One year with the 5D Mk II


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A year ago today, I got the Canon 5D Mark II digital single lens reflex (dSLR) camera.

I have been very happy with it. The image quality is great, especially in low light, and it is a lot more robust than the Rebel XS I had before. Everything about the camera is what you would expect from a machine intended for serious and intense use.

I feel like I have done a lot with the camera already, and that it has a lot of life and potential in it yet.

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. July 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm

New Canon 5D Mk 2 Firmware

Version 2.09: Here you go! This was from a month ago, but I hadn’t noticed it until now.

. July 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Changes in this firmware:
Firmware Version 2.0.9 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Improves writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.
2. Fixes a phenomenon where the IS function will not work when custom function C.Fn III-2 is set to [5: IS start] and the lens attached does not have an AF stop button. This is because custom function C.Fn III-2 allows users to assign IS start to the AF stop button on the lens
3. Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai languages.

Milan July 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Wow. I’m still running firmware 2.0.4.

Milan September 8, 2011 at 11:03 am

After two weeks of continuous all-day use, I feel more confident in saying the 5D Mark II is an excellent camera.

This event involved little use of the high-usable-ISO characteristics that are the best feature of the 5D II. What they did test is its general robustness and capability in a fairly intense photographic project involving hours of shooting a day in changing weather conditions.

The 5D II worked beautifully.

I wonder what Canon will cook up for the Mark III? Still-better ISO noise performance I hope. Probably some improved controls for video. Geotagging? WiFi capability? Probably the focus system from the 7D.

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