What an upgrade!

May 7, 2010 (Updated May 7, 2010)
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Pros:Size, IQ, weather sealing, micro adjust

Cons:Price if it is your first jump to a full frame

The Bottom Line: If you have a crop sensor and want to upgrade, get this camera!


I've had a couple cheaper rebels in the past and jumped up to the 5D II because I was tired of wanting to upgrade and figured I would just do it all in one big leap.

I love this camera. I see some people complain about the AF and the points. I don't do studio work and 90% of the time (or more) use the center point anyway, so this might be an issue for some but really has no effect on my use. High ISO is just great compared to the crop frames. I can use my 100-400mm L in many more situations now because of the ISO performance on this camera as that lens needs good light because it is not very fast. 4 frames a sec is perfectly fine for what I do. The camera is large and heavy compared to a Rebel but for a full frame I think it is quite compact and feels great in my hand. I do not mind walking half the day with the 24-70mm f/2.8L mounted. I would recommend getting a hand strap for it though, instead of the neck strap. I got one for around $15 and it works great! The camera is a lot of money for an amateur but I am happy that I have and think I got what I paid for!

Some sample pictures that I've taken with the 5D Mark II: click 'all sizes' above the pic for larger sizes.

24-70mm f/2.8L, B&W CP
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenclass/4573422537/

24-70mm f/2.8L, B&W 10 stop ND filter
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenclass/4476395136/

24-70mm f/2.8L, B&W 10 stop ND filter
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenclass/4513691568/

135mm f/2L
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenclass/4462710587/

24-70mm f/2.8L, B&W 10 stop ND filter
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenclass/4539987402/


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