Canon Announces EOS 5D Mark II
Written by: Tiffany Joyce
A lot of people have been wondering when the replacement of the 5D would come out. I remember reading a lot of rumors online about the so-called Canon 6D and when the estimated launch would be. The long wait is finally over folks. Canon has just announced the release of the Canon 5D Mark II.
Canon has squeezed in 21.1 megapixels on their newly designed CMOS sensor. The best thing about this is that this baby is full-frame. Just imagine how big you can blow up your prints.
Similar to the new 50D, the 5D Mark II sports the new DIGIC 4 image processor which features 14-bit analogue to digital conversion for smoother tonal gradients. It also includes a new noise reduction algorithms for cleaner images.
Full HD Movies Clips
Nikon just debuted this feature with the release of the Nikon D90 but Canon does one better. The HD capability of 5D Mark II has a higher resolution of 1920×1080. The HD feature is also available in Live View mode.
Improved ISO Performance
The 5D Mark II can now also shoot at a maximum ISO of 25,600. This seems to be the new standard for future Canon DSLRs.
EOS Integrated Cleaning System
We’re now all used to vibrating sensors and built in blowers to reduce dust build up on the sensor. Canon came up with what they call the EOS Integrated Cleaning System or EICS. This system adds a Flourine coating to the low pass filter on the sensor as another means to keep everything sparkling clean.
Units should start shipping by the end of November with an estimated retail price of $2,699.00. The unit can also be bought bundled with the EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM for an estimated retail price of $3,499.00. The full release can be found on Canon’s website.
Although the specs look great, it makes me wonder about this trend of integrating HD movie clips in DSLRs. At first, it was interesting, novel. Lisa was quite taken with it actually. I would understand Nikon’s move in including this feature with the D90 since that is still geared towards amateurs. The 5D Mark II, on the other hand, is definitely geared towards professional and semi-pro photographers (as you can see from the price tag).
In all the times I’ve gone out shooting, not once have I ever stopped to think, “Hey, this would be cooler if my DSLR could take videos.” I’m a photographer. I prefer shooting stills. It’s nice and all to have this feature on entry-level cameras and a video feature will come in handy for, I don’t know, family outings? But for equipment that pros actually use, I wonder if this is just a complete waste of space and money. Which leads me to the question How much would the 5D Mark II be worth without the video?
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