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Should I buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark 2?

mikeyc71 14 1.2k
14 Jan 2010 1:40PM
or wait for the 5DMark3....? When is the 5D Mark 3 coming out? I don't want to get the 5D2 with 24-105L lens if a 5D3 is on the horizon.

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Tandberg Plus
14 1.2k 2 England
14 Jan 2010 1:42PM
Just buy it
Lifes too short for if and but's when and stuff

Its a good camera nuff said
mikeyc71 14 1.2k
14 Jan 2010 1:44PM

Quote:Lifes too short for if and but's when and stuff

not quite true if I am spending 2.5K on a body + lens kit.

Hi Dave, thanks for the input. I have heard the 1080p video mode is awful and it suffers from jerky recordings when the exposure changes. Any truth in this?
Tandberg Plus
14 1.2k 2 England
14 Jan 2010 1:51PM
Im Not the video guy being honest.
Stills are great thats why i bought the camera in the first place not for the video.

However after practice the video is ok for what i done with it and i know there are some upgrades coming in a firmware later this year for the 5D 2..
Others who use the video more will give better advice on that sure they will.

But the cam as a stills is great
Tandberg Plus
14 1.2k 2 England
14 Jan 2010 1:59PM

all shot on 5d Mark 2 stills and video
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
14 Jan 2010 2:01PM

Quote:When is the 5D Mark 3 coming out

Probably towards the end of 2011, if Canon stick to their replacement schedule for the 5-series of cameras.

Quote:I have heard the 1080p video mode is awful and it suffers from jerky recordings when the exposure changes. Any truth in this?


It is better than most dedicated 1080p camcorders (under about 10,000) and is used professionally for video. Best place to discuss 5D II video is here .
mikeyc71 14 1.2k
14 Jan 2010 2:03PM
Thanks for the comments guys I will check the links shortly and report back any questions here.

Dave_Canon 11 1.3k United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 4:26PM
Is there some feature or part of the specification that you require that is not in the 5D2? If not, why wait?

I did take some time before choosing a replacement for my 20D but I needed significantly improved image quality and resolution and improved low light capability. The 5D would probably have been just good enough. I also wanted a modern LCD display for setting camera functions easily and was impressed with the 40D & 50D in this respect (I also though the Live View feature might be useful). The combination of all of these at amateur prices meant the 5D2 in the Canon Range.

I have only used the video feature for real once and it worked very well with the quality much better than I had in my previous Camcorder.

Richsr 10 91 223 England
14 Jan 2010 5:47PM
Great camera, but be warned the images files are very large and soon start to fill up your hard drive.
So if you are not careful you may need more storage capacity in the PC.
stevie Plus
13 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 6:16PM
If you've got the cash, just do it - the mark 3 must be some way off and I can't imagine that many people would be disappointed with a 5D Mk2, it's a great camera.
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
14 Jan 2010 7:04PM
My P/F is made up of images from the 5D 2 and 24mm - 105mm so take a look and see what you think but don't click please I do not want people thinking I am fishing. I have used the video a couple of times I am no expert but it seems fine to me. So I would go for it I promise you will not regret it for a moment.

mikeyc71 14 1.2k
14 Jan 2010 7:16PM
The only reason I was asking about the 5D Mark 3 was down to some reviews saying the video aspect is not perfect, e.g. has no autofocus and only has 3.9fps, which is a lot slower than the 5fps of my 20D.

It looks like I will get the 5D Mark II anyway after I have done a bit more research. After all 2.5K for both 5D2 and 24-105L is a lot of dosh, but probably worth it Smile
JackAllTog Plus
8 4.9k 58 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2010 7:17PM
dave-canon makes a good opening point about what you need, what have you got now and where is it limiting you?

The rumour sites talk of a possible firmware update before a mk3. But they also suggest a mythical 3d FF.

Some reviers dont like the mk2 autofocus.

Thats a lot to spend on equipment with a short lifespan, but better to do something sooner than later.
Me, i'm waiting for mid feb, hoping for new canon anouncements.

Though there will always be better around the corner so don't wait too long.
mikeyc71 14 1.2k
14 Jan 2010 7:32PM
That is another point I forgot to mention, it's the slow autofocus in low light. The 5D2 doesn't have a flash and no focus assist light(?) so may be an issue taking pictures outdoors at night time, or indoors in low light.

I have a 20D, which I have had for 5 years now and its still a great beast, but I'd like to upgrade to a FF body rather than a 1.6X crop. I have got 17-40L f/4, 70-200L f/4 and 50mm 1.8Mark1 lenses.

I have also got an old 420EX speedlite, which should work with the 5D2 correct?

Just checked out your p/f Gary and you have some fantastic images there and all taken with the 5D2. I guess I am sold now Smile
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
14 Jan 2010 8:53PM
I have owned the 20D. I would say the 5D Mk II is in a different league altogether! You have got good lenses to use on it.

There is a button you have to press when auto-focusing in video mode. So you have to remember to do that. Professional videographers prefer their cameras not to keep refocusing as they are shooting... that is rather amateurish. Which is one of the reasons why the 5D II is well regarded.

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