Canon EOS 5D review

Canon EOS 5D - this is a legendary old full frame semi-professional camera (or advanced amateur - as it is convenient to count), which was produced from 2005 to 2008. My version made in japan. Canon 5D became the third camera after Canon EOS 1Ds и Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II with a full-frame sensor, the Canon EOS 5D is the first in a new class of professional cameras with a lightweight body (often referred to as 'semi-pro'). Canon EOS 5D has direct descendants: this 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III и 5D Mark IV... Canon EOS 5D is often referred to simply as'first dime'or' 5D classic '.

The Canon EOS 5D has a 13.3 MP CMOS sensor, of which only 12.8 MP, which by today's standards is not so much, but 12.8 MP is enough for comfortable shooting of most photo tasks. I rarely find it necessary to use cameras with a large number of megapixels. Canon EOS 5D Captures Images 4368 by 2912 pixels (total - 12.719.616 pixels), which is enough to print pictures even on the A3-A4 format. I rarely print pictures larger than 20 x 30 cm.

Canon EOS 5D can use ISO from 100 to 1600 and expand the range to a value ISO L (ISO 50), ISO H (ISO 3200). Today you won’t surprise anyone with ISO 3200, even modern Canon cropped cameras with APS-C format sensors, for example Canon 650D, can overclock their ISO up to 25.600. But still, I want to pay tribute to the old lady Canon EOS 5D: unlike the 'inflated' ISO values ​​of many cropped cameras, the Canon EOS 5D can actually use its ISO 1600 and even ISO 3200. In terms of noise level, the Canon EOS 5D still bypasses a lot. (if not all!) cropped cameras, such as Canon 7D, Nikon D300, Pentax K5Sony SLT-A65 etc.

Canon 5D with booster

Canon 5D with booster and Canon Lens EF 50mm 1: 1.4 lens

Canon EOS 5D can shoot at speed 3 frames per second. Some argue that the speed is around 3.5 to \ s. The camera shows in the lower right corner. frame bufferequal to 9 shots (8 frames when using the ISO extended range function), but when shooting in Drive mode, you can take about 17-20 pictures in RAW format until the camera starts to slow down. In JPEG L mode, a series of shots reaches 60 frames. Generally, pretty large real frame buffer I was pleasantly surprised.

But when shooting in RAW + JPEG mode, after filling in the frame buffer, the camera goes into a stupor for a long time. In this mode, the buffer is 12 shots, the camera takes the next frame in only 10-15 seconds, which is an eternity! Using a fast memory card does not solve the problem.

Canon EOS 5D can use RAW (CR2) format only with 12 bit depth of color. RAW (CR2) files average 11 to 19 MB. JPEG L files are 2 to 10 MB on average. Canon EOS 5D uses fast cards CF. My Canon EOS 5D easily made friends with the Transcend 32GB 400x and Transcend 32GB 133x CF card.

Important: The write speed of the data, which depends on the camera itself, is very low on the Canon EOS 5D and this cannot be fixed using a faster memory card. One RAW file weighing about 10 MB, the camera records for about one second, even with the very fastest CF cards.

Canon 5D Display

Canon 5D Display

I liked the Canon EOS 5D excellent ergonomicsa, large monochrome backlit secondary display. The camera weighs about 900 grams with the battery and without the lens. Almost a kilogram of weight is not scary. Canon EOS 5D does not have a dust and water resistant body. Camera display 2.5 inch with 230.000 points. When working with the display, I noticed that it reproduces the real color rather poorly in the obtained photos - it is too faded. The camera's menu is quite simple, it is very easy to understand it, in this camera it became available in Russian as well.

Canon EOS 5D supports shutter speeds from 30 s to 1 \ 8000 s. For measuring exposure 35-zone sensor responds, a large number of amateur Canon cameras have a similar sensor, more about it here.

Canon 5D has just 9 focus points (and 6 more invisible auxiliary)... In the Custom Functions menu, I recommend adjusting the focus point selection with the joystick. You can read more about the focusing system installed on the Canon 5D in the 'Canon EOS Camera Focus Sensors'.

But the Canon 5D has a good large optical viewfinder with 96% coverage, working with such a viewfinder is pretty nice. The battery holds up to 1000 shots, which is pretty good.

Sample Photos

All sample photos located in the gallery below were obtained using a Canon EOS 5D camera and lens YONGNUO 50mm 1: 1.4. Some photos were taken using a polarizing filter. HOYA 58mm PL-CIR.

Personal experience

Canon EOS 5D can be regarded as used. camera option for people who want to immediately start shooting at full frame. In nature there is no cheaper and more practical option for a full-frame camera. Although, for about the same cost you can find Canon EOS-1 DS. Personally, I think Canon EOS 5D is preferable Canon EOS-1 DS due to its smaller size, lithium-ion battery, larger display, larger frame buffer, more adequate work with memory cards and, most importantly, more flexible capabilities for processing RAW files.

