The more I work with the Canon 5D Mark II the more I find myself using it as my primary camera, leaving the EOS1-D MKIII and EOS 1-Ds MKIII in my camera bag or even at home.
For sports, the 1D MKIII, with its fast autofocus and 10 frames-per-second shooting rate, is still my preferred tool but the 5D MK II becomes the camera of choice for assignments that don’t require fast autofocus or a high-speed firing rate. The images, in my opinion, are superior to the 1DS MKIII even though both have the same 21.1 megapixel sensor. The 5D has better firmware and superior processing of images through the Digic IV processor. The 1Ds MKIII’s dual Digic III processors is faster in processing but the 5D has better detail and less noise at high ISOs.
The EOS 1 series cameras are sturdier, better weather sealing, have a higher life expectancy for shutters and can handle two memory cards (1 CF and 1SD) and viewfinders that show 100 percent of the image but the image quality of the 5D, plus the lower price, makes it a better value.
I wanted to test the Canon 5D MKII’s ability to record sound using just the on-camera microphone (a small mono mike in the front of the camera body) so I put it to the test recording a Bluegrass jam session at the County Store in Floyd, Virginia.
The sound, while not studio quality, works OK for a short web video. I recorded the banjo picker, guitar player and fiddler for one song and used that track to lay down the sound for the video and then filmed cutaways for the rest. It also gave me a change to push the camera’s low-light capability. These clips will be part of an updated documentary we are doing on the Country Store and the Fright Night Jamboree.
Shot with the 5DII (tripod mounted) and a 70-200 Canon f2.8 zoom.
A short clip featuring the bluegrass band “Statement” performing “A Man of Constant Sorrow” during the Friday Night Jamboree at the Country Store in Floyd, Va.
Shot primarily with a Sony V1U camcorder that shoots at 1080p, the clip also features insert shors from the Canon 5D MKII. This clip will be edited further and included in our upcoming documentary on the Jamboree.