutter faIled in my Ds. The image quality from this camera is every bit as good as the Ds but, as expected of a camera in this price range, the handling, ergonomics and build quality don't measure up to a top level body. Although it is not as responsive as the 1 series cameras, it comes as such an incredible value that it is hard to find anything out there to which it can be compared. I think it is better suited for portraiture and landscapes than sports and wildlife but however one uses it, good solid performance at a reasonable cost can be expected.


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Best camera on the Market for the price

By Conrad from tucson Az on 06/05/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am a raw file shooter, and as such I love this camera. I handles sharpening and tonality extremely well. I files are very flexible do to what appears to be a very wide dynamic range. I have used it in studio and in the field with and with out portable lighting. my images are amazing to say the least. I have the ability to stretch my photographic styles a lot. I do have to agree that the auto focus is not the best on the market. In fact I think the 40d my be a bit better. but what ever It's not a sport camera or a bird tracker. The 40/50 d would be better cameras for tracking focus photography, and they are a lot cheaper. But for editorial, fashion, event, and portraiture. this camera can not be beat in image quality when mated with the best glass.


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Superb image quality, average image capture

By Full_Framer from Indiana on 06/03/2009


Pros:

Full Frame Sensor, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Large Viewfinder, Lightweight/portable, Video Capability

Cons:

Off Center Af Points, Poor Auto-iso, Relatively Slow 3.9fps, No Off Center Spot Metering

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The 5D mark II is an incredible tool that has some slightly frustrating limitations. The image quality is very very good, and it's incredible how quickly one gets accustomed to using 21mp files. The FF sensor is the heart of the 5DII and pairs beautifully with Canon's fast primes and excellent L lenses. High ISO performance is a notch above the 5D and is among the best in the industry...no complaints in that department. The new LCD hi-res is also incredibly addictive to look at, and the improved menu is well organized. It's probably also worth noting that I'm a big fan of the Canon XXD/5Dx style ergonomics and controls. My main complaint with the 5DII is that (for my needs) there seems to be a bit too much emphasis on the ultimate in image quality, and not quite enough emphasis on image capture. The biggest disappointment is the AF system, which is effectively very similar to that in the original 5D. The off center AF points are barely adequate to keep up with the high ISO capabilities of the camera combined with fast primes in low light environments. Ironically, the off center points are of particular importance in this situation due to the inaccuracies of "focus and recompose" shooting. The other major deficiency is a poor implementation of Auto-ISO. It would have been nice to have the ability to set upper and lower limits to shutter speed values when using Auto-ISO in Av mode. Spot metering on off center AF points would have been nice to see as well. In the ratings above I took performance to mean image quality, so I gave that 5 stars. I'd probably rate the AF performance specifically at about 3 stars as it is rather average. Overall, I think the 5DII is about a 4.5 out of 5 with a balance skewed towards image quality and not so much image capture and responsiveness. All in all, the 5DII is a lot of camera in a standard (non-gripped) size body. Canon's release of the 1.1.0 firmware to add manual video control is a very welcome development. Thanks Canon!


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My Favorite Camera

By Motel George from Las Vegas, NV on 06/02/2009


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I traded in my 2 year old 5D for the Mark II and I absolutely love the camera. The improvements to the LCD and control menus alone make it so much easier to use than the 5D. The image quality is fantastic, and the high ISO capability is hard to believe. There are so many great features on this camera, I finally feel like I have my perfect camera. Every day I learn something new about the camera and it is a marvel of technology.


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Best Investment I Ever Made!

By KAW from Texas on 06/01/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Quiet, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Lightweight/portable, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The 5D MarkII is awesome, the picture quality is exceptional, it is very user friendly,and is built like a tank! I had a 5D prior to buying the MarkII and there is no comparison! I LOVE this camera!!! The screen makes previewing my photographs a breeze,and I especially like the fact that I can set my flash from the camera menu...there are so many features that make for rich, beautiful photographs...


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Best budget pro camera ever made

By Andrew from CA on 05/29/2009


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Lightweight/portable, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Perfect for every function This camera can do everything. It's like the superman of camera's.


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Swiss Army Knife of Camera's

By hardwarerocks from South Jordan, Utah on 05/27/2009


Pros:

Quiet, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great Camera, Focus screens should be included. Canon should fix the video mode by allowing agc and manual video controls for aperture and shutter.


