Canon 5D2: The perfect companion for a landscape photographer(on a budget)
The 5D2 was my first serious camera, before this I only possessed “basic” cameras. The upgrade brought some welcome changes, however the 5DII still fell short in certain areas.
The Viewfinder: Possessing a 98% full frame viewfinder you’ll actually be able to “see” what you’re shooting as compared to a crop rebel type body.
Top Display: I love how this feature allows me to change settings without looking into the viewfinder, this allows for a nicer shooting experience.
Dedicated Buttons: I also love the dedicated buttons for the iso, wb, afon, etc…like the top display it allowed for a nicer shooting experience as it allowed me to change settings with ease.
Noise Performance: For once in my life I wasn’t scared to use iso 3200. Its high iso noise performance was far better than the t2i’s 18mp sensor.
Autofocus: It’s a piece of junk. As I use mostly prime lenses I felt I couldn’t rely on the autofocus system. At times I would resort to using live view’s phase contrast autofocus system to ensure af was spot on. Anything other than the center focus point was barely useable when it got dark.
On/Off Switch: Seriously, what’s going on here canon? I’m glad they changed this up with the 5D3. Not only is it awkward to access, you do somewhat get used to it, when the camera bounces off your pack when trekking you could switch it to the mid on setting. When the mid on setting is activated you can’t use the scroll wheel to adjust aperture in manual mode, or the ev in the other modes.
Would I recommend the 5D2? Well…even with its downfalls at its current used price it’s an absolute deal. If you wait a while and hunt on craigslist, you could theoretically acquire user 5D2’s for 1.1-1.2k. There’s no other camera in this category that comes close to the 5D2’s capabilities at that price point.
//In a ideal world i’d use an 5D2 with Zeiss Primes and a EG-s
//At the end of the day remember, there is no one camera to rule them all.