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first impressions of my 5D2

 
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Mar 22, 2012 07:03 |  #1

After umpteen years, I finally decided to treat myself to a FF body so I purchased the 5D2 once the price dropped due to the 5D3 being announced.

I just received it yesterday and only had a chance to play with it for about 10 min very late last night before turning in.

My only observations so far are the loud shutter clunk (reminds me of my old 20D) and not really much of a difference in IQ or color/pop when taking the same shot with my 40D on a 24-70L. The image from the 5D actually seemed to be a bit less saturated.

For my test shots below, I set identical ISO/shutter/aperture/W​B/AF point on both bodies shooting in RAW. Keep in mind these are straight out of the camera into LR3 and then right to JPEG. No editing at all. The setting were 1/100 at f/2.8 with ISO 1000.

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Mar 22, 2012 07:34 |  #2

Time to go out and shoot something in the real world.
After shooting my 5D2 for few years, and I'm rather not to use my 550D / T2i if I can.


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Mar 22, 2012 07:40 |  #3

I just got my 5dII yesterday too! haven't had a chance to play with it yet though :(




  
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Mar 22, 2012 07:52 |  #4

That "test" is meaningless. Go shoot some real life pictures, and come back in a month to comment on your impressions. You really need to give the camera a legitimate chance to do what it was intended to do before you make any comment.




  
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Mar 22, 2012 08:00 |  #5

YUP!! it's sucks !!!, just jump in at the NOINKS camp, I heard that they have a lightbending, rare albino money jumpin', 2nd coming of Christ camera.---


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Mar 22, 2012 08:03 |  #6

Wait, so you're making an assessment based on some silly, indoor, low light shot? That's that? The 5Dm2 is apparently a worthless camera? How about taking it, I don't know...outside? Take some actual pictures. Edit them. Be amazed by the dynamic range and the ability to almost endlessly play with exposure. Or maybe give it 7 minutes instead of 3.

So what exactly were you looking for in that test? Did you expect the 5Dm2 to turn your desk and little postcard into 3 models running on the beach? It doesn't really work that way...


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Mar 22, 2012 08:07 |  #7

Seventeen Nineteen wrote in post #14131404 (external link)
Wait, so you're making an assessment based on some silly, indoor, low light shot? That's that? The 5Dm2 is apparently a worthless camera? How about taking it, I don't know...outside? Take some actual pictures. Edit them. Be amazed by the dynamic range and the ability to almost endlessly play with exposure. Or maybe give it 7 minutes instead of 3.

So what exactly were you looking for in that test? Did you expect the 5Dm2 to turn your desk and little postcard into 3 models running on the beach? It doesn't really work that way...

I agree that the shots aren't worth much, but geez what's up with you guys? He didn't say anywhere in his post that the 5D2 was "worthless".




  
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Mar 22, 2012 08:09 |  #8

^I know, I know. But seriously - this 'test' is kind of ridiculous. Just go and take some actual photos...


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Mar 22, 2012 08:10 |  #9

John E wrote in post #14131419 (external link)
Not sure if its a good idea to show someone's (or yours) banking information on the checks on the desk.

Haha I had that same thought...unfortunatel​y for him - that 5Dm2 he hates so much is so high resolution that we actually COULD zoom in and get his routing numbers.

No need to worry with that 40D he's comparing it to...

PS. I'm joking around.


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Mar 22, 2012 08:20 |  #10

Thank goodness you guys are here to let him know that he can use his camera outside. Otherwise, I'm sure this guy never would have known, and all he ever would have taken would be photos of things on his desk.




  
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Mar 22, 2012 08:32 |  #11

My only observations so far are the loud shutter clunk (reminds me of my old 20D) and not really much of a difference in IQ or color/pop when taking the same shot with my 40D on a 24-70L. The image from the 5D actually seemed to be a bit less saturated.

For my test shots below, I set identical ISO/shutter/aperture/W​B/AF point on both bodies shooting in RAW. Keep in mind these are straight out of the camera into LR3 and then right to JPEG. No editing at all. The setting were 1/100 at f/2.8 with ISO 1000.

The first step in the chain of processing that LR does is the application of a camera profile. For this purpose LR has a very large folder and inside it subfolders for every model that is supported. In the subfolders for Canon cameras are two Adobe profiles and five DNG Camera profiles that are similar in color rendition to Canon's Picture Style profiles. Every one of these hundreds of profiles is specific for a particular model and unique. Therefore, any color differences that you see in the shots you posted (as long as the two sets of LR settings are the same) are differences in the profiles and nothing can be inferred from them regarding the cameras themselves.


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Mar 22, 2012 08:32 |  #12

rral22 wrote in post #14131363 (external link)
That "test" is meaningless. Go shoot some real life pictures, and come back in a month to comment on your impressions. You really need to give the camera a legitimate chance to do what it was intended to do before you make any comment.

I wasn't jumping to any conclusions just yet! And I fully intend to do what you recommend.


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Mar 22, 2012 08:34 |  #13

Seventeen Nineteen wrote in post #14131404 (external link)
Wait, so you're making an assessment based on some silly, indoor, low light shot? That's that? The 5Dm2 is apparently a worthless camera? How about taking it, I don't know...outside? Take some actual pictures. Edit them. Be amazed by the dynamic range and the ability to almost endlessly play with exposure. Or maybe give it 7 minutes instead of 3.

So what exactly were you looking for in that test? Did you expect the 5Dm2 to turn your desk and little postcard into 3 models running on the beach? It doesn't really work that way...

Again, I'm not saying it wasn't worth the money. All I took was one shot with both bodies to see if I would notice any discernable difference in a low light shot. Besides, that's where the 5D2 is supposed to trump a 40D, no?


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Mar 22, 2012 08:35 |  #14

ktownhero wrote in post #14131410 (external link)
I agree that the shots aren't worth much, but geez what's up with you guys? He didn't say anywhere in his post that the 5D2 was "worthless".

Thank you. I'm sure it will live up to its expectations.


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Mar 22, 2012 08:38 |  #15

coeng wrote in post #14131541 (external link)
Again, I'm not saying it wasn't worth the money. All I took was one shot with both bodies to see if I would notice any discernable difference in a low light shot. Besides, that's where the 5D2 is supposed to trump a 40D, no?

Yeah, it does. Absolutely. What are you trying to discern from the photo that you took though? I don't get it. I'm just joking around - you need to take it outside and shoot some real stuff. If you want to nitpick though - give us some 100% crops of the dark areas in the photo above and then look at the noise.


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