Wednesday, November 26, 2008

New Camera: Canon 5D Mark II with Canon 24-105 f/4.0 L USM lens

So I picked up a brand new camera yesterday. This camera is SO new there are probably only 20 of them in the state of Utah at this point in time. Canon unleashed this new 21mp beauty on the world yesterday and the good folks at Pictureline contacted me first thing in the morning letting me know that they already had one in stock. Woot! :)

This new camera has several unique features:
1) It is a full frame camera (meaning the sensor is the same size as the film used on 35mm SLR)
2) The sensor has 21mp resolution - that's 3744x5616 pixels!
3) It is even capable of shooting full resolution 1080p HD video (I believe that is 1920x1080 pixels at 30 frames per second).

As I had to work during the day, and had Pictage User Group meeting at night, I really didn't get much of a chance to play with the camera yesterday. I'm hoping to remedy that over the 4-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend!

In the mean time, here are a few of my first images. This image was shot this morning on my way in to work:

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Straight out of camera jpeg:
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Or here is a 100% crop of the image to show the detail:


Here is a straight out of camera ISO 6400 shot:
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And here is a video shot in room light with the camera last night.

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(note: at the end of the video I purposely defocused the lens to see what it would look like)

I haven't decided yet how (or if) video will make its way into my workflow. But it is interesting to see such high resolution video and even more so from an DSLR!

Look for more posts in the future as I play around with the camera some more.

9 comments:

Joshua Moore said...

That's so sweet! I love the video quality as much as the stills. Now we just need to find a time to get together :)

Antonio Neyra said...

Very impressive! Minimal noise at such high ISO...and add an HD recorder to it? WOW!

Mike said...

I've got to ask... how quickly did you get in line at Pictureline? Glad to hear they've gotten at least one by now, hope it's not too long before they get more.

Congrats on the new camera, and thanks for sharing some samples! (nothing like wetting the appetite a bit more while I wait for mine...)

David Terry said...

I contacted both Pictureline and Adorama on September 18th. Pictureline didn't ask for a credit card, but of course Adorama did. And I truly thought that Adorama would have their stock first. Instead, Adorama isn't even scheduled to get their cameras until Monday of next week! So when Pictureline told me they had theirs already I was completely dumbfounded. Since I called on 9/18 they had one reserved in my name so I ran over and picked it up. :)

Mike said...

Excellent. Funny, I ordered from Adorama as well and then later on signed up to be notified at Pictureline since they're local (I had no idea how demand for this camera was going to be). Word has it that Pictureline had about 50 bodies in, so I guess it paid for you to sign up first thing, eh? I'm still waiting ;)

Looking forward to more images from and impressions about your new Mark II!

Suzanne said...

Oh I am so jealous! That camera is amazing. I can't believe the quality at such a high ISO. Gorgeous temple pics too. WOW!!! You may convince me to switch to Canon now! Maybe, we'll see how Nikon reacts to this baby. Let the games continue!

Seriously, amazing shots. You were already getting amazing shots before though.

Anonymous said...

horrible chromatic aberration on those pictures. Canon makes nice cameras but their lens are junk because of those problems. The first two photos on this page are not usable except in 300x300 pixel size.

David Terry said...

Dear Anonymous, I'm having a hard time seeing the "horrible" CA that you see. I do see a small amount around the edges of the white figures in the image, but it is so slight that it is easily correctable in software.

This is my first time using Canon's
24-105 lens, so I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it. But I do believe you are over exaggerating, at least on these images.

Heidi said...

Haha! I thought you couldn't serve to masters? Watch out, that video stuff can be addictive ;)