As of this morning, the Canon 5D Mark II is in stock at B&H Photo. Canon also has a $200 rebate on a camera/lens/flash combo that expires in a few days: Buy a current model camera body (including the 5D Mark II), AND one of four L lenses (24-70/2.8L, 24-105/4L IS, 85/1.2L II, or 70-200/2.8L IS) AND a 580EX II Speedlight.
Yeah, a camera, lens and flash is a lot of stuff to buy in today’s economy, but if you’re switching Digital SLR teams in order to use the Canon 5D Mark II, this offer will save you 200 bucks. I”ll be writing an article on using the Canon 5D Mark II for night photography next month. The camera is a big improvement over the original 5D in a few important areas of concern to night photographers — most significantly the greatly improved battery life, and clearner long exposures without noise reduction.
With 25 MB RAW files from the 21 megapixel sensor, two other very important pieces of gear to consider are a fast, higher capacity compact flash card, and a fast UDMA card reader. The following items have a rebate until March 1st:
- Lexar 8GB UDMA 300x Compact Flash Card — $49.95 after rebate ($109.95 retail)
- Lexar Dual-Slot USB 2.o UDMA Card Reader for SD and Compact Flash — $29.95 after rebate ($39.95 retail)
And if all of this stuff seems way over the top, maybe a Commando Camoflauge Holga is within your budget at $36.99.