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The 5D Mark III is aimed at the semi-pro and professional photographers who desire a lightweight, weather-proof construction, outstanding image quality and impressive levels of speed. The 5D Mark III features a high-resolution 22.3MP CMOS sensor and Canon’s powerful DIGIC 5+ processor to achieve a lightning fast frame rate of 6 frames per second. A 61-point AF system (41 cross-types) and an expandable ISO range from 50-102,400 ensures both static and fast moving subjects can be captured, even in dimly lit environments. The 5D Mark III can also record Full HD 1080p movies with stereo sound and full manual control, and the 3.5mm mic and headphone socket allows audio monitoring while recording. More
- I am a full time professional wedding photographer. I shoot with a combination of cameras, notably the Fuji X-Pro1 and the 5D range of cameras from Canon. The 5D2 was the first full frame body I owned and I ended up working my way through three of them. So, when the 5D3 was announced I was really quite excited about it.
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We caught up with David Parry at Focus 2012 to find out a little more on the Canon 5D Mark III.
Full-frame 22.3-megapixel sensor
Capture high-quality images that are full of detail with a 22.3 megapixel CMOS sensorand DIGIC 5+ image processor. Colours are bright but natural, and fine detail is preserved even in dark shadow areas and bright highlights.
High-quality performance, even in low light
The EOS 5D Mark III delivers superb picture quality whatever the lighting conditions. Keep shooting hand-held even after the sun goes down, thanks to an ISO 100– 25,600 sensitivity range (extendable from ISO 50 - 102,400).
61-point wide-area autofocus
Focus quickly and accurately, even on offcentre subjects, with a 61 point wide-areaautofocus system. 41 cross-type points(five of which are extra sensitive double crosstype) ensure highly accurate tracking of moving objects.
Without the Canon 600EX-RT flashgun (or E3-RT Transmitter) installed on the camera you can’t wirelessly control another flash. To control a slave from the 5D Mark III, or any other EOS camera for that matter, you will need a master of some sort on the hot shoe (either a 600EX-RT or a ST-E3). Full support of the 600EX with the 5D MK III means that you get full control of the flash using the LCD. And full support of AF assist – the 600EX has support for all the focus points of the 5D MK III. The 5D MK III does not feature a built-in flash.
High-speed continuous shooting
Keep up with the action at 6 frames per second, recording up to 16,270 continuous JPEG images to a UDMA mode 7 card in a single burst.
With the new Creative Photo button you have quick and easy access to HDR image creation, Multiple Exposure and 7 pre-set Picture Styles with the ability to create 3 more user defined styles.
Full-HD video with manual control
Enjoy high quality Full HD video at 1080p resolution. Use manual controls and Canon’s comprehensive EF Lens range to achieve cinematic visual effects.
Great quality sound
Give your video footage the soundtrack it deserves. The EOS 5D Mark III records digital stereo sound at 48KHz and offers manual control over audio level. A standard 3.5mm mic socket enables the use of thirdparty microphones; a headphone socket permits audio monitoring while recording.
In-camera editing functions
Begin your digital editing workflow before you arrive back home. Rate your images on a scale of one to five and compare two images simultaneously on screen. Use in-camera Raw processing to explore creative possibilities – such as black & white conversion and retrospective white balance.
Built to go anywhere
A magnesium chassis provides strength and durability without adding weight. Weather sealing offers protection against dust and moisture.
The Canon Sample images can be found here on the Canon website.
