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This review is from: Canon Digital SLR Camera EOS 5D Mark II (Electronics)
I have now been using this product for almost 9 months and it is a fantastic camera for this price. This camera is aimed squarely at the keen amateur or semi-professional and in the right hands I can see no need to upgrade to the considerably more expensive EOS 1DS MkIII - which uses the same sensor. Users upgrading from any of the APS 'C' sensor cameras such as the 20D, 40D or 50D and own Canon EF-S lenses, these must not be used with the 5D MkII as the short focus back on the EF-S lenses will result in a catastophic mirror strike. Your lens budget may go out of the window as you really do need the 'L' series for the wider angle lenses to take full advantage of the sensor. The image quality is superb. Functions and settings available to users are full and customisable. HD Video is a bit of an art form and there are issues in that the 30fps standard is in use - Canon are investigating a 24fps update in 2010 - so this may impact PAL users as we use 25fps. You will need to get an external mic though as the one fitted to the camera is mono and poor (it does not claim to be anything but). I use mine for shooting lightning and the quality is near slide film standard and has no 'halo' caused by the brightness of lightnin strikes which are visible on my 40D when enlarged. Canon's DPP software continues to be a bit flaky but does an adequate job, although I expect most users will want to be using either Photoshop or similar professional image editing software.
If you are serious about photography but wanted to stay with film because digital cameras had not caught up, then think again - this camera does deliver.