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Reviews on D5

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brovold

Have anyone seen a review on this new camera ?
I have read one on
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I will soon buy my first digital SLR and are tempted by the vibration reduction system on this one. Any comments to this system ?
 

rincewind

Well-Known Member
Here is a user review by a fellow from Thailand. It's a pretty good review, the camera seems a bargain


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brovold

Thank you. This looks very good. Any comments to Anti Shake mechanism ? I have tried a Nikon D70 - it was impressive - but also more expencive. The start up time on the Nikon was extremly short - what about this on D5?
 

photov

New Member
the 7d has a supposed 2.6sec startup time which is NOTHING. i have never missed a shot that i wanted to take because my camera supposedly started up slower than others.
 

forgingahead

New Member
Hi. New here today. I purchased the 5D a few weeks ago and have been enjoying it. Still learning its quirks. I have not used an SLR for many years (then an old Nikkormat FT) so it has been a bit of a learning curve. Some ex&les of my work with this camera at
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I selected the 5D for price, image stabilization, and ISO range from 100 to 3200. So far I have not been disappointed.
 

isles

Member
Out of curiosty has anyone tried the 5D with lenses from their Maxxum/dynax 5 ??
I'm considering the investment as I have the Dynax5 with a couple of Lenses & I'd like to get a good digital SLR. The reviews on the 5d look encouraging but I'd like to know how the regular AF lenses perform with the digital body..
 
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ascot

I own the 7d, not the 5d, but can assure you that all Maxxum/Dynax lenses, with the exception of the 3X-1X macro, will work correctly on your 5D.

In fact they tend to give slightly better quality results, due to the 1.52x cropping factor. The circle of light going through the lens is designed to hit a 35mm frame. On the 5D/7D the sensor is smaller than 35mm, therefore the circle of light partly falls outside of the sensor frame. This smaller capture area effectively cuts off the light that passes through the outer edges of the lens elements, where they're less effective at eliminating distortion.

The downside is that this creates the 1.52 crop factor. IE: a 24mm lens will now provide a ~36mm focal length. On the upside, a 300mm lens will now be a ~450mm.

This crop factor is not unique to the 5D/7D cameras but also to all other so called APS-C sized sensor cameras such as the Canon D20, Nikon D70, pentax IstD Etc.
 
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ascot

Oops, you did not say if your lenses were Minolta's. If they are, say, Sigma's, you may have a problem if they are old. Some older Sigma's have a compatibility problem with newer cameras, film or digital and may require re-chipping. Sigma will often do this for free.

Again, this problem applies to all cameras, regardless of make.
 

vadve

New Member
I own a lens and flash for an older camera (Maxxum 700si) and I would like to know if they are compatible with the 5D digital SLR. If anyone has any information on these two items, it would be much appreciated.

The flash is the Minolta 5400HS Program Flash.

The lens is a Minolta AF Zoom 28-105mm (62mm diameter). If this lens does work with the 5D (as previous posts say), would the anti-shake technology in the 5D work with this lens also?
 
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ascot

Yes, your Minolta AF Zoom 28-105mm will work with no problems. The Anti-shake works with all lenses with a Minolta AF mount, regardless of make.

The 5400HS flash is not compatible with digital cameras, except in manual mode. This flash uses through the lens off the film metering to determine the correct exposure. Digitals, obviously do not use film, therefore TTL-OTF metering does not work. Set the 5D on manual mode, and learn about manual flash photography. (Not an easy subject.) Your alternative is to buy the 5600HS(D), 3600HS(D) or 2500 flash.
 

isles

Member
Thanks a million charles .. the two lenses I have are Minolta, and they're less than 5 yrs old so they should work pretty well .. I'll just have to buy one lense to cover the lower end of the range. The lenses I have cover me from 24mm - 300mm on the dynax 5. I think what I'll need tends to be kitted with the body anyway.
 
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ascot

Your welcome Eileesh.

I see your covered from 24mm - 300mm (36mm - 450mm on the 5D/7D) so your light at the wide angle end. However, you may find a kit lens is not the long term answer. They may be relatively cheap lenses and if so could be softer or slower than you like.

I have found that my tolerance for soft/slow lenses has diminished with time. If you become more proficient in photography, you may find you have a desire for sharper and/or faster lenses. (Read expensive lenses.) However, some people are very happy with the kit lenses and you may also.

Please don't take this as advice not to buy kit lenses. In my case, I am also in need of a wide angle lens as my widest is also 24mm (36mm.) A high quality wide angle (non digital) lens could cost as much as $1000.00, a bit more than I want to pay. Someone with a cheap wide angle kit lens is probably getting some great landscapes that I am missing, due to my bias. :-(
 

isles

Member
no worries Charles .. my main area is sports photography anyway, so wide-angle/macro isn't a huge necessity for me. hence the reason i'm not overly worried about the lower end of the scale.
 
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