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The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera is the upgrade to the popular Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Aimed at photographers who are looking for weatherproof construction, exceptional image quality, and impressive speed, its features include: a 22.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor; powerful DIGIC 5+ processor; fast frame rate of 6fps; 61-point AF system; and expandable ISO range from 50-102,400. Includes Limited Edition 10th Anniversary Strap. 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.
The EOS 5D Mark III features a newly developed Canon full-frame 22.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor that's designed to create high resolution, perfectly detailed images with unprecedented speed, bright colours, and clarity. A new photodiode structure with an increased photoelectric conversion rate increases the sensor's sensitivity by approximately 2 stops over previous models, meaning higher ISOs with the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera.
With a standard range of ISO 100-25600, the EOS 5D Mark III represents a 2-stop increase in sensitivity over previous cameras. The EOS 5D Mark III delivers superb picture quality whatever the lighting conditions: keep shooting hand-held even after the sun goes down. Minimum and maximum ISO settings can also be specified, as can a user-defined range, plus full auto and manual.
The EOS 5D Mark III uses a DIGIC 5+ Image Processor. Working with two 4-channel A/D converter front-end processing circuits, and delivering speeds of up to 6.0 fps (RAW + JPEG), the DIGIC 5+ Image Processor improves data processing performance and features new algorithms that promote greater noise reduction at higher ISOs. It also offers real-time compensation for chromatic aberration in both still and motion images.
Focus quickly and accurately, even on off-centre subjects, with a 61 point wide-area autofocus system. 41 cross-type points (five of which are extra sensitive double-cross type) ensure highly accurate tracking of moving objects.
This new AF system offers multi-zone wide-area AF for better tracking, has 5 central dual cross-type points (f/2.8 diagonal), 21 central cross-type points (f/5.6 horizontal & vertical) and 20 outer cross-type points (f/4.0 horizontal), and is sensitive in extremely low-light situations (EV-2 for a central point with a f/2.8 lens). With the new firmware update installed, cross-type autofocusing with the center AF point is possible even when the maximum aperture of a Canon EF lens/extender combination becomes as small as f/8.
The EOS 5D Mark III features Canon's multi-layer 63-zone iFCL (intelligent Focus Color Luminance) Metering System that integrates the cameras AF system into its readings. This new system delivers an entirely new level of accuracy, especially in situations where the light changes quickly. The metering sensor enables evaluative, center weighted, partial and spot metering, plus offers 5-step exposure compensation for perfectly exposed images, every time.
Enjoy high quality Full HD video at 1080p resolution. An uncompressed HDMI output allows recording of 1920x1080 footage at 8bits 4.2.2 to external recorders to suit different workflows. Use manual controls and Canon’s comprehensive EF lens range to achieve cinematic visual effects. The 5D Mark III offers both All-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording without interruption.
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 third-party microphones; a headphone socket permits audio monitoring while recording.
Keep up with the action at 6fps, recording up to 16,270 continuous JPEG images to a UDMA mode 7 card in a single burst.
For professionals who demand nothing less than the best, the EOS 5D Mark III is designed to perform superbly, even in the most treacherous environments, every time. The body is constructed of rigid, high-strength magnesium alloy for rugged performance and features a new grip design for easier finger placement and reduced hand fatigue. Its newly redesigned shutter has lightweight and carbon-fiber blades.
The Self Cleaning Sensor Unit featured in the EOS 5D Mark II has been optimized for the new EOS 5D Mark III to deliver even greater dust removal for clearer images. To prevent dust accumulation, the system removes particles adhered to the surface of the infrared absorbing/ultraviolet-blocking glass in a frontward direction by vibrating the glass with ultrasound. The particles are then absorbed by an adsorbent at the bottom of the unit; the unit itself is completely sealed for protection against external contaminants, and its front face of the low-pass filter 1 is treated with an anti-dust fluorine coating making it easier to remove damp or sticky dust particles.
