Made for taking bright and beautiful pictures and creating superb photos for you in a variety of different conditions, the Canon EOS 12.8 MP camera is a portable body only that is professional. Great pictures and superb performance are yours with this Canon EOS 5D. Capturing great times is a joy by taking advantage of the 2.5-inch LCD monitor found on this Canon EOS digital SLR camera. With its black body, the Canon EOS 12.8 MP camera will be a classy platform for preserving memories. This Canon EOS 5D is excellent for snapping and storing large numbers of on the go photos, with a flash memory card slot, so that you will be able to extend the memory size of the camera. Increasing the number of megapixels means cropping and enlarging will not cause pixelation. With the 12.8 MP image sensor featured on this Canon EOS digital SLR camera, you can produce memorable prints up to 11x16 inches. Since the Canon EOS 12.8 MP camera includes rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries, you will be able to always be primed to catch your life's great moments. This Canon EOS 5D comes with only the body and no lens. Picking and choosing the interchangeable lens or lenses based on your photography wants and needs is the main advantage to purchasing the camera body on its own.
23.9 x 35.8mm
Lens For SD
Auto Focus type
TTL phase detection
Max Shutter Speed
Min Shutter Speed
±2 EV range, in 1/2 or 1/3 EV steps
EV 1-20 ( ISO 100 )
Center-Weighted, Evaluative, Spot, partial (8%)
Aperture-Priority, Automatic, E-TTL II Program Flash, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority
ISO 100-1600, ISO 3200, ISO 50, ISO auto (100-400)
Light Sensitivity Max
Camera Flash Features
Auto Flash, Manual, Rear Sync Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash
Memory / Storage
Supported Flash Memory
CompactFlash Card Type I, CompactFlash Card Type II, CompactFlash I, CompactFlash II, Microdrive
Optical Viewfinder Type
Fixed eye-level pentaprism
Viewfinder - Field Coverage
Dioptric Correction Range
-3 to +1
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.5" - color
1 x USB, 1 x composite video output, 1 x flash terminal, 1 x remote control
1 x CompactFlash Card - type I/II
System Requirements for PC Connection
Operating System Supported
Apple Mac OS X, MS Windows 2000, MS Windows 98 SE, MS Windows ME, MS Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows 98SE, Microsoft Windows ME, Microsoft Windows XP
Battery Form Factor
Still Image Format
DCF 2.0, DPOF 1.1, EXIF 2.21, JPEG, RAW, RAW + JPEG, Raw Image
Min Operating Temperature
Max Operating Temperature
AE/FE Lock, AF Lock, Auto Power Save, Brightness Control, DPOF Support, Depth-Of-Field Preview Button, Digital Noise Reduction, Direct Print, Face Detection, Histogram Display, Interchangeable Lenses, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 Compatibility
Overall, this is a very good camera. I like it a lot.
There are several things that I've noticed and did not like:
1. Auto iso works great in daylight/bright indors, but in difficult conditions (at night, badly lit indors) it plainly sucks. And there's no way to, for example, set minimal acceptable shutter speed or get a consistent picture quality with it under those conditions. I tried it at first and now I rarely use it 2. You cannot create usable pictures at extended iso. 3. The auto focus is fast, I admit that, but often it focuses not where I'd like it to focus. I assume that they included the face recognition system in canon 1dx to fix that problem. This bug renders most of the 61 auto focus points of this camera useless; I make pictures by selecting a region where I'd like for the picture to be focused. This is a time waster
The 5D Classic is barely a move from film to digital. When this camera came out it may have been revolutionary, but the features are somewhat primitive and regressing to the 5D Classic show how far DSLR's have come in quality and features. That said, I have a T4i with the crop-sensor and I wanted to see the difference a full frame sensor makes, and it is substantial. This photos are pretty good - I have a 24mm f3.5 L Tilt-Shift (TS-E) which I am having a blast with, creating wide panoramas, or something I have been experimenting with, square photos, both using the shift feature of the lens. Compared to the photos on the T4i, you can see the difference in increased angle you get with the 5D full-frame sensor - I am wondering if I should even keep my T4i since I haven't been using it much. The down-side of the 5D Classic is the viewing screen. It is very poor at seeing how the focus was, and barely helps with exposure. I am trying to set up a tablet to increase the size of the image, not sure how that will come out but hope it gives more information than just the on-camera LCD. This is a bulky camera, and together with the chunky TS-E lens AND the battery grip, it ways about two bricks(!). But it gives a solid feel. I hardly ever shoot without a tripod. Overall, I highly recommend getting the 5D. It does not have an auto sensor-cleaning mode - you have to buy a kit and clean the sensor by hand. The 5D is about 40% the cost of the new 6D - balance that with the feature set of the 6D you don't get on the 5D. Remember, the 5D doesn't do video. I recommend, for the price versus having a full-frame sensor. Shots come out very nice and I will be entering photos into local competition.
This camera is simply great for the price you can acquire it at now via online markets like Paypal.
The megapixel count is still relevant and it is possibly the ONLY full frame professional camera that can be bought at prosumer prices.
The Canon 5D system also allows for the adapting of 3rd party lenses which, coupled with its full frame sensor, opens your options to an enormous selection of older - yet still excellent - manual focus lenses which can also be acquired at a nominal fee. I have been using this system with Olympus OM series lenses, which in my humble opinion, render light beautifully and are almost as sharp as M-series Leica lenses, and they make the entire system considerably more portable and less obtrusive than using the body with standard Canon lenses.
The larger sensor also accommodates low light photography far greater than standard cropped sensor DSLRs and most compact digital cameras - which I really enjoy. Imagine: shooting pictures at night! With this you can, and your pictures won't carry excessive noise at the higher ISOs. 1600 actually looks nice!
Check out some of my shots using this set up on my flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/adamhuggins/
Overall, this is the most versatile and high quality/performance body I can afford at the moment and it actually works out to be cheaper than my last cropped sensor DSLR.
Besides the costs, using the camera in this way has really brought the joy back into photography that I used to feel when I was shooting with my old manual Olympus OM series cameras and lenses, which I've lost since using most of the conventional cropped sensor DSLRs with all their automation and limitation.
Full frame experience on a budget. Pros: full Frame, very high IQ, very good high ISO performance, solid. Cons: a bit bulky, screen quality for review is low (where the age of the product shows), no auto-ISO
For some time I wanted to upgrade my DSLR to a full frame. Canon 5d mark-1 was the best choice for me. It is by far the cheapest camera of this class and its performance is great. Though it lacks some technological advance (comparing to new crop-models and mark-2 5d) it wins you with great quality -- this a work horse for shooting the way you want and not the way your camera thinks. What I love in it? Large viewfinder, great ISOs range, nice speed, large screen and comfortable interface. All you need to forget the camera when you take your photos -- whether you are shooting on auto or complete manual. Finally the camera does not limit your creativity. This definitely an entry point to professional yet affordable photo-gear that just doesn't outdate.