Canon 5D Mark II Reviews and Resources

by on September 18, 2007

in Canon

Canon has, after much anticipation and rumors, announced the Canon 5D Mark II.  The 5D Mark II follows in the formidable foot steps of its predecessor with a full frame sensor, which packs in 21.1 megapixels and features sensitivity settings up to ISO 25,600.  Below you will find an abundance of resources, reviews and other information regarding the 5D Mark II and available accessories.

The Canon 5D Mark II is available (depending on supply) from the following trusted vendors:

Canon 5D Mark II (body only) –

Canon 5D Mark II w/ 24-105mm L lens –

Canon 5D Mark II (body only) – Adorama

Canon 5D Mark II w/ 24-105mm L lens – Adorama

Canon 5D Mark II (body only) – B&H Photo

Canon 5D Mark II w/ 24-105mm L lens – B&H Photo

Canon 5D Mark II (body only) – Ritz Camera

Key Features

  • New 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved EOS Integrated Cleaning System (E.I.C.S.)
  • New Full HD 1080 resolution movie recording
  • 3.9 frames per second continuous shooting
  • High performance DIGIC 4 providing superb image quality
  • Maximum 310 large JPEG images in a single burst with a UDMA card
  • 3.0″ VGA (920k dots) Clear View LCD
  • ISO 100-6400 (expansion from 50 up to 25,600)
  • 9 AF points + 6 Assist AF points

Photography Bay Review and Additional Coverage

Canon 5D Mark II Review

Canon 5D Mark II Low Light Demonstration

Canon 5D Mark II vs. Nikon D700 Brief ISO Comparison (Sample Images)

Canon 5D Mark II vs. Nikon D700 In-Depth ISO Comparison (Sample Images)

Canon 5D Mark II News

Full Manual Exposure for Video (via firmware update)

Firmware Version 1.0.7 Update

Black Dots Fix

DXO Mark Sensor Ranking

Canon 5D Mark II Reviews


A full-frame EOS DSLR gets even better-with 21.1 MP CMOS sensor and much more.

DC Resource

All things considered, the Canon EOS-5D Mark II is a very impressive digital SLR. For the Canon enthusiast who wants to step up to a full-frame body, it’s an excellent choice.

Neutral Day

It’s 21.1 megapixel sensor is capable of taking breathtaking imagery, it’s AF system is very fast and entirely competent (if a bit dated), and it’s ISO performance opens up possibilities likely not seen by most photographers, especially those moving up from prosumer level cameras.


For users who’ve been wanting a full-frame SLR, there’s no doubt that the EOS 5D Mark II is a great option. Kudos to Canon for taking a great camera and finding ways to make it better.

DP Review

We have always placed a heavy emphasis on image quality, and all other things aside this means the 5D Mark II has to receive our highest rating.


The full-frame sensor translates to superior flexibility when shooting wide-angle and panoramic scenes, the high megapixel count means more flexibility in cropping and editing files, and the extraordinary level of customizability allows users to tailor the camera features to precisely match their image style desires and shooting preferences.

Canon Professional Network

I can see some of the ‘weaknesses’ it has compared to the 1 series but, those aside, it is really good. For me, the image quality coupled with the size and weight of the camera are very, very appealing.

PDN Gear Guide

While there are some definite stumbles-in particular, the focus system in low light was disappointing-other features live up to the hype. As a very solid low-end full-frame camera, the 5D II is definitely no flash in the pan.

It represents an advance in features over the original EOS 5D and the overall image quality is generally higher-though that higher quality may only be revealed in large prints.

What Digital Camera?

Canon users may now have the resolution of the 1Ds Mark III in a smaller and much cheaper body, but it’s clear that the similarities end there. Rather than being a straightforward derivative of its pro sibling, the 5D Mark II has its predecessor as its template, but with its 50D sibling as a strong influence.

Steve’s Digicams

With superb image quality and performance, the new 5DMk2 can confidently continue to fill the gap between Canon’s entry/consumer-level and all out pro dSLR models.

B&H Photo

Priced under $2700, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is an impressive camera that enables the user to capture monstrous, pro-quality still and video image files for far less than half the price of Canon’s flagship EOS 1Ds Mark II.

Imaging Resource

The Canon 5D Mark II is indeed a premium digital SLR. It’s not just the very high resolution that makes it stand out, but the excellent high ISO performance, effectively giving you the freedom to shoot handheld in conditions where you’d normally need a flash or a tripod.

The Digital Picture

It is a great upgrade to all owners of non-1-Series bodies – and even some 1-Series body owners are going to want one.

Cnet Asia

The EOS 5D Mark II is a very good camera for enthusiasts who are looking for a full-frame option, and has all the bells and whistles which makes this shooter not only a decent still image shooter, but also an industry grade video camera, too, as long as you have proper equipment.