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Nice Camera

By Basis from Salt Lake City, UT on 05/27/2009


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Quiet, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Easy To Use, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

All my lenses shine on this camera. The only problem I'd like to point out is that the new coating of the LCD screen seems much more prone to static charge, which always results a dusty screen. I like my older camera's screen better in this sense.


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photo file name

By oct2929 from Naples, FL on 05/26/2009


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I really like the pictures that I can take with this great camera, but it drives me nuts that I can not change the photo names to anything other than IMG-####.jpg. This leads to photos with the same name.


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Now with manual control in video!

By Jyunte from Orange County, CA on 05/26/2009


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

With today's announcement by Canon that the 5D mk II will finally have full manual control in video mode via a firmware update (as it should have had from the beginning!), this camera will finally be able to live up to its enormous potential. Now we can use all our expensive L lenses to shoot great video without having to jump through hoops to do it. Good job Canon. Now this is THE camera to own.


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BEST CAMERA OUT THERE

By Chavalozvi from Undisclosed on 05/11/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Quiet, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought the Canon EOS 5D Mark II as an addition to my gear. I previously used the Digital Rebel XTi. This camera has been a great all around camera for me. I can take awesome pictures of anything that I want and also the video quality, you just can't go wrong with having a full HD video on board. I have used both in the short time I've owned and have been very pleased with the results. The pictures I have taken require almost no post processing. I took some pictures at night, without a flash I might add, just to check out the fuss with the very high ISO, needles to say I was amazed at how greatly the camera performed, in low light conditions the camera has virtually zero noise. It also performed great in two different lights; tungsten and fluorescent, merging together on the scene, it captured them both very well on the subjects I took a picture of.


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Excellant Camera

By jetcode from west marin california on 05/11/2009


Pros:

Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I am finally able to see what my lenses are capable of. Coming from the 5D this camera is such an amazing step up in functionality and quality. There are a couple of things I have witnessed and desire. I did a landscape once and there was a band of blurred space near the bottom. The next shot it was not there same scene. This is some form of defect during interpolation perhaps due to writing to CF. I would like to see auto ISO for M to mean auto ISO for the fixed AvTv combination. It currently is fixed at 400. I can do that manually.


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Watch the Noise

By Astro3661 from Salt Lake city on 05/10/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation

Cons:

Heavy/bulky, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Overall an terrific camera that is clearly a step up from the 50D/40D series cameras. However the Default Noise reduction setting (Standard) is too high and aggressive and results in un-sharp images , the camera performs better if you knock it down to Low or even Disable Noise Reduction all together. The Higher ISO are great to use but the camera performs better at the lower ISO's as you would expect. ISO 400 and lower is pretty clean. Apply the same basic rules of photography to this camera: low ISO's, use a tripod, first rate lenses and good basic photo skills and this camera will take outstanding photos of amazing detail and resolution. However if you try to use technology to bypass good photo skills the camera will detail your mistakes in very high resolution. On the down side I wish Canon could have upgraded the focusing system on the camera, surely there is room between 1D Series and the Pro-sumer 40D/50D series cameras for a better system. I have to pay more attention to the focusing system then I would like. If you like the video feature make sure you have a top notch video card in your computer. Jumps is video playback will occur if you do not. Otherwise a this a great camera.


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Needs work to make it what it should be

By ADR from USA on 05/04/2009


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Excessive Aliasing, Noisy

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

After using mine for 5 months, I've found some nasty little problems. First of all, the base sensor noise is too high by design. This causes excessive noise and crosshatched banding at even ISO 100 in shadows. The ISO values are non-linear so changing from one to another gives odd and unexpected results. Also, the moire/aliasing is REALLY bad - so bad that some photos simply have to be discarded because of all the jagged edge lines. The in-camera noise reduction wipes out so much detail that I don't even use it. If you are upgrading from the conumer class cameras then this might be OK for you, but if you are a pro user that needs SHARP noiseless high quality photos at large sizes, I cannot recommend this camera at all, buy a 1ds Mark III or wait for the 1ds Mark IV and be done with it.


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WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!

By yagit80 from SAN DIEGO, CA on 05/04/2009


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Quiet, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

SIMPY THE BEST OUT THERE!!! YO CAN'T GO WRONG WITH CANON!!! THIS IS MY VERY FIRST DSLR AS A BEGINNER AND IT'S PERFECT!!!