Among the shortcomings of the Canon EOS 5D, I would like to note the absence of the Live View mode, which is very useful when working with manual optics, and the small number of focus points. At the same time, the camera does not have fine adjustment of automatic focus. True, Canon EOS 5D supports replacement focusing screens.

Many people complain that the camera sensor gets dirty quickly - Canon EOS 5D does not have a matrix cleaning system. Also in the camera no HDR, built-in flash, automatic ISO control in modes P, Av, Tv, M and many modern 'gadgets'. Many photographers have easily and painlessly switched to Canon 5D after crop cameras. Personally, I liked the color rendering of the Canon 5D much more than the color rendering on my 'workhorse' - Nikon D700.

At one time, I made a mistake - instead of Canon EOS 5D (even in the used version) I bought another cropped camera. Now i highly recommend to all novice photographers who are limited in funds and who do not need various 'gadgets', including video filming, instead of buying a 'mediocre' cropped camera, get a used one. Canon EOS 5D (not new). I think that for the growth of a photographer, immediately shooting in full frame is very, very important and useful. If you are looking for some interesting and inexpensive camera with a 'beautiful pattern', then I recommend looking at the 'Legends go to battle', as well as 'Full Frame with 28 megapixels for 240 cu :)'

More examples of photos, as well as source files in RAW format, can be viewed or downloaded in the following reviews:

  1. In my gallery at 500px
  2. Yongnuo 35mm 1: 1.4
  3. ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN SMC PENTAX-M 1: 1.7 50mm
  4. Canon Zoom Lens EF 20-35mm 1: 3.5-4.5 Ultrasonic (there are examples at high ISO values)
  5. Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 1.4 / 50 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN
  6. Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm 1: 2.8 L IS USM
  7. Carl Zeiss Makro-Planar 1: 2,8 f = 100mm T *
  8. Carl Zeiss Sonnar 2.8 / 135 T * (C / Y)
  9. EBC Fujinon.Z 1: 4.5 / 75-150 Fuji Photo Film Co. Lens-japan
  10. Vivitar 75-205mm 1: 3.8 Close Focusing Auto Zoom
  11. Hanimex Automatic 1: 2.8 f = 100mm (there are portraits)
  12. Sigma 70-200mm 1: 2.8 APO EX HSM (portraits available)
  13. MC Helios-44M-4 58mm 1: 2
  14. Auto Super-Lentar 1: 2.8 f = 35mm
  15. Travenar wide auto 1: 2.8 f = 28mm (colorful photos)
  16. Era-6M 1,5 / 50
  17. Nippon Kogaku Japan Micro-Nikkor Auto 1: 3.5 f = 55mm
  18. TAIR-3-FS 4,5 / 300
  19. Super-Multi-Coated TAKUMAR 1: 4 / 200 ASAHI OPT. CO., JAPAN
  20. YONGNUO LENS YN50mm F1.4

Prices for modern Canon cameras in popular stores can look at this link.

In comments Can I ask you a question on the topic and you will answer, and you can also express your opinion or describe your experience. For the selection of photographic equipment, I recommend large catalogs of various photographic equipment, such as E-Catalog, or large online stores such as Socket. Many little things for the photo can be found on AliExpress.


Nowadays, the Canon EOS 5D is morally obsolete, but still attracts with its full-frame sensor and affordable price per second. option. Canon 5D only requires full-frame Ef lenses. Canon EOS 5D even nowadays shows a great picture at low ISO. Many appreciate it for its nice color rendering.

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Comments: 503, on the topic: Canon EOS 5D review

  • Denis

    I also bought myself a first-aid kit for the 1ds MarkII, which you cannot take with you everywhere and always because of its weight and size, and the 5d is universal in this regard. And his picture, in my opinion, is close to unity. I got a copy in excellent condition, the estimated mileage of 25 thousand (according to the service information), but it is clear that no one knows for sure - at least outwardly the camera is almost like from a store, with its own box, wires and even a cd-disk. The serial begins with 3 - which means late, 2008 (0-2005, 1 -2006, 2-2007, the early ones have problems with the mirror blade) In general, it is clear that they treated it with care.
    Everything works perfectly, the only thing is that sometimes it turns on / off trigger (it's not for nothing that this idiotic lever is the only thing I don't like about canons). It happens, you stand - you turn it on, and the screen blinks if you touch this switch. Vigorous shifting back and forth in all three positions helps. It seems like a trifle, but annoying. I don’t know, from rare use of this, or vice versa, from frequent - i.e. Is it contact oxidation or wear? How to understand? Because of this nonsense, I really don't want to open the virgin chamber (especially to peel off the gum, which I’ll hardly glue it back so neatly), but I don’t know how to fight. Hopefully it can develop over time?
    I use 35mm and 50mm with yongnuo, I also use a lot of manual retro lenses, and I was counting on them. And then there was some disappointment. For example, Helios 44-2 touches the mirror in the infinity position (Neither on one, nor on my 40D does it touch mine - but on a penny, this is such nonsense. I did not know that. It's a pity, I love Helios. That is, the choice of a manual lens should be treated Although Jena Tessar Zeiss, for example, also drives in, but not as much as Helios - everything seems to be all right with her.
    Also, for some reason, a Pixco m42 adapter with a chip is not put on any dime. It just doesn't turn - that's all. Again, everything is fine on the other two canons. Why? Riddle ..
    In general, a camera with its own peculiarities, strange)
    Well, but the picture - what can I say .. It is beautiful)

