GAS: Canon EOS 5D

December 17, 2013  •  1 Comment

Canon EOS 5D

I recently acquired a Canon EOS 5D, sure it's an old girl but it works beautifully.

Having used only APS-C sensor cameras up until now I can honestly say that the fuzz about full frame cameras is justified. The viewfinder is big and bright, the build quality is fantastic, and best of all the image quality is noticeably better, resulting in sharper and more noise free images.

The 5D is an old camera, the first affordable full frame camera to hit the market aimed at enthusiasts and semi-pro's back in late 2005, but it still got the moves. Many of its features are very similar to what you would find in consumer cameras today, but in many aspects this old girl still wipes the floor with them.


There are however some minor downsides to this camera compared to modern consumer alternative, but I don't mind:

  • Low ISO performance, native ISO1600 but it can go to ISO3200 boosted. (I never shoot higher than ISO3200 anyway)
  • Limited AF, only the center AF point is cross type. (I use the center AF point and recompose 90% of the time anyway)
  • No built in flash, which is great for triggering off camera flashes. (I'll just get some Yongnuo RF-603 triggers from Amazon or Ebay)
  • No Auto ISO. (It's just a comfort thing, I just need to be aware of the lighting conditions and adjust accordingly)
  • No built in sensor cleaning system. (I often clean my gear manually anyway, especially before a job)


Let's look at the upsides of the 5D compared to a modern consumer camera:

  • A big and bright viewfinder.
  • Solid build quality.
  • Bigger grip and better dials and knobs.
  • Low noise at high ISO.
  • Remarkably better image quality.

 

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Comments

Jakob(non-registered)
Congrats my friend! I look forward to some narrow DOF madness :)
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