Roland Lim

The image quality is simply amazing with very high resolution and very good high ISO performance. As far as image quality is concerned, I think most users would be more than pleased with the 5D Mark II. However, in areas such autofocus, Canon still lacks behind the competition.

Photo Review

Image noise was barely visible in test shots taken at ISO settings up to 3200, regardless of whether they were short or long exposures. Beyond that point, the visibility of noise increased steadily, although colour accuracy and sharpness were retained right up to ISO 25,600.

Camera Labs

Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II is a powerful and feature-packed DSLR that represents a significant upgrade over the original 5D, and a tough rival in the growing ‘affordable’ full-frame market.

The Online Photographer (First Impressions)

I don’t find a thing to complain about with regard to the build-quality of the 5D Mark II body. You have to realize, however, that I consider lightness in a camera to be an asset, not a liability.


It takes a great full-frame DSLR, the original 5D (Pop Photo’s 2005 Camera of the Year), boosts damn near everything, adds high-definition video capture, and turns in an overall performance that makes it a virtual steal (or at least as close as a steal comes in this price bracket).

Ken Rockwell

Any image defects you see are most likely due to your own lack of expertise, and you had better have some extraordinarily good lenses to take advantage of the resolution.

Phil Holland

The body and autofocus alone make it my camera of choice. However, if I shot more street work, shot weddings, or just needed to finally get rid of that pesky Canon D30 finally (you guys know you’re out there) I’d say the 5D Mark II is a great buy.

Pro Photo Home

The point here is to review the video mode for the regular purchaser of the cam. They will most likely be disappointed in the video mode. I didn’t bother to mention how “fiddly” the whole operation is compared to a proper pro camcorder with zoom controls, a shoulder mount, etc., etc.


There’s virtually no visible noise at all from ISO 50 all the way up to ISO 3200, with even the three faster settings of 6400-25600 producing perfectly usable images. Canon seem to have matched the low-light performance of the Nikon D3 and D700 whilst substantially increasing the resolution.


Resolution is as good or better at the same ISO as the original 5D, but the range is extended somewhere between one and three stops in a sensor with 65% more pixels.

Digital Rev (hands-on preview)

Whether you were thrilled with the idea of the HD movie recording or not, one thing is for sure and that’s the Canon EOS 5D Mark II has improved over its formidable predecessor and offers solid performance as a semi-pro camera.

Digital Pro Talk (hands-on preview)

I can’t wait to permanently get my hands on this baby. The phenomenally high ISO capabilities promise some unbelievable benefits especially to us event shooters.

DP Review (hands-on preview)

So here is the 5D Mark II, which punches high in terms of both resolution and features, headlining: 21 megapixels, 1080p video, 3.0″ VGA LCD, Live view, higher capacity battery. In other words, a camera that aims to leapfrog both its direct rivals, either in terms of resolution (in the case of the D700) or features (in the case of the DSLR-A900).

Canon 5D Mark II Sample Images and Video



What’s in the Box

  • EOS 5D Mark II Body
  • Eyecup Eb
  • Wide Neck Strap EW-EOS5DMKII
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-200U
  • Battery Charger LC-E6
  • Battery Pack LP-E6
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk
  • Software Instruction Manual

Canon 5D Mark II Accessories

Canon BG-E6 Battery Grip

Canon LP-E6 Rechargeable Battery

Canon LC-E6 Battery Charger

Canon ACK-E6 AC Adapter Kit

Canon DR-E6 DC Coupler

Canon BGM-E6 Battery Magazine

Canon CBC-E6 Car Battery Charger

Canon WFT-E4A Wireless File Transmitter

Canon EG-A Focusing Screen (Standard)

Canon EG-D Focusing Screen (Grid)

Canon EG-S Focusing Screen (Super Precision)

Canon EW-5DMK II Strap

Canon 430EX II Speedlite

Canon 580EX II Speedlite

Canon STE2 Speedlite Transmitter

Canon RS-80N3 Remote

Canon TC80N3 Timer Remote

Canon RC1 Wireless Remote

Canon RC5 Wireless Remote

Canon 5D Mark II Resources

Instruction Manual and Software Download Page

Canon Digital Photo Pro v3.5.1 (for 5D Mark II RAW support)

Canon 5D Mark II Press Release

United Kingdom/ Republic of Ireland, 17 September 2008: Canon announces the full frame, 21.1 Megapixel EOS 5D Mark II: the first EOS with full High Definition video capability.

Compact, lightweight and with environmental protection, the successor to the EOS 5D boasts a newly designed Canon CMOS sensor, with ISO sensitivity up to 25,600 for shooting in low light conditions. The new DiG!C 4 processor combines with the improved CMOS sensor to deliver medium format territory image quality at 3.9 frames per second, for up to 310 frames.

