Canon EOS 5D Mark II Kit

Overall rating 4 stars
4 from 17 reviews
A lens kit
there, the model specify vendor
Support for interchangeable lenses
the Canon EF mount
Manual focus
Type autofocus
Adjustment of auto focus
Power connector
Battery capacity
850 photos
A lens kit:
there, the model specify vendor
Support for interchangeable lenses:
the Canon EF mount
Manual focus:
Type autofocus:
Adjustment of auto focus:
Power connector:
Battery capacity:
850 photos


Overall rating 4 stars
17 reviews
Overall rating stars
April 19, 2009


I have read on the dpreview forum of a number of problems with the Video mode of the 5D MkII, including the following.

Stuttering of the video recording is said to happen with changes in brightness of the scene during shooting. Seems to be a result of the auto-focus system altering the aperture of the lens, and interrupting the recording stream. Locking the aperture does not seem to work. Even if it did, I cannot see how this would be of use on a video camera. It will encounter variations in brightness during shooting a scene, and exposure must be continuously variable.

The built-in mike picks up the sound of the autofocus mechanism.

The Quick-Time MOV recording file format is also roundly condemned by non Mac users.

I wonder if 5D Mk II users could comment on just how serious they have found these and other shortcomings with the Video mode.

Overall rating stars
July 20, 2009


I agree the camera is a perfect piece of kit i am a pro of 28 years and have used teh iDS MK11 for years, i am very dissapointed with the video capture as i thought it would be good when the family wanted to take some video but the focus is useless, who wants video without real time autofocus, the only good video i have taken is when i did not move, whats the point !!!

Overall rating stars
August 16, 2009


I borrowed an EOS 5D MkII with the 24-105 f/4 and the Speedlite 580EX II flashgun to shoot a friend's wedding last weekend, and I couldn't possibly have chosen a better kit for the job. I kind of wish I hadn't though, because now I have got to get one myself by any means necessary. Anyone want to buy a kidney?

Overall rating stars
August 19, 2009


Well that’s a co-incidence as I was shooting a friend’s wedding with the 5D2 that weekend too.

I agree, it’s a great camera. Full frame is something I’ve craved for so long and it’s just beautiful – suddenly my 24-70mm lens becomes pretty much the only lens I need for most situations.

Got some nice shots of the occasion despite the locations, a dingy registry room, basement restaurant and the total cloud cover (nebulous). I was using a Metz 45CL4 digital flash (or trying to) and tried to keep ISO at a maximum of 1600, which is definitely still very good. 3200 is acceptable for some shots but beyond that, you’d be hard pushed to salvage a decent colour shot I think.

I find its frame rate plenty good enough and have the 40D as a back up. The 9-point AF worked well in group situations, allowing me to just concentrate on getting a decent shot so no complaints about that. Also took a little video, using an external Rhode shotgun mic, but that was pretty awful really. All that kit weighed a tonne so things were very shaky! Didn’t have opportunity to set up a tripod despite having one with me. Looked the part (a prat) at least.

Don’t know anyone needing a kidney right now, Cliff. If I find someone I’ll let you know. I wasn’t paid for the day and it’ll be a long while yet before I can afford any more tasty camera or a/v gear, or even beer come to think of it. Yup, plenty of sacrifices made in the pursuit of photography, taking it and viewing the work of others (mostly motion-photography of course). So, I hope you find the funds soon or otherwise get hold of one without needing to sell body parts first!

Overall rating stars
August 23, 2009


I would like to know why Canon is trying to combine an HD video in this outstanding piece of equipment! Either you shoot photos and it’s already hard enough to get the right one or you concentrate on making a movie. It is absurd to combine both. Maybe for the low entry level but not at this level which is a professional level. That’s why I won’t buy this camera to replace my aging EOS. I have got a fantastic SONY HD camera. Why must I pay 2000 odds pound for a camera who is not going to help me shooting movie.
It’s ridiculous and Canon should NOT mix pleasure and professionalism. Great great mistake from Canon.

