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Canon EOS 5D

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Review Date: Dec 14, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,799.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Full-Frame, Resolution, Clean sharp images, and Large viewfinder.
Cons:
Ergonomics, MLU buried deep in Custom Functions, Build, No built-in flash, Expensive.

I damaged my Nikon D200 beyond repair on a photographic trip - dropped it on a raging waterfall. I didn't have a large collection of Nikon lenses and I'm mostly a landscape shooter. I figured I needed fullframe and higher resolution, the 5D in this regard delivers. Holding the camera side by side with the Nikon D200 make it apparently obvious that Canon doesn't know how to produce a photographer's camera. Ergonomics is a bit off, I can operate the D200 on one hand while I need both on the 5D. Build quality is ok, I would think it better than average have I not had the D200 to compare it with. That's fine since, I'm not taking the camera into battle or anything.

The biggest downfall is the MLU feature. I use this feature often, being a landscape photographer, but somehow it's cumbersome, compared to the D200, to use. There's also no built-in flash. I have to buy a $200 remote trigger to use an external flash remotely while it's a built-in feature on the D200. It is remarkably expensive for having so many missing features...but that's the price you pay for fullframe. In the end it's the final image that counts and in this, the Canon 5D delivers...not a major jump from 10.2 MP that the Nikon D200 provides but in landscapes a 10-15% gain is never a bad thing.