I upgraded to the 5D from a 60D, and honestly it was the best choice I have made in my photography business so far. While I don’t have any qualms about the 60D (for what it was, it was amazing), the full frame 5D has really rocked my world.
I know a lot of people complain about the build quality, and how plastic and cheap the scroll button feels, and how crappy the LCD looks, I say, “who cares.” As for the build quality, compared to the 60D my 5D feels like a tank. Also, my hands are long, for a girl’s (I’m pretty sure), and I love the feel of the camera in my hands. The scroll button doesn’t bother me, because it doesn’t affect the picture quality, and while the LCD screen does indeed suck, it really doesn’t matter. Of course, it would be nice to be able to tell if the white balance is set correctly, etc. I am a firm believer in knowing your cameras backward and forward. Get used to the white balance settings, etc., and you will love this camera. The LCD is perfectly adequate in showing proper exposure, in my opinion, so it doesn’t really bother me that it looks crappy in camera. When you pull those pictures up on your computer at home, it will be like your first bite of Nutella spread on graham crackers (off brand, of course.), delicious, smooth, and creamy.
Let’s see. Oh, yes, apparently the way the menu, and other settings are on the 5D are horrible and difficult. I have not really noticed this. There may not be little short cut buttons everywhere, but again, if you know your settings it’s really not that hard to get used to, and I don’t find that it hinders my photography at all.
As to the picture quality, oh my. As I said, I went from my 60D, which had higher ISO settings, more megapixels, more frames per second, etc., and I am so happy I upgraded I can’t tell you enough. As to the ISO, of course it would be lovely to be able to shoot in lower lights, like at a wedding, for instance, but it has not bothered me at all. The full frame sensor makes up for it all, and I have been able to take pictures at sunset, at low ISO’s with no trouble whatsoever, and the pictures are so beautiful, and creamy, and lovely. Less noisy as well.
The color quality on the 5D, I think, is remarkable. With my 60D, no matter where I set my white balance, or how much I tried to de-saturate, skin tones were orange, colors were annoyingly intense, and I spent so much post processing time, adjusting color temperature, and taking out orange, and red, and yellow, and almost every other color. With the 5D the colors are beautiful, accurate, amazing!! I cannot stress this enough. Not only does it cut back on editing time, which for me is very valuable, but the pictures are a joy to see, because they are so crisp and clean, and pure looking. I love it.
In conclusion, I ADORE this camera. I could say more, but you get the idea. It’s a joy to shoot with, produces amazing pictures, and is the kind of camera one wants to grow old with.