Overall rating stars
August 25, 2009


Alex, many professionals are using this camera to take video, be it wedding or more theatrical. With the wide range of professional lenses available and (almost) full manual control of depth of field etc, they’re getting very good results which far exceed anything but dedicated professional video-cameras that you’ll really only see very serious video-photographers use.

Canon were mostly just responding to the competition in providing video and live-mode shooting but there is a great deal of sense in keeping up with consumer demands even on a more professionally featured camera like this. Photo-journalists, capturing news reportage or sporting events can also process high quality (2 megapixel) stills from a video sequence, this resolution (1920×1080) being more than high enough for web usage and good enough for most typical print mediums.

The limitations of using an SLR is again in having the right accessories – a better professional grade microphone (on shoe or off) and something to support such a heavy piece of equipment since you can’t just rest it on your shoulder. Something like the fig-rig (from Manfrotto) would really help stabilise shots. My own limited experience shooting video has been mostly candid. I did however take some macro-video of a tiny garden spider and I can see, if you’re determined and good at it, a proliferation of genuine creative uses for DSLR captured video – tilt and shift, fish-eye, lens-baby etc which you can already find on such sites as Vimeo and YouTube.

Until Canon catch up with the makers of such unoffical firmware as the Magic Lantern team and provide additional much-needed features for this camera such as gain control and timestamping, then the camera will still best serve for stills use. The video function doesn’t interfere or diminish the rest of the camera’s functions or performance and so I myself am very glad it’s included though I don’t see myself ever using it for creating any serious video.

Overall rating stars
October 27, 2010


As of 2010, just ordered mine via Digital River and staff sales. On backorder as ever it has been wherever you order it from. Come on Canon I have just sold my 5d Classic and don’t want to feel I have shot myself in the foot.

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A lens kit there, the model specify vendor
Support for interchangeable lenses the Canon EF mount
Manual focus Yes
Type autofocus phase
Adjustment of auto focus Yes
Power connector Yes
Battery capacity 850 photos
The battery pack BG-E6
Number of batteries 1
The format of batteries your own
Camera type mirror
Size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Color depth 42 bit
Crop factor 1
Sensitivity 50 - 3200 ISO, Auto ISO
Enhanced ISO value ISO6400, ISO12800, TO ISO25600
Maximum resolution 5616 x 3744
The type of matrix CMOS
Image sensor cleaning Yes
The total number of pixels 22 million
The number of effective pixels 21.1 million
Excerpt 30 - 1/8000 with
Metering center-weighted, common (Evaluative), spot
Compensation +/- 2 EV in 1/3-step increments
Excerpt X-Sync 1/200 c
Exposure bracketing Yes
Automatic processing of the exposition with shutter priority, aperture-priority
Manual setting of shutter speed and aperture Yes
Flash Shoe, sync, bracketing, E-TTL II
White balance auto, manual, from the list, bracketing
Image stabilizer (photography) missing
Shooting modes
Timer Yes
The timer 2, 10, custom installation c
Speed shooting 3.9 frame./sec
Maximum series of images For 78 JPEG, 13 RAW
The frame format (photography) 3:2
Size and weight
Size 152x114x75 mm, without lens
Weight 810 grams without batteries
Memory and interfaces
Interfaces USB 2.0, video, HDMI, microphone input, audio, connector for remote control
Image formats 3 JPEG, RAW
Type of memory cards CompactFlash, CompactFlash Type II
Record video and audio
Video codecs MPEG4
Sound recording Yes
Video recording Yes
Format video recording MOV
The video recording time 30 minutes
Maximum resolution videos 1920x1080
Optical Zoom when recording video Yes
The maximum frame rate of the video 30 fps
The maximum frame rate when shooting HD video 25/30 fps at a resolution of 1920x1080
Viewfinder and LCD screen
LCD screen 920000 pixels, 3 inches
Viewfinder mirror (TTL)
The second screen Yes
The viewfinder field of view 98%
Using the screen as a viewfinder Yes
Other functions and features
Announced 2008-09-17
Case material metal
Additional features tripod mount, remote control, orientation sensor, computer control
Additional information the video recording time - 29мин. 59сек., the maximum file size is 4GB; support formats, sRaw1 and sRaw2
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