Canon 5D Mark II vs. Nikon D700 ISO Test REVISED

At the request of some commenters on the recent Canon 5D Mark II vs. Nikon D700 In-Depth ISO Comparison, I have included the full resolution crops and downloadable original full resolution files from the Canon 5D Mark II in addition to the down-res versions matched with the Nikon D700’s resolution.  You can see the complete revised comparison here.

 

Canon 5D Mark II vs. Nikon D700 In-Depth ISO Comparison

In my prior quick and dirty comparison of the Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D700, we looked at some sample images taken from these two cameras and relied largely on each camera’s autofocus and built-in metering with very little manual tinkering by me.  The prior comparison also featured 100% crops from each camera at its native resolution.

Based on reader feedback, I’ve gone back to the drawing board for a second, more in-depth comparison of each camera’s image quality and ISO range. [Read more…]

Canon 5D Mark II Review at Imaging Resource

Imaging Resource has published a review of the Canon 5D Mark II.

Unless you need high speed capture, and a 30fps HD movie is out of the question, the Canon 5D Mark II appears to offer the best of both of its competitors, with high resolution capture and what we expect to be very good high ISO performance.

For the latest news and reviews on the 5D Mark II, be sure to stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Canon 5D Mark II Reviews and Resources.

Canon 5D Mark II Review by Roland Lim

Roland Lim has published a review of the Canon 5D Mark II.

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.

For the latest news and reviews on the 5D Mark II, be sure to stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Canon 5D Mark II Reviews and Resources.

Canon 5D Mark II Review at Photo Review

Photo Review has posted a review of the Canon 5D Mark II.

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.

For the latest news and reviews on the 5D Mark II, be sure to stay tuned to Photography Bay’s Canon 5D Mark II Reviews and Resources.

Canon Black Dots Official Response

Canon USA has released an official statement regarding the 5D Mark II and its, now infamous, black dots phenomenon, along with a banding issue for sRAW1 settings.

We have learned that some users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera have identified two types of image quality phenomena that appear under certain shooting conditions.

  1. “Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources becomes black)
  2. Vertical banding noise

We are currently investigating and analysing the causes, and examining measures to reduce or eliminate these phenomena by providing correction firmware. An announcement will be made on the Canon Web site when such measures have been determined.

Details of the phenomena and shooting conditions under which they are likely to occur are as follows.

  1. “Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources becomes black)
    When shooting night scenes, the right side of point light sources (such as lights from building windows) may become black. The phenomenon may become visible if the images are enlarged to 100% or above on a monitor or, if large prints of the images are made.
  2. Vertical banding noise
    If the recording format is set to sRAW1, vertical banding noise may become visible depending on the camera settings, subject, and background.
  • Vertical banding noise is not noticeable if the recording format is set to sRAW2.
  • Vertical banding noise does not occur if the recording format is set to RAW or JPEG.
  • Noise can be reduced if C.Fn II-3: Highlight tone priority is set to 0: Disable.
  • Additional information can be found on Canon USA’s website.