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Information and news about Canon’s 21MP EOS 5D Mk2

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Launched in Autumn 2008, the 5D mark 2 at 21MP was a significant jump in performance over the 2005 EOS 5D.

This page contains pre-release and product launch information and specifications. It has been maintained ever since and includes firmware updates and information from after the 2012 release of the 5D mark 3 (which was followed by significant 5D mk2 price reductions)

5D2 officially discontinued in Dec 2012

Also included are links to some experiments I carried out with an infra-red modified 5D mk2, loaned to me by Canon UK.

5D 2 top view

5D2 Info/News

5D2 Reviews

Using an IR converted 5D2 – Keith Cooper

5D2 Intro/reviews: LL / BBL / Rob Galbraith

Samples / review info DPInterface

Sample gallery (DPR -JPEG only)

High ISO 5D2 wedding photo samples

Reviews/reactions DPT / Bui / DJ / DCW

Impressions of use JCO / RSB / FM / RS / BM / TOP

Lots of sample images – Flickr 5DII section

Samples (inc RAW) AIR

Reviews PB / PhilHolland / PopPhoto / TDP

Reviews CT / RL / i4u / RM

Reviews Steve’s Digicams / Cnet / CL

Assorted comparisons AAT / Hi ISO

Impressions of use 40D user / BUI / DPB / CDJ

Reviews Bob Atkins / BJP / Astrosurf PDN / DCI

Reviews DPR – LGD – Macworld – ETK – P5D – SteveH

Reviews Luminous Landscape / ADF / BDP / DCR

Reviews FN(.fr)NDay / PBay / Register

Reviews/Usage Notes BM(moving up from a 20D)

Night photography notes Onsight

5D2 vs. D3x at C-labs

5D Mk2 Accessories

Underwater housing Wetpixel #1 / #2

Underwater housing Ikelite / Aquatica / Subal / Sea & Sea(announced only)

New USB follow focus controler [5D2T]

5D Mk2 Video

Examples of video capabilities / DPR Video samples

More Video: Canon / Vimeo / Vimeo #2 / Vimeo #3 / NRK

More Laforet video / Vimeo 5DMk2 / DanC

Video Canon via YT

5D2 Video forum (Dvinfo)

Dan C in Africa / Bespla

Tutorials: How to shoot 5D2 video / Collected video links

Dan Beruba shoots video

Redrock camera rig for 5D2

Video in Antarctica LL

Audio recording info B&H

Cinema5D – forum devoted to 5D2 video

Choosing an external LCD monitor VLF

A video test SD

Beachtek DXA-5D – audio adapter

Music Vid made with Panavision lenses on a 5D2 P5D

Vimeo groups

Frame rate conversion information from Canon

Presentation (video) from Tim Smith of Canon to Digital Cinema Society

Latest 5D Mk2 news and information

2012 December

24th Canon Japan move the 5D2 to the ‘discontinued’ list.


25th Prices still coming down
EOS 5D Mark II Body – $1699 (Down from $1799) at B&H

EOS 5D Mark III Body – $3199 (Down from $3459) at B&H
13th With the impending launch of the 6D, it seems that remaining stocks of the 5D mk2 are being widely discounted. In the UK, the body is now going for under £1500 (inc. 20% tax)


30th The 5D2 is down to $1800 at B&H
29th There are suggestions that the 5D2 will see a big price drop to clear stocks…


26th Canon in the US have a series of rebates running from Apr 29th to June 2nd


28th New firmware Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware v2.1.2
Optimizes the camera’s performance when using certain UDMA 7-compatible CF cards released in February 2012 or later

2011 December

15th In the UK the 5D mk2 at is down to ~£1460 (body)
14th In the US, there are continuing price cuts for the 5D mk2, B&H has dropped the price of the 5D Mark II body once again. 5D Mark II Body Only – B&H for $1999.95. The 5D Mark II kit is still $2799 (B&H)


18th New firmware
Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware v2.1.1 (Mac)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware v2.1.1 (Windows)

Firmware v2.2.1 corrects a bug that meant only a single image was captured in continuous shooting mode or AE bracketing continuous mode. It also corrects some menu errors for Dutch language users.


23rd Canon announce $100 ‘Instant rebate’ in the US September 25th (till October 29th)
Info at B&H
Prices in Canada hit $2000 (body only) in sale offers


30th New firmware
Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware v2.0.9 (Mac)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II firmware v2.0.9 (Windows)
1. Improves writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.
2. Fixes a phenomenon where the IS function will not work when custom function C.Fn III-2 is set to [5: IS start] and the lens attached does not have an AF stop button. This is because custom function C.Fn III-2 allows users to assign IS start to the AF stop button on the lens
3. Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai languages.


1st Some non-standard 5D2 ISO settings found if you use the new USB follow focus controler [5D2T]

2010 December

5th If you’re willing to experiment with your 5D2 firmware, then it’s possible to up the video bitrate quite a bit. [ML]
…perhaps not for the overly cautious ;-)
1st Canon in Japan have announced a hardware upgrade for the mode dial of the 5D2 [RG] It’s similar in design to the one on the EOS 60D, including a centre button that, only when pressed, allows the dial setting to be altered.


19th An update is issued for 5D Mk2 firmware V2.0.8 corrects the following issues:

* Fixes a phenomenon in which movies are not taken at the shooting mode registered in the user’s settings if a shooting mode Aperture priority (or Shutter priority) is registered in any of the camera’s user settings (C1, C2, C3) and the user attempts to shoot a movie.

* Fixes a phenomenon in which the shutter will not release when pressing the shutter button when the auto power off function is set to “on”.

* Fixes a phenomenon in which overexposure occurs when shooting a Live View shooting simulation with the ISO speed set to L.

* Fixes a phenomenon in which the settings of the Speedlite transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off.

* Fixes a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT-24EX) and slave flash do not sync while shooting wirelessly.


25th An update is issued for 5D Mk2 firmware V2.0.7 corrects the following issues:

* Fixes a phenomenon in which the aperture exhibits abnormal movement when shooting movies in manual exposure mode and Aperture Priority AE (Av mode) using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).

* Fixes a phenomenon in which the exposure level shown in the LCD panel differs from what is shown in the viewfinder when shooting still images in manual exposure mode.

* Fixes a phenomenon in which the Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E4 or WFT-E4 II) may not automatically power off when used for FTP transfers.

These phenomenon only occur with the Version 2.0.4 and Version 2.0.3 firmware.


20th Problem fixed V2.0.4 available from Canon
18th It seems that all is not well with the new firmware – not a major issue as far as I know, but Canon have an advisory notice on their US site

We have learned that some users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera are experiencing issues with Firmware Update Version 2.0.3.

We are working on a new firmware update to address these phenomena, which will be available soon. If you have not registered your EOS 5D Mark II, please register so we will be able to notify you via e-mail when future firmware updates become available for download.

At Canon Japan, we have more details

Recently we have discovered a malfunction that occurs with Firmware Version 2.0.3, in which the manual recording levels for C1/C2/C3 are changed and the camera becomes unable to record audio if the power is turned off (or if Auto power off takes effect) after registering “Sound Recording: Manual” in the camera user settings.
We apologize very sincerely for the inconvenience, but we are going to stop making this firmware available for download. For customers who have already updated to the new firmware, when using the camera with the mode dial set to C1/C2/C3, please either set the sound recording settings to Auto.
We are currently preparing firmware that will correct this malfunction. As soon as those preparations have been completed, we will let you know on this Web site. In the meantime, we apologize for the inconvenience this represents, but please wait until the fixed firmware is ready.

16th Firmware V2.0.3 available from Canon

5D Mk2 Firmware changes

Adds or changes the following movie frame rates.

1920×1080 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps) 1920×1080 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)
1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps) 1920×1080 : 24 fps (added – actual 23.976 fps)
640×480 : 30 fps (changed – actual 29.97 fps) 640×480 : 25 fps (added – actual 25.0 fps)

Adds a function for manually adjusting the sound recording level (64 levels).
Adds a histogram display (brightness or RGB) for shooting movies in manual exposure.
Adds shutter-priority AE mode (Tv) and aperture-priority AE (Av) mode to the exposure modes for shooting movies.
Changes the audio sampling frequency from 44.1 KHz to 48 KHz.
Fixes a phenomenon where communication between the camera and the attached lens is sometimes interrupted after manual sensor cleaning. (This phenomenon only affects units with Firmware Version 1.2.4.)

It is recommended that you use the latest Canon applications* to edit movies captured with EOS 5D Mark II cameras that have the latest firmware because some previous versions do not support movie-editing functions and the frame rates that are added or changed by the latest firmware.

In addition to the enhancements to the movie function, the accompanying instruction manual has also been revised. Users are asked to download both the latest firmware and the latest instruction manual.

*ZoomBrowser EX Version 6.5.0 or later (compatible operating systems : Windows XP/Vista/7) ImageBrowser Version 6.5.0 or later (compatible operating systems : Mac OS X v10.4/10.5/10.

March 10th More ‘video features’ on their way? We’ve had suggestions that uncompressed video output from the HDMI port is possible.
6th A series of lens rebates in the US – with double rebates if you buy a 5D Mk2. There are also ‘Instant rebates’ – or temporary price cuts as we call them – available for the 7D.
4th New 5DMk2 are shipping with the new firmware [POTN]
2nd The firmware (V2.0.3) is ‘almost’ announced in the UK. Available from ‘mid-March’ from Canon
No 60fps… but this is still quite a break from Canon’s past approch to ‘old’ kit. This is a major update for a camera that was announced in 2008.
“Developed following feedback from photographers and cinematographers, Firmware 2.0.3 further enhances the EOS 5D Mark II’s excellent video performance. The addition of new frame rates expands the camera’s video potential, providing filmmakers with the ability to shoot 1080p Full HD footage at 24fps (actual 23.976fps) – the optimum frame rate for cinematic video. 25fps support at both 1920×1080 and 640×480 resolutions will allow users to film at the frame rate required for the PAL broadcast standard, while the new firmware will also change the 30fps option to the NTSC video standard of 29.97fps. ”
“A new histogram display for shooting movies in manual exposure, shutter-priority (Tv) and aperture-priority (Av) have been added, and exposure modes will also be available in movie mode. Improved audio functionality will allow users to set sound record levels manually using a sound-level meter displayed on the LCD screen. The audio sampling frequency has also been increased from 44.1KHz to 48KHz, providing the optimum audio signal typically required for professional or broadcast material.”
“I Love My Friends” shot by Richard Walch on the EOS 5D Mark II with the new firmware includes a look behind the scenes video is available to view at


additonal26th According to a conference slide in Poland [CR] the updates won’t include 60fps.

