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Canon EOS 5D

Review Date: May 18, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Low Noise at high ISO's, big and bright viewfinder, build quality, shutter sound, FF, superb image quality
flash sync speed, neck strap, 3 FPS, no quick and EZ mirror lockup, occassional moire,

I don't want this be viewed as a Canon commercial but...

I bought my 5D around October 2005. It was pricey but I think at the time it was fair value. I bought the battery grip also. The body with grip is great for landscape but a bit uncomfortable in portrait orientation.

The camera's features and menus are easy enough to use once you've played with them a bit. Stepping up from other Canon DSLRs will be a breeze.

The camera with the grip and a fast lens is a bit heavy, especially if you add a 580 flash. Consiering the weight, Canon should have provided a better neck strap. I subsequently bought an OpTeck neoprene strap which I highly recommend.

I've only ever used the camera with the portrait grip and 2 batteries. Battery life is excellent, even is very cold temperature.

The flash sync speed is quite low for this type of body and for the price I paid.

It's been said that the AF points are too close and I fully agree. A bit more spacing would have been ideal.

3 FPS is about as low as you can get these days but the files are considerably larger than an 8 MP body. Still, would it have killed Canon engineers to push this up a bit?

Colours are very good once you tweak the settings to your taste. I find the picture styles pretty much useless and generally shoot faithful or custom style. I still don't like the redish look in skin tones and generally find that I need to adjust it in PS. For other types of photography, colours are excellent.

Image quailty is superb and the file sizes will be more than adequet for most purposes.

Overall: great body and worth buying one.