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The full frame EOS 5D Mark II combines outstanding resolution with up to 3.9 fps shooting and superlative high ISO performance. The addition of Full HD movie recording expands the boundaries of photography.


Photographer Sébastian Dahl hitchhikes from Oslo To Beirut, a trip of 10.000 kilometers, 112 vehicles, many countries and even more pictures.

Sébastian left his home in Oslo Norway, and equipped with only a backpack and his cameras (a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Voightlander ultron 40mm f2 and Canon Ef 28mm lenses, and a GoPro Hero 2 actioncam), hitchhiked for 10.000 Kilometers, changing 112 cars, trucks and scooters in total, and snapping pics as he went in and out of vehicles and countries. He now plans on settling in Beirut for a while, learning the language, and do some photo-journalistic work. He also mulls making a video and a book about his amazing journey through Europe and the Middle East. Check out some amazing pics and stories from his adventure on his blog. . . . read more

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens full-frame review by Ivo Freriks at Camera Stuff Review: The Canon 70-300 mm L is, given its optical performance and solid finish, an attractively priced compact telephoto zoom lens.

The Lens was previously tested with a cropped camera (EOS 650D) and now with a full frame EOS 5D Mark II Dslr body:

"The Canon 70-300 mm L is, given its optical performance and solid finish, an attractively priced compact telephoto zoom lens. The higher vignetting and distortion that you get, when using this lens, makes the total score of the Canon 70-300 mm L review half a point lower than the final score of our Canon 70-300 mm L review on a Canon 650D. Those who shoot in RAW can easily remove this difference by using the standard lens correction profiles in Canon's DPP software, Lightroom or Photoshop. In short, this is a lens to use with pleasure for years. . . . read more

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM review at Digital Camera Review: If I were stuck on a desert island with only one lens and my camera, this would be it.

The Lens was tested by Chris Gampat using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II body:

Overall, not a bad thing can be said about Sigma's 35mm f1.4 EX. The company surely put a lot of time and effort into the design and it's worth every penny. The lens is sharp as a razor, a relative speed-demon when it comes to focusing, and has some beautiful image quality. It may even stay mated to your camera! If we really had to nitpick, we could talk about the lack of weather sealing; but then the $899.00 price point gets factored in. And that understandably keeps the price down. Personally, this is currently my favorite lens--I'm old school and was trained to shoot with all primes. If I were stuck on a desert island with only one lens and my camera, this would be it. Sigma's 35mm f1.4 EX wins my fullest . . . read more

Iso noise comparison between the Panasonic GH3 and the Canon 5D Mark 2 by Marlene Hielemaat Discover Mirrorless.

"A lot of people think the smaller sensor cameras like the GH3 can’t hold up to the full frame sensor cameras. I’m going to do a live test with no practicing or cheating to see if that’s true. So I’m going to shoot the pictures at the same ISO and exposure settings and then compare on the computer. I shot raw files in this test because I’m a raw shooter. With raw files you can do quick and easy noise reduction using LR, Photoshop or Elements Adobe camera raw controls, but sometimes I don’t like the look that produces. I do a quick demo in the video too." . . . read more

Magic Lantern second alpha released for the Canon 7D, adds working intervalometer and advanced bracketing.

We'll remind you that Magic Lantern is available in various versions for the following Canon EOS cameras:
5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 6D, 650D/T41, 550D/T2i, 60D, 600D/T3i, 50D, 500D, and the veteran, 40D. . . . read more

Canon EOS 6D and 5D Mark 3 vs the good old 5D Mark 2 Noise Comparison for High-ISO Long Exposures by Don Marcotte: The cheapest of the bunch is the best.

PetaPixel has the story:

"As much as I would like to believe that my process was rigorous, I am having trouble believing that the 6D is significantly better than the Mk III. But I am very confident that it is a low noise camera. You can tell by the lack of noise when you zoom to 100% pixels. As someone who has worked to remove noise from astro images for the past 5-6 years, I am quite familiar with what noise looks like. . . . read more

Canon still holds a vast lead among pro photogs: Reddit users compile the most popular cameras and lenses settings from Reuters '2012 Photos of the Year' into neat pie-charts.

"Not trying to make any point here, I just love cameras and also statistics. So, I copy, pasted, sorted and tallied the data from the "Reuters Full Focus - Best photos of the year 2012" page (look for the link and thread at the top of [1]'m an amateur and I like to absorb what I can from shot data. Here's what I tallied: Camera: Canon 1D Mark III (4), Canon 1D Mark IV (26), Canon 1D X (6), Canon 5D (3), Canon 5D Mark II (19), Canon 5D Mark III (8), Nikon D3, NIKON D3S, Nikon D4, Nikon D7000, Nikon D800, Sony DSC H5, Prime Lenses: 15mm, 16 . . . read more

Lion steals, tries to eat a Canon 5D Mark II and a 16-35 f/2.8L II lens. Camera was announced dead on the spot, but the lens survived the ordeal.

