Canon 5D Mark 11

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Donna Richens Donna Richens Post 1 of 17
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I am looking to upgrading from my Canon 450D to Canon 5D Mark11.

Would like to hear from anyone that has a 5D Mark11, and what they think? I have read lots of reviews and mostly positive. But have also seen some very negative feedback regarding black spots appearing at high ISO?

I was particulaly looking at this one, after struggling for a couple of years with getting Theatre shots in low light. The 1600 ISO on my 450D is mostly ok for getting most of what i want, but the noise levels are always bad.

Would be grateful for any info

Regards

Donna
Ruud van der Lubben Ruud van der Lubben   Post 2 of 17
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With a Canon 5D MarkII you will have a topnotch piece of equipment !! dont worry too much about all them "Monkey sandwich" stories (or Broodjes Aap verhalen as we call them in Dutch) going around on the Internet..
Do keep in mind however that you may need other lenses as the standard lenses for the 450D will not work on the FF 5D.

Due to the larger sensor you will anyhow have less problems in difficult light, and the newers sensors are certainly better then the 450 had.
Donna Richens Donna Richens Post 3 of 17
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Thank you for that Ruud...hadn't even thought about the Lenses i have already, i thought they would fit! :-( Although i do intend to keep the 450D as a second camera, so they will still get some use!

Thank you again :-)

Donna
Michael Lunse Michael Lunse Post 4 of 17
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I upgraded my 5D Mark I to a Mark II last January. I have no regrets! There are no problems I have encountered. Early issues were fixed with a firmware upgrade.

The camera is a lot more than I use but I love it. I went to the full frame sensor over three years ago so my lenses are all compatible. Your old lenses will fit mount wise but not sensor wise - they will leave you with a picture as if taken through a barrel. New lenses will add up in price!

Personally I'd highly recommend the camera!



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Donna Richens Donna Richens Post 5 of 17
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Hi Michael,

Thank you for your input. For me the ISO and noise levels are the big issue for me, i want to do more theatre photogrpahy at christmas and although i have not got too bad a result in the past, have even managed to get half decent A1 posters from the theatre but only at 400 ISO.


I did ring warehouse express after reading Ruuds comments about lenses. They did say my lenses would fit...but now am wondering if they will be fine!? Maybe you could or someone could tell me if what i have will be compatible.

EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

These are really the only lenses i use mostly the small one, but they weren't cheap, so if they are not going to be ok, it really is something i will have to consider.

Thank you

Donna :-)
Ruud van der Lubben Ruud van der Lubben   Post 6 of 17
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The Canon EF lenses do fit, no problem there.
Only EF-s lenses will cause a problem !
Michael Lunse Michael Lunse Post 7 of 17
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Ruud is quite right. The lenses you identified are for full frame / 35mm sized sensors. The barrel images I was referring to are for the specially sized lens for 1.6X magnification sensors which you don't appear to have.
Hugeknot Hugeknot Post 8 of 17
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You are taking a double leap with the 5D mark II. It is a superb camera and a lot heavier than the 450D. The high iso capabilities are some of the best on the market. The resolution from the 21 mpix sensor is incredible.

The only warning I would say is that you really need to put a hight quality lens on it to get the best from the camera. Also you may need to check how powerful your computer is and if it is able to handle the huge files. For example when I have converted my RAW to TIFF files they are 120mb. Can you computer manage this level of processing?
Brian Carey Brian Carey Post 9 of 17
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The 5D2 is an amazing "instrument". Love mine! But like some others are saying it's the glass that's most important!

Good Luck
Brian Carey
http://briancareyphotography.com/
vitagraf vitagraf   Post 10 of 17
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Now, you can buy the very convincing successor 5D Mark III, but still the 5D Mark II finds its supporters and fan community.
ghiebert ghiebert Post 11 of 17
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I stitch landscape panoramas from the images I get using this camera. I jumped straight from medium format to this camera and have no regrets. Usually 4 or 5 images for a pano is what I use. Some software was choking on the resulting file sizes, so I put 16gb memory into a quad core motherboard, using just the built-in video card and no more choking. If I mount the camera on a tripod I find it is easy to bracket multiple exposures of a relatively still scene just by turning a dial. I usually do 2 stops under, 1 stop under, one at and one over for a standard landscape. This is a great asset for capturing low and high light levels in a scene. I am used to medium format film, and being able to bracket makes me feel at home because my images now have even broader latitude than the scanned film did. Gotta say the film was amazing though, if scanned carefully. The toughest part I find with this Canon is getting detail into the brightest clouds but I am working on that, and soon hope to say I know something about digital cameras.
John Doddato John Doddato Post 12 of 17
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The 5D 11 is a great camera. It should be a big improvement to what you are currently using. The 5D111 cost much more and I can't see a good reason to buy it over the 5D11. I have been hoping and waiting for a long time for Canon to match the Nikon D800. Sony just introduced a new mirror-less camera that will take Canon lenses, It is said to be great in low light situations with a high mega pixel rating.
Vladimir Plugnikov Vladimir Plugnikov Post 13 of 17
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"I have been hoping and waiting for a long time for Canon to match the Nikon D800."
Hmm....
Sorry, John, but would you like to explain for what target you need 36 Megapixels? You print your phothos big as billboard ?
Stanislav Pokhodilo Stanislav Pokhodilo Post 14 of 17
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Quote: Vladimir Plugnikov 18.10.13, 17:47To the cited post"I have been hoping and waiting for a long time for Canon to match the Nikon D800."
Hmm....
Sorry, John, but would you like to explain for what target you need 36 Megapixels? You print your phothos big as billboard ?


Vladimir, 36 megapixels give more space in post production to create better composition ,
you can always crop from 36 to 22 ;-) And more,more details in your image.
For less money you get almost middenformaat camera.
Vladimir Plugnikov Vladimir Plugnikov Post 15 of 17
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Yes, Stanislav, ultra large cropping opprotunity is very significant .
And many pixels for less money also.
By the way, perheps smartphone Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41 Megapixel will better in this situation?
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