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thanks for your feedback.

      • Denis

        Arkady, thank you for a wonderful blog and everything you do! Can you tell me, with your experience you probably know which of the helios does not have the problem of clinging to the mirror on the fifth canons? Or do they all go inside so hard and no longer fit? Thank you!

        • Arkady Shapoval

          All 44e + are the same, take 77m, 77m-4, 81n under 5d

        • Rodion

          Take any and sharpen so that the edge of the rear lens unit does not go beyond the plane of the adapter at the top (where the mirror moves).

        • Dmitriy

          Denis, MS Zenitar-M 50 / 1.9 and 50 / 1.7 do not touch the mirror! Checked! The first one can still be bought conditionally new, there are many ads on Avito and not expensive enough. Yes, the chip on the adapter scratches the plastic inside the carcass. But you can shoot without a chip, the viewfinder allows you to focus accurately even without changing the focusing screen and without installing a viewfinder magnifier. My Pixco adapter got up without getting stuck in the mount.

    • Novel

      Hello. I have a camera with serial number 720505278. What year is it?

    • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

      Pixco M42 - shiny stainless steel? If so, then he, too, did not get on a nickle in any way. I had to open a dispute on Aliexpress and punish the seller (bought from officials, Pixco itself) with a ruble. As a result, perseverance won out and the ring was then removed back only by swearing and almost ruining the bayonet. It was very unpleasant. It looks like the problem is in linear dimensions that are slightly larger than other rings. By the way, the adapter ring M39-M42 in it, too, was stuck tightly. As a result, I spat and bought ordinary rings for some of the lenses, black without a chip, and this was left for Jupiter-37A. The chip is glued crookedly: both on a nickle and on a pyadvak, in most cases it lost contact with the carcasses. As a result, I re-glued the ring and now everything is ok, it can be screwed into the bayonet normally. For that kind of money - a disgusting quality adapter.

      Pyatak used the year and got only positive impressions. But I needed a live view and a little video, so I went to Pyadwak. There will be more money, I will buy a nickle again, while there is plenty to choose from, even if it’s lying on the shelf for now.
      Like M42 glasses, Yongnuo, when choosing the first FF, that is, a nickel, was largely guided by this blog, which I have been reading for many years, for which many thanks to Arkady.

  • Alexey

    There were 3 spots. Two of them were out of order before reaching 100k run. I am now looking at pictures for 10 years and I understand that the color was only at the heels and all my STOs. Something is not right with the rest of the pile of cameras .. Arkady, I heard that from some serial number 5D we went more reliably, maybe you know what?

  • Vladislav

    Hello Arkady!
    In the review, write that you liked the picture and colors much better than in your Nikon D700.
    And with cameras Nikon d70s, Nikon d40 how do you compare the color rendition in the pictures, despite the fact that these cameras are cropped.

    • Dmitry Kostin

      Arkady - d40 has one of his favorite cameras.
      The D40 / D70-D70s you mentioned are cameras with CCD sensors.
      CCD cameras differ from CMOS cameras with more pleasing to the eye “colorful” color rendition. This is not for everybody, there are people who criticize her and who do not like her.

    • Gregor_S

      I'm certainly not Arkady, but how can you compare the color rendering? I like something more, something less.
      There were all the indicated cameras (the only one I had was d70 and not d70s).
      And they are all different.
      For example, D70 costs around $ 50. It's easier for you to buy it and describe your impressions of the color rendering of the ssd matrix)
      Good luck.

      • Vladislav


        Since you are not Arkady, then there is no need to express your opinion on my question.
        The question is not technical, but subtle-artistic for a professional and respected owner of this blog - Arkady Shapoval.
        As they say, there are no comrades for taste and color, so I:
        only Arkady's personal opinion is interesting.

