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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. 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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great camera. really happy with purchase
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About Me Semi-pro Photographer
Great camera I upgraded from mrk2 and was very happy with upgrade - used in studio work, portraits, landscape with fantastic results. Low light work is really incredible.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
By Springfield Photography
from South Wales
I use this camera for all types of photography but particularly, Studio, Landscape, Sport and Product Shots.It is the most versatile camera I have ever used with a wealth of features. Some may question the cost but I consider it to be good value for money. If you add good quality lenses you will find it very hard to beat.
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Great camera BUT.....
By James Cunningham
About Me Pro Photographer
I do love this camera but it really does produce way to much noise when shooting on wide angle with mid F stop. Its not to bad when shooting low F stop or with a prime lens but, I use it a lot with a 17-40mm F4 L-series at around F9+ and the noise is horrendous even when shooting at around 800-1200 ISO. A big selling point for this camera was the massive range on the ISO but whats the point of having that range when you dare not use it out of fear of reduced image quality and reduced image quality even when shooting within normal safe parameters?! I would be interested to see what other photographers feel about this. I honestly don't think I would recommend it because of this and would say stick with your MK2 for now.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Brilliant, good upgrade from 5d Mk II
from North East
I sadly had my beloved 5d Mark II stolen so was in the market for a new camera. The insurance didn't cover the full amount (because it was stolen from my car) so I was seriously considering the 6d as it is markedly cheaper. However I'm delighted that I chose the 5d Mark III - it feels better quality than its predecessor, it has a much better AF point system and so far the image quality has been outstanding.If my Mark II hadn't been stolen would I have upgraded? Probably not to be honest, just because of the cost. But if you're happy to spend the money it's worth doing in my opinion.
About Me Photo Enthusiast
I have used the 5D3 pretty much since it came out. Whilst it's been out for around 3 years now, which is an age in digital photography, but it's still an excellent camera. I expect that the new version 5D4/5DX will be due out soon, but this is a strong camera with excellent image quality. The AF system is very good and the imagery lovely. It's heavy, but when you expect that with a professional DSLR built for war zones (or little children!). I have used other digital systems, such as Leica, as well but this is a camera that I always keep coming back to. I would have no reservations about buying this camera - the quality is good enough for most people to last for years.
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Bought to replace my 5d mk11 and it's a great step. Very happy.
A Great Camera
from Shirebrook, Mansfield
A Great camera and a good upgrade from the Mark 2. You can do far more things with this camera
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Brilliant, great upgrade from mk ii
My 5d Mk ii was stolen recently so I bought this as a replacement. It is excellent, great build quality and very comfortable to hold. Feels a little heavier but is well balanced. Improvement on AF points is invaluable, and it feels much faster and more responsive than the Mk ii did. Not sure it would have been worth the money to me to upgrade had it not been stolen, but if you're in the market for a new camera this is brilliant.
I would recommend this product
I use the Canon 5D III for landscape, portrait and wildlife. As my first full-frame camera I was impressed by it's capabilities, and swift learning of it's controls is easy and pleasant. The lack of built-in flash is a pain - I spent most of my money on this camera and flash guns will have to wait for another day.
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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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