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Canon 5D Mark II
What's New from the old 5D
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Canon 5D Mark II

Canon EOS 5D Mark II and 50mm f/1.4. enlarge.


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Quick Control Screen

Quick Control Panel

Canon 5D Mark II Quick Control Screen.

You can control everything from one tap of the SET button, if you turn on this feature by pressing:

MENU > CAMERA••••• (C.Fn) > C.Fn IV Operation/Others > SET > 3: Assign SET Button > SET > 5: Quick Control Screen > SET.

Now when you tap SET, it wakes up a control screen on the rear LCD from which we can control everything with the dial, joystick and SET button.

This is a far more valuable upgrade from the old 5D than the pixel count.

How to Use the Quick Control Screen.


Three Total Recall Positions     top

Canon 5D Mark II knob

C1, C2 and C3 Total Recall positions. bigger.

The 5D Mark II has three of these; the classic 5D only had one.

These mean the world to me; they let me shoot more things better and faster.


Excellent LCD      top

Canon 5D Mk II back

Canon 5D Mark II. enlarge.

The old 5D had a crummy LCD, even after Canon tried to update it.

This alone is reason enough for me to dump my old 5D in favor of the new 5D Mark II. The 5D Mark II's LCD is superb.

The LCD is covered with anti-reflection coated glass, but sadly, it picks up fingerprints like a magnet. By comparison, the screen coating of the SD880 point-and-shoot seems to repel fingerprints.

Sadly, unlike my illustration, the actual 5D Mark II can't fill the screen with an image; even when zoomed it has a black bar across the top with exposure data.


Auto ISO      top

This new feature alone is also enough to make me love the new 5D Mark II over my old 5D.

Auto ISO is on by default, and not hidden deep inside menus as it is on Nikon.


Battery Gauge in the Finder      top

There is a five-segment gauge in the finder. Nice!


Playback      top

Now also reads Picture contrast, saturation, AF offset and etc. settings.


More Pixels      top

Yes, more pixels, but you had better have some real Perkin-Elmer spy-satellite grade optics to make good use of them. For most people, all the more pixels of the 5D Mark II is going to show you are the limits of your Canon L-series lenses and your technique.

Canon 5D Mark II Lens Recommendations.


Chrome Hot Shoe      top

Silly but true: the old 5D had a black hot shoe whose finish quickly wore off with light use.

The new silver hot shoe will look good much longer.


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