Triggered from Live View Mode, HD video capture allows users to shoot uninterrupted at full 1080 resolution at 30fps – for amazing quality footage with outstanding levels of detail and realism.

The integration of HD movie capability into a high-end 21.1 Megapixel camera opens a multitude of new possibilities for photojournalists and news photographers. With its full frame CMOS sensor and outstanding ISO performance, the EOS 5D Mark II will appeal to any photographer in search of the finest camera equipment available – from studio and wedding to nature and travel photographers.

Enhancements from the original EOS 5D include:

  • Addition of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System, with a new Fluorine coating on the low-pass filter
  • Larger 3.0” Clear View LCD with VGA resolution, a 170° angle of view and anti-reflective coatings
  • Improved menu system including Quick Control Screen for more direct access to common settings
  • Automatic peripheral illumination correction, utilising detailed EF lens information to optimise JPEG images straight out of the camera
  • Magnesium alloy construction with additional environmental protection
  • UDMA memory card compatibility

“Professional photojournalists and wedding photographers already choose the EOS 5D for its discrete size and outstanding image quality,” said Mogens Jensen, head of Canon Consumer Imaging. “The addition of HD movie recording opens a new chapter for EOS. It creates new possibilities for EOS photographers to capture and share their stories and to stay relevant in a rapidly changing digital landscape.”

Key Specifications:

  • New 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved EOS Integrated Cleaning System (E.I.C.S.)
  • New Full HD 1080 resolution movie recording
  • 3.9 frames per second continuous shooting
  • High performance DiG!C 4 processor providing superb image quality
  • Maximum 310 large JPEG images in a single burst with a UDMA card
  • 3.0” VGA (920k dots) Clear View LCD
  • ISO 100-6400 (expansion from 50 up to 25,600)
  • 9 AF points + 6 Assist AF points

Pricing & Availability:

The EOS 5D Mark II (body only) is available from end of November 2008 priced at £2299.99 / €2999.99 RRP inc. VAT.

The EOS 5D Mark II, EF 24-105mm f4.0L IS USM kit is available from end of November 2008 priced at £3049.99 / €3999.99 RRP inc. VAT.

Additional information

New CMOS sensor
The EOS 5D Mark II newly designed full frame 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor features ISO sensitivity from 100-6400, expandable to 50, 12,800 and 25,600. Large 6.4µm2 pixels have been redesigned to capture more light and yield a better signal to noise ratio to ensure lower noise images throughout the ISO range. The full frame sensor has the same dimensions as a frame of 35mm film. This means that wide-angle lenses stay wide, without the change in angle of view associated with smaller sensor cameras. As well as benefiting from finer control over depth of field, photographers moving up to the EOS 5D Mark II full frame format will find the newly designed wide, bright 98% coverage viewfinder a joy to work with.

New DiG!C 4 processor
A new DiG!C 4 processor combined with 14-bit analogue to digital conversion provides smooth gradations in mono-tonal areas such as skies, and highly accurate colour rendition. As well as HD movie shooting, DiG!C 4’s high speed provides for long uninterrupted continuous bursts of large JPEGs, near-instant start-up times and immediate and fast review after shooting. DiG!C 4 also provides for improved noise reduction algorithms, complementing the already low noise images from the EOS 5D Mark II CMOS sensor.

HD video capture
The EOS 5D Mark II is Canon’s first D-SLR to incorporate full HD 1920×1080 video capture. Once filming is started from Live View mode, photographers can fire off either single or continuous stills, with video capture continuing after the final frame is captured.

See everything
A new 3.0” VGA resolution LCD provides a wide 170º angle-of-view, providing plenty of clarity for accurate focus checks in playback. The screen brightness can automatically adjust to suit viewing conditions, extending battery life in low light and improving viewing in bright conditions. A new dedicated Live View button switches modes to display a real-time image on the LCD. This allows EOS 5D Mark II  photographers to enjoy simplified shooting from awkward angles. Simple connection to a PC provides easy remote shooting.

Precision focus and metering
A 9-point auto focus system is supported by 6 additional invisible Assist AF points, located inside the spot-metering circle to optimise subject tracking performance in AI SERVO AF mode. For accurate exposure readings in tricky lighting conditions, the spot metering circle covers just 3.5% of the frame.

The EOS 5D Mark II redesigned menu system includes a new Quick Control screen, for instant access to the most commonly changed settings. A new Creative Auto mode allows photographers to cede control of key settings to the camera, while retaining control over creative variables such background blur, drive mode and image brightness. Custom user settings allow photographers to switch between two completely different camera setups. This is ideal for changing quickly between two different environments, such as switching from working inside a church without flash to outdoors with fill-flash at a wedding.