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Love this Camera

By DJ from Texas on 05/03/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this camera! I wanted to upgrade my 20D and I was shopping online and thought that the 50D would be my purchase( b/c of price) but I really wanted a full frame camera. I decided on the 5D and have not regretted the purchase! This is an amazing piece of equipment (I feel unworthy). The image quality is off the hook, the low light capability rocks. With many cameras using a high ISO makes for a grainy pic.. not with the this camera!! for any person looking to upgrade spend a few hundred more and get the 5D. I only wish the 24-104 lens was 2.8. The 3 creative modes are excellent easy to set and switch between. The HD movie rec. feature is cool but I have yet to use it as I like stills and editing a movie is not my cup tea. But for simple personal use yes very cool great output! But U must have a HUGE card to record anything lenthy in terms of recording a movie. The only thing I regret is that I only have 1 5D mark II!!!


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Close to Perfect

By photog from Los Angeles on 05/03/2009


Pros:

Quiet, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Can't Autofocus With Teleconverter At F8

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this camera -- but I really, really wish it would autofocus at f8 so I could use my 100-400mm lens with 1.4 teleconverter. I was thinking of purchasing the 400mm f4 DO IS lens when I saw Art Wolfe using it with a 2x teleconverter. That looked like a perfect choice for wildlife photography. But then I learned that the 2x teleconverter combination will only autofocus on the 1Ds. Why? I won't get the 1Ds because it's too heavy for me - and I don't want to carry a huge telephoto lens either. The 5D Mark II appeals to people who want lightweight cameras and lenses -- therefore it would be perfect if we could use a teleconverter to save weight too. Canon - please fix this. Thank you!


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1st full frame canon i purchased.

By chimp from san juan capistrano,CA on 05/03/2009


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Quiet, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Very pleased with this camera so far. I have owned both the 20D and the 40D and both were great cameras. This is the 1st full frame digital I have purchased anmd so far have enjoyed it very much. I have been printing 81/2x 11" and 8.3x20.60" panoramas of landscapes. Great quality pictures.


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Just What I Wanted

By III from Los Angeles on 05/03/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'm an editor with a magazine that features outstanding outdoor photographs. Quite frankly the Canon 5D Mark II has features I'll never bother trying. All I'm interested in is large super sharp files and, boy, does it deliver. Coupled with a 580EX flash and a 50mm 1.4 lens...I'm getting better photographs than I did with four 24mm to 70 mm images stitched together from a Canon 40D.


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5d mark ii could be better

By drmike from St Augustine on 04/28/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Easy To Use

Cons:

Noisy With Video Mode, Noisy, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I had high expectations from the 5d mark ii but am somewhat disappointed in the performance. It lacks some features that some other brands have. You have to lock up the mirror for live view. When shooting video there is a lot of background noise from the relay in the camera. The low light performance is not consistent. The video is nice in a noisy environment but an external mic is necessary for better audio. The 21 mp still images are good but I expected clearer pictures. It shoots great pictures in bright sunlight. I wish the image stabilization was in the camera instead of the lense. The overall camera is very good but the price is steep. I would like to see a change in the live view system.


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Quality Unsurpassed

By Chrisco from Boston, MA on 04/24/2009


Pros:

Quiet, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Expensive Battery, Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Great Camera. IDs Mark III picture quality at less than half the price what more could you ask for....oh that's right, Full Manual control of the video mode. This camera will attract more serious video enthusiast if it had that, as well as make us current owners very happy. If it is ever added in firmware please let me know so I can give this camera 5 stars all around. But as a still camera this thing ROCKS!


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Almost Perfect

By TJRP from LA on 04/20/2009


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Easy To Use, Quiet, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Got this camera after using D40 for over a year and of course you cannot even compare how big of a difference it is between the two. Love almost everything about 5D MkII, except: I wish it had 5 AEBs for HDR. And the video was a bit more flex as it is too basic. Is it still worth it? "ohh YEAH every penny. Very nice LCD. Sharp, great contrast, built great. if you can afford it just go for it. wont be disappointed trust me.


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Good camera, but quality video

By Vladimir from Staten Island, NY ... on 04/20/2009


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings

Cons:

Short Battery Life

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I'v got this camera just 2 month ago, and This camera has excellent image quality, but I'd like to have M-A-N-U-A-L___C-O-N-T-R-O-L during VIDEO!!!


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Good, but not enough

By Owi from Miami on 04/16/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Poor Build Quality, Problems With Focus In Low Light Conditions, Noisy, No Manual Controls In Video

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Maybe too much expectations! You can't do large prints beyond 1.600 ISO, the noise is very strong. Make videos is very, very difficult, one of the reasons is the difficult due to the lack of manual controls. Problems with focus in low light conditions. I have sounds in the battery compartiment.


