My main camera body right now is the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
It’s an extraordinary camera. Sure, there have been complaints about its autofocus system, but I do have something to say about that. The 5D Mark II is quite outdated, in the sense that its overdue for a replacement. So naturally, the 5D Mark II’s autofocus system isn’t as sophisticated or as technologically advanced as a newer camera (such as the 7D). Also, the 5D Mark II only has 1 cross-point autofocus point. Only one of the 9 AF assist points are more sensitive. This is how I typically get around the older autofocus system of the 5D Mark II. I tend to primarily use the center autofocus point to autofocus, and then I’ll recompose the image afterwards. By using this method, I’ve found that even in sports such as basketball, it is more than adequate if you know what you’re doing. Now, enough about the autofocus.
The 5D Mark II is a full frame camera. This is one of the biggest deciding factors as to why I got this camera (next to price, the other Canon full frame camera is the 1Ds Mark III and that will set you back a good $7,000). A full frame camera gives you the advantage of having the correct focal length, no need to factor in a multiplier. If I were to use a crop-sensor camera or APS-C, such as the Canon EOS 7D with a 14mm 2.8L lens and the 1.6 multiplier,the effective focal length would be around 22mm. However, if I were to use the lens with my 5D Mark II, the focal length would just be 14mm. This allows my wide angle lenses to be wide angle lenses, and my super wide angles to be super wide angles.
A full frame camera also allows lower noise levels. When you look at a picture taken at a high ISO or sensitivity (such as night), you would often see a lot of grain. Full frame cameras allow you to use higher ISO’s with lower noise levels; cleaner and more appealing pictures. There are tons of pictures that I couldn’t have even taken without the use of a full frame camera.
The 5D Mark II also allows me to have a shallower depth of field (DOF). The explanation for this is pretty complicated, having to do with the circle of confusion, so I won’t go into this. Google it if you’re interested. A shallower DOF is when you have a picture of something that’s in focus and sharp and everything else that’s in the picture is out of focus (OOF). Again, google it if my explanation are confusing.
The 5D Mark II also has a high megapixel count (21MP!!!). That is more than I need to be honest. A higher megapixel count just allows me to print bigger without loss of quality. It also allows me some breathing room in cropping.
Oh, and the 5D Mark II is also considered a HDSLR, a DSLR with HD video recording. This was revolutionary when the camera was first introduced back in 2008. The 5D Mark II is still praised by many people because of all my aforementioned reasons as well as the video recording feature. The video recording feature is considered so amazing because this allowed film makers to have a makeshift shoot without the use of setting up tons of video lights. This is also a less expensive alternative to all the professional video cameras out there. There are other reasons, sure. I haven’t used this feature extensively to be honest. At least not on a professional level. I’ve only taken short clips when going out to the amusement park or zoo for fun.
I’m sure if you look around, you’ll find tons of great reviews for this camera.
Oh, I should mention. There was an entire episode of the TV Show, House M.D. that was filmed entirely with this camera. SNL actually created their opening title sequence with this camera. Also, the music video for “Like a G6” was filmed by a 5D Mark II! 😀