Canon EOS 5D Mark II 4th anniversary! Is the king dead?

by planetMitch4 Comments

Yes, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was announced 4 years ago today! Happy Birthday Canon EOS 5D Mark II!

And on this date this year, we find out that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is virtually dead with the announcement of the new Canon EOS 6D today.

When we talked to Canon at the Canon EOS 5D Mark III announcement, they were very proud that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II was going to stay in the full frame Canon lineup… but now it looks like they’ve filled the lower end full frame segment with the Canon EOS 6D – and I love the enhancements and wish some of this technology was on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

We don’t have confirmation of the death of the king, but I don’t see much need for the Canon EOS 5D Mark II in this new full frame lineup:

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!

The king is dead – long live the king!

If indeed the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is discontinued, or even if it isn’t, it has been an amazing camera – many would say a legendary camera – one that lead the HDSLR revolution and sure to be a collector’s item some day (should I keep mine?).

Is the HDSLR Revolution over?

I sure don’t think so – but in the 4 years since the 5D2 (and let’s not forget the Nikon D90 which technically was first), we’ve come a long way and there are many new options – including new full frame large sensor video cameras.

What do you think?

How long will HDSLRs be important? Will they ever be replaced with video cameras completely?



Lastly, I would like to thank all of you – the readers of planet5D – for making planet5D the best DSLR video site on the planet! The success of planet5D has “exceeded our greatest expectations” and we thank you!

(Photo credit: a fake 5D3 prototype – thought it was still a cool image)


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Luis Villalon
Luis Villalon

One of the things I hate about Digital is that everyone seems to be always talking about how great the new camera coming up is, instead of how many good films (if any) they are making with the ones they have. I just got a brand new 5D Mark II (Outdated Technology?). It was my intro to Digital 3 years ago coming from strictly 35mm background. One of the short films I shot while living in the Bay Area just won an award at a Film Festival. No one asked If I shot with a Red, an Alexa or a 5D. I saw a preview projected at a pro facility and it looked as good as anything I have shot on film. To get a film look you have to shoot like a film, lights, composition, meaning, not a meandering cam shaking all over, in the dark at 12,000 ISO or whatever that you can correct with the "film look" in your computer. Talent and experience is nice. Don't you think? If I still have the 5D 5 years from now, I will still be doing great films with it. I am not anti-new technology, but I am reluctant to change cameras the way they change an I-Phone like every 2 weeks. So, HD DSLRS are still very much alive, not dead for me. Good comment from Alvin too


How can the king be dead? canon have not really given us a DSLR camera that I'll say blew away the 5D2...most that have the 5D3 that I know are saying they should have kept their money...with video..... the image is about the same...5D3 is alot better in low light...but who shoots in a really dark area??.....I can bet some money...someone is gonna hack the 5D2 and the image would come close to the Blackmagic

Steve M.
Steve M.

NEVER, I SAY NEVER! I would hope Canon will drop the price even more on this DSLR, currently @ $1800.00, if they drop that to $1000.00 with all the new technology surrounding it, I'd buy 2 and keep them forever!


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