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Review based on a production EOS 5D Mark II with firmware 1.0.7

August 2009 - Updated to reflect the additional manual control over video exposure introduced with firmware 1.10.

Back in August 2005 Canon 'defined a new DSLR category' (their words) with the EOS 5D. Unlike any previous 'full frame' sensor camera, the 5D was the first with a compact body (i.e. not having an integral vertical grip) and has since then proved to be very popular, perhaps because if you wanted a full frame DSLR to use with your Canon lenses and you didn't want the chunky EOS-1D style body then the EOS 5D has been your only choice. Three years on and two competitors have turned up in the shape of the Nikon D700 and Sony DSLR-A900, and Canon clearly believes it's time for a refresh.

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Canon updates pro line with EOS-1D Mark IV

Canon has announced the long-awaited successor to the EOS-1D Mark III. The EOS-1D Mark IV features a totally new 45-point autofocus system that's claimed to fix all the issues reported with its predecessor, and has been extensively tested by professionals prior to launch. The new model also sports 10 fps continuous shooting, a new 1.3x crop (APS-H) 16.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and 1080p HD video capture. Like the recently announced Nikon D3S, the EOS-1D Mark IV pushes the sensitivity barrier with a top rating of ISO 102,400.

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Want to capture an image with a difference.

I took this image in the Phinda game reserve, it was early evening and the sun was setting giving great photographic oppurtunities due to the golden hour of light. We found these young cheetah on a little rise of ground. The light was still good enough to take normal exposures , but we wanted something different as we had been spoiled during the week with so many oppurtunities. We positioned the vechile so that we had the cheetah in front of us and the sun behind thm, ie shooting into the sun, which btw we are always told is a no no. 

Here we set up the shot but instead of focusing on the cheetah we exposed into or rather on the sun itself, giving this siloutte shot, as due to the high shutter speed, the exposure on the cheetah was way under exposed.






We at rentalens are a Gauteng based company serving the greater Gauteng area. We often get requests from kwazulu and the Cape, due to our very competive pricing. We are currently looking at opening branches in Durban/Pietermaritzburg and in the Capetown or surrounds area. Durban/Pietermaritzburg is predomantly long lens territory with much avian photography being done there. What is the most popular brand of camera/lens for the Cape area. If you would make use of a branch in Durban/Pietermaritzburg or the Cape drop us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. also providing us with info on what equipment you would require.

Why should one rent a camera or r

ent a lens?

There may be a couple of reasons but the main one is that some photographic equipment is just too expensive to buy.  
Say you want to try out the new Canon 1D MK 4 but to get the real feel for the camera you need to use it in the field. Doing a couple of test shots in the shop just doesn’t allow you to get the full spec ration of the camera and all its capabilities. So what do you do? You rent the camera.

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