The pic is a cleaned up version of the rather poor capture circulating elsewhere – and of course there are cries of ‘fake’ :-)

If there isn’t the 60fps, then it suggests that it was pulled (see the screen capture from last year, below) – whether it just didn’t work well enough, or was decided that it was best left until the 5D3 is another matter…

25th Possible release of the new firmware in mid March

  • Live Histogram for Video
  • Sound Level Control
  • 24p/25p

9th Along with the 550D, Canon have announced a new video plugin for using with Final Cut Pro

London, 8th February Month 2010 – Canon today announces the development of a plug-in that will enable quicker and easier editing of EOS MOVIE footage in Final Cut Pro. A free Beta release of the plug-in will be available to download for testing and evaluation in March 2010.

‘EOS MOVIE Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro’ is being developed to provide an even smoother workflow for EOS MOVIE users who edit using Apple’s Final Cut Pro software suite. The plug-in will enable the ‘log and transfer’ of video footage from Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR cameras – all of which offer full 1080p HD video recording.

The plug-in will convert EOS MOVIE footage to Apple’s high quality ProRes 422 codec at approximately twice the speed of Apple’s standard conversion. Additionally, users will also be able to add timecode, reel names and metadata to footage quickly and easily – further enhancing the experience of EOS MOVIE users when editing their footage.

This from a US release (no sign of it yet)
The EOS E1 video plug-in is a free download available at downloads /macosx/finalcutstudio/.
The plug-in is compatible with Final Cut Pro 6 or higher and currently supports Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS 1D Mark IV cameras.
7th At CR there is still the claim that the firmware upgrade won’t include the 720/60 option.


30th Canon is in no rush to bring out the 5D2 firmware update – not in February and it -won’t- include 720/60 according to the latest at CR
22nd Reviews updated
18th We hear (thanks) that Canon wants to position the 5D2 as -the- HD Video DSLR. In particular, the 1 series is not being pushed as the ‘video solution’.
There’s still uncertainty as to what extra will appear in the firmware update, in addition to the extra frame rates. Various features to improve the usability from a video point of view are likely to be included (think focus and exposure)

2009 December 

17th Firmware update v1.2.4

Supports the WFT-E4 II wireless file transmitter that was released in December 2009.

Corrects a phenomenon in which visible noise may appear in images taken by continuous Bulb shooting.

14th Possible firmware update on its way, but maybe not the video one that somepeople have been waiting for. New firmware is needed for some models to support the new WFT-E MK2 wireless units.
From DChome [Google xlation]
6th No news on when the firmware will be updated, but it will include 720P 60FPS as well

See towards the end of

October 20th Firmware update on its way

Press Info – London, 20 October 2009 – Canon today announces that it is currently developing a firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II to enable the recording of high definition 1080p video at 24 and 25fps. The decision to develop new firmware to support these features has been taken following feedback received from cinematographers and photographers.Introduced in September 2008, the multi award-winning EOS 5D Mark II was the first DSLR product to offer full frame 1080p HD video recording, opening up a multitude of new creative possibilities for photo journalists, news photographers and amateur filmmakers. Since then, Canon has continued to develop its groundbreaking EOS Movie functionality, firstly with the firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II that enabled manual exposure control, and more recently by introducing a choice of video recording frame rates with the EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV.Canon currently expects the firmware update to be made available during the first half of 2010. An announcement regarding details of the update and its availability will be made closer to the release date

New wireless unit announced

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4IIA

Wireless File Transmitter dedicated for EOS 5D Mark II*
Includes control for vertical shooting ? Internal antenna with 150m wireless range
Newly Supports uncrowded 5Ghz IEEE 802.11a in addition to IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g or 100Base-TX connections
Easy Connection with Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
4 communication modes:

WFTServer–EnhancedCameraControlandimagebrowsing via internet browser

USB Host Function


* Require firmware update

UK Press infoCanon brings enhanced wireless control to the latest EOS-1 Series and EOS 5D Mark II
London, 20 October 2009 – Canon today announced the launch of two new Wireless File Transmitters to improve workflow efficiency and place greater control and flexibility in the hands of professional photographers using both wired and wireless networks.The WFT-E2 II, designed for the newly-launched EOS-1D Mark IV, and the WFT-E4 II, designed for the award-winning EOS 5D Mark II, allow photographers to transfer image files securely to a computer or server, control the camera remotely and connect to WiFi enabled devices to view images directly from the camera.Transfer images securelyTransferring images from the camera to a PC, external hard drive or FTP server is made simpler and more secure. Both the WFT-E2 II and WFT-E4 II support high security WPA2-PSK authentication and AES encryption over wireless networks. IPsec encryption is also used as standard in both wired and wireless networks to ensure that every photographer’s personal IP is protected.Remote control shooting

The WFT-E2 II and WFT-E4 II allow photographers to communicate with their camera remotely using a number of different methods. Using the included EOS Utility software, photographers can easily browse and control a wide range of settings on the camera body over a network connection. The EOS Utility allows photographers to control EOS cameras and capture images remotely. This is a major benefit for studio photographers who need to fine tune manual settings and shoot images for instant review on a large screen or sports photographers who may use more complex, multi-camera installations to get the shots they need.

The WFT Server takes full advantage of Java-enabled internet browsers, providing more opportunities for photographers to change camera settings like ISO, focus, aperture and shutter speed, from a computer or portable wireless device such as a PDA or smartphone. This allows photographers to control their cameras whilst on the move or when in remote areas where carrying a computer may be impractical. One camera can be accessed from up to three different computers or mobile devices, allowing photographers convenient and flexible remote control over their photography.

These new wireless file transmitters take remote capture one step further for professional photographers who want to take exciting pictures more efficiently. Through the linked shooting function, up to ten slave cameras can be wirelessly connected to a master unit up to 100m away. The master camera will then trigger the slaves, allowing specialists like wildlife and sports photographers to capture a subject from a multitude of different angles.


The WFT-E2 II and WFT-E4 II offer WiFi Protected Set-up (WPS) – or alternatively an easy-to-follow wizard – taking photographers through a simple step-by-step process to connect the camera to any available network in range. The WFT-E2 II and WFT-E4 II comply with 802.11b and g standards, as well as the more stable 802.11a wireless standard used at many large sporting events like the Olympic Games. They also feature an integrated Ethernet LAN port for high-speed wired connectivity.

A USB port and host function also allows photographers to connect several accessories including a Bluetooth dongle for wireless connectivity to GPS, enabling them to geo-tag images for future reference. Other connectivity options include connection directly to a compatible USB compliant GPS device or an external hard disk drive for additional image storage, improving the workflow for many photographers.


The WFT-E2 II and WFT-E4 II will be available from December 2009. At launch, firmware updates for the EOS 5D Mark II (for the WFT-E4 II), EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III (for the WFT-E2 II) will be made available via the Canon Europe website.

8th Excellent presentation by Tim Smith of Canon about 5D2 video

September 20th Raw video recording options and a 5D2 firmware upgrade to give it the same video options as the 7D?

3rd Some good reasons why that firmware update may not be too soon [P5D]

2nd Suggestions that a firmware update is on its way for video? [C5D]

August 28th Updated Canon info on frame rate conversion.

July 26th Interesting comparison between D3X and 5D2 at C-labs


Want to see your 5D2 shutter in action? Video shot at 2000fps shows just what goes on when you hear that click. [SM]

13th We’ve just had a comment [thanks] that there is -not- another video features firmware upgrade in the works – this flatly contradicts one we had after the last firmware update that said it was effectively only ‘part 1’ of the video features updates.
Note – Since this is not one of our rumour pages any more, I’ll reiterate our standard health warnings about such rumours – we’ve no independent confirmation of either.

The US rebate scheme ends, but is extended for flashes and lenses until August 8th. $15 to $500 off a range of equipment

EF 200mm f/2L IS USM $500
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM $130
EF 70–200mm f/2.8L IS USM $200
EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM $100
EF 16–35mm f/2.8L II USM $100
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM $100
EF 24–70mm f/2.8L USM $80
EF 70–200mm f/4L IS USM $75
EF-S 17–55mm f/2.8 IS USM $70
EF-S 10–22mm f/3.5–4.5 USM $50
EF 17–40mm f/4L USM $50
EF 70–200mm f/4L USM $40
EF-S 17–85mm f/4–5.6 IS USM $50
EF 100mm f/2.8 MACRO USM $35
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 MACRO USM $30
EF 28–200mm f/3.5–5.6 USM $30
EF 28–105mm f/3.5–4.5 II USM $20
EF-S 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 IS $15


June 22nd For those wanting to risk their 5D Mk2 with different firmware… Magic Lantern Firmware

On screen stereo audio meters
Full-time cropmarks
Zebra stripes for overexposed regions
Fixed audio gain (+10 dB analog, +12 dB digital) with -NO AGC-
Live headphone monitoring on A/V jack (without disabling LCD)
printf() to the bitmap display
GUI event viewer (press Picture Style button)

Just be sure to read all the warnings first!

Magic Lantern firmware introduction from Trammell Hudson

20th Battery supplies easing? – now in the US claim to have the LP-E6 Battery Pack [Amazon USA link] in stock.

16th Amazon (UK) claim to have stock of the 5D2 battery LP-E6 [Amazon UK link]

> Video links updated

12th Scott at Onsight has a useful article about using the 5d2 for night photography.

11th I’m told (thanks) that in the UK, have batteries do a search for ‘Canon 5D’ to find them – as ever, check for ‘real’ stock first though ;-)

10th Latest CW tips has suggestions covering 5D2 video and flash use amongst other things.

9th A UK dealer comments that they have 50+ waiting for 5D Mk2 batteries, but Canon are sending stock very slowly.

7th Canon refurb 5D2s are seen on eBay here in the UK

2nd Firmware V1.1.0 is out and we’ve already had a number of positive reports.

It incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
Includes a function to enable the manual exposure setting when shooting movies.
When shooting movies in manual (M) mode, the shutter speed *1, the lens aperture value *2, and the ISO speed *3 can be freely set to allow a greater flexibility.
*1 Shutter speed range: 1/30 sec. to 1/4000 sec.
*2 Lens aperture range: Maximum to minimum aperture value of the lens used
*3 ISO speed range:
Auto: ISO 100 to 6400 set automatically
Manual: ISO 100 to 6400, H1
Disables the function of the depth-of-field preview button when images are played back or when the menu screen is displayed on the LCD panel.
Fixes a phenomenon where the peripheral illumination of images cannot be properly corrected, even if the images were captured with the lens peripheral illumination correction function set to Enable.
*Digital Photo Professional software version 3.6.1 or later (for Windows and Macintosh) can be used to automatically correct the peripheral illumination of RAW and JPEG images that were captured in the Peripheral illumination correction setting with cameras that have Firmware Version 1.0.7 or earlier.
Fixes the algorithms of the Auto Lighting Optimizer function when Custom Function C.Fn II-3 Highlight tone priority is enabled.
Fixes incorrect indications on the Arabic, Romanian, Spanish, and Ukrainian menu screens.
Changes the battery information displayed on the camera when using the optional Battery Grip BG-E6.

1st We’ve been sent a link to a collection of underwater 5D2 images and video.

No sign of the firmware update as yet… (noon GMT)

May 28th 24FPS video may yet come to the 5D2 – some suggestions of why it’s delayed at [CR]

27th Not to be outdone by casual software developers, Canon decides to announce its own firmware update for the 5D2.

Sorry, I meant announce that one will be available in early June… (2nd)

Full aperture selection
ISO speed: Auto, 100 – 6400 and H1
Shutter speed: 1/30th – 1/4000th second

Thanks to all the people letting me know of this.

When it does come, it will be available at this Canon page.

We’re also hearing that quite a few vendors do not actually have 5D2 batteries in stock when their web sites say otherwise.
Batteries can be found, but at a price…

On a personal note, I see that the ProDIG mailing list, which I help run, has passed the 2000 subscriber mark. Aimed predominantly at those who make a living from photography, it covers technical matters connected with digital imaging. It has members from many of the major manufacturers and software developers.

25th More firmware hacks are appearing, including a sample audio level meter [CR]

A thread [DPRon the risks (or not) connected with 3rd party batteries

19th In the ‘highly experimental’ category, comes news of ongoing 5D2 video firmware hacks.

14th – We’re told that (at a price) Adorama and Amazon are showing stocks of batteries (but for how long?)

Meanwhile I’m told that several of the larger UK suppliers have had intermittent stocks, although with the story we heard the other day, it pays to be certain that stock is for real…

10th Battery supplies are still pretty low [DPR]

Do check that sellers really have them in stock, since we just heard from someone who ordered from Jacobs in the UK (web site showing stock – CC charge made), only to be told after a couple of weeks that ‘they did have stock in but it was to backfill orders’. Looks very much like that all too common practice of taking orders when there actually isn’t any stock, so as to prevent the customer going elsewhere. Suffice to say, the sales person’s overall attitude has lost them one professional as a customer.

> Underwater housings updated

7th > Reviews updated

6th Possibly connected with the video below – a purported comment [DV] made at NAB from a Canon rep.

“A lot of people have asked for [the update]. When and if it’s coming, all that’s subjective. Some of the things we think we can do, while others we’re not so sure of. Our engineers are working on what they can. There’s no set date or firmware package that’s coming any time soon. But we’re working on it. I’d love to say we’re going to fix this and this or modify that. Just stay on the boards and Web site. As soon as we’ve got something, you’ll know.”

4th An interesting video about the 5D2 filmed at the recent NAB conference. An interview with Tim Smith of Canon where amongst other things he points out that it was partly built to fit requirements from AP and Reuters, for their people to be able to shoot video and stills.

Note comments at the end about 24fps and manual control

from the Digital Cinema Society.

April 30th > Reviews Updated

26th We’re told (thanks) that new video firmware is out there under test, but the video features may not appear for the 5D2. The new advanced video features could well appear on the 1D4 (or 1Ds4), since that gives 5D2 users another ‘good’ reason to move to a 1 series body.

There is a similar comment at C5D

We’ve had comments in the past about the 1D4, suggesting that it will have very advanced video facilities.

A second comment received today (thanks), this time from Germany, where a Canon rep alludes to better 1 series video and there will be an update ‘soon’.

19th Batteries are appearing in stock, but in short supply, we’ve not heard of any stock lasting very long.

> Reviews Updated

15th It’s been some time since we had any reports about the expected 5D2 firmware update. Although lots of people might want uddated video functionality, it’s worth noting that feature updates in Canon software are not known for offering big updates in functionality – that’s what the next model is for ;-)

That said, at CR they suggest that such an update is being tested (or not [CR])

10th A new audio adapter is on its way from Beachtek.

The DXA-5D adaptor for the Canon 5d MK II

beachtex dxa-5D audio adapter

From the manufactuers

” BeachTek is happy to announce their new DXA-5D XLR adapter that has been highly anticipated for the Canon 5D Mark II camera. The DXA-5D provides an easy way to connect professional microphones and other audio gear to this popular camera. This adapter brings a whole new functionality to the Canon 5D Mark II that was previously unavailable. It is now possible to capture professional sound with control and monitoring ability. The suggested list price of the DXA-5D is $379.00 in the United States. Expected shipping date is May 26th, 2009
The DXA-5D features dual transformer-balanced XLR inputs with phantom power and built-in level meters. In addition, the built-in headphone jack allows the user to monitor the audio – a feature missing on this camera. The trim controls allow the user to dial in the proper signal levels for optimum recording quality.
Most importantly, is the unique AGC Disable function which was the most sought after feature by users of this camera. The AGC Disable circuit is activated by a switch which controls the wild swings of the Auto Gain Control in the camera to reduce the hiss generated by the preamplifiers during quiet moments of recording. It works by sending a high frequency inaudible tone to the left channel of the camera. This feature greatly decreases the camera noise which has always been a problem in the past.
The DXA-5D also provides an unbalanced mini-jack input for many wireless receivers that use mini-plug connectors. There is an additional mic level output jack for connecting the adapter to external audio recorders such as the popular Sony PCM-D50 when very high quality recording is required. The LCD display shows the state of the various switches and battery life, as well as a vu meter that shows the audio levels from – 54dBu to -33dBu. This allows the user to verify the proper recording levels and eliminates any guesswork.”

inside the 5d2Bent CF card pin? Just take apart the camera yourself (note may void warranty) [CCH]

9th An interesting test of the EG-a and EG-s focusing screens on a 5D2 at DPR

Looking for a 5D2 in the UK? Trouble at

We’re hearing that are telling people that they’ve just heard they won’t be getting any more 5D2 coming in, and that they are cancelling people’s orders, since the 5D2 has just been dropped from their product range.

Might wash a bit better if one person told it today hadn’t heard the exact same line given to a colleague a few weeks ago.

We’ve now had several comments from people ordering the 5D2 from Play, that they’ve been given pretty shoddy service. Seems that in buying stuff from them YMMV considerably ;-)

In the current climate, do make sure you pay for goods with a credit card in the UK – it gives much more protection should a retailer’s excuses for non delivery turn into insolvency…

8th Chuck Westfall talk at CNET – inc 5D2 video.

> Video links updated

1st We missed this one a while ago – a third party battery grip for the 5D2

March 30th In Australia the RRP for 5D Mk2 body only has risen from $4299 to $4799 (full list from Canon)

> Reviews list updated… LL review: “It’s still a plastic computer hooked up to a system of solidly B+ lenses”

21st > Reviews list updated

18th Although still in short supply we’re told that has stock.

7th > Video links updated

5th Further developments on the firmware front.

The 5D2 white paper now reads…

“Based on this success, it’s only natural that advanced users are looking for manual aperture control in movie mode, and Canon is listening to constructive comments and feature suggestions.”[TE]

Meanwhile at FM5, there is a comment that: “Originally full manual control was planned but they couldn’t finish it by the time of the release.”

> Reviews list updated

4th If you’re travelling and don’t mind warranty issues, I’m told that there are plenty of kits/bodies/grips and batteries available in Thailand and Malaysia.

I’m also told that good battery deals (with chargers) were recently available on Amazon’s (US) marketplace.

3rd New firmware in April? A comment at CR thinks so – this ties in with an email that someone received from Canon on Feb 10th [link to that day’s item below]

Supplies are still very patchy in the UK as some dealers suggest they won’t be getting 24-105 kits until the end of this month.

February 25th Supplies in the UK seem quite patchy. If you wanted to buy a 24-105, a battery grip, or even batteries, then no-one seems to have a good idea of when or what is available.

I was just speaking to someone who’d been given estimates of April for any deliveries – whilst an attempt at asking Canon for info eventually got to CPS, where even they couldn’t get hold of stuff.

In the US, stocks seem patchy too, although I saw a comment that BestBuy could be found with some and that calling round local smaller shops seemed more productive than some of the big chains.

Underwater use – see the Wetpixel link above

> Accs. list updated

22nd I’m told that there are 5D2s in stock at some dealers at the Focus show in the UK.

Since there are now 5D2 and D3x reviews on DPR, there is enough wiggle room for interminable ‘discussions’ about the minutiae [DPR]. If you are looking for objective information on a new camera, then do reserve a skeptical eye for a lot of what you read on forums ;-) Warning – long thread that may harm your will to live :-)

> Reviews list updated

18th Looks like big price rises in Australia for March 9th [FLKR] 5D Mark II RRP jumps from 4199 to 4800

> Video links updated

17th In the US we’ve heard of Adorama having stock of kits every few days, whilst I hear of a US company ephotocraft with current stocks.

