Yes, we bought it. Price at our local Arlington Camera Shop was for Body only $2,999 minus a Canon $300 rebate = $2,699. The 5d was released August 2005 and I think has had 2 firmware updates to version 1.0.5. This current firmware update came already loaded on my 5d.
The 5d operates much like the 20d - all the knobs and menu items in similar locations - easy learning curve. I can reuse the 20d battery and wire shutter release. However, it will not use the EF-S lens because the EF-S lens base has a small gray circle piece that obstructs the 5d's mirror, besides the 5d has a small knotch extension that prevents trying to mount a EF-S lens to the 5d body. Also, the Canon Rep said that the smaller EF-S lens would create a silhouette on the 5d's CMOS sensor.
Thats ok, we only have 2 EF-S lenses and will keep them on the now backup 20d. All the other lenses we have are EF type and transfer over to the 5d.
If you have any questions about the 5d, please ask. Over the next 3 or 4 days we will be giving the 5d a work over.
First impressions? 12mp 5d definately has larger files. Even the RAW +jpg's are larger than the ones on the 20d. The RAW's are around 11.67mb with the jpg's about 4mb. I can see purchasing some larger CF's. Taking 3 images on the 5d offsets taking 4 images on the 20d.
Photoshop CS2 with ACR version 3.4 will convert the 5d's RAW.
Took a number of 3 image pano's yesterday. The shutter release click sound is very quiet. Body is not noticably heavier. Larger LCD. Writing to the CF takes noticably longer - write light stays on longer - but is finished by the time I rotate to the next click stop. These images are certainly sharper than on the 20d. More detail, great color.
More info to come.
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