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May 17, 2012 13:28 |  #1

I picked up a 5D3 last Friday and had my first job with it on Saturday (I had to figure it out quick on Friday night). The job was three dance recitals, 1.5 hrs each. I shot about 3,000 photos throughout the day.

I also brought my 5DC with but only took about 100 photos with it and threw most of them out for either bad focus or too much noise.

I started shooting at ISO 8000 but eventually settled in at about 5000, shutter ranged from 1/400 to 1/640, mainly 1/500, and I shot at f/2.8 with a 70/200 IS and a 135. I did use a 24-70 a few times for large groups.

Observations:

The focus is amazing. I've used a 5DC for years, and a 40D for sports/action, and this is just the best I've seen. I only threw out a handful of photos for not focusing, and most of them I knew right away I missed. I use back-button focus and either the subject moved away from the focal point or I just hit a spot in the background. Almost never was it the camera's fault.

High ISOs are stellar. I only shot 6400 on the 5DC when I absolutely had to. The ISO 8000 (and a few at 25,600 when the lights were low) were all very usable. Even in the extremely low light the focus was spot on.

I need a grip. I'm used to shooting with a grip and without one this thing was killing my hand. I also had only two batteries with me and they only lasted a little over one show. I had to charge one during the second show.

Lightroom 4 RC2 slows to a crawl with these photos. I think it's an RC2 thing, but it is painfully slow, like 8-hours to export web sized images for 900 photos.

The files are huge. They are twice the size as my 5DC files. I had to dump my memory cards to a laptop between shows. I actually had a bunch of 4GB cards with me but didn't want to use them since they only hold about 100 photos and I'd be switching too frequently. I really hate to format memory cards and reuse them at a job. I'm buying more for future events like this.

Bright! Wow, this viewfinder is bright. When I picked up the 5DC I could barely see the stage. No wonder I've had so many frustrations with that camera. Looking through the 5D3 viewfinder was like watching a HDTV. It was really amazing. In the 5DC's defense, it does have an Ee-S focusing screen so that may have made it a bit darker.

Overall, I really love this camera. My photos are crisp, clear, and have very little noise. The colors are also bright and accurate.

I'm very happy that I was able to get this before this job. My results would be a different story if I had used only the 5DC.

I know a lot of this has been said over and over, but there you go.

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May 17, 2012 14:18 |  #2

Here are two photos from the recitals:

1/800, f/2.8, ISO 5000

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1/200, f/2.8, ISO 25,600
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May 17, 2012 14:27 |  #3

Scott very nice... No way could you have shot that with the 5DI or a 40D... Looks like the DR of those files is endless... nice work.
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May 18, 2012 06:52 |  #4

Thanks Kurt. You're right, not possible with my old gear at all. I love that 5DC and I'll still use it for some things, but not like this :)


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May 18, 2012 07:15 |  #5

Where you doing single shot or AI Servo with one of the use cases? I can think that the AI Servo cases could definitely be used to shoot dance.




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May 18, 2012 07:25 |  #6

I was using AI Servo. I always manually select my focal point. The problem was just user error. With my 5DC I pretty much always used the center focus point, especially in low light. With the 5D3 I was always changing the focal point. Sometimes I just had it set to the wrong area and there wasn't a subject to lock on.


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May 18, 2012 08:45 |  #7

scobols wrote in post #14446455external link
The files are huge. They are twice the size as my 5DC files. I had to dump my memory cards to a laptop between shows. I actually had a bunch of 4GB cards with me but didn't want to use them since they only hold about 100 photos and I'd be switching too frequently. I really hate to format memory cards and reuse them at a job. I'm buying more for future events like this.

I have some Nikon buddies that shoot weddings and they're constantly **** about the D800 for this very reason.


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May 18, 2012 10:33 |  #8

wow, those are nice photos. nice review, thanks for sharing it.




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May 18, 2012 11:38 |  #9

Good work all round!


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May 18, 2012 11:41 |  #10

No noise for so much black!!! Good job, the 5DMIII is sure turning out to be a great camera.


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May 18, 2012 11:54 |  #11

Great camera in capable hand produces amazing photos.
Thanks for sharing.


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May 18, 2012 12:48 |  #12

WRXTACY wrote in post #14450955external link
No noise for so much black!!! Good job, the 5DMIII is sure turning out to be a great camera.

x2. This is an awesome camera


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May 18, 2012 13:01 |  #13

Thanks for the posting your observations and I couldn't agree more. The 5DIII is a wonderful camera!


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May 18, 2012 13:14 |  #14

Very nice shots but I know folks shooting cheer competitions before this 5dmk3. And they look nice even in very big prints. I think we pixel peep noise too much. Print a noisy picture and see how good it looks compared to the monitor. But overall this 5dmk3 seems like a very nice upgrade. I am thinking of doing same for night time football as my 1dmk2 is ages old now.


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May 30, 2012 21:50 |  #15

Looks excellent. Dance recitals are definitely a tough gig to shoot. And wow, 3,000 pictures in one day! I hope you made some good money on this shoot. You'll run up the shutter count fast at that rate. lol


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