The newest addition to the photographic arsenal is the Canon Eos 5D. No not the mark II, but the original version. And it’s officially my first full frame camera. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks now and I absolutely love it. It’s an old camera for sure. But except for some features it feels hardly dated. And most of all there’s something about the look of the images it produces, especially when shooting available light. Is it the colors or is it the dynamic range? I really cant put my finger on it. But the images just look a little different straight from the camera, and I mean that in a good way. I’ve used pretty much every high-end Canon since the Eos 30D and none of them have it (except for the 1Ds MKII maybe) not even the 5D mark II. It must have something to do with pixel density.
The 5D is now my 2nd body, not just as a backup. It’s a part of the regular kit and I always bring it to every shoot. Most of the personal work I’ve done lately was all shot on this camera. Which brings me to it’s biggest drawback. And well it’s a bit of a luxury problem. But I have a hard time trusting it without shooting tethered. I’m so used to my 7D’s screen, and the 5D’s screentechnology is pretty much the only thing that give away that it’s a pretty old camera. The images always look too bright and you can never tell if it’s sharp or not. So back to viewing histograms it is.
I usually think of my kit as a carpenter thinks about his hammer. As a tool to create stuff not as an object of desire or anything. But the hammer does have character.