The EOS 5D Mark III's Intelligent Viewfinder offers a sharp, bright approximately 100% field of view with an approximate magnification of .71x, a viewing angle of 34.1° and a 21mm eye-point. With a new construction featuring aspherical lens elements, the viewfinder displays less distortions and colour aberrations than previous models.
The EOS 5D Mark III's 3.2" TFT LCD monitor has 1,040,000 dots, anti-reflective construction and features Canon's Clear View II technology for bright, sharp display in any number of shooting situations. It's ideal for reviewing settings and images, as well as for shooting in Live View mode. Images can be protected or erased quickly, individually or in batches, and slideshows can be created with some or all images and can be sequenced by date, folders, movies, stills or rating.
With its new High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode, the EOS 5D Mark III can merge 3 images of varying exposure, in camera, capturing a broad range of shadow and highlight detail and delivering an image with stunning tonal range. Adjustable to cover a range of ±3 stops, and with 5 different effect settings, HDR recording truly expands the parameters of the light and dark detail a camera can actually record, surprising viewers with the range of tones a photograph can accurately recreate.
The EOS 5D Mark III offers a new multiple exposure mode for film-like image creation with the convenience of in-camera processing. It offers 4 different compositing methods for proper exposure and composition: additive, average, bright and dark. Multiple exposure shots can be taken in both RAW and JPEG shooting modes, previously captured RAW images can be used as a starting point, and cumulative results can be observed and corrected in real time on the camera's LCD screen.
The EOS 5D Mark III's new ergonomic design is more comfortable and intuitive than ever. With a refined and intelligent layout of all control buttons and dials, shooting settings can be made with just the right hand, and quick image check and image processing operations with just the left. The grip has been redesigned for easy holding both when shooting and when carrying the camera. For added convenience, the EOS 5D Mark III has dual card slots, accommodating both a Compact Flash and an SDXC card.
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.
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Amazing evolution of great camera
from London UK
About Me Pro Photographer
Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body:
I expected this to be the 5D II with a few tweaks here and there. I have been surprised at just how much better this camera is than its predesessor.The new focusing system is astonishingly good. So much better than my mkII that I thought I was using it incorrectly at first! Additionally, the new exposure controls are excellent. I shoot weddings in AV as like everything wide open and soft, adjusting ISO to manage shutter speeds. I now have the ability to set ISO to auto and select a slowest shutter speed and highest ISO. I can now concentrate on making images and not my camera. Image quality is a slight improvement on the mkII, which says alot as the mkII was excellent.I have noted the only con with this camera is the price, although having said that I think this is a bargain for what you get. Its the fact that the Nikon D800 is considerably cheaper that I say this. Is the mkIII as good as the D800? If you are not invested in a system (Canon or Nikon) then the numbers say the D800 is the one to buy. Having used the 5DmkIII I doubt the D800 offers me anything other than price. Could I use the extra resolution? Maybe, but practically no, athough it would be nice to have.Numbers aside, as a tool this is at the top of the game. It feels beautifull, performs even better and is a joy to use.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
Great camera but overpriced
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There's no denying it's a great camera. It does produce lovely images. I moved from a 500D and while it's better than that it's not stunningly better. I think people exaggerate "betterness". I think you see more improvment in better Glass than in a better camera. Sub £2000 might be a reasonable price for the camera but it's been priced too high. It's biggest competitor is the Nikon D800. It's not clearly better than that an so cannot justify it's higher price tag. I think Canon has made a strategic mistake. The MP war is not over.The camera needed a distinct advantage over the D800. A higher dynamic working range would have been one thing that could distinguished it or far superior video. You get the impression Canon partially handicapped it to be less than it could have been (but charged a premium price).If you buy it you won't be disappointed in the camera. The question is it worth the asking price. Here I have doubts. Canon is messing with it's customers and will lose new customers to Nikon.
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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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