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

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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 (55),Accurate colors (54),Nice features and settings (49),Simple controls (44),Rugged (37),Strong construction (12),Great picture quality (11),Large clear LCD (11),Easy to use (8),Fast shutter speed (5),Short lag time (5),Quiet (4)
Cons:
Full frame sensor (6),Complicated controls (4)
Best Uses:
Portraits (54),Travel (51),Outdoors (41),Weddings (39),Everyday (34),Low light (34),Sports/action (27),Art (12),Landscape/scenery (10),Fun (9),Photojournalism (7),Documentary (5) Sports (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Professional (33),Enthusiast (26),Photo enthusiast (4),Pro photographer (4),Semi-pro photographer (4)

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
Mfr #
0296B036AA
SKU
ICA5DR

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.7

(based on 75 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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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

 

Great camera, but quality?

[$] Was fine till about a month ago - it started to shoot blanks - everything sounds fine when taking the picture, only turns out to be blanks (picture file has no data but a black screen, probably malfunction of the shutter/aperture). Had similar problem with my old Canon EOS 630 film camera, was able to fix it myself easily. But with this digital camera, I don't know if I can do the same. This camera is way better than my 40D except 3 things:1. Excrusiatingly slow processing speed - making ...

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[$] Was fine till about a month ago - it started to shoot blanks - everything sounds fine when taking the picture, only turns out to be blanks (picture file has no data but a black screen, probably malfunction of the shutter/aperture). Had similar problem with my old Canon EOS 630 film camera, was able to fix it myself easily. But with this digital camera, I don't know if I can do the same. This camera is way better than my 40D except 3 things:1. Excrusiatingly slow processing speed - making shooting anything moves really painful, in RAW format that is. JPEG is better of course. 40D is lightling fast in comparison.2. No buildin flash, which really can be handy for quick fill in shots under strong sunlight.3. No live view - a handy cap for quick macro shots.The price for the refurbished 5D is outstanding but mines starts to have problem only after 1 short year, without abuse and drop of any kind. This worries me. I also bought several refurbished Canon lenses and have no problem so far. Buy if you dare :)

Reviewed by 75 customers

 
5.0

The Best Camera I Have Ever Owned-!

By

from PA  -  Pro Photographer

Just an incredible camera. Picked mine up on [...]. In Mint condition and saved a lot.No regrets

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great camera, but quality?

By

from Seaside, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

[$] Was fine till about a month ago - it started to shoot blanks - everything sounds fine when taking the picture, only turns out to be blanks (picture file has no data but a black screen, probably malfunction of the shutter/aperture). Had similar problem with my old Canon EOS 630 film camera, was able to fix it myself easily. But with this digital camera, I don't know if I can do the same. This camera is way better than my 40D except 3 things:1. Excrusiatingly slow processing speed - making shooting anything moves really painful, in RAW format that is. JPEG is better of course. 40D is lightling fast in comparison.2. No buildin flash, which really can be handy for quick fill in shots under strong sunlight.3. No live view - a handy cap for quick macro shots.The price for the refurbished 5D is outstanding but mines starts to have problem only after 1 short year, without abuse and drop of any kind. This worries me. I also bought several refurbished Canon lenses and have no problem so far. Buy if you dare :)

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Product

By

from Calgary Alberta  -  Photo Enthusiast

2 weeks in Hawaii and over 500 shutter actuations. The 5D performed flawlessly. It went everywhere with me. I love it.

 
5.0

GREAT CAMERA

By

from Northern mich.  -  Pro Photographer

Great camera very good image quality. Not the blistering burst rate of some of the other D family but a far more superior processor. At 13mp plenty for all your print needs unless you are shooting billboards. If you can justify the cost buy one and I would expect the prices to come down now that the mark II is out.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

5D Refurbished

By

from San Diego, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Love this camera, like new, couple of small marks on the body but otherwise, you can't tell it's refurbished and at a great price.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great choice in this crazy time

By

from Moscow, Russia  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Thanks Adorama for great opportunity to have a choice between new and refurbished camera. No problems with body - it looks like new one. No one of friends of my could recognize that it's refurbished camera. Only sticker on the bottom panel shows it :) I've strongly recommended to friends of my to buy it. I've no illusions - 5d MarkII is better but it costs $1200 more expensive that this one. In future it will be my second camera - i'd like to buy 1Ds Mark III because sometimes i hate very long delay between pressing "Shoot" and making the first picture.

 
5.0

Canon Refurb 5D

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from San Jose, CA  -  Pro Photographer

This was such a great investment! I've been renting the 5D for weddings I shoot throughout the year but saw the price for the refurbs and had to take a chance. I'm glad I did. The camera basically looks like a new camera when it arrives. New strap, old manual and old camera/charger. I'd definitely get the camera again and will get it from Adorama when I need a 2nd 5D body.

 
5.0

Great image quality

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from Dallas, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I own a Canon 30D for 3 years before jumping to the full frame sensor camera- the Canon 5D. The Canon 30D work great and fast. I decided to move up to the full sensor camera because I am asked often to take wedding pictures. I am glad I did, the full frame sensor has more pixels and I get more detail from the images. On the Canon 5D, images come out sharper esp. printing to big poster size. The Canon 5D seem quieter during the shooting. I noticed the 5D raw images process a little bit faster to the memory card. So far, I am happy to use the Canon 5D as my primary camera and use the Canon 30D as my backup camera.

 
5.0

Great camera & great value

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from Houston, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is my second 5D, I hesitated getting a 5D MkII but when you can get a reconditioned 5D [$] the choice is easy. No doubt the MkII is better - faster - everything, but the 5D MkI does amazing pictures as it is, and I prefer having 2 identical bodies to avoid confusion and second-guessing. No doubt I will switch to the MK II in a year or two, but for now the 5D is all I need.

 
5.0

Canon refurb as good as new

By

from Seaside, CA  -  Photo Enthusiast

At half of the price of 5D mark II, this is a great deal indeed. Wish it had the more recent features such as dust cleaning and live-view (for macro). Coming from 40D, everything is familiar except the FOV of the full frame. Wide angles are fantastic, but I do miss the longer reach of the lenses I am getting used to on the cropped sensor. The view finder is bigger and brighter, but not by much. The high ISO IQ is better than on 40D, but not by much either. I got the Sigma 12-24 with this 5D, just blows away the 10-20 and 11-16 lenses on 40D! One thing I must add is that buying refurb stuff from Adorama has been great for me so far. Got an 24-105 and this 5D, both refurb, both as good as new, literally, at 3/4 price or less. Wish Adorama has more variety of refurb items...Thanks Adorama! [...]

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