Canon EOS-5D Digital SLR Camera Body, 12.8 Megapixels, Interchangeable Lens Camera - USA Warranty

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About Canon

Combining the high-end specifications of the EOS-1 Line and the operational easeof the EOS 20D model, the Canon EOS 5D digital SLR is a premium digital SLR designed for a wide range of photographers. Boasting a 12.8 megapixel, 35mm full-size image sensor in a magnesium alloy body weighing just 28.6 ounces (810 grams), the EOS 5D digital SLR is a petite but powerful imaging machine.

The camera features a Canon-designed & manufactured CMOS image sensor. At 12.8 megapixels, there is enough resolution for a double-page spread in a magazine, a large print of the bride & groom, facial detail in group shots or a landscape of impressive dimensions. The sensor's 35.8 x 23.9mm size means that each pixel can be a generous 8.2mm, resulting in exceptionally low shadow noise, & increases the light-sensitive area of each pixel & improves dynamic range as well.

The full-size sensor maximizes performance of the world's largest selection of autofocus lenses. Even wide-angle lenses have the same look & feel they have with conventional SLR cameras, preserving their optical signatures. The addition of the DIGIC II image processor, provides detailed & natural color reproduction & fast image processing, including an incredible burst performance of 60 Large/Fine JPEGs or 17 RAW images at 3 fps. It also enhances start-up time bringing it down to a lightning fast 0.2 seconds.

A new feature called Picture Styles combines processing parameters & color matrix settings into easy settings designed to obtain the desired effect, almost like choosing a type of film to obtain a specific result, to avoid confusion of digital effects on the image. The Canon EOS 5D digital SLR has a new 9 point AF system with 6 Supplemental AF points, a new AF algorithm & a new AF circuitry.

The new AF system improves subject detection & focusing precision at the center, the most frequently used area, & significantly enhances subject tracking performance. The EOS 5D digital SLR has a newly developed, high-speed & highly durable shutter unit that was designed to meet the demanding requirements of a full-frame sensor in a relatively compact body.

The EOS 5D digital SLR has a solid, substantial & organic feel along with its compact dimensions & relatively light weight. The EOS 5D model has a 2.5" polysilicon TFT LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels. At 170 degrees, it has an exceptionally wide viewing angle. Brightness on the monitor is also adjustable in 5 levels & the screen's backlight feature uses six LED modules.

The EOS 5D DSLR has a bevy of other high-end features including the same ISO range as the 1Ds Mark II ISO 100-1600 in 1/3-step increments & ISO speed extended at L:50, H:3200. Also included on the camera is ultra-precise white balance with 9 types of white balance settings, white balance bracketing, & white balance correction, enhanced 35-zone exposure metering, & spot metering in approximately 3.5 percent of the viewfinder area.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Great resolution (56),Accurate colors (54),Simple controls (53),Nice features and settings (49),Rugged (37),Large clear LCD (22),Strong construction (18),Easy to use (17),Good image quality (15),Great picture quality (14),Fast / accurate auto-focus (11),Fast shutter speed (10) Short lag time (10),Quiet (8),Image stabilization (7),High ISO performance (5) View All
Cons:
Full frame sensor (6),Complicated controls (5),Good in low light (3),Poor in low light (3),Short battery life (3),Small LCD screen (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (61),Portraits (59),Weddings (52),Low light (41),Outdoors (41),Everyday (35),Sports/action (28),Art (18),Landscape/scenery (18),Photojournalism (17),Fun (13),Documentary (11) Family photos (11),Wildlife (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Professional (38),Enthusiast (28),Semi-pro photographer (15),Pro photographer (8),Photo enthusiast (7)

