Canon EOS 5D review

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And there are also areas where the dominance of the 5D isn’t total, relative to its cheaper brethren. We prefer the 350D’s top-mounted on/off switch; it’s far easier to flick on than the lever-like affair mounted almost flush with the back of the 5D’s body. The 350D’s smaller size makes it unobtrusive and easier to keep with you at all times too. Swift operation is easy with the 350D, but try pressing the exposure lock button on the 5D while composing a shot and you could find you need to shift your hand position to support the altered balance of the camera. In addition, it’s impossible for most hands to reach the ISO/drive or AF mode/white-balance buttons one-handed at the same time as turning the adjustment dial. Consequently, it’s a two-step process: you press the button on top and then have six seconds during which you can re-assume a normal grip, rotate either the index-finger dial or rear-mounted rotating wheel to make the adjustment you want, and reframe the shot. It all adds up to the potential for missing photos you might have captured with a leaner device.

Canon EOS 5D review

Make no mistake – the 5D is a fantastic camera. However, it isn’t an unqualified success. Many professionals will be drawn toward either the higher resolution or faster burst rates of more expensive models, while enthusiastic amateurs will have to cope with the weight and unwieldy handling of a ‘professionalised’ tool. It’s entirely possible to spend under £600 on Canon’s own 350D, partner it with a decent lens and be just as happy; and your hard disk won’t fill up as quickly either.

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