Shooting flexibility is enhanced with a range of new accessories. Shooting capacity can be extended with either the high capacity 1800mAh lithium-ion Battery Pack LP-E6, or Battery Grip BG-E6. A new optional Wireless File Transmitter – the K271 – offers external HDD and GPS compatibility along with the ability to transmit images direct to computer or FTP server, or operate the camera wirelessly. Both the BG-E6 and K271 feature a vertical orientation shutter release and other key controls for comfortable portraiture work, with a substantial grip to help balance the camera when used with long lenses.




1 daniel September 24, 2007 at 5:02 am

Beside the already mentioned feaures there should also be the sensor cleaning mecanism. I wonder which new lenses will be anounced. Maybe 200mm F2.8 IS

2 daniel September 24, 2007 at 10:02 am

Beside the already mentioned feaures there should also be the sensor cleaning mecanism. I wonder which new lenses will be anounced. Maybe 200mm F2.8 IS

3 mike October 18, 2007 at 7:57 am

Semi weather sealing .. 4-5 fps … my a$$
Okay Canon can sell more 5D and future 5DmkII than Nikon their D3 by dropping prize of those 5D\'s.
What they should do is to put real enviromental sealing and 8fps
into body of 5D (call it 5DmkII). 12MP is enough .. why an earth 16MP ?? … much more appreciated are better DR and working AF.

4 mike October 18, 2007 at 12:57 pm

Semi weather sealing .. 4-5 fps … my a$$
Okay Canon can sell more 5D and future 5DmkII than Nikon their D3 by dropping prize of those 5D’s.
What they should do is to put real enviromental sealing and 8fps
into body of 5D (call it 5DmkII). 12MP is enough .. why an earth 16MP ?? … much more appreciated are better DR and working AF.

5 wyatt tillotson October 20, 2007 at 12:00 pm

We will wait and see. If the frames per second as well as weather sealing aren\'t there, then Canon will lose serious business to Nikon and there new D3 camera. A new 5d with full frame sensor and 8 frames per second sounds great, Mike.

6 wyatt tillotson October 20, 2007 at 5:00 pm

We will wait and see. If the frames per second as well as weather sealing aren’t there, then Canon will lose serious business to Nikon and there new D3 camera. A new 5d with full frame sensor and 8 frames per second sounds great, Mike.

7 steeliejim October 23, 2007 at 7:34 am

Still learning my 40d and a few quibbles but, overall, it does a great job for the kind of photography I mostly do. Am anxiously awaiting the 5d follow on. Canon has a dilemma, a good one for us. Namely, they have to up the ante on features for the 5d followon beyond what they would have done without Nikons new cameras. 8 fps and full weathersealing would be awesome for me, and I think sensor cleaning is a given. But, Canon needs to keep enough of a differentiation from the 1D Mark III so as not to kill its sales. And yes, I know the Mk III has a 1.3 crop factor so a bit of a perceived advantage in telephoto. But not so much IMO, cuz a full frame can easily be cropped without any difference in IQ to the naked eye.

8 wesley October 30, 2007 at 7:36 am

the 5D mark II will be 22 magapixel according to Canon people

9 Bob October 30, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Err, then why would anyone buy the 1Ds Mark III? Pay $4000 for weather sealing, WiFi and SD Card features? Sure, sign me up.

10 Unknown October 31, 2007 at 1:16 am

5d will be 22 MP? ROTFL!

11 Eric October 31, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Wesley, I appreciate the pointer from "Canon people," but can you provide any detail on your source of information. I'm highly speculative that Canon would produce a 22MP 5D since their flagship is 21MP.

12 Matt November 5, 2007 at 2:32 pm

I don’t care what features they have or don’t have – it will still be a huge upgrade for people still using a 20D or 30D who have advanced and want something with better features. At this point all I care about is them releasing it this month! Although from what some other people have said, maybe they will delay in order to up the FPS and weather sealing.

13 parsa rohani November 11, 2007 at 10:31 am

check out the price graph for 5d .. dropping like a rock.. amazon now has it for 2099…. Mark II is coming!

14 Eric November 11, 2007 at 10:27 pm

Thanks for the info parsa. I’ve updated the post.

15 Brian November 12, 2007 at 11:55 am

The 1DS MkIII will be 22mp, not the 5D MkII

16 mike November 13, 2007 at 6:42 pm

God please release the new 5D before christmas !! :/

17 iData November 16, 2007 at 12:52 am

In Canada – Canon has the Double your Rebate promotion again (canon’s website filed under promotions [PDF]). Last year, it was ANY dSLR that you wanted combined with ONE more item, you’d get double your rebate. This year, it is ONLY the 5D… sure you can buy any other dSLR Kit… but the rebate would only be on the accessory, not the camera kit! (unless it’s the 5D) Think Canon is trying to push out more inventory of the 5D? [*w/ $700CDN rebate]

18 Santiago November 21, 2007 at 8:17 pm

whay develope department in Canon inc. dont anonce the official note with date of relese 5D mkII , i cant wait 3 mounth more. my plan is replace the 10D with 5, but when im introduceing with info of new 5d im bloody irritated with idea of buying new 5d! and her price!!!!?
to compareing with nikon

19 Max November 22, 2007 at 12:28 pm

Yeah we all have to be patient to see the price of the new 5D and if it’s too expensive, i’ll take the 5D anyway, still the perfect choice right now..