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Great camera want more video control

By sp1te from Brooklyn on 04/15/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love the 5d MK II after owning the 5d for a year i switched to this just recently. The camera is amazing. Amazing, I wish it had full manual controls of the video part but that's my only gripe.


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A worthy update to the classic 5D

By inTempus from Indiana on 04/14/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Nice Features/settings, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Solid Operation

Cons:

Old 9 Point Af System, Squeaky Cf Card Door

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought this camera for studio work. It has an amazing image quality that really sets it apart from the competition. The camera is light, easy to use and inspires confidence. I really like the new menuing system and the new LCD is simply to die for! I wish my 1D Mark III had this LCD. The one big let down for me is the antiquated 9 point auto-focus system. I was really hoping Canon would adopt the 1D AF system, perhaps watered down a bit with fewer configuration options, for the new 5DMk2. As it stands the older 9 point AF system really isn't much different in practice from the system used in the older 5D. My 50D focuses faster and more accurately in less than ideal lighting conditions which is kind of depressing. But in a studio, where I use it mostly, it's absolutely amazing. I really am glad the micro-adjustment feature found its way in to the new camera. This makes fine tuning the focus of your lenses a snap, no more boxing things up and sending it to Canon for calibration. One other minor point is the "squeaky door" problem mine is afflicted with. It would appear, based upon an online poll on a popular Canon forum, that roughly 1/2 of the 5DMk2's out there have this minor problem. When holding the camera with your right hand, the CF card door creeks ever so slightly. I finally remedied the issue with some tape (non-obtrusive) inside where I found the plastic parts to be rubbing. Would I buy this camera again? You bet. The image quality and the ease of use coupled with Canon's superior selection of L grade lenses is enough to keep me quite happy.


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Flawed camera

By Anonymous from New york on 04/06/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Lightweight/portable

Cons:

Short Battery Life, Missing Features/settings, Poor Build Quality

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

As a photographer I am expect to use a camera to it's maximum potential over many years. This camera has excellent image quality as it's only selling point. I bought this for it's video function only to find a complete lack of control over the cameras video function. I advise against buying this until canon updates the firmware to allow manual control over video.


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Rolling Shutter Issues

By DRV from Tampa on 04/05/2009


Pros:

Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Rolling Shutter In Video, Limited Video Recording Time, No Audio Control Or Head Phone Jack

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I purposely bought this camera for the video image quality. Unfortunately, the video skips, or has a "rolling shutter" issue. At least a third of the clips I shot had this problem, which is just to high and problematic for the money. I know, I know, it's not a video camera. But, once they come out with the next version it should be awesome for video. Just include; 1. fix the rolling shutter issue. 2. audio controls 3. include 24P 4. Add multi-format recording that will allow match-up with NLE software. 5. Fix the limited time allowed for video recording. I need at least 65 minutes continuous recording. 6. Include a 16 x 9 wide HD LED screen for viewing. 7. Add headphone jack.


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Two steps forward One step Back!

By idahoshooter from Idaho Falls, ID on 04/03/2009


Pros:

Sharp Vga Display!, Full Raw Reveiw!, Excellent Image Quality, Amazing High Iso, Solid Operation

Cons:

Dumbed Down Video Mode, Missing Features/settings, Weak Autofocus, Short Battery Life

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The image quality from this camera is out of this world, I have used many of Canons DSLR's and this is without a doubt the best image quality yet. The light gather capability of the new sensor combined with the DIGIC 4 is an amazing step forward ISO 1000 is virtually noise free especially in the final print product. The extra resolution gives you so much flexibility to crop and crop and crop. The build quality is awesome, it is fairly light, but feels solid in your hands, I have no fears about putting this camera into my professional work flow of both portrait and wedding work as well as wildlife and landscape work. As much positive as I have spoken I do need to complain I feel Canon cut a few corners on this product, first off the Autofocus selection area is way too small for a full frame camera, its like they ripped it out of a 1.6 crop factor camera and put it in a full frame machine. I can understand Canons desire to protect its legendary 45 point auto focus found in there flagship cameras but they could of at least spread the auto focus system out along a wider area on the 5dII Secondly, One of the big motivations for buying this camera were the videos by various masters of light doing some very impressive video work have been wanting to get into video but a huge hesitation has always been the dollar value of canon lenses for still photography i have purchased. The prospects of a hybrid camera were HUGE to me. However I was hugely disappointed after purchasing the camera to find my video mode severely crippled and manual control taken away from me I trusted the professionals commentary to be indicative of a camera that had video features capable of a pro working environment. I was wrong and for that Im hugely disappointed in this camera.


