What with all the attention I've been paying to the Sony A900 and the Nikon D3 and D700 recently, it seemed only fair to include Canon's latest star in the festivities. I was initially surprised to find that the new Canon 5D Mark II is modestly but noticeably smaller (and seems lighter, though I haven't thrown them on the scale yet) than the D700.
As a size comparison, the picture at left is unfair to the Nikon: with the cameras placed back-to-back with the hot shoes lined up, one of the two—the Nikon in this case—will have its larger grip-end closer to you, and will seem much larger as a consequence. But if you can ignore that, look at the height of the two cameras, which is accurately represented.
We've just had our fourth snowstorm in three weeks here, so my timing for camera testing is not good (my motto is related, but not identical, to the postal service motto—it's "Only rain, sleet, snow, and dark of night, and naptime, plus when I'm feeling lazy, shall stay me from my appointed rounds..."). It might take me a couple of days to get a halfway decent amount of shooting time in with the 5D Mark II. Patience.*
*That reminds me...when I was teaching photo in the 1980s, I took glow-in-the-dark tape and spelled out "PATIENCE" in big letters on the wall of the film-loading room. Yet another once-commonplace reality of photography now relegated to quaintness.
Featured Comment by Other MJ: "Is it as amusing to anyone else to see such brandy new, high tech cameras each with '80s era lenses? Optics aside, these lenses are desperately in need of modern build and mechanicals."
Mike replies: Better?
I actually prefer the EF 35mm ƒ/2, because it's smaller. Plus, I've been using 35/2's on the Sony and Nikon. Plus, the EF 35/2 is a current lens in Canon's lineup. If Canon (and Nikon—Sony isn't even making a 35/2 of its own yet; I used a Minolta) don't mind selling "'80s era" lenses, then I don't mind using them. But I'll use this one too (for those who don't recognize it, it's the EF 35mm ƒ/1.4L) for those who are curious. And actually, although it's a little clunky on the shoulder strap, the 5D Mark II and 35/1.4L make a handy, well-balanced combination in the hand and at the eye. Hmm. Very nice, actually. I might have to rethink this a bit. Stay tuned.
Oh, and the Canon EF 35/2 didn't come out until the '90s, unless I'm misremembering.