20 Matt November 23, 2007 at 5:20 pm

Oh No! Checked on iData’s comment and the rebate goes until Dec 31, 2007 !!! I don’t think it would be good for their sales if they released the 5d Mk2 during their inventory sell-off and rebates. No doubt they’ll stay tight-lipped about it, but maybe that means they’re in the clear to release it for the big Expo at the end of January.

If anyone from Canon is reading this, I will be happy to be a professional Beta tester for you. Get in touch –

21 mxky December 2, 2007 at 2:38 pm

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22 mxky December 2, 2007 at 2:39 pm
23 Tony December 4, 2007 at 8:09 pm

I’ve reed numerous reviews about the current 5D on internet. That seems already a remarkable camera with outstanding performance. The only common complain about it is the huge dust problem. More than the other entire Canon DSLR body’s it’s a magnet for dust. For that reason I decided to wait for its replacement by the new 5D MK II which will be definitely equipped with the Dust Removal System. According the rumors on internet I thought I could run soon to the nearest Canon shop to buy a copy but I begin to believe that it will take at least another six months before Canon announce this new desirable camera…

24 Gray 4 Wisdom December 11, 2007 at 8:48 pm

For the current price of the 5D forget the new one. It will cost no less than 3g’s (body only) and for that price you could have the Pro 9000 printer and 24-105l lens combo pack! Also, grab a copy of DxO Optics Pro version 5 for three bills and shoot Raw. It will knock your socks off with current 5D and supported lenses. Canon already crossed the affordable full frame line with the 5D so just buy it and enjoy that 15mm fisheye DxO’ed to 12mm and go where no crop body can.

25 Mike December 15, 2007 at 12:12 pm

People in US are really lucky, the 5D there is about 1500 euros, here in France it’s still 2300 euros… I’ll sure wait that the price here go down under 2000 euros and i’ll buy it, i can’t imagine the price of the new 5D here, probably around 3000 euros, too expensive, and with that, you have to buy “L” lenses minimum..

26 Andre December 25, 2007 at 10:49 pm

hi Mike i think that in france if thats the case its overpriced. I can easily buy it here in holand for around (2000 euros) with 200 cash back.

27 Mike December 30, 2007 at 10:55 am

Hallo Andre, The prices are going down, I found on the 5D at 1995 Euros with the cashback (1 more day) you’ll actually get it at 1800 euros. It’s the lower price I found here in France in a (respectable and renownded store). I don’t talk about germany or Honk Kong because it’s cheaper there..

28 Mike December 30, 2007 at 10:59 am

It’s just amazing the differences between the prices here, let’s talk about the compact flash memory cards. The lower price for the Sandisk Compact Flash Extreme III 16 Go is about 160 euros, and the bigger one is about 630 euros !? with the internet thing, we must take the time to check everything :/

29 Kris January 6, 2008 at 10:56 am

I was told by a reputable dealer that Canon and Nikon are working on prime zoom lenses F4 200 to 600mm. Any comments?

30 Eric January 6, 2008 at 11:31 am


Nikon already has lenses fitting that description. Canon has a 600mm f/4 lens. While lenses are inevitably updated as time goes by, Nikon just updated their 600mm f/4 lens to add VR. (See here.)

Canon has recently announced the development of a 200mm f/2L IS lens and a 800mm f/5.6L IS lens.

I really think the only plausible part of that info could be maybe a 200mm f/4 IS lens from Canon or an update to Nikon’s 200mm f/4 to add VR and make it an AF-S lens. Given the recent news of Canon’s 200mm and 800mm lenses, I don’t expect that we’ll see one at PMA. Maybe a Nikon update, if anything.

My best guess is that your dealer has got his numbers mixed up with the 600mm VR lens from Nikon and Canon’s recent news of the 200mm and 800mm lenses.

31 Egres January 15, 2008 at 1:32 am

Spoke with a photo-hardware store owner over here in holland. I asked him about any news around new products from Canon. This is what he said: I don’t know anything specific about new products being released by Canon. All I know is that the traders and dealers in the netherlands are invited to a “Launch Party” at the 28 of january 2008. So we can expect something to happen.

32 D January 19, 2008 at 2:39 am

Would love to see a new 100mm or 200mm IS Macro. I would be first in line for this. A tripod is not always practical so IS is logical. Besides, Nikon has VR on their 105mm macro.

