Product Review – Canon 5D Mark II

Product Review – Canon 5D Mark II


So my first blog post of a new era and it’s about my beloved camera. My one true love…well almost!

I’ve had this camera since December 2015. I’ve used it for many different types of photography and it is extremely adaptable. Before I get into the details, let’s have a look at the spec of the camera:

Body type Mid-size SLR
Max resolution 5616 x 3744
Effective pixels 21 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100 – 6400 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 12800, 25600 as option
Lens mount Canon EF
Focal length mult.
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 920,000
Max shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Format H.264
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Microdrive
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 850 g (1.87 lb / 29.98 oz)
Dimensions 152 x 114 x 75 mm (5.98 x 4.49 x 2.95″)
GPS None


So, if you’re not majorly into photography and don’t understand what that all means, it’s pretty safe to say that this is a pretty good camera.

Because it has a full frame sensor, you are in essence using the whole 35mm sensor, which is an industry standard and goes back to when photography was all on film. This provides a better quality image and better to use when there’s not a lot of light. A lot of budget DSLRs will have crop sensors instead. A crop sensor is what it says on the tin, the sensor isn’t a full 35mm as it would be as a full frame. This does mean, that your images will automatically be slightly more zoomed in than a full frame. Eg. If you crop sensor is 1.6x smaller than full frame, your images will be 1.6x more cropped. This can sometime be beneficial to sports photography in order to get that little bit closer, especially when you add in a massive telephoto lens. Full frame sensors, are more expensive to produce as they obviously have to make more of a sensor but if you are willing to pay, then I would recommend a camera with a full frame sensor.

Another good thing about the 5D II is that it has a broader range of ISO settings, which is fantastic when you are shooting in low light. One thing I didn’t like about my previous camera (Canon 600D) was that the ISO would only get to about 1600 before you sure a lot of grain on the images. This never helped me when I was shooting at football clubs at night, gigs or events where the lighting was sparse. So a big plus to getting the 5D II was that I could get to 3200 ISO and there only be some grain, which I could live with, and with the correct lenses, you’re quids in!

I have to admit, one thing that bothered me slightly about the 5D II was that it was only compatible with Compact Flash Card instead of a standard SD Card. It meant that I had to fork out on a load of new CF cards, which in the grand scheme of things isn’t that bad however, when you’re already on a tight budget, it certainly didn’t help.

The camera body itself is great. It’s slightly heavier than my other cameras but I’ve easily adjusted to that. It is fantastic in wet weather as I have on numerous occasions had to work in the pouring rain and with a wipe down and a good clean when I get home, there are no issues at all. I’ve added a battery grip onto the camera so I can get more battery life, which was worked well and I could easily cover a 11 hour wedding and have battery left over!

I more than love this camera. It’s never faulted me and when paired with some fabulous lens, I am one happy lady!



Published by megthorntonphoto

I am primarily a wedding photographer. However, I shoot events and commercial products.

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