15th > Reviews list updated

13th DPReview publishes a long awaited review of the 5D Mk2

Well worth reading the 40 odd pages, but the conclusions from DPR are:
Conclusion – Pros

Excellent resolution, very close to Sony Alpha 900 (and essentially the same as EOS-1Ds Mark III)
Very good High ISO performance, almost as good as Nikon D700 / D3
Wide range of ISO settings from 50 to 25600 (with ‘ISO Expansion’ enabled) and useful auto ISO setting
Finally offers selectable levels of high ISO noise reduction
ISO setting now visible in view finder
1080P 30 fps video usable in low light conditions with very good quality
External microphone socket for use with movie recording
Improved large, bright viewfinder (98% coverage)
Large high-resolution LCD screen with anti-glare coating for better contrast and wider viewing angles
Live view functionality brings it in line with other cameras in 2009 – indeed better than most (no mirror flip, live histogram, exposure simulation options) – although contrast detect AF still slow
Integrated sensor cleaning system
New Digic IV processing engine with 14bit A/D converter updates performance and menu interface to current standards
sRAW1 and sRAW2 modes for smaller file sizes without losing the benefits of RAW; RAW and JPEG sizes selectable independently
Built-in peripheral illumination correction to deal with vignetting
Very well built, better than the original 5D especially around mirror box and lens mount
Wide range of image parameter adjustments (-4 to +4 for most)
Continues to write to CF card even when card door is open
Much improved USB transfer speed
Control layout almost the same as original 5D
Optional WFT-E4 wireless transfer grip
Optional wireless IR remote option
Extensive and mature software package included (everything you need to process images)
Picture styles editor allows user to create custom picture styles and load them into camera

Conclusion – Cons

AI Servo (continuous AF) not as good as EOS-1 series or Nikon D700
Default noise reduction quite heavy at anything over ISO 400 (can be turned down though)
JPEG output a bit soft when viewed at 100%
Still pretty average automatic white balance in artificial light
No mass storage device USB mode
Built in microphone not great, and not usable for audio notes (EOS-1 series feature)
Auto LCD brightness control can mean preview image doesn’t match recorded image
Even with My Menu system, mirror lockup not as easy to use as other brands
No selectable lower and upper limit for auto ISO
No built-in flash (would be useful, if not essential)
Weather sealing not as good as some competitors
Continuous shooting speed slowest of any current full frame DSLR
Doesn’t have quite as much highlight dynamic range ‘headroom’ (in RAW) as the D700 or Alpha 900

> Reviews list updated

12th Buy a lens and flash with your 5D2 and get a $200 rebate (US – until 1st March) – details on main Canon info page

11th Batteries seem to be in short supply all over the place – I’ve heard of several UK 5D2 users spending a long time on the phone trying to track any down.

> Reviews list updated

10th Is 30 FPS only for video a pain? If so then complain to Canon.

This response received from a UK 5D2 owner complaining that the UK uses 25 FPS for TV.

“According to the information provided to us, you are experiencing a flicker effect when you film a TV or monitor screen. The TV or monitor screen in the frame will always have a flicker on its screen when you film it. The standard to which the EOS 5D MkII is set to that is sold in the UK is 30fps, which cannot be set to 25fps. Canon is aware of this as suggestions have been made to be able to set this manually and we are working on a functionality upgrade. ”

Firmware update on its way?

9th The fallout from the LL 5D2 comments continues…

Indeed, I’ve just heard from someone who hired a 5D2 and found that slight dampness getting into the shutter button kept causing random shutter firings. Probably caused by wet fingers, even though the camera was protected from any direct rain.

> Reviews list updated

8th As expected, a lot of noise from the LL article [FM] [DPR] [LL]

7th I was just looking at the Antarctic trip report on LL – it seems that 6 out of 25 5D Mk2 cameras experienced faults (3 terminal). Look for more cries of ‘we need weather sealing’ on the forums ;-)

6th If you are going to do a (good) technical evaluation and comparison between cameras, then you need to be very careful and methodical about your approach. One of the reasons we don’t do really detailed comparisons between products in our reviews is that it’s very difficult to do it in a meaningful way.

I was just reading the print version of a British Journal of Photography comparison between the 5D2 and D3x. There is an online version in the reviews list above that wonderfully illustrates (IMHO) why lots of data does not automatically convey lots of information.

Obviously a lot of work has been put into the piece, since the print version is full of little sample images and even charts. Unfortunately there is no discussion of the camera settings, nor even whether RAW or JPEG images were used. We read that the Canon scored ‘4’ in one test and the Nikon ‘4.5’ … four point five what? Bananas? It’s spurious techy guff like this that does the magazine a great dis-service. Perhaps someone there could apply some critical evaluation and editorial control before they print their next Anders Uschold ‘review’? ;-)

If you’ve come across this page on our site whilst looking for information on the 5D2 then I hope you find the resources I’ve collected of help. However, if you don’t have a great technical background, then do be questioning towards what you read.

If a review says that a camera scores ‘6’ then what does this mean? What’s the scale? is it 6 out of 6 or 6 out of 100? If a review says that noise reduction at ISO 12,800 is too agressive, then compared to what? In general, the more graphs, charts and numbers that appear, the more you have to ask what they mean, how were they obtained, and last of all do they actually make the slightest difference in the real world…

If you are going to be technical, I like the Astrosurf article above (CANON 40D, 50D, 5D, 5D Mark II comparison in French – some parts in English) – this is real geek stuff, with mentions of ‘well capacity’ etc.

Whilst most of this appeals to my distant engineering past, there is one particularly useful picture that shows the difference in dark images (300s exposure – lens cap on) between when the camera is first switched on and when it’s been using liveview for 10 minutes.

Parts of Christian Buil’s test images.

sample raw image5d2 sample raw image

> Reviews updated

5th Supplies are still quite patchy, although I’ve heard that the general Canon price rises have led to a number of peoples’ orders being ‘lost’ or cancelled, with the result that cameras are then only available at new higher prices.

> Reviews updated

4th We hear of a 5D2 owner who’s mirror did indeed fall to bits when first used for continuous shooting. The UK firm Dabs then gave them the run around over replacement – so they’ve gone to a reputable dealer for the replacement.

Note – our comments about Dabs got us several more emails about their less than stellar performance – currently shipping in early March for recent orders.

I’ve just been watching the Dan Beruba video, made travelling up Highway 1 in California – reminded me of my own tripthere in 2007.

> Videos links updated

3rd Some 5D2 owners are getting a 5D service notice by mistake – see main rumours page for 5D mirror issues

1st In the UK, February seems to have brought price rises of around 10% for many Canon items

UK RRP for the EOS 5D Mark II from £2,450 to £2,690

> Reviews updated

January 30th Update – moved to backordered, doesn’t look like it took long to shift that lot…

I’m told that B&H have moved to ‘accepting orders’ status in the US – so there may be stock on its way?

29th Assorted Canon s/w updates for image processing – select Drivers & Downloads tab, then select your OS.

Updater supports 5D2 firmware v1.0.7. Updater corrects a phenomenon where dark, low-contrast areas in sRAW1 and sRAW2 images that were captured by a camera equipped with firmware v1.0.6 or earlier may appear magenta.

> Reviews updated

28th Some of the UK ‘non-dealer’ suppliers are still having difficulties meeting orders. I’ve heard of multiple shipping cancellations from the likes of Dabs. In the US many of the larger suppliers are showing no stock, but it seems much easier to find the camera than a few weeks ago.

27th As well as the UK shortage of batteries, many other items are now on back order – no doubt the flood gates will open once the February price rises hit…

Plenty of batteries in the US I believe. (updated – many larger suppliers are now showing as out of stock)

> Reviews updated

23rd I hear that there is a severe shortage of 5D Mk2 batteries in the UK, with at least one major UK dealer having over 80 back ordered. One dealer had even heard that the next big shipment wasn’t due for months…. (see however price rise info on General Rumours page)

DxO Optics Pro now supports the 5D2. I’ve been using this over the last few weeks (with a 1Ds3) and hope to get my review out in the next couple of weeks.

> Reviews updated

January 20th We’re told that at the SWPP convention in the UK, during a presentation, a photographer stated that he’s currently testing the pre-production version of the Canon EF 24-105mm f4L IS USM Mk II lens. He had the 5D Mk II camera pre-production model since November 08.

Certainly would explain Canon’s eagerness to push the kit versions of the 5D2 ;-)

19th Although we’re mostly hearing of people getting their cameras at last, we’ve had several comments from people who’ve ordered with Ritz (US) and have ended up getting cameras from other sources after waiting too long.

In the UK, lens prices seem to have jumped over the last week or so, but 5d2 body prices are still falling at some suppliers.

17th Canon’s audio input design for the 5D2 is aparently causing problems for external device developers (the AGC can’t be turned off).

The picture below shows a -prototype- of the Beachtek DXA-5D. I’m told it should be available for the North American market by April.

beachtek dxa-5d

16th Does the new firmware affect video quality? I had a comment from a 5D user (an HD video specialist) who noticed that horizontal aliasing seemed slightly worse after the update. Unfortunately there’s no easy way to test by going back to the old firmware… so if somebody cares to shoot some test video before and after the update?

15th DxO publish their latest sensor data and it seems that the D3X is the ‘best’ yet… (site is v busy at the moment)

I’m told that both Jessops and Jacobs in New Oxford St, London have largeish stocks of bodies and kits – this ties in with what I’m hearing from other locations around the world, with even the on-line stores and box shifters getting stocks.

The firmware update has mostly silenced the armchair critics on the forums – and for those who actually take photos, it seems to have fixed the spot and banding problems.

I’m also finding quite a few reviews and articles about the 5D2. I’m filtering out some of those that still look a bit too much like the Canon press information, but have added some new links above. Much as I value the work put in by sites such as DPR, it’s always nice to read some of the impressions of ‘real’ users. I just don’t have the patience to do rigourous methodical reviews, so where I’ve looked at a few cameras in the past [Reviews] I’ve always concentrated more on how it was to use for myself as a photographer.

I’ll be maintaining this 5D Mk2 page with any new information for a while yet, but I’ll eventually be moving it more to covering just new reviews/articles and any issues or problems that might pop up. Thanks again to all those who’ve sent information.

2009 January 14th I’m told that the 5D2 is back on the Best Buy web site. Meanwhile a 5D2 is spotted on the shelf at a Jessops store in the UK, while further afield, one is seen on the shelf in a photo store in Nelspruit, South Africa…

13th Supply difficulties are easing somewhat – I’ve heard of one spotted on the shelf in a Paris shop.

I’ve just heard of someone getting a 5D2 at a Best Buy store – they are in stock at selected stores. Possible reasons for them vanishing from the web site are a pricing change, supply levels or quite possibly the widespread appearance of a 10% discount code on the web – see more assorted guesses at DPR

We were also sent (thanks) an article about NRK covering CES with a 5D2 [NRK– Norwegian, Google trans]

12th 5D2 at Best Buy? It seems that the 5D2 has vanished from the Best Buy web site. The top Canon camera listed there now is the 50D, but the Nikon D700 is listed.

