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 at around 17mm

450D at around 17mm







































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












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

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











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:












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.


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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