Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR Review

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Features & Controls (cont.)

The Mode Dial has positions for: Full Auto, Creative Auto (CA), Program AE (P), Shutter-priority (Tv), Aperture-priority (Av), Manual exposure (M), Bulb (B), and Camera user setting 1/2/3.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR.

Controls on top of the grip: Shutter release, Main Control Dial, Metering Mode/White Balance, AF Mode/Drive Mode, ISO/Flash Exposure Compensation, and the LCD illumination (light bulb) button.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR

The large monochrome data LCD displays all major camera settings such as shutter speed and aperture values, exposure mode, ISO speed, focus mode, metering mode, drive mode, custom function, flash exposure compensation, exposure bracketing, exposure compensation, self-timer and battery status. The data LCD is illuminated by a highly visible blue backlight.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR.

Along the back edge are the AF-ON, AE lock/FE lock/Index/Reduce button and the AF point selection/Enlarge buttons.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR.

Images are stored on CompactFlash Type I or II flash cards or IBM/Hitachi Microdrives. The 5DMKII supports use of high-speed UDMA (Ultra DMA) flash memory cards, which are required to get the full potential of the camera's continuous burst length capabilities. It is also compatible with FAT(16) and FAT32 file systems, so any capacity device may be used.

The 5DMKII was designed for professional users and professional speed flash media. It would be a shame to put anything less than the fastest CF II cards in this camera, like the Sandisk Extreme cards which are a perfect match for this dSLR.

Approx. File Size and Storage Capacity using a 2GB Card

Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR.

The actual image size, number of possible shots and maximum burst will vary depending on the subject, shooting mode, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR. The I/O ports are on the left side:

External flash PC sync connector

Remote port for the Remote Switch RS-80N3, Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3 or the Wireless Controller LC-5.

Microphone input for and external unit

Standard Definition (SD) Video Out (NTSC or PAL format)

USB 2.0 high-speed for transferring data to the host computer. It is PictBridge compatible for direct-printing.

HDMI mini (Type C) Video Out; the HDMI Cable HTC-100 (sold separately) is required.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR.

The 5DMKII is powered by a beefy LP-E6 7.2v 1800mAh lithium rechargeable pack. At normal temperature (68°F/20°C) it's good for ~850 pictures using the optical viewfinder or ~750 pictures at lower temperatures (32°F/0°C). When using Live view, these numbers drop considerably to 200/180 pictures. Battery life is incredible thanks to its low-power CMOS imager and power-saving DIGIC 4 processor.

The supplied LC-E6 (US) compact charger requires approx. 2 hours 30 minutes to charge a fully depleted LP-E6 battery pack. The red LED indicates the charge level. This handy charger features Fold away prongs, perfect for carrying it along in your camera bag. Canon also lists a LC-E6E (UK) charger that does not feature these prongs, instead it uses a power cord like many of Canon's past chargers.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR.

Along with sporting a new battery pack, Canon has also introduced a totally new optional battery grip for the EOS 5DMKII. The Battery Grip BP-E6 is dedicated strictly for use with the 5DMKII, and permits one (or two) LP-E6 battery packs to be installed. With two packs, battery life is doubled up to 1700 frames! This is perfect for extended use of the camera's movie mode, Live View, or a long photo session. Like previous Canon battery grips, the BG-E6 provides full vertical shooting controls, which can be independently turned on or off as the photographer desires. This battery grip also enhances camera handling, especially for shooting vertical pictures.

Note: the battery grip BG-E4 for the previous EOS 5D is not compatible with the new EOS 5D Mark II camera.

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