11th Several comments about the flash sync – most saying that flash performance is not a problem and noting that the flash duration times of several popular units are long enough to limit speeds even on 1D series cameras. I don’t generally do any studio work with flash, I can’t personally comment on this one.

10th Prices in Canada are starting to fall somewhat, with several dealers offering around the $3000 mark.

I was also sent a good example of real world (i.e. on a paying job ;-) use of high ISO on a 5D2

Are there sync speed issues with some studio equipment? The manual says 1/200th for max sync speed, but I’ve heard of people having difficulties with reaching this. – Update (thanks) I’m told that if you look further you will see that the manual points out that the flash sync speeds for studio flash could be as low as 1/30 sec as a result of the length of the flash duration. 

9th I’ve had several people say that the firmware has fixed the dot problem [example] [DPR] but since no-one had commented on the banding, I’m assuming that not many people had actually tried sRAW. Given it needs DPP to process it, I can see why it has not been explored so much.

2009 January 8th New firmware V1.0.7 [Canon]. I’ve had one initial test report [AY], suggesting it’s fixed the dot problem.

What has changed in Firmware Version 1.0.7?
It improves and mitigates the following image quality phenomena.
“Black dot” phenomenon (the right side of point light sources becomes black)
When shooting night scenes, the right side of point light sources (such as lights from building windows) may become black. The phenomenon may become visible if the images are enlarged to 100% or greater on a monitor or if extremely large prints of the images are made. This firmware improves and mitigates this phenomenon.
Vertical banding noise
If the recording format is set to sRAW1, vertical banding noise may become visible depending on the camera settings, subject, and background. The firmware improves and mitigates this phenomenon.

So much for extra features…

The UK Canon info [CR] now has a RRP (inc. VAT) of £2450 although I’ve seen it round £1900 at the lowest.

An Australian dealer also suggested that “Australian Canon prices would ‘definitely’ be going up in the near future”

6th Firmware delayed for more testing? [CR] Wishful thinking also suggests some new features in the firmware (not something Canon is famous for) – or even a hack [DPR]

5th I’ve had several people enquire, but no sign of any firmware update yet…

CW has his latest tech tips available including this on 5D2 AF (it regualrly gets asked)

“With EOS Digital SLRs, AF calculations and lens drive commands are typically executed by dedicated CPUs rather than the DIGIC processor itself. However, the overall speed of the AF system and many other camera functions depends on the speed of the DIGIC processor, or dual DIGIC processors in the case of the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark III.”

There is also some useful clarification on focus screen nomenclature.

3rd In Australia I notice that Nikon prices are due to rise by 10-20% at the start of February [NR] No firm news on Canon pricing yet, but in the UK lower end camera prices (1000/400/450/40/50) have been slipping down for a while [CPB] although I’ve been told that 10th January is when new Canon UK prices could come in.

In Hong Kong, prices have dropped somewhat, now the camera is more widely available [RL] [NR]

Video tutorial links added above

2nd What’s happening with prices? Both Sony and Canon are looking to raise prices in Europe soon

Meanwhile several UK dealers are showing lowered 5D2 prices – and stock. Both Adorama and B&H in the US also seem to be showing stock, but there are still some reports of people having

In a sidenote- Does anyone use Linked-in for business networking? I’d welcome links from any readers at my profile

2009 January 1st Lots of UK stores now claiming to have the camera in stock. More too at various Best Buy stores (US)

Video link added above

The site as a whole had some 5.3 million visits last year (2008), so thanks again folks!

Post release info to the end of December 2008 is on the announcement archive page

5D Mark II accesories prices are now up on the Canon (US) site.

Battery Pack LP-E6 -$100
Battery Charger LC-E6 – $80
Battery Magazine BGM-E6 – $45
WFT-E4A – $950
Battery Grip BG-E6 $380
Car Battery Charger CBC-E6 – $270
Focusing Screen (Standard) EG-A – $45
Focusing Screen (Grid) EG-D – $45
Focusing Screen (Super Precision) EG-S – $45
Strap EW-5DMK II – $30
AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6 -$180
DC Coupler DR-E6 – $70
Deluxe Tripod 200 – $45

5D Mk2 Key Features

21MP CMOS sensor (similar to EOS-1Ds Mark III)
Sensor dust reduction by vibration of filter
ISO 100 – 6400 calibrated range, ISO 50 – 25600 expansion (1Ds Mark III & 5D max ISO 3200)
Auto ISO (100 – 3200) in all modes except manual
3.9 frames per second continuous shooting
DIGIC 4 processor, new menus / interface as per the EOS 50D
Image processing features:
Highlight tone priority
Auto lighting optimizer (4 levels)
High ISO noise reduction (4 levels)
Lens peripheral illumination correction (vignetting correction)
RAW and SRAW1 (10 MP) / SRAW2 (5 MP)
RAW / JPEG selection made separately
Permanent display of ISO on both top plate and viewfinder displays
AF microadjustment (up to 20 lenses individually)
Three custom modes on command dial, Creative Auto mode
Image copyright metadata support
98% coverage viewfinder (0.71x magnification)
3.0″ 920,000 dot LCD monitor with ‘Clear View’ cover / coatings, 170° viewing angle
Automatic LCD brightness adjustment (ambient light sensor)
Live view with three mode auto-focus (including face detection)
No mirror-flip for exposures in Live View if contrast detect AF selected
Movie recording in live view (1080p H.264 up to 12 minutes, VGA H.264 up to 24 mins per clip)
Two mode silent shooting (in live view)
New jump options in play mode
HDMI and standard composite (AV) video out
Full audio support: built-in mic and speaker, mic-in socket, audio-out over AV (although not HDMI)
IrPort (supports IR remote shutter release using optional RC1 / RC5 controllers)
UDMA CompactFlash support
New 1800 mAh battery with improved battery information / logging
New optional WFT-E4 WiFi / LAN / USB vertical grip
Water resistance: 10 mm rain in 3 minutes

Press Info

Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 17 September 2008: Canon announces the full frame, 21.1 Megapixel EOS 5D Mark II: the first EOS with full High Definition video capability.Compact, lightweight with environmental protection, EOS 5D successor boasts a newly designed Canon CMOS sensor, with ISO sensitivity up to 25,600 for shooting in near dark conditions. The new DIGIC 4 processor combines with the improved CMOS sensor to deliver medium format territory image quality at 3.9 frames per second, for up to 310 frames.Triggered from Live View Mode, HD video capture allows users to shoot uninterrupted at full 1080 resolution at 30fps – for amazing quality footage with outstanding levels of detail and realism.The integration of HD movie capability into a high-end 21.1 Megapixel camera opens a multitude of new possibilities for photojournalists and news photographers. With its full frame CMOS sensor and outstanding ISO performance, the EOS 5D Mark II will appeal to any photographer in search of the finest camera equipment available – from studio and wedding to nature and travel photographers.
Other improvements to the EOS 5D include

Addition of Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System, with a new Fluorine coating on the low-pass filter
Larger 3.0” Clear View LCD with VGA resolution, a 170° angle of view and anti-reflective coatings
Improved menu system including Quick Control Screen for more direct access to common settings
Automatic peripheral illumination correction, utilising detailed EF lens information to optimise JPEG images straight out of the camera
Magnesium alloy construction with additional environmental protection
UDMA memory card compatibility.
“Professional photojournalists and wedding photographers already choose the EOS 5D for its discrete size and outstanding image quality,” said Mogens Jensen, head of Canon Consumer Imaging. “The addition of HD movie recording opens a new chapter for EOS. It creates new possibilities for EOS photographers to capture and share their stories and to stay relevant in a rapidly changing digital landscape.”

Key Specifications:

New 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved EOS Integrated Cleaning System (E.I.C.S.)
New Full HD 1080 resolution movie recording
3.9 frames per second continuous shooting
High performance DIGIC 4 providing superb image quality
Maximum 310 large JPEG images in a single burst with a UDMA card
3.0” VGA (920k dots) Clear View LCD
ISO 100-6400 (expansion from 50 up to 25,600)
9 AF points + 6 Assist AF points
Additional information

New CMOS sensor
The EOS 5D Mark II’s newly designed full frame 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor features ISO sensitivity from 100-6400, expandable to 50, 12,800 and 25,600. Large 6.4µm2 pixels have been redesigned to capture more light and yield a better signal to noise ratio to ensure lower noise images throughout the ISO range. The full frame sensor has the same dimensions as a frame of 35mm film. This means that wide-angle lenses stay wide, without the change in angle of view associated with smaller sensor cameras. As well as benefiting from finer control over depth of field, photographers moving up to the EOS 5D Mark II’s full frame format will find the newly designed wide, bright 98% coverage viewfinder on a joy to work with.

New DIGIC 4 processor
A new DIGIC 4 processor combined with 14-bit analogue to digital conversion provides smooth gradations in mono-tonal areas such as skies, and highly accurate colour rendition. As well as HD movie shooting, DIGIC 4’s high speed provides for long uninterrupted continuous bursts of large JPEGs, near-instant start-up times and immediate and fast review after shooting. DIGIC 4 also provides for improved noise reduction algorithms, complementing the already low noise images from the EOS 5D Mark II’s CMOS sensor.

HD video capture
The EOS 5D Mark II is Canon’s first D-SLR to incorporate full HD 1920×1080 video capture. Once filming is started from Live View mode, photographers can fire off either single of continuous stills, with video capture continuing after the final frame is captured.

See everything
A new 3.0” VGA resolution LCD provides a wide 170º angle-of-view, providing plenty of clarity for accurate focus checks in playback. The screen brightness can automatically adjust to suit viewing conditions, extending battery life in low light and improving viewing in bright conditions. A new dedicated Live View button switches modes to display a real-time image on the LCD. This allows EOS 5D Mark II photographers to enjoy simplified shooting from awkward angles. Simple connection to a PC provides easy remote shooting.

5d2 AFPrecision focus and metering
A 9-point auto focus system is supported by 6 additional invisible Assist AF points, located inside the spot-metering circle to optimise subject tracking performance in AI SERVO AF mode. For accurate exposure readings in tricky lighting conditions, the spot metering circle covers just 3.5% of the frame.

