Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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if you can't take good pics using this camera then you just can't take good pics
Canon EOS 5D
Member Name: clarkjames
Canon EOS 5D
Advantages: cheap, full frame, amazing IQ
Disadvantages: feels a little outdated
photography is an old profession/pastime, older than most of probably realise- and photography, like painting is based on a relationship between photographer and subject; a sitter for a portrait, a landscape, an interesting event- a nice sunset photographed on a 5d, or a 5d3 or painted with a brush will all have the same effect when seen on a gallery wall, the difference between the 5d and the 5d3 isn't really that much at all in most photographic situations.
Where the 5d excels is in price- for under £500 you get full frame, where it doesn't excel is technology, if you're a gadget freak look away now, if you're used to shooting on film then the lack of technology won't bother you.
The AF system is simple, and primitively so- the AF points are clustered around the centre, never venturing far enough out to allow you to create a pleasing composition- learn to focus and recompose but beware the depth of field when shooting wide open.
Checking your images is the one real downside to these older cameras, it's slow, and the low screen res means that you can't check critical sharpness until you're at home, take more pictures and expect that half of them won't be in focus.
Obviously there's no live view, and no video- neither are deal breakers but live view can be useful for product photography, studio photography and landscapes- if your eyes are good then you'll learn to make use of the fantastic huge and bright viewfinder, this isn't the 550d you might be getting if you bought a new camera at this price.
ISO tops out at 1600, which to be honest is a little low, my other camera goes to 6400 and i'm frequently shooting it even with f2.8 lenses. The 5d pairs well with f2 primes.
Shoot the 5d like a film camera, methodically, carefully, slowly. Try to shoot it quickly and you'll be left wanting your modern creature comforts.
if you want a camera to document life and want the camera to do it for you this probably isn't for you, but if you want to take great pictures or landscapes, people who want you to take their picture, and not get distracted by video, photographing candid moments, or birds in flight, then this camera will fit the bill.
Summary: old but still good- if you can't take good pictures it's not the cameras fault
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