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My new 5DMII out of the box

By Silkline from Phoenix, AZ on 04/01/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Complicated Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I'm no pro but recently at a sporting event it became clear we needed to move up the line. I was astonished with the 5DMII unit. We've got a long way to go with it but out of the box it made a difference from our prior Canon (XSI). Would recommend this unit! (Despite the date - No Fooling!)


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Terrific Camera

By Robbie B from San Diego on 03/30/2009


Pros:

Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Hd Video, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I bought this camera for it's low light abilities. Shooting at ISO 6400 is amazing. Blew up a nice 8X10, you would never know it's shot at anything above ISO 400. Also, amazing resolution. You can crop the heck out of a shot and it still looks good. Basically turned my 200mm into a 600mm with it's amazing resolution. Build quality is very good. HD video is really fun. Controls and ease of use are great. Highly recommend.


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30FPS a real problem

By Max from Los Angeles on 03/29/2009


Cons:

30p No Good

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I would say the video option is impressive, but the fact that it's 30P is extremely problem-some.. 30P is almost a waste of a frame-rate. It is a very awkward frame-rate which is hard to edit with, hard to incorporate into projects, and in my opinion a ridiculous choice for a frame-rate. I really would like to see this camera with 24P support, and then I would say the camera is PERFECT! But until then, I can't recommend this to anyone who wants to use its video function.


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love it

By ae from Illinois on 03/28/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Superior Build Quality, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Noisy

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The only thing I get frustrated with it the RAW viewing situation, even the utilities that came with the camera are a problem. Other than that the camera itself is wonderful. Also the shutter it quite loud, sounds a bit like the cheap sound effects used in hollywood movies.


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EOS 5D Mark II

By Jim C. from Palm Harbor, FL on 03/27/2009


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Hd Video, Quiet

Cons:

Expensive Batteries, Missing Features/settings, Old Focus System

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I've had the 5D Mark II for a litle over a month now and I actually find myself using it more than my 1D MK II n. What I really love about the camera is the full frame 21 MP images it grabs which are second to none. Great color and detail. I was also sold on the camera the first time I saw Vincent LaForet's amazing video that he did with a pre-release version of the 5DII. In use the camera is quite comfortable to hold and I added the extended battery pack for better balance and handling. I find the batteries to last and last, but they should considering the difficulty to find them and the high cost. I am a videomaker and really love the HD feature, although others may find this less enticing. In use, it isn't really intended to be a video camera and there are some issues, but the quality of the video is outstanding. I have noticed one small problem, if there is even the smallest amount of dust on the sensor, it won't show on the still images, but is very apparent on the HD video. I've taken to cleaning the sensor and blowing out the camera each time before taking videos to make sure the dust won't ruin my takes. Highly recommended camera for event, landscape, and portrait photographers. Not so much for sports and nature due to the slower focusing capabilities and the slow (3.9fps) rapid fire mode.


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move drops frames all the time

By aj from orlando on 03/27/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Simple Controls/menu, Bright Lcd, Lightweight/portable, Quiet

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The camera it self has worked amazing I have had to many problems the first one I ordered came broken and now the second one I have video working but the video after transfer drops frames or has horizontal line running through it even in sunlight with locked app


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So Close To Being Perfect

By Robotica from Dallas, TX on 03/26/2009


Pros:

Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Superior Build Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Lightweight/portable

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, Need Manual Video Setting, Need Manual Audio Level

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

This camera offers so much to photo enthusiasts. There is no doubt that the picture quality is amazing. And while the auto focus system should have been improved, it does a very competent job. The problem is that the video implementation lacks the control that any serious user needs to get quality videos. And that is what we (new users) were expecting. I need the same, or more, control over the Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO settings than when taking stills. Why? because when the camera is in motion taking a video, then light and dark objects cause the camera to adjust exposure continuously. This makes the video lighten and darken over and over again, when it could just be locked in. If it were locked in, then the exposure would be consistent, even if you pan across a dark or light object, or a light source. Also, the audio really needs a manual control too. Without it, the same problem occurs as with the video exposure - a brief, loud sound makes the volume react and decrease. A bit of quiet, and the noise level rises to enormous levels, and then even a quiet sound is deafening, then this repeats again and again. What a great camera this is, with the promise of excellent, unsurpassed high definition video. But without manual control of exposure and audio, the camera can only let us glimpse at what could be achieved. If Canon adds these features, then it will be what Canon promised, with the ability to control depth of field (and exposure), surpassing most all standard video cameras.


