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Canon EOS 5D Digital Cameras

Everything You Need to Know before Buying a Canon 5D

The Canon 5D is a powerhouse Digital SLR made by Canon that can shoot in different environments and low-light settings. If youre considering purchasing one of these cameras, you probably have some important questions on your mind about choosing the right camera. Here are the most important things to consider when shopping for a new or used Canon 5D on eBay.

Is it okay to buy a Canon 5D used?

The Canon EOS 5D is a professional camera in every regard, which means it is built to last. If you want to know the shutter life of a used Canon 5D, you can ask the previous owner to give you that information if it is not listed. A lot of times with professionals who have used their units extensively, they will get the shutter replaced after a time. While the shutter life is usually around 150,000, good camera owners will get much longer life out of their shutters. Replacing a shutter is like replacing the engine in a car, giving it a renewed lifespan. The Canon 5D is a legendary digital SLR, and you cannot go wrong with purchasing one in excellent used condition so long as you know about its previous use.

Does the Canon 5D work with any lens?

The Canon 5D has a full-frame CMOS image sensor and takes EF lens mount lenses. There are lens mount adapters compatible with the Mark series that allow you to attach multiple types of lenses on the 5D. Compatibility will vary with each type, though. There are also drivers available for certain setups that increase compatibility depending on which advanced functions the lens supports.

How do you choose a Canon 5D?

Which model of the Canon 5D you choose depends on your specific interests as a photographer. The Mark I, II, III, and Mark IV all have extreme similarities with a few significant differences in each model. The Mark II, III, and IV have video mode. The following are the core differences that signify each model:

  • Mark I: ISO sensitivity 50 - 3200, Continuous shooting 3fps
  • Mark II: ISO sensitivity 50 - 25600, Continuous shooting 3.9fps, Video at 30 frames per second
  • Mark III: ISO sensitivity 50 - 102400, Continuous shooting 6fps, Video at 29.97, 25, 23.976 frames per second
  • Mark IV: ISO sensitivity 50 - 102400, Center-weighted and center spot metering, Continuous shooting 7fps, Video at 4K 30,25,24 frames per second
How does the Canon 5D perform shooting in low light?

Canon EOS 5D Mark I has an ISO 50 to ISO 3200 range, and the Mark IV has a ISO 50-102400 range, so all of these models have a similar noise performance in low-light conditions. The higher ISO range in all four models feature very little color noise in low-light conditions.

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