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Canon EOS 5D

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Review Date: Mar 10, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $2,600.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: *Full Frame - No lens conversion * 12 megapixel * Size * Viewfinder brightness * Color capture is unbelievable
Cons:
Price * No EF-S support * No onboard flash (pro and con) * Doesn't like cheap glass *

Purchased my 5D last week. I have previously used several dSLR's and P&S's. I would say I am an un-talented prosumer. I have a XTi and as soon as the 5D came in I took several pics from both. The 5D is heads and shoulders better than the XTi. I even tried my using the 50mm 1.8 II "nifty fifty" on both just to compare (realizing the XTi has a 1.6x crop). I easily picked out the 5d pictures, they were THAT much better. I even used the "L" lens on both, again no debate. I have read several discussion on 'why' this is (sensor size vs FF sensor), all I have to say is it is a VERY noticeable difference.
Price was high (for me) since it's just a hobby. I have a Canon D2000 (Kodak 520c), so I knew I did not want a monster that size, the 5D is 'just right' in size. The weight is 'ok' but feels 3x heavier than the XTi with similar lens. Build is excellent. My XTi has been on overseas trips, submarine tours, hiking in the smokies (garbage bag rain cover Smile, and I think the 5D is built better than it, atleast it feels like it. Finding the right holster carrier is a pain (I have 3 and none fit). Canon doesn't make a fitted case (I know..I know..newbie purchase but they hold up REALLY well).
All in all, I am very happy with my purchase. For $2600 I got the 5D and the 24-105 f4 "L" lens...which means it will only cost $1300 next week...my luck Smile