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5D Mark II Lacking the basics.

By Anonymous from Texas on 03/24/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

No Manual Movie Controls, Available Focus Screens

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Potentially a great stills camera! For those that never want to fine tune the auto-focus manually, so as to get great photos, should buy this camera. Otherwise it's a great (hit & miss focus) stills camera. The Focus Screen that comes with the camera isn't great. Canon however provides another Focus Screen, as an accessory, to permit precise manual focus, however that one is NO good for lens slower that f/2.8 (ie. you can't use it for the light weight, long, prime lenses (eg. 300mm f/4, 400mm f/5.6 & ultra wide angle Tilt shift lens). As a positive, the center auto-focus point is very good for most of the time, but of course needs MANUAL adjustment for the rest. What a disappointment, given that it would be so easy to fix, if only another focus screen was available as an accessory!


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Excellent Camera

By Anonymous from Undisclosed on 03/20/2009


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Excellent Value, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Simple Controls/menu

Cons:

Missing Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

So far, this is my favorite DSLR camera! It has incredible resolution and is highly affordable. It also couples the full frame CMOS sensor that is normally only found on larger professional cameras, with the standard SLR body size. Although it could use a small built in flash and some video controls, this camera is amazing.


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Great stills, but missing vital video features

By Phoric from Seattle, WA on 03/19/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Little To No Control Over Video, Missing Features/settings, Complicated Controls/menu

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have owned half a dozen Canon cameras over the past several years, including Digital EOS SLR's, Powershots, and consumer HD camcorders. This camera beats them all in the Still Photo department. The video features are another matter. While the motion image quality possible with this camera is amazing for this price range, the necessary basic controls over shutter, ISO, and aperture while in video mode is missing entirely. Many people are buying the other brand's manual lenses and adapters in order to compensate for the lack of manual aperture control, which is shame for people like me who have much invested already in Canon EOS lenses. Control over ISO and shutter is also vital to achieving any sort of serious video recording. This camera could be so much more, if only Canon would give us manual control over these basic features. In the end, the video mode is a step in the right direction... but we're not quite there yet.


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Big Improvement In Image Quality

By Doro from Sonora, CA on 03/17/2009


Pros:

Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Good Battery Life, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Could Use More Focus Points For Action Shots, Auto Focus Could Be A Tad Faster, Needs Auto Focus With Video

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

The 5D Mark II is a huge improvement over 10D and 20D cropped sensor models that I have previously used. Resolution is nothing short of spectacular. The real kicker is that noise control appears to be the best of the twenty plus megapixil cameras. The controls are nicely placed and one can become comfortably adept with the camera in a few varied shooting sessions. I would highly recommend this camera for landscape photography, still life, and portrature photography; with a little practice, the action shots are very good using the AI Servo mode. An excellent benefit of the 5D Mark II is the ability to enlarge images to poster size. I recommend "L" series lenses in order to capture this camera's full potential.


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Upgraded From 5D to 5D Mark II

By Motel George from Las Vegas, NV on 03/17/2009


Pros:

Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd, Easy To Use

Cons:

The Video Is A Great Bonus But Not User Friendly

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I was very happy with my old 5D but this camera blows it away. Just the viewfinder, and all of the new ways to access my options makes me smile. The new battery lasts forever, and the camera's ability to shoot at 3200 is amazing. Every day I discover something else that I love about the camera. The movie function has tremendous potential, but is too hard to edit at full resolution. I am eagerly awaiting new software in the future. There are so many improvements over what was already a great camera, I am very happy with the upgrade.


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Excellent, but no mirror lockup on the body

By FellRunner from Westchester, NY on 03/17/2009


Pros:

Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation

Cons:

Mirror Lockup Only Available In A Function Menu, No Mirror Lockup On The Body, Missing Features/settings, Difficult To Use

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Features got downgraded from a 5 to a 3 because there is no mirror lockup control on the body. Satisfaction got downgraded from a 5 to a 4 because there is no mirror lockup control on the body. Overall got downgraded from a 5 to a 4 because there is no mirror lockup control on the body. Many types of photography REQUIRE mirror lockup for good results. I WANT MIRROR LOCKUP WITHOUT HAVING TO NAVIGATE FUNCTION MENUS. Canon -- I bought this (cheaper) model instead of the 1 Ds Mark III because that doesn't have a mirror lockup on the body either. Please, please, include a body mirror lockup control on the next EOS 1-Ds model. Otherwise, excellent camera.


