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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
November 2012 - 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. Read Kevin's review of the Canon 5D MK III... »
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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Recommended but with caveats
from North Wale
About Me Photo Enthusiast
Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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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
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
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 .............????
Would recommend this as a VG upgrade
Good for wildlife shots, matched with the correct lens.
About Me Pro Photographer
A very good camera that does everything you want it to do. Been using it for a month now and have not had any problems.
I would recommend to all
The best camera I've ever had.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
So good I bought 2!
I specialize in wildlife photos and quite often find I need to have two cameras handy, one with a macro lens one with a telephoto. Comparing the output from a 5D3 and an older 7D it was obvious reviewing the shots which was from each camera, irrespective of which lens was on which body. The 5D3 image quality was noticeably better - at least to my eyes. So I part-exchanged my 7D at WEX, and even on a 4 year old body got a generous trade-in value that went a good way towards a second 5D3. The 5D3 is quite a complex beast, so it pays to read the manual carefully, especially with regard to the various auto-focus settings, to get the best from it. It's not a light piece of equipment by any means, especially with the grip and two battery packs attached, but it feels solidly built and mine has survived light drizzle without harm.Image quality is superb, I have produced some wall-sized pictures using from my 5D3 - (3 metres by 2 metres printed across several sheets of media)as well as many highly cropped macro images of minute insects.Overall, I have to say the 5D3 is a superb camera and would have no hesitation in recommending them.The only slight nagging doubt I have is to wonder whether or not the Nikon D800E might be even better, so if you don't already have a big investment in Canon lenses, I would check out the D800E reviews as well before deciding.
Images shared by Roland
Dragonly in flight taken with EOS 5D3
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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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