19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic upgrade, well worth the money,
This review is from: Canon EOS 5D Digital SLR Camera (incl. EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Kit) (Electronics)
Years ago I had a film SLR (actually, still have it!) and gave it up for the convenience of digital, going to Point & Shoot when the first 2m pixel cameras came out. Nearly three years ago I felt that Digital SLR's had come of age I got a Canon 350D. Having owned a normal film SLR I found the lens choice limited (especially at the wide-angle end) and the whole experience - while a massive improvement from P&S cameras - never quite felt the same as with my old Olympus SLR. For the 350D I got a replacement standard zoom (17-40L), the 50mm 1.4, a superwide 10-20mm from Sigma as well as the super 70-300IS USM. Despite all this, the work-flow and user experience of the 350D was lacking.
Then I got a 5D. Wow.
The image quality is truly professional quality - as long as you get your bit right, of course. Is it complicated? No. I find it more logical to use than the 350D; the wheel really works for me and I find changing the ISO, focus points and exposure compensation much easier. I love having depth of field back (the ability to easily throw the backgrounds out of focus) which is lost on crop cameras (like the 350D, 400D, 450D) and the low noise performance even at 800 or even 1600 ISO is amazing. The 17-40L now provides me with pretty much the same coverage as the 10-20mm which I have sold and all of a sudden the 50mm 1.4 finds its way into my hands a lot more often. The kit (kit! It's an L!!!) 24-105L IS is fantastic and provides me with what I consider to be a proper 'standard' zoom which I struggled to find for the 350D, at this level of quality anyway. The viewfinder is also so much larger and brighter.
The downsides are the size and weight (which I quite like actually) and the lack of a pop-up flash; an external is definitely required despite the great low-light performance. The memory card door lets the quality feel of the camera down, though that is a minor point.
Where does it sit in the market with the latest Nikon launches (D3 & D300)? Well, if you have an investment in Canon EF lenses and sports aren't your thing then it's a no-brainer. If you don't have an SLR or are looking to improve on the consumer SLRs, then it is a full frame that delivers amazing image quality with no equal at this price point. Period.