33 Wayne Smith January 25, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Everyone keeps speculating about a 5D Mk II, but if Canon goes with the “Mark” designation, I suspect it’ll be a Mk III, because all the 1D’s have Mark numbers that coincide with the generation of Digic processor they have. Hence, 1D’s with a Digic II are all Mk II’s, and those with a Digic III are Mk III’s.

Because it would look odd to go from 5D to 5D Mk III, I expect an upgraded 5D would be called 5Dn.

In any case, I can’t wait…

34 eric January 26, 2008 at 3:31 am

Hey it looks like the updated XTI rumors are true, I am still really hoping for a 5D upgrade as its the oldest in the lineup and a full frame with all the new goodies for less than 8g’s would be awesome and seems smart. But the new Rebel XSi is out and its on there website and all, so yea!

35 Andy January 31, 2008 at 1:38 am

Seriously – no update to the 5D or some other (3D/7D) pro-level camera for PMA? Amazing. I can’t believe Canon would go 3 years without updating the 5D. It’s just silly.

36 Viktor January 31, 2008 at 11:08 am

Not just silly, it’s a shame. I’ve been waiting for a 3D or 5DII for 3 months now… Checking this site on a daily basis… agonizing…

37 Andres February 1, 2008 at 12:56 pm

I’ve also been expecting the release of the new 5D, so i can hopefully afford the current one :D

38 Alfie Noakes February 8, 2008 at 10:31 am

Perhaps the OLED seen on a 5D will make it to the new model – Canon (link edit – Ed.)

39 Josh February 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm

I am so torn between waiting another 6 months or so for the new 5d or buying the current one. I am not in any hurry, but am looking to upgrade from my xti and the current 5d price is making it tempting! I know the current 5d is more than good enough for my needs, but I still want a camera with the latest features. I’ve already waited so long. argg..

40 Iris February 20, 2008 at 2:05 pm

I was very interested with CANON EOS 5D MARK II, when I saw it. But perhaps, somebody knows the preliminary price for that new model?

41 vivi March 4, 2008 at 12:58 pm

The 5D is dropping prices to make room for the new 5D Mark II. Will be released sooner than expected. Prices will be less than the Nikon 300 competitor.

42 G Harper March 9, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Semi weather sealing?

One thing Canon needs, or rather I need, is a fully sealed camera at a reasonable price.

Surely it’s no unreasonable to expect a 1000 plus pound camera to with stand to odd shower.

I have been very happy with my 5D. But after having paid 1750 quid for it just over two years ago, I’m not so happy to find out it has internal corrosion issues. Waiting to find out it is repairable.

43 Majid Naghdi March 13, 2008 at 4:57 am

Canon 5d is very good and 5d mark II is very better but 3500 usd is very high price

i bught a sony a700 is very cheaper

44 mxky April 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Yeah, and the release of the 5D could be able in 2009, and not before, even it will be announced during the PHOTOKINA.

45 TJP April 21, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Well, I’m hoping those specs aren’t correct. And I don’t think it really puts that much of a dent in the excitement surrounding the competition. 40d AF – not that exciting. The D300 has the AF of the D3 not the D40. I would hope that model of taking the top features aside from sensor (D300 has the same AF, the same metering, the same control / button layout for the most part) would find its way to Canon. I love my 5D but what I would like is a smaller 1 Series – smaller sensor (12 MP would be just fine), no built-in vertical grip, same 1 series AF, same 1 series top button layout. [B] Think of the digital equivilent of Canon’s current film 1V camera and you’ve got it. [/B] The “specs” posted here would seem to indicate that Canon thinks folks just want more MPs (yeah, that’s why they’re loving the 12 MP D3) and would be happy with updates to the 40d AF (I’ll say it – lame) and Digic III/14 Bit.

46 Lumondo April 22, 2008 at 6:13 pm

Let’s not forget what the 5D was when it was introduced. It was and continues to be a studio/indoor camera. The niche of the 5D is not an all-weather machine.

Therefore neither fast fps nor weather sealing are required.

47 Peter April 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm

The 5D is not an outdoor camera? Where did you read that? Strangest thing I’ve heard… Have you seen all the pictures taken outside with the 5D, Lumondo?

48 Anon Oz April 27, 2008 at 12:02 am

there is a Perth company that specialises in Canon’s (thats all they sell) called Quality Cameras. If you check out their webiste their out of 5D’s. I’d say this means something

49 C Anon Insider May 13, 2008 at 8:57 am

Fact: Good news coming… the replacement 5D will be announced in the coming weeks, slated for release during August 2008.

50 Kachaner May 24, 2008 at 7:55 am

Canon France is sending teasinf via e-mail to the journalists for an event on June 10th at 11h30 CET. They will announce the 2 future Canon summer 08 stars (Canon 5D Mark II?).