The EOS 5D Mark II’s redesigned menu system includes a new Quick Control screen, for instant access to the most commonly changed settings. A new Creative Auto mode allows photographers to cede control of key settings to the camera, while retaining control over creative variables such background blur, drive mode and image brightness. Custom user settings allow photographers to switch between two completely different camera setups. This is ideal for changing quickly between two different environments, such as switching from working inside a church without flash to outdoors with fill-flash at a wedding.

Shooting flexibility is enhanced with a range of new accessories. Shooting capacity can be extended with either the high capacity 1800mAh lithium-ion Battery Pack LP-E6, or Battery Grip BG-E6.

A new optional Wireless File Transmitter –
the WFT-E4 – offers external HDD and GPS compatibility along with ability to transmit images direct to computer or FTP server, or operate the camera wirelessly. Both the BG-E6 and WFT-E4 feature a vertical orientation shutter release and other key controls for comfortable portraiture work, with a substantial grip to help balance the camera when used with long lenses.

Technologies Explained:

Canon’s CMOS technology is one of the company’s key competitive advantages, with noise reduction circuitry at each pixel site delivering virtually noise-free images. In comparison with CCD technology, the lower power consumption characteristics of Canon’s CMOS sensors also contribute to longer battery life.

Signal conversion in Canon’s CMOS sensors is handled by individual amplifiers at each pixel site. Unnecessary charge transfer operations are avoided, vastly speeding up the process of getting signal to the image processor. Noise generation is reduced, power consumption is limited and faster frame rate potential is increased.

Image data captured by the CMOS sensor is processed by Canon’s purpose-built DIGIC image processors before being written to the camera’s memory card. DIGIC technology uses advanced image processing algorithms to ensure precise, natural colours, accurate white balance, and advanced noise reduction. Ultra-fast processing speeds result in highly responsive camera operation and near-instant start-up times.

DIGIC chips work with a high speed DDR-SDRAM image buffer – reading, processing, compressing and writing image data fast enough to keep the buffer clear during long continuous shooting bursts. And because DIGIC integrates all key processing functions, power consumption is kept to a minimum.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
The EOS Integrated Cleaning System combats sensor dust in three important ways: Reduce, Repel and Remove.

Reduce – Internal camera mechanisms are designed to minimise dust generation. The redesigned body cap prevents dust generation through wear on the cap itself.
Repel – Anti-static technologies, including a special fluorine coating, are applied to the low-pass filter covering the front of the sensor so as not to attract dust.
Remove – A Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit uses hi-frequency vibrations to shake dust from the infrared filter for a period of approximately one second after each start up. For instant shooting after power up, this feature is disabled immediately the shutter release is depressed.
Canon has also developed an internal Dust Delete Data system, which can map the position of visible dust on the sensor. This can then be deleted automatically after the shoot with the latest Digital Photo Professional software.

Picture Style
Picture Style pre-sets simplify in-camera control over image qualities. Picture Style pre-sets can be likened to different film types – each one offering a different colour response. Within each selectable pre-set, photographers have control over sharpness, contrast, colour tone and saturation. The camera’s factory default configuration is set to deliver immediately-usable JPEG images without need for additional menu settings. Picture Style presets applied to a RAW image can be revised with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.

The six pre-sets are:

Standard – for crisp, vivid images that don’t require post-processing
Portrait – optimises colour tone and saturation and weakens sharpening to achieve attractive skin tones
Landscape – for punchier greens and blues with stronger sharpening to give a crisp edge to mountain, tree and building outlines
Neutral – ideal for post-processing
Faithful – adjusts colour to match the subject colour when shot under a colour temperature of 5200K
Monochrome – for black and white shooting with a range of filter effects (yellow, orange, red and green) and toning effects (sepia, blue, purple and green).
Digital Photo Professional Software
Digital Photo Professional software provides high speed, high quality processing of lossless RAW images. Processing with Digital Photo Professional allows real-time display and immediate application of image adjustments, giving control over RAW image variables such as white balance, dynamic range, exposure compensation, noise reduction and colour tone – plus the ability to view Auto Focus points on an image. The Lens Aberration correction tool allows precise correction of different types of distortion caused by certain cameras. Images can be recorded in camera with sRGB or Adobe RGB colour space.

Digital Photo Professional supports sRGB, Adobe RGB, colourMatch RGB, Apple RGB and Wide Gamut RGB colour spaces. ICC (International Colour Consortium) profiles can be attached to TIFF or JPEG images when converted from RAW. This allows faithful reproduction of colours in software applications that support ICC profiles, such as Adobe Photoshop. For improved efficiency, a set of image adjustments can be saved as a recipe and applied.

EOS Utility
The latest version of EOS Utility provides essential support for Live View remote shooting, camera configuration and image transfers. Tightly integrated with Digital Photo Professional, EOS Utility can be configured to monitor ‘hot’ folders, automatically renaming and moving incoming images to a structured file system. Users can also tag their images with EXIF data, including copyright information.

Picture Style Editor
Picture Style Editor allows users to create individual Picture Styles that fit with their personal requirements. Each Picture Style contains detailed information on how specific colours should be represented within an image. Once new Picture Styles have been created, they can be uploaded directly into the camera and applied to JPEG or RAW images. When working with RAW files in DPP, both personal Picture Styles and the 6 predetermined Picture Styles can all be adjusted.

Camera controls

front controls - 5d2

rear controls

US Press Info

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Escalates Full-Frame Digital SLR Photography to the Next Level with HD Movie Recording Capabilities, DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor, and 21.1 Megapixel Resolution
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2008 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the long-awaited successor to Canon’s highly popular EOS 5D, introduced in 2005. Building upon the qualities that made the EOS 5D camera so successful, Canon has coupled the creative power of a full-frame CMOS sensor in a relatively compact and afford able camera body, together with groundbreaking HD video capture that opens the door to a much wider range of imaging possibilities for photographers. Along with the ability to capture full HD video clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution, Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera features a 21.1-megapixel full frame 24 x 36mm CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 imaging processor and significantly lower noise, with an expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50 to ISO 25,600.”The anticipation surrounding the launch of this camera model has exceeded our greatest expectations, and we believe our loyal customers will be awed by the=2 0level of innovation and features built into the new EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR. Once they have the chance to experience the camera, we believe they will agree that it was worth the wait,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.Among the many advancements in Canon’s new EOS 5D Mark II camera is the Company’s proprietary DIGIC 4 Imaging Processor that powers the camera’s fast 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion for smooth colour tones and exceptional gradation. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR offers a full-frame 24 x 36mm, 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and continuous shooting at 3.9 frames per second (fps) for an unlimited number of full-resolution JPEGs to the capacity of the memory card or up to 14 RAW images in a single burst when using a UDMA CF card. The camera includes a 15-point Autofocus (AF) sensor with nine selectable AF points plus six additional Assist AF points (three center AF points sensitive to f/2.8 lenses) with enhanced light source detection and AF microadjustment for greater autofocus performance. The EOS 5D Mark II camera also features a large, clear 3.0-inch Clear View LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution, four times the pixel count of the EOS 5D camera’s 2.5-inch screen, for enhanced clarity and colour when viewing images. The new camera is equipped with a high-performance, high-magnification optical viewfinder providing 98 percent coverage, giving a new dimension to the saying, “what you see is what you get.” Professi onal photographers will also appreciate the enhanced 150,000-cycle shutter durability of the EOS 5D Mark II camera.Canon, the first company to introduce a full-frame digital camera, has improved the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera’s newly developed full-frame CMOS image sensor. Utilizing proprietary Canon technology, the Company has reduced noise and expanded the sensitivity of the CMOS sensor up to ISO 25600, which is three full stops higher than the ISO 3200 limit of the original EOS 5D camera. Although the individual pixel dimensions of the EOS 5D Mark II camera are the same as the 21.1-megapixel CMOS sensor used in the EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR, the new sensor incorporates an improved output amplifier and a more advanced colour filter that improves light transmission while retaining excellent colour reproduction. By applying the same kind of advancements in sensor design and image processing technology as the recently introduced EOS 50D camera, but at higher resolution and with larger pixels, the EOS 5D Mark II achieves the highest level of image quality of any EOS Digital SLR released to date.With the combination of its improved CMOS image sensor and the powerful new DIGIC 4 image processor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera provides ISO speeds from ISO 100 up to ISO 6400 in 1/3-stop increments, along with two high-speed settings – H1 and H2 – of ISO 12800 and ISO 25600, respectively, as well as a low-speed setting of ISO 50. The full-frame sensor maximizes the performance of Canon EF20lenses, the world’s largest selection of autofocus lenses.HD and SD Video Capture
Canon has taken its expertise in imaging, photography and video capture technology to a new level with the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR. Answering the question of where SLR technology is going next, the EOS 5D Mark II features 16:9 Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 pixels and 30 fps as well as 4:3 standard TV quality (SD) video capture at 640 x 480 pixels and 30 fps, both capabilities appearing for the first time in a Canon SLR camera. Video capture is part of the camera’s Live View function, using the Picture Style that has been set for Live View still image shooting. This allows skilled photographers and cinematographers to adjust image sharpness, contrast, colour saturation and white balance, and have those settings apply to the movie image. When recording video, the camera’s rear LCD screen can be letter-boxed by a semi-transparent border to match the aspect ratio of the movie recording size. Moreover, the EOS 5D Mark II camera’s HD video capability enables new levels of creative expression through its unfettered access to the complete line of more than 60 Canon EF lenses, which provide an incredible variety of visual effects including everything from ultra-wide-angle and fish-eye to macro and super-telephoto, including many large-aperture L-series professional lenses that can keep the main subject in razor-sharp focus while blurring the background beyond recognition.

The EOS 5D Mark II will record video20up to 4GB per clip or a maximum continuous movie capture time of 29 minutes and 59 seconds, whichever comes first. Depending on the level of detail in the scene, a 4GB memory card can record approximately 12 minutes of video at full HD resolution or approximately 24 minutes in standard definition.i Video clips are recorded in .MOV format using an MPEG-4 video compression and sound is recorded using linear PCMii without compression. The new camera features an input terminal for external stereo microphones as well as a built-in monaural microphone for convenience. To help show off those fantastic movies as well as still photos, the EOS 5D Mark II camera includes an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) output to display crisp, clear images on a High-Definition TV.