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Stunning piece of kit
from Newcastle upon Tyne
About Me Photo Enthusiast
Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body:
Having moved up from a 50D to a 70D and now to the 5D MK3 I found the controls very easy to use, although in different positions, it did not take long to work them out. Low light this camera gives great results with little grain and stunning resolution using a 24-105 L Lens. The 64 point focusing system which frankly leaves you spoilt for choice with which focus point to choose is nice, quick and accurate giving a sharp image. I am looking forward to a clear sunny day to get some daylight shots and really put this camera through its paces with landscape and portraiture but I have not been disappointed so far. I use this camera to complement the crop sensor of the 7D which I prefer for wildlife and sports.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Possibly The Only DSLR You'll Ever Need
About Me Pro Photographer
When I bought the Canon 5D MkIII I was a committed Canon 1D user and very little was going to sway me. However whilst awaiting the release of the new 1-DX, an international assignment came up so I bought the 5D MKIII as a backup to my 1D MkIV. In short... the 5D MkIII ended up blowing the MkIV away.On my flight over to US, I killed time reading the 5D Mk III's manual and I was stunned as to how many features that found their away across on to the new 5D. From dual drives, to better video, to improved focussing, this little body seemed to have it all.Now, sometimes when you've bought something nice, shiny and new you find yourself treating it gently at the outset. However I decided to take mine paragliding through the sand-filled air of the Mojave desert with nothing more than a firm grip. Upon landing the 5D had not only survived but produced some very satisfying images, so all of Canon's claims about improved weather sealing had been well and truly met.Over the next few days I would use the 5D MkIII to shoot portraits, landscapes and extreme sports - with the same amazing results. Pitting it against the 1D MkIV whilst shooting out of the back of a speeding 4x4 using slow shutter speeds it's new focussing system easily outclassed the MkIV.In the many months since that initial trip, the 5D's form factor, quietness and superbly responsive controls have never let me down. So much so, I bade farewell to my 1D's not long after that initial trip.Normally when I buy a new camera, its new features dazzle for a while but soon the short comings start to make themselves known and you start hoping that they'll be the ones to "get fixed" in the next version. However on this occasion my only concern is what get changed in the inevitable MkIV, because in comparison with previous DSLR's I've owned, the 5D MkIII is near perfect.
Even Better than I had anticipated!
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
I mainly wanted it as its low noise on high ISO's will allow me to take photos in low lightI am also interested in trying short video clipsI was really impressed with the ease of use and how much more simple it was to change settings than on my 1DFull frame sensor will open up a range of opportunities which my previous Canon SLR's did not have
I love my first full frame camera
from Midlothian, Scotland
Stepped up from the 7d to the 5d mk III. Read reviews for a long time. All were very positive. Wish I had taken the plunge long before I finally did.Using the camera with good quality lenses is a must to my mind. I use 5d Mk III with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens , the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Zoom Lens and the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. Results are just stunningly sharp and colour quality super.
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Recommended but with caveats
from North Wale
I have upgraded from the Mk 11 after it fell in a lake & was un-repairable. The Mk 111 is a good camera with a small niggle. The focusing is a lot better, although it is a step learning curve. The image quality is about the same. One thing I have noticed is that the buttons on the top ie wb,drive,iso, are smaller & more recessed. This makes it almost impossible to use when out in cold weather with gloves on, and as a keen winter snapper of landscapes I have found this quite annoying. The only way around this is to use the quick button on the back but to do that you have to disable live view & I always use live view when taking landscapes. The Mk 11 had better buttons so I don't know why they had to change them. To be honest I think I would have gone with a different camera If I had realised I probably would have bought the 6D! I would recommend this camera as long as you don't want to use it in the cold wearing gloves.
I would highly recommend this camera
By Tokyo Joe
Fantastic camera to use. Great quality with an useful quick guide. The image quality is just amazing particularly in low light conditions.
Excellent quality as expected
Easy to use and great quality
Superb Canon 5d Mark III
Wedding, Industrial, Landscape and night photography images. Best image quality making the most of the full frame sensor with pro glass Canon lenses.Compared with my old original 5d its light years ahead. Push the iso for night shots and it will still retain good detail. Only con I can find is its a bit on the weighty side even without the vertical grip. A great cameras which I'd recommend to anyone.
Canon 5D Mark III
from Cardiff, UK
I loved the 5D Mark II but the Mark III is a fantastic upgrade with great autofocusing and it's fabulous in low light. Image quality is superb coupled with my L series lenses or prime lenses. There's nothing bad I can say about this camera, if you're thinking of buying it then do yourself a favour and do so - you won't regret it!!
My new toy!
from North Kent
A little confusing regarding the many different focus modes but all comes clear the more you try it. A definite HUGE step up from the 5D MkII and well worth it. Now, do I also upgrade my 7D MkI .............????
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Included Accessories: Eyecup Eg, Wide strap EW-EOS EOS 5D Mark III, interface cable IFC-200U, Stereo AV cable AVC-DC400ST, Battery Pack LP-E6, Battery charger LC-E6, instruction book, Warranty card
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