        • Gregor_S

          yes, sometimes people try to lend a hand to those who do not deserve it.
          Perhaps this is just such a case.
          Keep looking for the difference between 15 year old cameras instead of filming.
          Once again, good luck.
          Without any respect.

    • Gregor_S

      some comrades say the same about 6d)

    • Dmitry Kostin

      Vladislav, you can buy for trial both D40 (as an option D80 or D70) and 5D.
      All of these cameras are very inexpensive now.
      And then just sell what you like less.

  • Alexander

    Please advise! Bought Canon 5D in very good condition. When checking at the point of issue, I noticed dust in the viewfinder. I thought that on the matrix or focusing screen, I will not clean it up. However, later I checked at home: there is no dust on the matrix - the pictures are clean. I took out the focusing screen, blew it out, looked at it - it was clean. But all the same, the same motes are visible in the viewfinder, i.e. it turns out they are inside the pentaprism ... Has anyone encountered such a problem? Is it possible to clean it?

    • Dmitry Kostin

      "Has anyone encountered such a problem?"
      Yes, I met on two cameras. The s / c has a compressed air blowing service.
      Tk I needed to clean the matrix, then I asked the master and he did it for free.

      • Alexander

        Thank you! I wonder where to blow? ) And then I have a gas cylinder for purging the system units

        • Ivan

          Most likely on the inside of the viewfinder or on the surface of a prism. It needs to be disassembled for cleaning. If your balloon is under high pressure, it is dangerous to blow. Better handmade pear.

        • Gregor_S

          for this you will need to disassemble the camera

          • Ivan

            That's how I wrote what needs to be disassembled.

    • Ivan

      In principle, there can be nothing inside the pentaprism, since it is a monolithic piece of glass. But, in a pentamirror - yes.

  • Mr. Boggy

    And what am I advised on the crop "take 10-22 to 24-105" and it will be happy ... "And I will even carry two lenses on a hike, but the crop ... Come on, we take the first penny and 24 mm from the zooms is quite a decent shirik already it turns out, well, if not 16 mm, but from a shirik to a portrait lens in one lens, and with a margin. Nice, light camera, the same 10d, but only full-frame, super!

    • Novel

      Well, for the crop, there is its own analogue in the form of 15-85, if you want to get by with one lens.

      And for a really wide angle - even more compact 10-18, almost weightless. 10 and 16 cm on a crop (or 16 - 24 cm on a full frame) is a really significant difference.

    • Novel

      A friend of mine took the first DSLR from me yesterday - 100D with a native 18-55 lens. Went out with him for a walk, told him how and how. He took 55-250 with him, gave it to him to use it. Everyone is looking for the same. So this is just a city walk. 18-55 is the most inconvenient focal set for real use. On it, you can record a video with your beloved, drinking, children in the apartment, your wife against the background of anything, so that there is more wife and less background. 24-105 is not much better in this regard, especially on a full frame. A little more zoom for a portrait - that's it. Slightly capture architecture or landscape in half the sky, with tolerable blur for porter, street photography, and people-people-people. If these are models and a studio - approx. But in any camping or city situation, there will always be either too little corner, or too much. Either this whole mountain must be captured, or that bird. Therefore, in the full frame it will be 16-35 and 100-400, which is expensive and difficult. Or 10-18, 55-250, which is cheap and easy and of sufficient quality. Because dawn in Borobudur at 10-18 looks much better than the barracks at noon at 16-35.

      • Mr. Boggy

        I agree about the crop, which is easier and cheaper to get into the focal range. But FF somehow fell for me because of the picture that the crop does not have. Rather, there is, but for some reason the crop is purely outwardly not so beautiful any more reportage drawing comes out. I may be retrograde, but when I scanned film frames, by the nature of the picture and other things, it is the digital full frame that resembles film. Crop as digital-digital. But there is someone who likes SF, it is generally inconvenient to shoot birds there. I often think about Pentax 645d, I miss it this "fatness". Many people say that the human eye gets used to the picture with the SF better, this is its original natural vision, for example, a photo from old color magazines in a spread, portraits of artists from the 70s and 80s. Well, I still think that a full frame is enough for me to resemble this fatness.)))

        • Oleg

          SF is good, only this pentax is far from the same, honest SF - 6x6, for example. The difference, of course, will be noticeable to the "trained" eye, but will it be significant, especially for the purchase of a system (optics are not cheap, however)

  • Joseph

    What is better D7000 or 5D with 50mm fix? Namely, who works better in low light, and is Canon's color so good if you shoot only in rav?

    • Victor

      5d of course will be better in everything, and sensitivity, and even more so in color, despite old age. The main thing is to get used to autofocus :)

      • Joseph

        Clearly, thanks) I got used to AF somehow by itself on the D3100, no problems

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