Live View Shooting
For both still images and video, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera features Live View, one of the most sought after features in digital SLRs today. The 5D Mark II features three Live View AF modes – Quick, Live and Face Detection Live mode – for capturing either still photos or video, each with its own attributes. Quick mode automatically sets One-Shot AF using the camera’s phase detection AF system. It also allows users to select the AF point, even while the Live View image is displayed. Although the camera’s reflex mirror must be lowered briefly to take an AF measurement in Quick mode, it is the fastest way to set focus automatically when the 5D Mark II camera is set for Live View.=2 0

Live mode uses contrast-detection AF with the image sensor and here, as with Quick mode, users can change the AF point using the Multi-controller. Face Detection Live mode uses contrast AF to recognize human faces. When multiple faces are detected, the largest face closest to the center of the frame is targeted as the AF point. While Live View is engaged users can still change settings including the AF mode (Quick, Live, Face Detection Live mode), drive mode, ISO speed, Picture style, White Balance, and more.

Peripheral Illumination Correction
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera automatically conducts peripheral illumination correction when shooting JPEG images, a function that previously could only be accomplished through post-image processing using software such as Canon’s Digital Photo Professional, which Canon supplies at no extra charge. Peripheral illumination correction evens brightness across the image field, making an image of a blue sky even toned throughout and reducing light fall-off at image edges. This new feature essentially eliminates one of the limitations of previous full-frame digital SLRs.

Auto Lighting Optimizer
Canon’s enhanced Auto Lighting Optimizer technology helps ensure each picture’s subject is clearly visible by analyzing image brightness and automatically adjusting dark areas in images so that they appear brighter. This function is ideal in high-contrast situations such as urban landscapes captured on sunny days, where the tops of buildings are brightly lit while=2 0street level details are obscured by heavy shadows. In this type of scene, the 5D Mark II camera’s Auto Lighting Optimizer technology preserves accurate exposure of the highlights while opening up the shadow areas for a more pleasing tonal rendition.

Canon’s New Creative Auto Mode
Recently introduced with the new EOS 50D, Canon’s “CA” Creative Full Auto setting can also be found on the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera’s mode dial. This setting allows users to make image adjustments such as aperture or shutter speed through an easy-to-understand navigation screen on the camera’s LCD menu, allowing them to “blur the background” or “lighten or darken the image.” These easy-to-understand image options allow photographers to experiment with image options while still shooting in an automatic mode.

Two Small RAW Formats
For photographers seeking the flexibility and creative possibilities of shooting RAW format images, without the large file size, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera offers two more manageable file size options with sRAW1 and sRAW2 recording formats. At the sRAW1 setting, resolution is 10.0-megapixels with a file size that is approximately 25 percent smaller than a standard 21.1-megapixel RAW image. With the sRAW2 setting, resolution is 5.2 megapixels at less than half the file size of a standard RAW image, retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, conventional RAW images. Wedding and portrait photographers, in particular, will appreciate th e options of variable resolution and file size which allow them to fine-tune the 5D Mark II’s operation for their specific needs.

Silent Shooting in Live View
Canon has equipped the EOS 5D Mark II with two Silent Shooting modes in Live View which will prove particularly helpful to law enforcement officials, and for behind-the-scenes shooting on movie sets. In Mode 1, the camera will shoot with the mechanical shutter open at the beginning of the exposure, using the electronic 1st-curtain function of the CMOS sensor and a reduced shutter-cocking noise, allowing multiple shots to be taken with minimal noise. In Mode 2, to minimize shutter noise during single frame photography, shutter cocking does not occur until the shutter button returns to the half-way position after shooting.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
With the introduction of the EOS 5D Mark II camera, the entire Canon EOS system is now equipped with the highly acclaimed EOS Integrated Cleaning System. The Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II has been upgraded with a fluorine coating on the low-pass filter for better dust resistance.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera is compatible with Canon EF lenses and is scheduled for delivery by the end of November. The EOS 5D Mark II will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $2,699iii. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 24-105mm f/4L=2 0IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $3,499iv.

New EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM Lens
The new EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM lens is the successor to Canon’s EF 24mm f/1.4L USM professional wide-angle lens released in 1997. Targeting professional photographers, the new EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM lens has been introduced to address the advancements high-resolution digital SLR cameras with re-designed optics and use of a new anti-reflection lens coating called SWC (Sub-Wavelength Structure Coating) to minimize ghosting and flare. Features such as dustproof and waterproof construction that have been adopted make this a high-performance lens with specifications that respond to the demands of professional users. A welcome complement to the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM lens is scheduled to be in stores this December at an estimated retail price of $1,699v

Canon Australia

Key Features:
·         35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with 21.1 megapixels
·         Live View movies in Full High Definition (industry first)
·         Live View shooting (AF mode: Quick, Live, Live Face Detection)
·         DiG!C 4 Image Processor
·         ISO speed range 100-6400 (expandable to 50-25600) (Canon first)
·         3.9 frames per second (fps) with continuous shooting up to 78 shots in a single burst
·         Newly designed, high-performance viewfinder (viewfinder coverage 98%)
·         3-inch, fine detail LCD monitor (920,000 dots, VGA)Sydney, 17 September 2008: Canon Australia today announced the highly-anticipated EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera, successor to Canon’s acclaimed EOS 5D. The new model sets the benchmark in full-frame Digital SLR cameras and is perfect for enthusiasts and professional photographers seeking unrivalled image quality and high performance.The EOS 5D Mark II boasts a range of new features, enabling users to take their photography to unprecedented levels, including Live View movies in Full High Definition (HD) and increased ISO capabilities to an incredible range of 50-25600.Packed with Canon’s core technologies, the EOS 5D Mark II ensures Canon users continue to achieve the superior quality and creative control that they have become accustomed to with the popular predecessor model.“Canon is pleased to announce the new EOS 5D Mark II, developed to push the boundaries of creative photography even further,” states Chris Macleod, Brand Manager – EOS, Consumer Imaging Products Group, Canon Australia. “Canon’s impressive 21.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, coupled with Live View Movies in Full HD and wider ISO capabilities, enables Canon to continually bring incredible performance to photographers.”

Full Frame for Fine Detail and High Image Quality
Central to the EOS 5D Mark II’s outstanding image quality is its high resolution 35mm full-frame, 21.1 megapixel CMOS sensor. In addition, 14-bit A/D conversion results in finer tonal gradation.

The EOS 5D Mark II offers the widest ISO speed range of any EOS digital camera <> , with a standard range of 100-6400, which can be extended to an incredible 50-25600 with ISO expansion (three stops more than its predecessor). Like never before, photographers are now able to capture incredible subject detail in extremely low light conditions. In addition, precise, low noise images can be achieved using the low ISO speeds – a must for professionals and high end enthusiasts who are producing large detailed images.

The EOS 5D Mark II also features Canon’s newly developed DiG!C 4 Image Processor, recently announced in Canon’s new EOS 50D. Building on DiG!C III’s high-speed rendering of fine detail and natural colour reproduction, DiG!C 4 provides even faster signal processing. This detailed processing of large-volume data at extremely high speed satisfies professional demands for exceptional image quality and responsiveness in any shooting situation.

New Features to Expand Shooting Possibilities
The EOS 5D Mark II features Live View movies and boasts an industry first with Full HD recording quality. Canon incorporated this feature in response to photographer’s demands for a camera that could shoot both stills and video in High Definition. In any shooting mode users can capture still photos and movies in Full HD quality or standard TV quality (VGA), making this the ideal camera for photographers who need to efficiently capture stills and movies without compromising on quality.

Like other Canon DSLR models, the EOS 5D Mark II features Live View shooting with Auto Focus capabilities. This allows photographers to preview images in real time on the 3.0-inch VGA LCD monitor with 920,000 dots for greater flexibility and creative composition. Similar to the recently announced EOS 50D, the EOS 5D Mark II also features live Face Detection mode in Live View shooting. By distinguishing human faces in each shot and adjusting the focus and exposure accordingly, Live Face Detection allows photographers to ensure their subjects are captured clearly and accurately.

Compatible with Canon’s range of EF lenses (excluding EF-S lenses), the EOS 5D Mark II is the camera for serious enthusiasts and professional photographers who to take their photography further with no limitations.

Canon Launches New High-Performance Wide Angle Lens

To support its extensive EOS system, Canon has also announced a new high-grade, fast, wide angle lens for professional photographers, the EF24mm f/1.4L II USM (successor to the EF24mm f/1.4L USM). The new lens is the brightest large diameter f/1.4 high-performance wide-angle L lens in the 24mm class. Improvements have been made in the periphery area of the lens, a requirement brought about from the rapid advancement of high resolution sensors available in EOS DSLRs. The circular aperture in the new EF24mm f/1.4L II USM produces beautiful blur effects and the also offers high resistance to dust and water droplets.

The Perfect DSLR Companion – the PowerShot G10
Canon also welcomed the PowerShot G10 to its second half 2008 line-up. Incorporating DSLR capabilities into a compact body, the PowerShot G10 makes the ideal companion to the EOS 5D Mark II. An upgrade from the highly acclaimed G9, the PowerShot G10 features Canon’s new DiG!C 4 Image Processor, new 28mm wide lens and increased megapixels while retaining the prized RAW format mode. Canon’s PowerShot G10 will impress professionals or photo enthusiasts looking to support their DSLR gear with a more portable option.