Canon Features

  • Full frame CMOS sensor offering 1:1 lens conversion and capturing detailed 12.8 Megapixel images
  • DiG!C II image processor for lightening quick response, low image noise with natural colour
  • High speed 9-point wide-area AF and 3 fps continuous shooting for up to 60 frames in a burst
  • Super tough and light weight magnesium alloy body providing exceptional durability
  • Compatible with the range of over 50 Canon EF lenses and EX-series Speedlites
  • Complete Creative Control
  • 35-zone metering with options including Evaluative, Partial, Spot and Center-weighted Average
  • Selectable ISO from 100-1600 with ISO expansion to ISO 50-3,200 via Custom Function
  • White Balance control including Auto, Preset, Custom, Colour Temperature, Correction and Bracketing
  • Picture Style settings for simpler image colour control & consistency offering 6 preset looks including Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful & Monochrome plus 3 User Defined settings
  • Advanced features
  • High speed 9-point AF with 6 additional Assist Points for even greater high speed focus accuracy
  • High speed shutter with 1/8000 sec shutter speed and 1/200 sec flash synchronisation
  • Critically accurate E-TTL II flash metering for high flash exposure consistency and accuracy
  • 21 Custom Functions with 57 settings allowing customisation of operation to suitshooting style
  • Large 2.5 inch LCD monitor and USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface enabling high speed image transfer
  • Huge Range of Standard Accessories + Software

Canon Specifications

Type
Digital, single-lens reflex, AF/AE camera
Recording Medium
Type I or II CF card *Compatible with Microdrive and 2GB and larger CF cards
Image Format
35.8 x 23.9mm
Lens Mount
Canon EF lenses (except EF-S lenses) Canon EF mount
Sensor Type
High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.80 megapixels
Total Pixels
Approx. 13.30 megapixels
Image Ratio
3:2
Color Depth
RGB primary color filter
Low-pass filter Located in front of the image sensor, non-removable
Image File Format
Design rule for Camera File System 2.0
Image type JPEG, RAW (12bit) Folder setting Folder creation/selection enabled
File numbering Consecutive numbering, auto reset, manual reset
Picture Style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1, 2, 3
File Size
(1) Large/Fine: Approx. 4.6MB (4368 x 2912 pixels) (2) Large/Normal: Approx. 2.3MB (4368 x 2912 pixels) (3) Medium/Fine: Approx. 2.7MB (3168 x 2112 pixels) (4) Medium/Normal: Approx. 1.4MB (3168 x 2112 pixels) (5) Small/Fine: Approx. 2.0MB (2496 x 1664 pixels) (6) Small/Normal: Approx. 1.0MB (2496 x 1664 pixels) (7) RAW: Approx. 12.9MB (4368 x 2912 pixels) * Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.
Sound Recording
N/A
Video Recording
N/A
Viewfinder
Eye-level pentaprism
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 96% Magnification 0.71x (-1 diopter with 50mm lens at infinity) Eyepoint 20 mm
Built-in dioptric adjustment -3.0 - +1.0 diopter Focusing screen Interchangeable (two types optional), Ee-A (Precision Matte) focusing screen provided
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (Transmission:reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter lenses)
Viewfinder Information
AF information (AF points, focus confirmation light), exposure information (shutter speed, aperture value, AE lock, exposure level, spot metering circle, exposure warning), flash information (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation), white balance correction, maximum burst, CF card information
LCD Monitor
TFT color liquid-crystal monitor
2.5 in
Brightness adjustment Five levels provided
LCD Inormation
Pixels Approx. 230,000
Coverage 100% with respect to the effective pixels
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Language
15
Playback
Image display format: Single image, shooting information, 9-image index, magnified view (Approx. 1.5x - 10x), autoplay, image rotation, and Jump (by 10 or 100 images, by date, by folder)
Highlight warning: In the shooting information mode, any overexposed highlight areas with no image information will blink.
Histogram Brightness: RGB
AF point display: Enabled
Image Erase
Protect Single images can be erase-protected or not.
Erase One image or all images in the CF card can be erased (except protected images).
AF Working Range
AF points 9 plus 6 Assist AF points Metering range EV -0.5 - 18 (at 20°C/68°F, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes
One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF)
AF point selection Auto, manual
Selected AF point display Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on LCD panel
AF-assist beam Emitted by the dedicated external Speedlite
Metering Modes
35-zone TTL full aperture metering
Evaluative metering (linkable to any AF point)
Partial metering (approx. 8% of viewfinder at center)
Spot metering (approx. 3.5% of viewfinder at center)
Center-weighted Average Metering
Metering Range
EV 1-20 (at 20°C/68°F with EF50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Systems
Full auto, program AE (shiftable), shutter-priority AE, aperture-priority AE, manual exposure, E-TTL II autoflash
ISO Sensitivity
Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200.Full auto: ISO 100-400 set automatically
Exposure Compensation
Manual: ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments (can be combined with AEB) AEB: ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
AE lock Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus isachieved Manual: By AE lock button in all metering modes ..Shutter
White Balance
Auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, tungsten light, white fluorescent light, flash, custom, color temperature setting
Auto white balance with the imaging sensor
Color temperature compensation White balance correction: ±9 stops in full-stop increments
White balance bracketing: ±3 stops in full-stop increments * Blue/amber bias or magenta/green bias possible
Color temperature information transmission: Provided
External Flash
EOS-dedicated Speedlite: E-TTL II autoflash with EX-series Speedlite
Flash exposure: compensation ±2 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.
PC Terminal
Provided
FE lock: Provided
Zooming to match lens focal length: Provided
Drive Modes
Single, continuous, and Self-timer (10 sec.)
Continuous Shooting Speed
Max. 3 shots per sec.
Max. Burst During Continuous Shooting
JPEG (Large/Fine): Approx. 60, RAW: Approx. 17 * With a Canon 512MB CF card. * Varies depending on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, CF card, etc.
Computer Interface
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (Print/PTP, PC connection selectable)
Video Output
NTSC/PAL
Battery
One Battery Pack BP-511A, BP-514, BP-511, or BP-512. * AC power can also be supplied with the DC Coupler. * With Battery Grip BG-E4, size-AA batteries can be used.
Battery life At 20°C / 68°F: Approx. 800 shots At 0°C / 32°F: Approx. 400 shots * The above figures apply when a fully-charged Battery Pack BP-511A is used.
Battery check Automatic
Power saving Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, or 30 min.
Dimensions
152 x 113 x 75 mm / 6.0 x 4.4 x 3.0 in.
Weight
Approx. 810g / 28.6 oz. (body only)
Operating Temperature Range
0°C - 40°C / 32°F - 104°F
Operating Humidity Range
85% or less

