The Canon EOS 5D is a very exciting camera for the
- 12.8MP camera for about $3300 (compare to 1Ds Mk. II at $7500 or
the Nikon D2x at $4900)
- Full frame sensor like 1Ds and 1Ds Mk. II. There are many arguments
pro/con full frame sensors. But if you see the ISO performance below
you may understand that this is also a result of having larger photo
sites for the same pixel count.
- Lighter than the 1D series cameras (about 600 grams with batteries).
This is a big argument for many photographers (including us).
- Large 2.5" LCD
Some initial findings:
- Excellent bright and large viefinder image
- Feels well in our hands
- Mirror is softer and has lower noise than the 1D series
- Solid camera although not like the 1D series which are built like
tanks (and also heavy).
- I think Canon could make better use of their 2.5" LCD. E.g. overlay
the histogram over a larger preview image.
Some Los Gatos test shots
Ristorante @ISO 100
Crop @100% magnification
We used for this test the Canon 135mm
f/2 lens which is one of the sharpest lenses you can buy. We shot with
mirror lockup and from a Gitzo 1548 tripod.
Here you can find the original
RAW file (also as DNG which you can open with ACR 3.2).
Note: We know that there is a big dirt spot on the top
left side. We could blow it away with a bulb blower.
Note: Remember that
the service we provide is financed by selling our ebooks and PS
Note: We also (like
Michael Reichmann at Luminous Landscape) cannot understand why Canon
makes the essential switching to/from mirror lockup so photographer
unfriendly. Canon give us a user button for mirror lockup!
We shot the
same scene with the Canon 1Ds Mk. II. Here is a crop of the comparison
(the 1Ds2 shows bigger at 100% magnification because it captures 30%
more pixels for the same area of the chip):
1Ds Mk. II vs. 5D
The 1Ds Mk II has 16.7MP and the 5D 12.8MP.
This means that the 1Ds Mk. II has 30% more pixels or 14% more in each
dimension. We leave the detail analysis to other people but think that
these 2 cameras are pretty close in terms of absolute resolution. Add
the noise performance of the 5D (see below) and you have a $3300 camera
challenging a camera that costs more than $7000.
Antique store @ ISO 400
This shot was taken with the new Canon
24-105 f/4 IS zoom. This would be a great range but we are afraid
that this level of pincushion distortion is not really a selling
argument (see how to fix this distortion with PTLens below).
Distortion reduced and shadows opened
You can reduce the distortion with
the new Photoshop CS2 Lens Correction filter. We also opened the
shadows to show also more of the noise in this 400 ISO photo.
@ 100% magnification
Remember this is a 400 ISO photo,
then opened up the shadows and we did not use any extra noise reduction
(we don't know what DPP does here thought). We are very pleased
with this result.
We converted with DPP and then sharpened
with the same level of EasyS
Bear Coffee Shop
Canon EOS 5D
Pictures from ISO 100-400 are very low noise, ISO 800 is still very
good. The shots at ISO 1600 and 3200 are just amazing at this level.
The 5D noise behaviour is likely the best we ever have seen. Canon
raised the bar quite a bit here.
10/6/2005 DPP 2.0.3 released
Photo Professional 2.0.3 released (Source Rob Galbraith)
Now you can also check out our 5D RAW file with the latest
Canon DPP 2.0.3 version.
10/7/2005 PTLens supports 5D
PTLens 6.3 our favorite lens distortion correction
plugin now also supports the 5D (see
our review on older versions). The new 24-105 f/4 IS lens
is supported but right now only for the 1.6x multiplier cameras (350D,
20D, 10D, ..). We plan to help Thomas Niemann to make also profiles
for full frame cameras (e.g. 5D, 1ds, 1ds2).
10/9/2005 PTLens now also fixes with
24-105mm f/4 IS with the 5D
Good news: The new profiles for PTLens now also support
the 24-105mm f/4 lens on the FF (full frame) cameras (including of
course the 5D). This fast response was only possible due to the work
of Thomas Niemann and an international network of supports who submit
their profiles to Thomas.
Here is the antique shop shot corrected with PTLens:
Corrected in PTLens
Note: Image processed
in ACR, corrected with PTLens, straightened with CS2 Lens Correction,
some shadows opened up and finally sharpened with EasyS Sharpening
We have now a more serious look at the
24-105mm f/4 IS because distortion is no major blocking point anymore.