Monthly Archives: January 2009

Canon 5D2 – mode dial and target audiences

The Canon 5D Mark II’s mode-dial also has two separate ”fully automatic” modes for dummies: Full Auto (green, classic) and the new Creative Auto. So apparently Canon’s product managers didn’t want to rule out users who don’t even want to bother learning about shutter speeds and apertures.
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Canon Picture Styles and the 5D Mark 2

Picture Styles is a feature is present in Canon models sold in the past year or two. It impacts subtle post-processing settings: sharpness, contrast, saturation, and tone. The current opinion on the Internet appears to be that Picture Style settings do not change the pixels stored in RAWimages but are available as metadata for use by Canon’s post processing software, DPP. Continue reading

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Canon 5D2’s Auto ISO setting

The Auto ISO mode sets ISO values between 100 and 3200 ISO. Compared to what I am used to (no auto-iso at all on the Canon 10D) this is pretty convenient. But I noticed that Auto ISO has a strong tendency to go for 100 ISO. Continue reading

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Canon 5D2 High-ISO noise reduction

From the instruction manual (page 56): Although the High ISO speed noise reduction settings are applied to the recorded images, the images used for image playback (on the LCD monitor or TV screen) and direct printing [camera attached to printer] … Continue reading

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Canon 5D2 and Compact Flash

UDMA Canon stresses that you need a fancy, fast compact flash card to write data to the card as quickly as possible. The camera even supports a mode called UDMA Mode 6 which, according to Canon, is currently not even … Continue reading

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File size on the Canon 5D2

RAW file size At its highest settings, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II produces 21 Mpixel RAW images. These are about 26 MByte according to the manual (page 55). This article will concentrate on RAW rather than on JPG. The diagram compares … Continue reading

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Using DX lenses on an FX camera

What happens if you use a lens designed for a 15×22 mm sensor on a full-frame camera? Continue reading

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