In response to an apparent discontinuation notice appearing on Canon’s Japanese-language website, Canon USA has released an official statement declaring, in essence, that it has not been given notice from its parent company to pull the camera from the lineup and that, until further notice, the 5D Mark II will continue to sell as-new in the United States.
For many digital SLR shooters, sooner or later, the full frame bug will bite. Unfortunately, despite all the advantages that Full Frame affords (better high ISO, better dynamic range, more depth of field control, bigger viewfinder, etc.), the price causes many people to balk. Result: many people who use sub-frame dSLRs but who want to go full-frame don’t make the upgrade.
Enter the 5D Mark II.
While the $1,800 price tag on the camera is not exactly cheap to most people, it is as good a price as can be found on a factory-new full frame model and would be the perfect springboard for a Canon shooter looking to go full frame to make the transition. To make the deal even sweeter, consider that the 5DII can still be had as factory refurbished for even less.
Now, why pay in the neighborhood of $1800 for a last-generation camera that has just been replaced in the Canon lineup this year?
Simple answer: the 5DII still takes pictures as good as it did when it was first launched 4 years ago and thus, this is the perfect opportunity for either an aspiring pro or serious amateur with limited funds who dreamed of going full frame but simply couldn’t afford it. Now, for gearheads obsessed with the latest and greatest, consider this: all digital cameras are disposable, anyway. Now, if you absolutely need better AF, crazy good low-light performance, and faster shooting speed, just go buy a 5D Mark III as the II simply falls short in these areas. As for the $2100 EOS 6D, just skip it, it’s stupid (it’s a 5DII with wi-fi), which means that a 5DII is the thing for anyone not needing the ‘III.’ .
Honestly, if I was a Canon shooter in the market for a full frame camera, I’d jump on a 5DII right now as there’s no other way to get so much camera for so little money.
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