Making photographs, not just taking them – Dundee, Tayside, Scotland

Canon 450D vs 5DMkII

So I’ve recently been lucky enough to spend a day playing with a Canon 5D MkII pro body.  This was a big deal for me as it was the first time I got to handle and use a professional camera body and as such my hopes for it were very high.

Sadly my hoped and expectations didn’t last.  Ok so this is a good body which can do more than my current 450D, but it simply didn’t seem that much better and certainly didn’t blow me away.

During the day out I also had my Canon 450D along with me so was switching between the two.  This did present issues with trying to learn a new totally different body whilst also using the one I’m already familiar with I think it was a good thing – it now means I can compare similar issues shot under the same circumstances.

Lets take a look:

5D MkII

5D MkII at around 17mm

450D at around 17mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5D MkII

5D MkII

450D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5D MkII

5D MkII

450D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above shots were all taken outdoors with plenty light, now lets look at ones taken indoors with the ISO cranked up a bit:

5D MkII

5D MkII

450D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets now take a look at something a little closer up:

450D (note this image has been edited a little)

5D MkII

5D MkII

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly here’s a couple taken of the same scene with both cameras shooting at an indicated 17mm on each lens, clearly showing the difference a full sensor makes over a crop sensor:

5D MkII

5D MkII

450D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok so on the 5D MkII I was using the Canon 17-40mm f/4 L lens and on the 450D I was using my Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 lens – not exactly a level playing field but close enough to see what difference the full frame makes to the crop sensor.

I have to say it but other than the fact that the focal length on the crop sensor is 1.6x (i.e. the 17mm of the lens is more like 27mm) I really struggle to see a difference in the images.  I have no doubt that the professional body of the 5D MkII is better and can do more than my 450D can, I didn’t get a chance that day to test it out fully (i.e. in really low light conditions), but it really wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be.  I was never sold on the idea of upgrading to a full frame body as it would require me to also replace all my lenses, gear etc but now I am convinced that I will always remain a crop sensor shooter so I don’t have to worry about this choice in the future when considering other lenses etc.

In short I enjoyed getting to play with such a camera but I am in no rush to buy one as I don’t think they are as good as the price tag would have you believe.

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3 responses

  1. batty79

    I forgot to say that other than one of the images of the butterfly none of these images have been edited – this is how they came out of the camera. So either the 5D MkII is fairly easy to pick up and start shooting with or there is a lot more potential I could get out of it given more time with one…..

    11/09/2012 at 22:21

  2. So what your saying is, we have a decent camera 🙂 I’m happy wi that…

    11/09/2012 at 23:51

  3. batty79

    Yes John I’m saying the 450D is a decent enough camera but what I’m mainly saying is that when I upgrade body it’s not going to be to the 5D MkII or even the MkIII (cause I can’t afford that one), instead I’d rather go with a 60D or maybe 7D. I am beginning to hit the limits of the 450D so it’s been good to get this experience with a pro body.

    12/09/2012 at 07:25

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