"I brought a remote control and a small stand to Zimbabwe so that I could capture some animal images from a unique “on the ground perspective”. I used the setup for some images of elephants and African wild dogs and most animals ignored the camera after or at most gave it a quick glance.

When a lioness brought down a buffalo about 400 meters from our camp approached to get some images of her with her kill. The lioness walked away to get a drink of water in a nearby stream and we placed the camera near the carcass so that she would walk past it on the way back to feed. (The long lens and camera angle in first image makes it the remote camera seem closer to the kill than it actually was). . . . read more

Magic Lantern moves out of beta, supercharges your EOS camera for the price of a pizza or two.

While the ferature set has been wildly expanded since the early days, the compatibility list has unfortunatelly not followed. As of now, only 5 EOS camera models are compatible (5Dmk2 2.1.2, 50D 1.0.9, 60D 1.1.1, 500D 1.1.1, 550D 1.0.9, 600D 1.0.2)

Magic Lantern is still freeware, sort of. A donation is required for instant download, ottherwise the download will be free for all after August the 13th. . . . read more

Canon 5D Mark II plus 1919 Piccolette Contessa-Nettel folding camera makes a medium format view camera

Contraption by Jason Bognacki. Surprisingly sharp images, but flare is out of control, while contrast in on a pretty low level. The lens is a Zeiss Ikon 7.5mm f/6.3. No  info yet about the Contessa+Canon 5D MkII mating process.

Canon releases firmware upgrade ver. 2.1.2 for EOS 5D Mark II

Just a couple of days before the Mark III arrives, Canon is showing a little (very little in fact) love for Mark II owners. The firmware upgrade addresses only one thing: 



Firmware Version 2.1.2 incorporates the following change. . . . read more

Fujifilm X-Pro1 ISO better than Canon EOS 5D mark II?

Pompous title? I thought so myself, but after spending 10 minutes with a loupe and a bunch of full sized jpeg images taken with a X-Pro1 i truly stand behind my statement.  The X-Pro1 images in question are unprocessed jpegs taken at the launch event of the Romanian store 'f64' . . . read more

Canon 5D MkII vs Panasonic GH1 video shootout @ EosHD

A very interesting shoot-out, with some unpredictable results:    "It's a widely held belief that in low light the 5D trounces the GH1. But it is simply not the case. In fact the GH1 often matches or produces a punchier image, especially at ISO 800 - and it's not even much nosier, usually."    

Canon EOS 5D mkII review by Steve Huff

A review written in a very personal style, but yet professional: "The 5D is really a much more versatile camera than the M8. Its got AF, its speedy, its low light ability is CRAZY good and the full frame sensor gives you some super creamy, super smooth files. BUT the size of the camera, for me, is overkill. Just to large, and I would never use it! Usability Factor for me was low, but man, the images are gorgeous.

Sony a900 vs. Nikon D300 vs. Canon 5DmkII

Mike Johnston writes one of the best articles of the year, on the subject of the "big three" of this season. Do not buy any of these cameras until you read it: "The ultimate in image quality: Belongs to the Sony A900. That's assuming you're someone who knows how to use it and is willing to use it as it's intended to be used—it's not perfect for every style of work. But between its staggering resolution and very good dynamic range, its willing response to the Exposure and Recovery sliders, and its more "photographic" image quality (more on this later) and lack of digital artifacts—and despite its

Canon EOS 5D Mark II review @ Cameralabs

Seems this hole "black dot" issue is really starting to haunt the otherwise excellent reception of the MKII: "Had the EOS 5D Mark II not suffered from the black dot issue, it would have easily earned our highest recommendation. It’s one of Canon’s most powerful DSLRs to date, capable of delivering superb image quality with decent handling and all the latest bells and whistles. The movie mode is also an excellent addition, and while it’s not a practical replacement for a camcorder for most amateurs, the results can be spectacular and independent film

Canon 5D Mark 2 review by Ken Rockwell

P.S The new, Serious and more business conscious Ken Rockwell appears to have changed the wording, the context, heck, everything in his review of this camera. It is no longer "less responsive than his kids toys", and not worse of all Nikon DSLRs ever made. It (the Canon EOS 5D Mark II) is now better than any Nikon at almost everything, and overall, one of the best cameras ever made. Go figure. Quote of his old review, and our comment at the bottom of this post. . . . read more

Canon EOS 5D Mark 2 review @ PopPhoto

The "Resistance is futile" subtitle really sets the tone for this review:


"Talk about the best of both worlds! Until this 21.1MP Canon debuted, the choice in the under-$3,500 price range was between lots of pixels or high image quality at high ISOs. One route was a camera such as the $3,000, 24.6MP Sony A900, which produces high-resolution images but tops out at only ISO 6400, and even there serves up lots of noise. . . . read more

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