Protected with a rugged yet lightweight magnesium-alloy exterior, the DSLR camera also features new Picture Style pre-sets, a new hi-resolution 2.5-inch LCD monitor, 9-point auto focus with 6 invisible Assist AF points to improve tracking performance, compatibility with Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1, custom mode for fast recall of user defined camera set-ups, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface for fast downloads and 1/8000- to 30-second shutter speed with X-sync at 1/200 second.
Canon EOS 5D Highlights
The CMOS advantage
With five years of in-house CMOS development since the original EOS D30, Canon's latest CMOS sensor features 12.8-megapixel resolution, and the same second-generation on-chip noise reduction circuitry used on the EOS-1Ds Mark II. This effectively suppresses random noise and eliminates fixed-pattern noise for extremely clean, high-fidelity images. The wide 100-1600 ISO speed range is extendable to L:50 and H:3200.
The Full Frame sensor also delivers the same angle of view as a 35mm film camera, produces a show depth-of-field, beautiful background blur, and preserves teh focal range of wide-angle lenses and the full capabilities of all EF lenses.
The pre-sets include:
Additionally, three user-defined entries allow the possibility to create additional variations on the in-camera styles or install additional custom Picture Style files. Additional custom Picture Style files may be downloaded from Canon web site.
Picture Style replaces internal image processing previously controlled by setting processing parameters and color matrix. Picture Style is also supported by the supplied Digital Photo Professional and RAW Image Task software.
New LCD monitor
For improved image review and menu readability, the Canon EOS 5D is fitted with a new large-size high-resolution 2.5-inch 230K pixel poly-silicon TFT LCD monitor. The improved screen retains brightness and visibility throughout a wide 170-degree angle of view, both vertically and horizontally, making it easy to view images when the camera is mounted in a fixed position.
A newly developed 9-point auto focus system features 6 additional invisible Assist AF points located inside the spot-metering circle. These points come into effect when the camera is switched to AI SERVO AF with the center focus point selected and are automatically used to improve the camera's subject tracking performance.
Ergonomics and control
The Premium EOS design features a magnesium alloy exterior with rubberized grip surfaces. The discreet and lightweight compact body measures just 152 x 113 x 75 millimeters and weighs only 810 grams, making it two thirds the volume and weight of the EOS-1Ds Mark II.
In a handy new feature, current camera settings can be stored and assigned to the C (camera settings) position on the Mode Dial. This allows photographers to switch quickly between two completely different camera set-ups without having to switch bodies--ideal for photographers who need to rapidly switch their cameras from an indoor to outdoor shooting condition, for example. Exposure mode, ISO speed, AF mode, drive mode, Picture Style, white balance, and custom functions are all stored in the custom setting. There are 21 custom functions with 57 user-definable settings to enable photographers to configure the camera for their preferred way of working.
With the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E1 (not included--must be purchased separately), photographers can work cable-free as full-frame image files can be transferred automatically through a wireless LAN to a computer in seconds.
A USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface allows rapid transfer of images from camera to computer, ideal for shooting straight-to-hard-drive with the camera tethered to a computer in a studio environment, thus providing full screen previews of images as they are shot. The EOS 5D also has a video out interface to allow playback and review on a TV monitor, and it's PictBridge compliant to support direct printing to any compatible photo printer without the need for a computer. It takes both CompactFlash Type I and Type II cards, including cards of 2 GB capacity and larger.
Included 24-105mm f4L IS USM lens, compatibility and accessories
The EOS 5D offers complete compatibility with all Canon EF lenses , providing photographers with access to a vast range of lenses with focal lengths from 14 to 600mm.
Incomparable Canon Optical Image Stabilizer -- in the lens where it belongs
Canon pioneered the Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), and today you can find Canon OIS technology in a wide spectrum of optical instruments, from high-powered binoculars to broadcast television lenses and camcorders and, of course, EF lenses for the Canon EOS System . The keys to Canon’s highly effective Optical Image Stabilizer system are precise detection of hand motion likely to cause image blurring and a highly sophisticated, dedicated processor-controlled optical compensation mechanism that dials in just the needed amount of correction to cancel out the effects of a shaky hand. The focal length of the lens is the primary determining factor in the amount of image blurring that can be expected from typical hand-holding. Because Canon optical OIS resides entirely within the lens , it can be specifically optimized -- in both detection and correction -- for the focal length of the lens. Canon EF lenses with IS thus offer corrective capability equivalent to as much as four f-stops. Moreover, unlike some systems with corrective mechanisms in the camera body, Canon Optical Image Stabilizer does not exact a penalty in image resolution. Imaging sensor pixels at the periphery need not be dedicated to IS duty, so you get all of the available pixels all of the time.
The EOS 5D is supplied with the EOS Digital Solution Disk v11, which includes a new version of Canon's Digital Photo Professional (DPP) RAW processing software--now at version 2.0. DPP now supports RAW images shot on all EOS digital cameras from the EOS D30 onwards, and includes support for Picture Styles. Improvements and additions are aimed at improving functionality and workflow efficiency for professionals, and include: easy image selection with three levels of check marks; real-time adjustment of sharpness; improved image correction (Copy Stamp); enhanced image transfer function (single-image transfer to PhotoShop is possible); extended color space support, now including Apple RGB and ColorMatch RGB; and improved usability of the CMYK simulation function.
Also provided is on the EOS Digital Solution Disk v11 is ZoomBrowser EX (PC) and ImageBrowser (MAC) v5.5 for managing images, EOS Capture v1.5 for remote shooting, PhotoStitch v3.1, PhotoRecord v2.2 (PC) and RAW ImageTask v2.2. The EOS 5D is compatible with Canon iMAGE Gateway, which provides a 100 MB online photo album.
Also compatible with EX series Speedlites and other EOS accessories , the camera provides photographers with a highly adaptable and flexible camera system. Canon's E-TTL II flash metering ensures accurate flash exposures by taking into account such factors as lens distance information, ambient light readings and the detection of reflective objects in order to calculate flash output.
The BG-E4 is a new battery grip designed especially for the EOS 5D. (Not included--must be purchased separately.) Constructed with the same magnesium alloy as the camera's exterior, it has a solid and comfortable hold. The grip can accommodate two BP-511A/514/512/511 battery packs or six AA batteries. The Battery Grip BG-E4 features a shutter release button, AE/FE lock button, AF point selector, and main dial to enable comfortable use of the camera when held vertically.
The camera's focusing screens are interchangeable: In addition to the "Standard Precision Matte" (Ee-A) focusing screen supplied with the camera, "Precision Matte with Grid" (Ee-D) and "Super Precision Matte" (Ee-S) screens are available.
The EOS 5D supports the optional Data Verification Kit DVK-E2 v2.2 (not included--must be purchased separately), which verifies the authenticity of images taken with the camera .
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