After about six years of impatiently waiting to upgrade from the Canon 5D Mk II, the 5D Mk IV finally arrived last week. I’ve been a Canon user since day one at 16 years old, so I’ve been so excited for this camera to come out. Despite all the negativity it was receiving prior to its release, I think many could agree that the Mk IV has been a pleasant surprise. From its amazing and realistic frames straight out of camera to its incredible, intelligent auto focus tracking this camera was well worth the wait. At least for me anyway.
On paper and in tests, it really didn’t look like too much had changed from the 5D Mk III. Although I can’t speak too much on its immediate predecessor since I am coming from the Mk II, I believe the improvements are best seen with actual frames used in everyday situations. So if you’re a lifestyle or portrait photographer of any sort, the improvements are probably exactly what you’re going to care about.
- Dynamic range has made some big improvements, and is apparently also a decent leap even from the Mk III. Even in direct sunlight, which I struggle with the most, hard light is no match for the Mk IV.
- The color, contrast and skin tones look so true to real life that I’m not even really sure what to edit most of the time
- The auto focus tracking is such an amazing addition – you can tap to focus in live view mode, and it both recognizes and tracks your subject while you reframe. This has to be cheating.
- And last, but certainly not least, the ISO sensitivity is killer. Below you’ll see some pretty awesome tacos in 8,000 ISO lookin’ like it was shot at 800. Going over 3200 on the Mk II (and 6400 on the Mk III, or so I’ve read) was starting to get outside the comfort zone.
Canon 5D Mk IV Samples
The following Canon 5D Mk IV samples are all straight out of camera RAWS converted to JPEG. Click to view in high resolution. More will be added as I go along, so feel free to stay tuned to this article.
Melanie in direct sunlight | Canon 35mm f/1.4 L | f/2.2 @ 1/5000 sec, and 100 ISO
Bart in evening overcast| Canon 35mm f/1.4 L | f/2.8 @ 1/400 sec, and 250 ISO
General Tsao Tacos from Neon Taco | Canon 35mm f/1.4 L | f/2.0 @ 1/100 sec, and 8000 ISO
Bart under awning, overcast| Canon 35mm f/1.4 L | f/2.8 @ 1/125 sec, and 100 ISO
Avocado Toast in hard window light | Canon 35mm f/1.4 L | f/4.0 @ 1/160 sec, and 1000 ISO
Melanie with indoor flash and Gary Fong Lightsphere | Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 | f/2.8 @ 1/15 sec, and 1250 ISO | Flash at 1/32 and 45°