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 104 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Camera

I have the camera a couple of weeks now and shot a lot of pictures with it. This camera with a couple of "L" lenses can't be beat. The color & sharpness quality is great. The controls are easy to use and understand. And most of all it is a full frame camera (35mm). Even at 800 ISO is has very little noise. The only drawback I find is the price and you have to take care to keep the sensor clean. I also have the 350D and it has the same problem, you have to keep the sensor clean, which is norma...

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I have the camera a couple of weeks now and shot a lot of pictures with it. This camera with a couple of "L" lenses can't be beat. The color & sharpness quality is great. The controls are easy to use and understand. And most of all it is a full frame camera (35mm). Even at 800 ISO is has very little noise. The only drawback I find is the price and you have to take care to keep the sensor clean. I also have the 350D and it has the same problem, you have to keep the sensor clean, which is normal with digital camera's. I have had a few camera's in my lifetime, however, I find the 5D just awesome. I found the 350D a teriffic camera when I first purchased it, however, the 5D will just blow it away. In my estimation Canon certainly has a winner with this camera.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

back focus

It backfocuses about 2 inches using a tripod 100mm f2 from 7 feet and gets worse increasing distance. I have a t1i and 4 lenses i can try on both. They all focus behind the object on th 5d. I took about 200 shots with all forms of iso, fstop, shutter speed. The lenses are dead on on the t1i, on one does front focus like 1/4 of an inch. I just sent an email requesting a return. I see the benefits if it worked, better color, contrast, able to use higher iso without e cessive noise, larger depth...

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It backfocuses about 2 inches using a tripod 100mm f2 from 7 feet and gets worse increasing distance. I have a t1i and 4 lenses i can try on both. They all focus behind the object on th 5d. I took about 200 shots with all forms of iso, fstop, shutter speed. The lenses are dead on on the t1i, on one does front focus like 1/4 of an inch. I just sent an email requesting a return. I see the benefits if it worked, better color, contrast, able to use higher iso without e cessive noise, larger depth of field. Also used centerpoint in focus.

