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Canon digital SLR upgrade - EOS 350D / XT versus EOS 5D Gordon Laing, November 2006

Canon EOS 350D gallery
/ Canon EOS 5D gallery

 
Canon EOS 5D gallery

The following images were taken with the Canon EOS 5D using the EF 24-105mm f/4.0L lens; note the 5D's full frame sensor allows each lens to deliver exactly the same field of view as it would on a 35mm body. Each image was recorded using Evaluative Metering, the Large Fine JPEG mode and Standard Picture Style. The individual file size, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, ISO and lens details are listed for each image; see the intro page for the complete testing configuration.

The crops are taken from the original files, reproduced at 100% and saved in Adobe Photoshop CS2 as JPEGs with the default Very High quality preset, while the resized images were made in Photoshop CS2 and saved with the default High quality preset. The three crops are typically taken from far left, central and far right portions of each image.


Landscape: 5.33MB, Aperture Priority, 1/200, f8, ISO 100, 24-105mm at 24mm (equivalent to 24mm)

 

The EOS 5D with EF 24-105mm is capable of capturing a noticeably wider field than the 350D / XT with the EF-S 17-85mm. This is clear when comparing this result with the one on the previous page.

The crops are sharp all the way to the edges, but some light fall-off is apparent in the corners, especially in the sky. This is the downside to using a full-frame body.

     


Portrait: 2.80MB, Aperture Priority, 1/1250, f4, ISO 100, 24-105mm at 105mm (equivalent to 105mm)

 

Zoomed-in to telephoto with its aperture wide open, the EF 24-105mm is capable of pleasing portraits with the 5D, but it's interesting to compare this with the 350D / XT result on the previous page.

The background here is more blurred and the bokeh arguably more pleasing. Also note the difference in perspective due to a slightly closer shooting position to match the subject size on the frame.

     


Macro: 4.17MB, Aperture Priority, 2.5 secs, f22, ISO 100, 24-105mm at 105mm (equivalent to 105mm)


 

Zoomed-in to telephoto and positioned at its closest focusing distance, the EOS 5D and EF 24-105mm are capable of much more modest close-ups than the 350D / XT with the EF-S 17-85mm - this can be seen on the previous page.

The crops are still sharp, but for decent macro performance on the 5D, consider extension tubes or a dedicated macro lens.

     


Canon EOS 350D / Canon EOS 5D gallery
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