gGadget > 5D Viewfinder and Ergonomics
If the Canon EOS 5D Mark II has caught your eye, you may be wondering about the 5D viewfinder and ergonomics. Ask any photographer, and they’ll tell you that it’s the little things that matter when it comes to a DLSR. Sure, the 5D full frame sensor allows the camera to capture beautiful images, and the 5D video recording abilities are on par with the video recording abilities of professional grade video cameras. But these features only matter if the camera is relatively easy-to-use to take pictures and record videos. Fortunately for Canon EOS 5D Mark II users, the DLSR’s overall ergonomics and large viewfinder allow for an easy, enjoyable photography experience.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has an extra large viewfinder that offers 98% coverage and 0.71x magnification. A viewfinder’s size and magnification level determines how large and clear a photographical subject appears when a photographer looks into the viewfinder. Small viewfinders with below average magnification abilities make it difficult to see what you’re taking a picture of. If you can’t get a clear idea of what you’re photographing, then the potential quality of the image that’s going to be captured may suffer. A camera with a large viewfinder and high quality magnification like the 5D Mark II is ideal if you want the most control over how your images turn out.
This DLSR is designed to be comfortable and secure in your hands. It’s designed to have non-slip grip points where you place your fingers when you hold the camera. These non-slip grip points are rubberized to help keep the camera extra secure in your hands. So, despite the fact that the camera is a bit on the heavy side, you’ll have a difficult time dropping it.
Canon arranged the buttons on the 5D Mark II to allow for easier, more comfortable access to them. Additionally, the 5D Mark II has an innovative AF Start button, which allows users to efficiently and easily autofocus images as needed. 5D Mark II users can also use the Quick Control feature for convenient access to common camera functions from the LCD screen. If you crave a customized photography experience, the 5D Mark II delivers. You can customize up to 25 camera functions based on your habits, and you can access those functions with the click of a button and a little bit of scrolling through options on the 5D Mark II’s LCD screen.
This camera’s LCD screen is the icing on the cake in terms of usability. Its LCD screen is 3 inches in size, which is large in comparison to most camera screens. Additionally, the screen has a 920,000-dot resolution, which makes viewing images in detail and deciphering whether they’re blurry simple. You can also adjust the brightness level of the 5D Mark II’s screen as necessary, depending on the amount of light wherever you’re shooting.
Canon did an excellent job of paying attention to details when they built the 5D Mark II. Overall, this camera is both user-friendly and highly efficient, and the 5D viewfinder and ergonomics are top-notch.
If you’d like to learn more about the Canon EOS 5D Mark II in general, check out our Canon EOS 5D Mark II Camera review and features post.