The EOS 5D Mark II body will be available in Body Only (RRP TBC), and as a Premium Kit with the EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens (RRP $TBC). These kits will all be available from December 2008 through Canon dealers nationally. For more information customers can contact Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the website at

Canon EOS 5D Mark II specifications

List price, (body only)  US: $ 2,699, EU: € 2,499, UK: £ 2,299
List price, (EF 24-105 L kit) US: $ 3,499, EU: € 3,299, UK: £ 3,049
Body material Magnesium alloy
Sensor *  36 x 24 mm CMOS sensor, Full 35 mm size frame, RGB colour Filter Array, Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit), 22.0 million total pixels, 21.1 million effective pixels, 3:2 aspect ratio
Lenses Canon EF lens mount (does not support EF-S lenses), No field of view crop (1.0x)
Dust reduction “EOS Integrated Cleaning System”, Self-cleaning sensor unit (filter in front of sensor vibrates at high frequency at start-up and shutdown – can be disabled), Dust Delete Data – Data from a test shot is used to ‘map’ dust spots and can be later removed using Canon DPP Software
Image processor *  DIGIC 4
A/D conversion 14 bit
Image sizes (JPEG) *  5616 x 3744 (21.0 MP), 4080 x 2720 (11.1 MP), 2784 x 1856 (5.2 MP)
Image sizes (RAW) *  5616 x 3744 (21.0 MP), 3861 x 2574 (10.0 MP), 2784 x 1856 (5.2 MP)
File formats * RAW (.CR2; 14-bit) , JPEG (EXIF 2.21) – Fine / Normal , RAW + JPEG (separate files), sRAW1, sRAW2 (see above) *
Auto focus  9 – Visible AF Points
9 – AF points usable with all lenses f/5.6 and brighter
1 – “High-precision” cross-type sensor at center, lenses f/2.8 and brighter
6 – Assist-AF points Not displayed in viewfinder. Assist-AF points function as needed when shooting in AI Servo AF.
4 – Horizontal-line sensitive points usable with f/5.6 lenses and faster
2 – High-precision, vertical-line sensitive points usable with lenses f/2.8 and fasterAF working range: -0.5 – 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Focus modes One shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focus
AF micro adjustment * Adjust all lenses by same amount (effectively body adjustment), Adjust up to 20 lenses individually
AF point selection Auto, Manual
Predictive AF As close as 8 m (with 300 mm F2.8L lens at 50 kph)
AF assist No (only with external flash)
Metering TTL full aperture metering 35 zone SPC, Metering range: 1.0 – 20 EV
Metering modes Evaluative 35 zone (linked to any AF point), Partial (8% at center), Spot metering (approx. 3.5% at center), Center-weighted average
AE lock Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering, Manual: AE lock button
Exposure compensation +/-2.0 EV, 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Exposure bracketing +/- 2.0 EV, 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Sensitivity * ISO 100 – 6400, 0.3 or 1.0 EV increments , Auto ISO (100-3200), Expansion options:, ISO 50 (L1) , ISO 12800 (H1), ISO 25600 (H2)
Shutter Focal-plane shutter, 150,000 exposure durability, 30 – 1/8000 sec, 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments, Flash X-Sync: 1/200 sec , Bulb
Aperture values F1.0 – F91, 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments , Actual aperture range depends on lens used
White balance Auto, Daylight , Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom, Kelvin (2500 – 10000 K in 100 K steps)
WB bracketing +/-3 levels, 3 images, Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias
WB shift  Blue (-9) To Amber (+9), Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Picture style Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User def. 1 , User def. 2, User def. 3
Custom image parameters Sharpness: 0 to 7, Contrast: -4 to +4, Saturation: -4 to +4, colour tone: -4 to +4, B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G, B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Image processing options * Highlight tone priority, Auto lighting optimizer (4 settings), Long exposure noise reduction, High ISO noise reduction (4 settings), Auto correction of lens peripheral illumination (vignetting),
colour space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Viewfinder * Eye-level pentaprism, 98% frame coverage, Magnification: 0.71x (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity), Eyepoint: Approx. 21 mm, Interchangeable focusing screen (3 other types optional), Dioptric adjustment: -3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio 40:60), Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)
Viewfinder info * AF information:, AF points, Focus confirmation light, Exposure information:, Shutter speed, Aperture value, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, Exposure level/compensation, Spot metering circle, Exposure warning, AEB, Flash information:, Flash ready, High-speed sync, FE lock, Flash exposure compensation, Image information:, White balance correction, CF card information, Monochrome shooting, Maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+)
LCD monitor *  3.0 ” TFT LCD, 920,000 pixels, Automatic 3 level brightness adjustment plus 7 manual levels, 170 ° viewing angle, Dual anti-reflection (‘Clear View’)
LCD Live view * Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor, 100% frame coverage, 30 fps, Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor, Best view or exposure simulation, Silent mode, Grid optional (x2), Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point), Three AF modes – Live mode / Quick mode / Face Detection, Live histogram (Luminance or RGB), Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
Movie recording * Available optionally during Live view mode, 1920 x 1080 (16:9) up to 12 mins (Quicktime 1080p H.264; 38.6 Mbits/sec), 640 x 480 (4:3) up to 24 mins (Quicktime 480p H.264; 17.3 Mbits/sec), Max file size 4 GB, Quicktime MOV format (H.264 video, PCM sound), 30 fps,
Record review Off, On (histogram via INFO button), Display mode same as last used Play mode , 2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
Playback modes 1. Single image with exposure, file number, storage slot , 2. As 1 but also image count and quality, 3. Detailed exposure information, thumbnail and luminance histogram, 4. Less detailed exposure info., thumbnail, luminance and RGB histograms,
Playback features  Optional blinking highlight alert, Optional AF point display, Magnified view (up to 10x) , 2×2 or 3×3 thumbnail index, Jump (by 1, 10, 100 images, screen, date, folder, movies, stills)*, Delete / Protect
Flash No built-in flash unit, E-TTL II auto flash / metered manual , Flash compensation +/-2.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments, X-Sync: 1/200 sec, Hot-shoe & PC Terminal
External flash E-TTL II auto flash with EX-series Speedlites, In-camera flash configuration (currently only 580 EX II), Wireless multi-flash support, PC Sync
Shooting modes Auto, Creative Auto *, Program AE (P), Shutter priority AE (Tv), Aperture priority AE (Av), Manual (M), Custom 1, Custom 2 *, Custom 3 *,
Drive modes Single, Continuous: 3.9 fps * , Self-timer: 2 or 10 sec (2 sec with mirror lock-up)
Burst buffer Large/Fine JPEG: 78 frames (310 with UDMA card) *, RAW: 13 frames *
Orientation sensor  Yes
Auto rotation On (recorded and LCD display), On (recorded only) , Off
Custom functions * 25 custom functions with 71 settings in 4 groups
Menu languages *  25 Languages, English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese
Firmware User upgradable
Portrait grip  Optional WFT-E4 (WiFi / LAN / USB mass storage), Optional BG-E6 battery grip
Connectivity * USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, AV out (video & audio *), HDMI connector *, Microphone input *, PC Sync flash terminal, Communication terminal on base for WFT-E4, InfraRed *
Storage * Compact Flash Type I or II (inc. FAT32), Supports UDMA cards *, Copyright metatag support, Canon Original Data Security Kit supported (“Original Image Data”)
Power * Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery (supplied & charger), CR1616 for date & settings, Approx. 850 shots at 20°C, Battery indication 6 levels & percentage (memorized)
Dimensions * 152 x 114 x 75 mm (6.0 x 4.5 x 2.9 in)
Weight *  No battery: 810 g (1.8 lb)
Accessories Viewfinder: Eyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens with Rubber Frame Eb, Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15, Focusing Screens Eg, Angle Finder C, Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E4, Battery Grip BG-E6, All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses), Canon Speedlites (220EX, 380EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, Macro-Ring-Lite, MR-14EX, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2), Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-1, Remote Controller RC-5, Original Data Security Kit OSK-E3

Items below here are from the old rumours page

Post release info to end November 2008 is on the announcement archive page

Rumours from 1st June 2007 to 14th September 2008 are on our 5D2 archive page

Rumours from 1st December 2007 to 30th May 2008 are on our recent archive page

Rumours from before 1st December 2007 are archived on a second archive page.

Rumours about the 5D2 replacement are on the EOS 5D Mark 3 page

Here are the original 5D specs for those of you who have forgotten :-)

eos 5d cut away viewThe EOS 5D’s full-frame CMOS sensor records 4,368 x 2,912 pixels-that’s 12.8 Megapixels, larger than many other companies’ top-of-the-line sensors. The same size as a 35mm image on a traditional camera, the sensor operates without a conversion factor. This is perfect for taking advantage of the spectacular optics in Canon’s L-series, and will be a joy for wide-angle enthusiasts who can make the most of their wide-angle lenses. This new CMOS sensor, designed in-house by Canon, provides smooth, high-resolution images similar to the EOS-1Ds Mark II but in a more compact body. Two automatic noise reduction features maximize the effectiveness of the EOS 5D’s on-chip noise reduction. Noise reduction can be activated when noise is detected or it will simply come into play on any exposure of 1 second or longer.
DIGIC II Image Processor 3.0 fps for up to 60 consecutive JPEG or 17 RAW frames in a burst.
The EOS 5D’s new 12.8 Megapixel sensor is driven by the revolutionary DIGIC II Image Processor for unprecedented performance and image quality. Thanks to the DIGIC II Image Processor, the EOS 5D is capable of shooting up to 3 frames-per-second for up to 60 JPEG or 17 RAW images. The information captured by the sensor is processed and assembled into images of exceptional clarity and resolution. Photographers can expect precise, natural colours, spot-on white balance and speed in any number of lighting situations. By handling larger volumes of image data, the DIGIC II Image Processor also contributes to lower power consumption: photographers will discover that they can shoot all day with the EOS 5D without having to change the battery!
eos 5d rear viewAdvanced 9-point AF with 6 additional Supplemental points
In addition to 9 different AF points for locking focus on subjects, even if they are not in the center of the composition, the EOS 5D features 6 Supplemental points around the center AF point which help to ensure an even greater degree of focus accuracy when tracking a moving subject. This feature is significant for sports photographers, as well as anyone who needs to keep focus locked on an unpredictable subject. The Supplemental AF points are not displayed in the viewfinder, and they cannot be manually selected. However, they are used in AI Servo AF mode when the EOS 5D is set for automatic focusing point selection, and also when the center focusing point is selected together with Custom Function 17-1.
New high-speed durable shutter
The EOS 5D boasts a newly developed, high-speed and durable shutter unit that was designed to meet the demanding requirements of a full frame sensor in a relatively compact body. With a top shutter speed of 1/8000 sec. and with a remarkable 100,000-cycle shutter life, it truly is a camera built to professional standards.

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We've a whole section of the site devoted to  Digital Black and White photography and printing. It covers all of Keith's specialist articles and reviews. Other sections include Colour management and Keith's camera hacks - there are over 1200 articles/reviews here...

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 Keith's new cameras and lenses (UK) come from: Park Cameras.

 Keith gets his UK used camera equipment and lenses from: MPB

 For USA used: B&H | Adorama | MPB