My Photography with the Canon 5D
I returned to photography after over 20 years of not touching a camera when Canon created the D30. It was my first real digital camera. I have owned the Canon D30, 10D, 20D and now the 5D. I bought the 5D the week it became available and have used it more than any camera I have ever owned. I can also say that it is the best DSLR I have ever owned. Having a full frame sensor means that your lens performs they way it was designed to perform, no crop factor, no multiplier. A 50mm lens is a 50mm lens. That's a very good thing in my opinion.
No Need For A Review
At this late date there is no need for a review of the 5D. It has a proven track record and there is nothing I could say about it, pro or con, that will make one bit of difference. It works as advertised and has never, on any occasion, failed me.
What I Use It For
I use the 5D for concert photography, portraits and landscapes more than anything else. I was tempted to buy the 5D MKII but talked myself out of it and instead decided to put that money into the Leica M8. The main reason being that the 5D with an assortment of lenses is a pain to carry with me all the time. Also, because of its size and intimidating looks, it often scares other carbon based life forms. They become wary of my presence. It sometimes draws more attention than I desire, something I always try to avoid. In some of the less civilized locations of the cities I visit it screams "Steal me! I'm expensive and you can sell me for enough cash to get your next high!"
One of the reasons I have been exploring the capabilities of smaller form factor cameras such as the Sigma DP1, Leica D-Lux 3 and 4 and the Leica M8 is I just hate carrying a 20 pound camera bag around and that's about what my bag weighs when fully loaded with the 5D, extra batteries and a few L glass lenses. Photography should be fun, not work. I can say that because I'm a hobbyist.
Having said the above, I wouldn't want to be without my 5D. It is the right tool for so many occasions. The price is right, the quality is great and it just never seems to have any problems at all. Now that the 5D MKII is out you should be able to pick up a used 5D at a big savings.. regardless of what anyone tells you.. the original 5D did not stop working when the 5D MKII was released.
I never use a flash as I love shooting available light and often what I shoot is in low light. The 5D has been my low light king with great results at high ISO settings. I use the 24-70 and 70-200 lenses most of the time.
I hope you enjoy your visit . - Jim Radcliffe
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Click here for my Sigma DP1 gallery
Click here for my Leica M8 gallery
To View The Images
Click on any image on this page to view the desired gallery. Some of the galleries, concerts in particular, use Flash to display the images. If you do not have Flash installed you will not be able to view the gallery.
Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters
There's More Coming...
The Canon 5D section of my website is still under construction. Many more images are coming. More concert work, Pacific Coast work and more. I just need to find the time to pick and choose the photographs and create the pages for them. If you like what you see so far, check back in the future for the latest additions.
So many cameras, so many photographs, so little time.
Thanks for visiting the site. - Jim Radcliffe