Hands on with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Canon 200mm f/2

This morning, I got a call from my old photo advisor at San Antonio College. She wanted to let me know that the Canon rep was coming by the school today, with a bunch of the new gear for some hands-on feelies. She knows how much I like the new gadgets.

I’m glad I went, because not only did the rep, Jerry, have a new 5D Mark II with him, but also had the new EF 24mm f/1.4 L, a 35mm f/1.4 L, and the delicious EF 200mm f/2 L IS. I’ve been wanting to check out all of these.

The 5D Mark II is very nice in the  hands. The menu system has quite a bit more visual flair to it, but it seems a little less “snappy” than the menu systems on previous EOS bodies. Quite cool looking, though.

I found that the shutter action had a bit more lag to it than I would like. It feels slow compared to even the 40D. It’s a lot faster than the first 5D, but still slower than I would like. However, it is very quiet. Super-high ISO shots look great, but I did see evidence of banding. IMO this needs to be addressed.

Will it do? Yes. I didn’t have as much time with it as I would have liked, and I didn’t want to tunnel through and change all of Jerry’s menu settings, so I can’t say much more about it. I sure want one, though.

The 35/1.4 and 24/1.4 lenses are awesome. DOF is great wide open. Not much else to say that would surprise you. Even though these lenses focused great, I still found myself anxious to mount my MF Zeiss primes back onto my camera. I’ve gotten used to the Old Ways again, and now I’m re-hooked.

The 200/2 L IS is a hunk of creamy goodness – a very expensive one (c. 4900 US). Once again, there are no surprises except for the fact that it isn’t nearly as heavy as I thought it was going to be. It’s as fast, sharp and accurate as one would expect. I’m really having to talk myself out of selling my 300/2.8 to get one. However, I’m still waiting for an explanation as to why it’s 1000.00 US more than Nikon’s 200/2.


~ by peakaction on January 8, 2009.

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