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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Buyer's Guide 2009: D-SLRs Over $2,000

The tools of the pros, these top-tier models offer the cutting edge of digital image capture

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If you make your living with your camera or simply want the very best performance and latest technologies, pro models offer uncompromising feature sets and image quality. This also is the range where you'll find "full-frame," 35mm-size sensors, allowing you to use 35mm lenses with no magnification effect. Typically, these models are exceedingly fast, offer the most sophisticated focus and exposure systems, and are built to withstand heavy daily use. They're heavier and bulkier than consumer-level models, and the learning curve is steeper to take full advantage of their features, but if you want the ultimate digital photography experience, this is it.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
The long-awaited successor to Canon's popularly priced full-frame D-SLR, the new EOS 5D Mark II increases the 5D's resolution to 21.1 megapixels (from 12.8), employs the new DIGIC 4 image processor and extends the ISO range to 50-25600. It also adds full HD movie-clip capability (1920 x 1080 resolution at 30 fps). A three-inch, 920,000-dot LCD monitor offers three Live-View modes. Designed for durability, the 5D Mark II incorporates the EOS Integrated Cleaning System to keep dust off that big sensor, improves weather sealing, ups the shutter life span to 150,000 cycles and lots more-at a price $600 less than the original EOS 5D when it came out

Specs

Image Sensor: 21.1-megapixel CMOS
Focal-Length Factor:
1x (full-frame)
A/D Converter: 14-bit
LCD: 3.0 inches with Live View
AF System: 9-point (plus 6 assist points)
ISO Settings: 100-6400, plus 50, 12800 and 25600
Continuous Firing Mode: 3.9 fps
Metering: 35-zone evaluative, 8% partial, center-weighted, 3.5% spot
Storage Media: CompactFlash
Power Source: LP-E6 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Dimensions: 6.0x4.5x2.9 inches
Weight: 28.5 ounces
Estimated Street Price: $2,699

Also Consider
Canon EOS-1D Mark III

Image Sensor: 10.1-megapixel CMOS
Focal-Length Factor: 1.3x (APS-H)
Estimated Street Price: $4,049

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Image Sensor: 21.1-megapixel CMOS
Focal-Length Factor: 1x (full-frame)
Estimated Street Price: $7,899






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