Thursday, October 23, 2008

Canon EOS 5D - Brief Overview

The Canon 5D was announced back in 2005, and will be 'officially' 3 years old this November. The 5D had become the first "affordable" full frame camera, and delivered some outstanding results. Even to this day, the 5D is an extremely sharp and well balanced body, despite its age.

Here is a quick overview on the 5D:

-12.8 megapixel 'Full-Frame' CMOS sensor
-ISO Range of: 50-3200
-2.5" LCD (230K Resolution)
-Shooting at 3 fps.

I suppose these would be called the basic specifications, and they might seem to be a bit "weak" when written out, but performance wise, this camera is remarkable.

Today, Scott and I had a chance to try out the Canon 5D with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens. What a combination this was! First and foremost, the EF 100-400 is an outstanding performer. Of course, for the price that it's listed at, ($1,649.99), you'd expect nothing less.

Now for the 5D. We took a series of shots that I'll post further down the post, most at ISO 1600. Shooting an average exposure of 1/20th of a second, at around f/8, we got some great results.

At ISO 1600, the shot is basically noise free. The noise levels are so low that words can't do it justice. Actually, even at ISO 3200, the images were very sharp and almost noise-free.

So my final words are that if you are in the market for a semi-pro camera, or looking for a full frame upgrade, definitely head on over to your local camera store and try this camera out for yourself. For the price that it's at now, this is a brilliant camera. Highly Recommend.

Here are some sample images taken with the 5D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM. *Note: The following shots are only samples taken in a very limited, and low-lit store. They aren't meant to be "nice shots", just some example images.*

ISO 3200: 1/350 at f/4.5 135mm

ISO 1600: 1/15 at f/5.6 400mm

ISO 1600: 1/20 at f/5.6 400mm