I rented a modified 5DII camera for a week from Lens Rentals. I wanted to offer a brief synopsis of my experience and an image or two. I was pleased that the camera behaves identically to a normal 5DII except for the sensor cleaning hardware which has been removed. The first thing I did was disable auto sensor cleaning in each of the various settings C1-C3 and automatic modes. This bypasses the error concerning the lack of sensor hardware.
In terms of operation this camera works best with normal light levels. It does work at low light but the results are no where near as exciting as normal light levels. The processing was really easy. I basically took raw images and converted them to monochrome in DPP. Fixed the levels and voila white foliage. This camera has been converted to 715nm which results in sharper images according to those who would know. I shot the entire week using a Zeiss 50/1.7 which worked great. I also used a Leica 100mm macro as well though the Zeiss really produces some nice contrast and the 100mm was used exclusively at a small safari park so the comparison isn't precise. I found that I could drive the Columbia River Gorge in late afternoon light and shoot right through my windshield at 55MPH with the 50 on f/8 ISO 200 with excellent results. Not a recommended practice but I made it work and with reasonable safety for all parties.
Here is an image from a conference I attended a few weeks ago at a ranch near Mt Adams. Early morning.
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