Canon 5d Mark II User Review

Rob over at www.1ds.com became the proud owner of Canon’s latest DSLR.  In fact, he was one of the first photographers in the world to get his hands on one and his image samples hit the photography forums ahead of everyone else’s.  Rob has been kind enough to write a brief hands on review giving his opinions which I value.  I’m sure there are many of you considering the purchase of this groundbreaking DSLR and will find his report as interesting and useful as I have.  Enjoy!

Well, as some of you know, I have the 5D Mark II and have been messing around with it a little. To the detriment of many other "Projects".

Canon 5d Mark II Review by Rob

Canon 5d Mark II Review by Rob

Size and Weight:

It feels similar to the old 5D but somehow seems a little more sturdy.

Canon 5d Mark II Review by Rob

Canon 5d Mark II Review by Rob

General Dynamics:

The screen on the back is huge and clear. The menus are simple and easy to get around (If one has a 1D3 or 1Ds3 or 40D etc, they are the same style) and there are some more buttons that I like. AF-On is one. I love this feature. The Auto ISO is handy. I have not figured out all the dial options yet as I mainly use Av with Tv for panning and Bulb now and then. (Steve may explain what these mean if you're not sure)

Canon 5d Mark II Review by Rob

Auto ISO:

I used this but I found it a little limiting and the shutter speeds were too low. I have to get used to how it runs and what it means. I expected the shutter speed to be maintained at a higher level. More to learn I guess. It's a feature that worked, but I am not an expert yet.

Canon 5d Mark II Review by Rob

ISO Performance:

I found it to be OK. Anything special?  NO, just what I expected.  Similar to 1Ds3 but with more range.  Some have commented that if it's as good as the 1Ds3 then "wow" and I agree.  I am used to the 1D and 1Ds3 level of image quality (IQ) so it's normal feeling for me.

Canon 5d Mark II Review by Rob

HD Video:

Very interesting. This is the main reason I have this camera. If HD Video is going to push my buttons, then the 5D Mark II will be the catalyst. Once we get some footage of animals birds and locations, David Attenborough beware!! The quality of the video is extremely good. There are not many options and its manual focus (sort of) once you get going, but all that said, it means that if you're a Canon user with Canon lenses, you can use some awesome glass that's not available on other systems unless you're paying mega bucks. I can hardly wait to point it at some wildlife with a 500/4 and 1.4x teleconverter.

Link to video samples.
Kit lens:

24-105/4 IS L is not something I'd normally buy. We have one already (for the boss), so this one will be sold on. It's adequate. The one thing with these full frame cameras that's a must, it's a decent compliment of lenses. Prime lenses (non zoom) are the best, but this can be limiting, so compromise is called for. My favourites on full frame cameras are the 16-35/2.8, 24-70/2.8 and the 70-200/2.8 IS. All of these exhibit nice qualities. My 85/1.2 and 135/2 are just awesome for those special events like weddings. On a 5D Mark II, you want to be thinking quality glass!!

Canon 5d Mark II Review by Rob

AF:

The jury is still out I guess, but I had no real issues. Many of my soft shots are lens or shutter speed related. When I had the combos right, it was spot on. I used AI Servo a lot. I've only had it a few days, so I'm giving it a pass mark. Time will tell.

Canon 5d Mark II Review by Rob

All in all, I am happy with it.
Once the boss arrives and reviews it for herself, then the real answer will be known!!! SWMBO (She who must be obeyed) will have the last say!!
Cheers

Rob