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D-SLRs For The Landscape

Choose the best camera for your landscape photography

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Canon EOS 5D
For some, the Canon EOS 5D is the ultimate landscape D-SLR. For one thing, it’s the lowest-priced “full-frame” D-SLR by a goodly margin. That means it makes the major advantage of the full-frame camera available to a much wider range of photographers. Each lens used on the 5D will frame just as it does on a 35mm SLR; there’s no magnification factor. True wide-angle photography can be done using Canon’s best L-series wide-angle lenses, and you can get the most from Canon’s TS-E tilt/shift lenses.

The Canon-produced sensor’s 12.8-megapixel resolution is exceeded by only four current D-SLRs, and the 8.2-micron pixels are the largest in a current Canon D-SLR. That, and the complementary Canon DIGIC II image processor result in excellent image quality. The EOS 5D is the camera that introduced Canon’s Picture Styles, presets that simulate the characteristics of different films, including Landscape, which provides vivid blues and greens and increases sharpness. You can revise the contrast, sharpness, color saturation and color tone in the color settings, and filter and toning effects in monochrome.

Sensor: 12.8-megapixel CMOS, full-frame
LCD: 2.5 inches
Anti-Dust: No
Stabilization: Via IS lenses
ISO Range: 100-1600, plus 50 and 3200
Spot Metering:
Considerably more compact and lighter than the other full-frame D-SLRs, the EOS 5D is easier to carry and use in the field. While not quite up to the all-out pro EOS-1 series build, the EOS 5D is sturdily built, with magnesium-alloy body covers. There’s no Live-View feature, but the big SLR viewfinder shows 96 percent of the actual image area, and an optional focusing screen with grid lines is available.

Lineage: Based loosely on the EOS 20D/30D form factor, but enlarged for the big sensor, the EOS 5D is Canon’s first “affordable” full-frame D-SLR. Canon also has produced three generations of full-sensor pro models—the 11.1-megapixel EOS-1Ds, 16.7-megapixel EOS-1 Ds Mark II and current 21.1-megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark III. All use Canon-designed and Canon-produced CMOS image sensors.

Cool Factor: Less than half the cost of the next lowest-priced full-frame model, the EOS 5D is much lighter and easier to carry in the field.


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