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Great but not quite outstanding

By CamMan from Seattle on 03/17/2009


Pros:

Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Nice Features/settings, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Lack Of Manual Video Control, Missing Features/settings, Only The Center Focus Point Is Cross-type, No Built-in Flash

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This camera is a huge improvement in so many ways over my old 20D: incredible picture quality, high ISO capability with admirable noise control, HD video, good weather sealing, better DOF control, etc., the list goes on. But as good as it is, there are a few things holding this camera back from being the best it could be: 1) No built-in flash. Yes, most of us have an external flash, but that's not always available depending on the situation. 2) The 50D has all of it's auto-focus points as cross-type, so why does the (much more expensive) 5D mkII only have it's center point as cross-type? 3) As mentioned by almost everyone else, lack of manual control in video mode. If Canon were to address these issues, this camera would be unbeatable!


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My best camera ever !!!

By Auricus from Chicago IL. on 03/15/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Solid Operation, Quiet, Lightweight/portable, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Superior Build Quality, Nice Features/settings

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is a great camera , just love it and it's worth every penny , amazing features and excellent quality !!!!


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Lacking...

By kibic from Undisclosed on 03/11/2009


Pros:

Solid Operation, Bright Lcd, Quick Start-up Time, Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Easy To Use, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, Lack Of Manual Video Control

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Excellent camera. but:.... Lack of manual video control, lack of HDMI cable in the kit to let the user to test the new video facility when the box is opened. Not even some entry-level video-handling software included.


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Needs much work

By Anonymous from New Hampshire on 03/07/2009


Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I have been shooting with Canon EOS cameras and professional video cameras for years. This camera is a step in the right direction (ie large format MOS sensor for HD) but the lack of professional video features hobbles its use in the new world where high-end photography sometimes needs high-end video. To solve the problems the following should be added to the build: 1. Manual control of shutter, ISO,.and aperature during video. An optional external controller with followfocus style dials for fine control. 2. Follow industry trends and allow recording directly into FCPHD native format for instant editing. 3. Allow for two balanced audio inputs (this could be in an accessory bottom for the camera. 4. An optional HD LCD for accurate focus during video 5. Permit variable frame rate recording.


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Almost there...

By PleaseAdd24p from Chicago on 03/06/2009


Pros:

Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Excellent Image Quality, Easy To Use, Solid Operation

Cons:

Missing Features/settings, No 24p, No Control Over Auto Iso, No Manual Control In Video

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

I bought the 5D Mark II partially for the video features... I don't regret it, but I wouldn't recommend it, either. Until Canon adds 24p and full manual control over shutter, aperture and ISO to the video mode, it's not really usable as a video camera. Hopefully these fixes are coming in a firmware update. The other bummer is that the Auto ISO mode for stills gives you no control. It would be great to be able to set your own maximum ISO, and set your own maximum aperture and/or shutter speed, depending on whether you're in Av, Tv or full auto. Outside of those very obvious omissions, it's a great camera. It really does deliver in low light, and the resolution is astounding.


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Missing manual video control

By donnib from Undisclosed on 03/06/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

No Manual Control Of Video

Bottom Line:

No, I would not recommend this to a friend

As photo camera it's good but Canon should add manual control in order for the Video feature to be used correctly. It's crucial that the Video can be controlled manually.


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Love it but...

By Cedi from Undisclosed on 03/06/2009


Pros:

Solid Operation, Quiet, Simple Controls/menu, Good Battery Life, Quick Start-up Time, Lens Focus Adjustment, Lightweight/portable, Easy To Use, Excellent Image Quality, Bright Lcd

Cons:

Atrophied Video Mode, The Kit Lens Is Not Up To My Expectations, Poor Build Quality, Missing Features/settings, Raw Images In Neutral Settings Are Very Saturated, Available Only In Kit Version In Most Places

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

This is definitely the best camera I've ever used. Very interesting features and amazing image quality once tweaked. Also love the high ISO and shooting in the dark with my bright lens. Auto ISO also very nice, but unfortunately no 50 ISO available in that mode, which would be useful. Video features were a logical next step. However it needs a lot of improvement before it can become a real tool for videographers. Manual controls and 24/25fr are of course part of this. A software update of the contrast focus would also help. So would a proper AWB. And if you really want to make me happy, add some features for underwater photographers and videographers such as a preset WB and an improved Liveview mode.


