Okay, so I have to admit that although I have been hooked on digital virtually since day one, I haven’t actually upgraded my SLR camera, a 7-year-old EOS D60 ( for those of you with good memories ). I felt guilty even thinking about it. Alas, the time had come to purchase an all singing and all dancing upgrade, going by the name of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
As soon as the battery was charged, I was off out with it (ignoring the fact that it was blazing middle of the day sunshine). I dragged Georgia along as my almost-willing model and we went for a walk to test, what has know been named, ‘the baby’ out.
The most obvious improvements were a much larger viewfinder window, the ISO having its own button instead of being hidden under the menu screen, and the full frame sensor meaning I was getting more out of my lenses. I particularly noticed this on the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS.
In my haste to go out and test I even forgot to change the settings from jpg to RAW and yet, when home, the images stood up to quite a bashing in Photoshop.
Later in the evening the D5 really came into its own with its ISO settings. I could not believe how I was able to go down to ISO 6400 with less background noise than I had at ISO 400 on the D60. The benefits to using this camera are waaaay too long for me to reel off. Suffice to say, I am more than pleased with ‘my baby’.
This picture was taken approximately 3 minutes after the battery charged, in the glaring sun as a jpg. Georgia had found yet another bug and was closely inspecting it.