I switched to Canon EOS 5D MKII - Photo Test Review with 16-35mm 2.8L, 24-70 2.8L and 100-400 4.5-5.6L
Time to switch from Sony/Minolta to the world of Canon EOS
It was time for me to go to the next level, and I wanted to purchase a full frame camera. Since I need to also invest in high quality lenses, I was facing the choice to either go with Sony A850 or to switch brand… which I’ve done by selecting the Canon EOS 5D MKII and 3 fantastic pro lenses: Canon 16-35mm 2.8 L II USM, Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L USM and Canon 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 L USM. Below you will find my feelings after some intensive photo test on the field with it, in several conditions: landscape, action, outdoor life, concert, interior, night… nothing scientific, just photographies!
Solid professional built, a little bit heavy to carry
I’ve shot 700 photographies and one movie within one day, which is not that bad!In fact, the Canon 5D MKII is just a fantastic piece of art, it just totally revolutionised the way I will do photography, after 2.5 years with the Sony A700 and few G lenses from Minolta (not SSM, but 2.8 G). First of all, the camera is very well built, the lenses are solid and their are razor sharp… the only downside is that it’s quite heavy if you carry the 3 lenses and the 580 EXII Speedlite flash as well! The feeling of shooting with this new camera is like having a new generation of camera in hand (it already has 18months on the market!), and the speed, the noise and the experience is in a totally different league. It’s probably impossible to come back!
Fast Autofocus and metering always correct
I’ve been lucky enough today to find many nice situations to test the camera. It scores very well in every type of conditions, whether the subject is landscape or static, or whether it’s action. The combinaison of fast L lenses should probably help a lot. The first thing that strikes me was the very silent AutoFocus motor, so silent that I thought it was not working. Vey different from the Minolta non SSM lenses! The AF is most of the time intuitive and right, which is a pleasure to work with. The light metering is always very acurate, and there are almost no under or overexposure.
Superb viewfinder to enjoy making photography again and again
The viewfinder of the Canon 5D MKII is super bright and large, which finally makes the Manual Focus process possible and even pleasant to do. On top, the view within the finder is gorgeous and really makes you wish to do more photos, again and again!
Sharp like a razor, gorgeous color spectrum
The lenses are providing a very sharp results, even on the 21Mpixels the camera is providing. The bokeh at 2.8 aperture is very soft and creamy, extremely pleasant to look at. The colors are very well rendered, without any exaggerated saturation or artificial colors. Instead, the colors are showing very beautiful contrast, with an impressive spectrum of degrade of red, green and yellow. The results are professional straight from the camera, and there are very little need to work on the picture in Lightroom.
Shoot in High ISO (up to 6400) without noise
Shooting at 3200 and 6400 ISO is possible with the Canon 5D MKII… and it gives fantastic results without noise! Amazing, I’m totally stunt, especially in the concert pictures where you need sufficient shutter speed in dark conditions, it works perfectly. Auto ISO is selected automatically picture by picture, and the final result is not showing any differences, even when viewed at 100%.
Conclusion is no brainer, the Canon 5D MKII is the best choice I could have done
I’m extremely happy with the choice I made. The world of Canon EOS will also provide me much more choice and stability in the investment I’ve done, which is also an important reason for me to switch. The photo final results are impressive and professional, straight out of the camera. Shooting in high ISO is expanding the range of usability, and these by managing the noise at very low level. Look at the pictures below made on my first day with the camera!
All pictures below have been made with Canon 5D MKII, 16-35mm 2.8 L USM, 24-70mm 2-8 L USM and 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 L USM. All shots have been made under cloudy conditions between Morges and Lausanne, in Switzerland, next to the Leman Lake (Geneva Lake). Auto ISO, mostly Aperture priority or fully manual, and most of the time shot at fastest aperture possible on the lens (2.8 or 4.5).