51 Kimball G. Orwoll May 27, 2008 at 4:57 pm

I notice today that Amazon has a page about a new book by Charlotte K. Lowrie, that would seem to confirm some rumors about a new Canon 5D.
Here is the link:

She is the author of the Canon 5D field guide. This would certainly help confirm the rumors about an upcoming release of a 5D Mark II.

Kimball G. Orwoll

52 MXKY May 27, 2008 at 6:09 pm

I’ve waited the release since september 07. So i’m a bit disapointed. We’ll see what will happen in a couple of months. But I really think that the release of the new 5D won’t be out before september..

53 Kachaner June 11, 2008 at 12:51 pm

June 10th announcements were about CANON EOS 1000D and the flash Speedlite 430 EX II.

This is disappointing.


54 Clyde July 2, 2008 at 3:18 am

D700 officially launched already, and this uses the D3 sensor in a D300 body. 5d sensor is better, but the D300 body might be a tough act to follow for the 5d upgrade… Canon needs some serious body-building and LCD upgrades to stay in the lead… JMHO

55 Peach July 5, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I’m still waiting, but may have to consider at least looking at the D700 when it is available. I don’t have a huge investment in Canon glass, so the switch wouldn’t be too painful at all. Especially if the updated 5D comes in at much over $3500 as rumoured.

I am also wondering if the LCD will have a higher pixel count. 3″ is great, but better with more pixels to help compose macro shots.

Fingers crossed!

56 Daniel July 9, 2008 at 12:23 am

Digital Field Guide #198: Canon EOS 5d Mark II Digital Field Guide
by Charlotte K. Lowrie

Product Details
Author:Lowrie, Charlotte K.
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons
Author:Lowrie, Charlotte K.
Subject:Techniques – Equipment
Series:Digital Field Guide
Series Volume:198
Publication Date:November 2008

57 Daniel July 9, 2008 at 12:24 am
58 FB` August 8, 2008 at 8:43 am


half rebel xs/1000d, half 5d mkii

59 John Onoko August 18, 2008 at 3:32 am

I have a friend who works in engineering at Canon and he let it slip one night after a few too many beers, what will be released in the next 2 months. The Canon 3D ( 5D vII ) will offer a 22MP sensor, iso up to 51200 but restricted to 12800 in non-custom modes. True 8fps, 21pt AF and new body for better weather proofing. It will be very expensive and is not really a 5D MKII as it will be a class above.

Many components will be from the 1D’s as these will be phased out gradually due to the bruises from the Nikon D3

To all those people who said the new camera cannot out-spec the flagship model to retain sales, erm, Canon know they will lose sales if they don’t beat the Nikon D3, D700, D300. Releasing touched up models will leave Canon in big trouble….

( All the above is made up .. same as all the other rumours posted everywhere )

60 mxky August 21, 2008 at 10:24 am

Months later, whats really new about the released of the 5D ? I’m really patient since october 2007 but I think that I’m getting crazy about the rumors :/ Then Patience

61 eric turner September 9, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Dude this thing is finally going to be here, check out the friggin lame teaser they put out! But at least its finally going to be here!

62 Hochzeitsfotograf in Hamburg September 13, 2008 at 10:28 am

It’s a good thing, to have the choice between to Full Sensor Cameras.

63 Fotograf October 17, 2008 at 9:02 am

It’s an amazing Quality this camera will give us.

64 Zoe's Digital Camera Reviews October 27, 2008 at 10:25 pm

This SLR is definitely taking the Digital Camera Market by storm. I cant wait to review it.

65 mihai November 16, 2008 at 4:48 pm

I think Canon are very serious technical problems and are not capable to Release the 5d mark ii

66 mxky November 26, 2008 at 9:08 am

I finally bought the canon 5D (mk1), the release is too expensive, i dont need the extra megapixels and the HD video ready.

67 Henry Wadsworth December 24, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Frankly, I’m surprised that Canon has abused its clientele with misinformation regarding this camera. Since the beginning, I have been a Canon photographer, but the recent past has led me to question that loyalty, in favor of the competition.

Canon has deliberately omitted a full manual exposure setting for the video mode. This is tantamount to a slap in the face to all professional users that require total control of the imagery (just as they do for still photos). Unless this issue is resolved with a firmware update, it will be taken as a blatant show of disrespect.

Furthermore, the 30fps video frame rate is based upon the NTSC broadcast standard- a standard that will become obsolete in February 2009 (when the digital standard takes effect).

Why would Canon feature an obsolete standard of capture? Why would Canon prevent the user from exercising control over video exposure? Gross oversight? Or, perhaps, something a little more devious (i.e. marketing)?

And speaking of devious, Canon is neglecting to inform customers that a) an expensive software upgrade (to CS4) is mandatory for viewing and working with RAW files and b) an expensive hardware upgrade (to an intel duo core 2.6MGHZ processor system) is required for working with video files.