Reviewed by 104 customers

 
5.0

Full Frame Bargain

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from ny, ny  -  Photo Enthusiast

Full Frame at a fraction of current models price. Used but in perfect condition, works like a dream. Pixel count is low compared to current models, but still excellent image quality. If you want to make maximum used of your old ultra wide lenses, this is your pick. Heavier and bigger than I expected.

 
4.0

Perfect for back up camera

By

from New Jersey  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Great camera for back up.

 
4.0

So glad I upgraded

By

from New Jersey  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I knew I had to upgrade to a better camera when my Rebel stopped shooting in the middle of a newly married couple's first kiss. I can't afford much, but this was a great compromise. It's got some noise in it at higher ISO settings, but for the most part, it's really a wonderful camera. The last wedding I did was so much easier. I hope to upgrade to Mark II or III at some point, but for now, this is perfect. I had to buy all new batteries and CF cards, though. So that is something else to consider. It doesn't take an SD card and the CF cards are more expensive and harder to find.

 
2.0

back focus

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from kc ks  -  Casual Photographer

It backfocuses about 2 inches using a tripod 100mm f2 from 7 feet and gets worse increasing distance. I have a t1i and 4 lenses i can try on both. They all focus behind the object on th 5d. I took about 200 shots with all forms of iso, fstop, shutter speed. The lenses are dead on on the t1i, on one does front focus like 1/4 of an inch. I just sent an email requesting a return. I see the benefits if it worked, better color, contrast, able to use higher iso without e cessive noise, larger depth of field. Also used centerpoint in focus.

 
5.0

I would buy this product again

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from Silver Spring MD  -  Photography Student

I love this camera, it keeps me focused on taking the shot instead of dealing with millions of settings. The only con that I can mention is the ISO, it only goes to ISO1600, however this problem can be solved with prime lenses ,and using my flash, I bought the camera used, Adorama, gave me a 6 month warranty on the camera.

 
4.0

Canon 5D is good bang for the buck!

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from Sacramento, California  -  Pro Photographer

This camera may not handle low light situations as well as the Mark II or Mark III, but it definitely holds its own. I find the Canon 5D to be very intuitive and capable as a solid back up for my wedding photography business.

 
5.0

Love this Camera

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from Stevens Point, WI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I photograph babies, kids, seniors and families. I purchased this as an upgrade from my 30D. The differences are amazing! The difference in details is night and day. I also like that it does not have video capability. It was a simple transition from my 30D.

 
5.0

Solid performer

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from Reading, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've got to be one of the last remaining people to upgrade from my 35mm SLR, but I finally did. I've had various point-and-shoot digital cameras over the years, but had held off on purchasing a nice DSLR until now. The Canon 5D is a solid performer. I wanted a well built full-frame digital camera without breaking the bank, and the Canon 5D is exactly what I was looking for. Pictures are razor-sharp. The button layout is similar to Canon's other SLR offerings and took no time at all to learn. The only thing to note is that the 9-point autofocus is somewhat limiting and is one of the few reminders that this is a 2005-vintage camera. The AF system itself works great, however. The Canon 5D is a metal body camera and feels solid and substantial in the hands, but not too heavy or bulky. If you buy this camera, do yourself a favor and immediately purchase yourself one of the 50mm prime lenses. The Canon f/1.4 50mm and this camera are practically a match made in heaven, talk about some fantastic picture quality.

 
5.0

Outstandin camera

By

from Charlottesville va  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this for landscape and wedding photography. The camera body is substantial and takes a beating. The full frame sensor is great for landscape work.

 
4.0

Transformed me as a Photographer

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from PA & NJ  -  Pro Photographer

Moving from film to digital was very confusing for me, especially with all the setting options on new digital cameras. I finally got a used Canon 5d from Adorama and immediately felt comfortable with it. It reminded me of my old film cameras, and, with a full frame sensor, it was my first choice for low light situations and portraiture. After several years, I invested in a new full-frame camera, but still have my original 5d. It remains an excellent photographic tool, especially when coupled with a Voigtlander 40/ 2.0 - also from Adorama - a truly competent lens that works nicely with the 5d. Both highly recommended.

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