Snips from Karel Donk
By now you’re probably thinking I’m being too hard on this camera and I understand if that’s so. After almost 3 years my opinion on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR hasn’t changed at all. In fact, from what I’ve seen I’m just more convinced that so far this has been the biggest piece of shit camera ever released by Canon (maybe even by anyone), with the Canon EOS 1D Mark III very close behind it. From the moment this camera was announced by Canon back in September 2008 I knew it had issues. In fact, I was one of the very few who didn’t buy into the hype and saw the rather serious shortcomings of this camera. A few days after it was announced by Canon, I wrote here on my blog about one of the biggest issues that would haunt this camera during its lifetime, namely the old and crappy autofocus system. Many rushed to attack me and tell me how I was being stupid and wrong. The comments to all my posts about the 5D Mark II are still there and it’s quite amusing to go back and read them. It turned out that there were many more issues that we’d have to deal with when using this camera, among which the rather poor image quality it produces under certain circumstances (banding and noise issues).
And although in the beginning it seemed like I was almost the only one who didn't like the 5D Mark II or had issues with it, as time passed and reviews started appearing and people actually got to use the camera professionally, more and more professional photographers started to express their frustrations with the 5D Mark II autofocus system and other issues. I have documented a lot of those instances in previous posts and in the comments of those posts. Below is a listing of my posts so far on the 5D Mark II:
So, what's you're take? The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has been one of the top selling cameras, but yet there are gonna be people who don't like it… right?
To me, it is interesting that so many have had such success with the 5D2 – yet there are some who haven't had such luck. We all know the autofocus leaves a bit to be desired (I sure wish it was faster and more accurate – but I also get a ton of in focus shots – so I'm not sure where the complaints come in).
(cover photo credit: snap from Karel's site – it is an old Canon ad for the 5D2)