This camera is, at best, high-end amateur. For the professional, it is an insult. It is a very strong argument for trading in all of one’s Canon equipment in exchange for the competition. At least, the competition seems to look out for those whom invest so much within it.

68 John December 24, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Oh for crying out loud…go buy a video camera then…WTF, I think Canon would be wise to scrap ALL the video features for future cameras – it’s just more gimmickry to get themselves into trouble with or to get criticized for…

69 Henry Wadsworth December 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm

Sorry, John, for being a professional.

70 Bill December 26, 2008 at 11:57 am

Well, Henry -

Since you are a professional, I’m sure you are shooting with at least 2 – 1D MkIII’s and a complete set of lenses. So, this camera is not designed for you, anyway. I do agree, that the video seems a bit gimmicky – if I want to do video I’ll buy a video camera. As for us “amateurs” who can’t write off the investment in an $8,000 body, this camera may be great. And if you are so fed up with Canon, then go and switch to Nikon because they never do anything wrong.

71 Henry Wadsworth December 26, 2008 at 4:08 pm

I’m sorry to have hurt your feelings.

My intention was to review a product, not to anger a support group, or to encourage a dysfunctional conversation.

Happy Holidays!

72 Bill December 27, 2008 at 9:48 am

I don’t know why you consider this dysfunctional – you state that “Canon has deliberately omitted a full manual exposure setting for the video mode.” I assume you work for Canon and know for a fact that this was deliberately omitted – that leaving this out was a conscious decision. To what end? So that those who need to have this feature would have to purchase a separate video camera? You say its a slap in the face of the professional, but later state that this camera is not designed for the professional – somehow you don’t seem to understand that this was not designed to be a primary video camera. The video function is just a “bonus” to the functionality of the camera.

73 Roderick December 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Amen Bill.

These manufacturer’s are creating a rod for their own backs. First they threw in sensor cleaners – now a camera gets dumped on for not having it. Now it’s onto the video nonsense…all the while some fundamentals continue to get compromised.

I don’t believe this Wadworth fellow is a “pro” by any stretch – he wouldn’t be using this camera for his “pro” work…LMAO. His little rant about Canon deliberately omitting features, makes his comment about not angering a support group all the more funny.

What is a wad worth anyways?

74 Bill December 28, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Thanks, Roderick -

I think about the time before I could afford “pro” quality power tools for woodworking. I bought a lot of stuff at Sears – OK stuff, but they would add features that never worked quite right. They concentrated more on having some useless feature than on making the tool a solid performer for the task it was supposed to do. I’m not saying this is the case here – I am a Canon user, and have been for 40 years – but it seems to me that adding video to a camera is just adding a feature that most of us will seldom use. I cam honestly say for all the time I have used my DSLR’s I have never said – gee, I wish this could do video!

75 Bill December 28, 2008 at 12:30 pm

And I will admit – I am not a “Pro.” I did some commercial work and weddings years ago, but now its just for my own pleasure.

76 MXKY January 12, 2009 at 4:34 am

Is the 5D Mark II really suffering of lighting dots? This is a bit strange, some people say that this could be corrected with a simple firmware, some others say that there is a real problem in the sensor fabrication? :/

77 Hochzeitsfotograf Berlin January 21, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Crazy, EOS 5D has the same resolution (21.1 mp) then the EOS 1Ds Mark III. Who needs the EOS 1Ds now?

78 Ali January 23, 2009 at 5:50 am

Canon will come out with a better flagship camera. They aren’t just going to stop with the 5d Mark II. From what I have heard, the firmware does fix the problem with the spots for the people that had this problem.

79 Yan February 28, 2009 at 2:42 pm

For those new 5Dmk2 owners, here’s a iPhone pocket guide:

80 William Spiritdancer September 20, 2009 at 1:12 am

A Collection of Canon 5D Mark II Test Footage for filmmakers:

81 PIXU September 26, 2009 at 4:46 am

Still a little bit expensive to me but I’ve been able to test it, and it’s quite a great camera.

82 Leo January 22, 2010 at 6:28 am

I own both the 5D and the 5D mark II. Full frame is the main reason. I simply love it. I do not film, so the different between both camera’s is not so big for me. Ofcourse, more mp, some nice new features. I think these camera’s are a very good buy for the money. If you are on a low budget, buy a good second hand 5D and you will be surprised.

83 hoopy March 11, 2010 at 11:50 pm

always impressed by level of expertise people develop just by bying camera. Most efortless hobby ever. Learn to play instrument decently = 2-3 years at least. With DSLR, you just buy it, fart on your social website about difference between prime and zoom, hey you’re expert!

84 Tatjana Marintschuk October 24, 2010 at 7:57 am

… shorty cooming 1Ds Mark IV, 32 MP Full Sensor and next step will be 5D Mark III comming ;)

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