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Canon EOS 5D MkII - Test Shots - Detail and Lens Performance

By Cliff Smith



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A range of general test shots are shown over the next two pages. In some cases, the full size image has been reduced for bandwidth purposes, and a crop taken from the original full resolution image has been placed below it to show the overall image quality. Some other pictures may be clicked to view the original full-size image.


Here's my usual DSLR test shot of Sidmouth seafront for comparison with other cameras. Click on the image to download a full-size version, but be aware that the file is nearly 8MB.


Here's a crop from the above image. If you compare it with the next-highest resolution DSLR that I've tested, the Pentax K20D, you'll see the difference the 21MP full-frame sensor makes.


In basic JPEG mose the dynamic range may not look too impressive, but in Raw mode it is possible to pull out a huge amount of extra shadow and highlight detail.


The camera also came with a remarkable f/1.2 85mm lens, with which I was able to take this unusual shot, which also demonstrates the superb colour depth.


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