Happy 3rd Birthday Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) is three years old! My how time flies! Believe it or not, today is the thrid anniversary of the announcement of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II! It was on this day the rumors were finally true and we knew what the 5D Mark II included. What we didn't really know/understand on that first day was how really significant the video features would be to the future. The Nikon D90 had been released earlier, but it didn't cause the stir the Canon 5D Mark II would in the next few months. Maybe that all had something to do with “Reverie”?

Canon EOS 5D Mark II way back machine

Let's turn on the ‘way back machine' for just a minute… From the wiki

“LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2008 “ Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the long-awaited successor to Canon's highly popular EOS 5D, introduced in 2005. Building upon the qualities that made the EOS 5D camera so successful, Canon has coupled the creative power of a full-frame CMOS sensor in a relatively compact and affordable camera body, together with groundbreaking HD video capture that opens the door to a much wider range of imaging possibilities for photographers. Along with the ability to capture full HD video clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution, Canon's EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera features a 21.1-megapixel full frame 24 x 36mm CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 imaging processor and significantly lower noise, with an expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50 to ISO 25,600.

“The anticipation surrounding the launch of this camera model has exceeded our greatest expectations, and we believe our loyal customers will be awed by the level of innovation and features built into the new EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR. Once they have the chance to experience the camera, we believe they will agree that it was worth the wait,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.”

Boy, isn't that an understatement? “The anticipation surrounding the launch of this camera model has exceeded our greatest expectations” – the sales have exceeded their expectations as well LOL.


A few days later, Vincent Laforet released “Reverie” which stunned the world and had over 2 million views in the first couple of days (please see the interview we did with Vincent if you haven't yet seen it!)

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has also heralded an unheard of event in the Canon world, firmware updates that included feature enhancements! Hopefully in the future we won't need those because Canon's gotten the message… right?

I started planet5D with the wiki – figuring that one central place for all Canon EOS 5D Mark II information would be best. That was on November 15th. Then, I started posting news on special pages in the wiki. If you really want to go into the way back machine, take a gander at some of the first posts we did in the wiki where we were posting news!

As we did with last year's birthday party, I would like to thank all of you – the readers of planet5D – for making planet5D the best Canon EOS 5D Mark II blog on the planet! The success of planet5D has “exceeded our greatest expectations” and we thank you!

(Photo credit: a stock photo that planetMitch sells on istockPhoto)


  1. Who s the first guy shoot timelapses from 5DmkII after it launched?

    I like to know the shutter count of that person’s 5DmkII (or how many times he replaced the shutter) 😀

    Happy birthday 5DmkII . . . ! 😉

  2. Lets only hope the 5D MKIII is worthy of keeping the legacy moving forward and Planet5D keeps feeding us all the good news!!!

    When is Planet5D’s 3rd aniversary coming?!

    Keep rocking the HDSLR world, Mitch!!! ; )~

  3. First time posting. I want to thank you Mitch for all the great post on here. I feel kind of guilt for never posting and taking in all the great info over the years on a daily basis. And I so hope the 5D MKIII keeps the legacy going. But I do see a hybrid of DSLR and camcorder styles coming soon. Like the Sony and Panasonic camcorders. We will see.

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