One year with the 5D Mk II

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.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

4 thoughts on “One year with the 5D Mk II”

  1. 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.

  2. 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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