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5D MKII

By pookaloopa from Undisclosed on 03/06/2009


Pros:

Quick Start-up Time, Good Battery Life, Excellent Image Quality, Quiet

Cons:

Inconsistant Flash Metering

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After owning a 10D, 20D, 40D, 50D and 5D. Everything about the camera thus far is fantastic, but I am unable to obtain consistant flash exposure no matter what I try.


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Canon's 5D MarkII - "Has Taken Center Stage"

By Firicano from Boston, MA on 03/06/2009


Pros:

Solid Operation, Excellent Image Quality, Nice Features/settings, Simple Controls/menu, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Superior Build Quality, Easy To Use

Cons:

No Flash

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Canon has taken center stage with the 5d2. The image quality of my photos, which are generally portraits, nature and landscape photography are absolutely gorgeous. The user interface is typical of Canon, with no hidden menus to fuss or forget and the LCD screen is sharp as a tack. Although, some professionals and enthusiasts might disagree, but I feel that a built-in-flash module would have been a nice added feature; in low light situations attaching a speed light is not always practical or convenient. Lastly, to be able to benefit the most from a camera of this caliber, you need to attach quality lenses.


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Best Camera For Price

By ABJ from San Antonio, TX on 03/05/2009


Pros:

Solid Operation, Good Battery Life, Easy To Use, Bright Lcd, Excellent Image Quality, Superior Build Quality

Cons:

No Manual Control Of Video

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

After seriously reading many reviews on this camera, I decided to purchase it. It takes excellent portraits and also is excellent for scenery and even sports! My camera has also had very good battery life. This camera takes great night shots, and has no problem with the "black dot" and vertical banding after applying the new firmware update. The only con Is that there is no manual control of the video, as others have stated. I would certainly recommend this camera as an excellent product of Canon's. Hopefully they will fix this video option shortly.


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One Of The Best

By Poozer from New Nilford NJ on 03/05/2009


Pros:

Quiet, Excellent Image Quality, Quick Start-up Time, Bright Lcd, Nice Features/settings, Superior Build Quality, Good Battery Life

Cons:

Needs Spare Battery Source And Charger

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

All works great. As an advanced amatuer / semi professional I have reahed a new level of personal excellence with the full frame digital format. Only wish the new battery pack and charger were more readily available.


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Insane

By South Front Ranger from Colorado Springs, CO on 03/04/2009


Pros:

Easy To Use, Simple Controls/menu, Excellent Image Quality

Cons:

Heavy/bulky

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I love this camera. It, along with the two lenses I own (Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS and Canon 24-70 f2.8), are quite out-of-this world. Seconds after mounting the 70-200 on my camera, I snapped a few quick photos of house plants and other misc. items and downloaded them onto my PC. Wow. Impressive. Then, after dark, I stepped outside to test out the bulb feature. A few planes flew by and left crystal clear light paths in the DSLR. I'm in heaven in Colorful Colorado.


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Great camera (movie mode not so)

By d_e from Switzerland on 03/04/2009


Pros:

Excellent Image Quality, Simple Controls/menu, Lightweight/portable, Good Battery Life, Solid Operation, Quick Start-up Time

Cons:

Video Mode Lacks Av, Missing Features/settings, No Manual Audio Gain In Video Mode, Video Mode Has Jaggies

Bottom Line:

Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

I received my EOS 5D Mark II some weeks ago and did over 1000 shots. I'm by no means a pro - I'm just an amateur. The picture I can create with the 5D are on a whole new level. I thought my old camera (an EOS 400D) was great - now it feels like a toy. The 5D is better in every possible aspect. In the past I also created some video projects with video cameras. Therefore I was very interested in the movie mode of the EOS 5D Mark II. Soon I realized that I can control neither aperture nor ISO or shutter speed. That's when it became obvious that the video mode wasn't really useful. After some tests I also noticed jaggies on diagonal borders that appear only in video mode. Depending on the subject that can ruin a shot. Also it seems that I cannot control audio gain. I don't understand why those features are missing. EOS 5D Mark II makes great pictures. But is not really useful to create videos.


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