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Canon EOS 5D Mark III, reviewed by aznkid248

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Mar 30, 2015 03:48 |  #1

Background:
I am not that experience, but I have the passion to want to learn. When making this big of a purchase, I was really struggling, whether to get a 5D Mark 3 or 6D or 7D II or A7s. I looked at reviews about these cameras and asked the POTN peeps to guide me in my decision. And, I went out to my local camera shop to try them out with some glass. When taking it out for wildlife and street photography, it seemed like the A7s and 6D was better for portability wise. While when I took the 5D Mark 3 and 7D II, it felt a lot of robust and confidence when aiming for my shots. Both the 7D II and 5D Mark 3 was accurate and very quick in responsive. So, after a week of using talking with other photographers and local film makers, I narrowed my selection between the 5D mark 3, 7DII, and A7s. I had to sell my t3i to off-set some of the cost of my new camera body and before my trip to Hong Kong. I was looking at my photos that I had taken and looking at each body side by side trying to feel what I liked about each one of them. In addition, my girlfriend was also in the market for a new camera since she wanted to upgrade from her t2i. So, I let her play around with the cameras that I thought were great contenders for a few days. (Not trying to hate on Nikon, but when I was looking at the photo and when I tried a d810 and d4s, it seems very artificial color not like the actual colors.) I narrowed my selections down to 5D Mark 3 and A7s and my girlfriend agreed with me. Unfortunately, I had to fly to Hong Kong. But, while I was flying I was deciding, which would make me the most content. So, I asked around a few shops in the local areas and I asked a few Hong Kong photographers. I decided to pick up a 5D Mark 3 and my girlfriend wanted the same thing. So, we were enjoying our new cameras and taking lots of pictures in Hong Kong and Macau. Unfortunately, two days later my girlfriend felt like the camera was too heavy for her to carry on her own. So, I sold the 5D Mark 3 when I got back to the states and bought her an A7s with an EF mount.

Here is my actual review, sorry for the long background.

Build Quality:
Overall, the build top notch. Going from a poly carbonated body to a magnesium body is totally different. I felt like I need to work out a bit more on my wrist to hold it up. The feeling of the 5D Mark 3 is fantastic whether is the push of the button change the iso or scrolling to change the stops, it all felt like it was hand crafted for enthusiast that wanted to refine their technique and wanted a game that felt like it would last you a lifetime. In addition, I liked the mechanical sound when the shutter clicks, it sounds very much like hearing a short shift clutch on a manual car. It just felt right in the hands when shooting photos.

In action:
Back then when I took my t3i and I went everywhere to "capture the moment" or shooting around places, I love my t3i. It was great when it came to nature, street photography, and portraits at times. But not at sport; however, it gave me more of a lot of creative ways to get the right timing my shots when it came to sports. After a few years of using my t3i, I thought, I might need an upgrade, so I asked a friend to let me see his new camera. So I tried out his 6D with his lenses. When I transfer over to look at the files, it looks amazing. I can crop the photo to where I wanted instead of taking multiple shot to find the right place. Testing out the different cameras and playing around with different apertures and iso settings made it slowly clearer what my heart wanted in the end. So when I traveled to Hong Kong and bought my 5D Mark, I was in love with it came out the pictures came out great. Whether, I took it out in the street of San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Macau or when I go up in the Berkeley Hills or Santa Cruz. I always can capture the moment that I wanted without much hassle or think too much if I got the shot. It is one hell of a camera and I do not regret buying it.

Pro
• The amazing build quality

• No hindering of performance, still a great camera even today (2015)

• Weather sealing really helps when you needed.

• Well worth your money in the long run.

• Dual card slot
Con

• The weight is a issue.

• The cost is a lot to take in when planning to purchase the camera.

• You might want a lighter camera when you do not need it or want to travel light.


Comparison

Sony A7s
Do not get me wrong the A7s is an amazing camera and I love using it when I do not need to carry my camera when it comes to like social gatherings or when I do not need to bring my camera along. My girlfriend loves taking photos with it, but sometimes she still uses my 5D Mark 3 when she feels like it. The A7s compared to my 5D Mark 3 is not going to convince me to convert myself to mirror-less, how tempting it is to change over and have the same lenses on my A7s. I still feel like the 5D Mark 3 is something I must learn and master. The A7s is not easy to take pictures with, but it is fast and easy to capture wildlife and much more convenient on camping trips. But I feel like, when I am holding the A7s, that I am following this new trend or bandwagon with the new kids instead of following my roots with mirrored camera. It is still first generation and I think mirror-less would be a great addition to any camera enthusiast camera collection.

Canon 6D
For people that are having a hard time with this decision. It is very subjective and the 6D gives you a glimpse of what the professional cameras can offer. In my personal opinion, I disregarded this camera, because it is like a new car. What I mean by that is that with all of these bells and whistles ( GPS, Wif), Canon is using these for more average consumers appeal instead of a more "getting to the point" camera that focus fast, multiple points, weather sealing, etc. The 5D Mark 3, I feel like it is the last camera before the next generation of cameras. I am a simple kind of guy, as long as the features fit what I need then the camera justifies me spending the money to get it. I thought hard and long about whether or not these features would benefit me. The 6D is right in the middle of what professional had for years and what the newer generation want in a camera. Get the 6D if you do not mind not having dual card slots, weather sealing, dual sensors, and more focus points. Get the 5D Mark 3, if you do not need wifi, gps, and only having 1 cross focus point. However, the 6D does have a better low light performance compare to the 5D Mark 3, but to me that did not matter much, because I can work for my shot to get similar results. You cannot go wrong with either one; it is whatever you feel more comfortable with.

In the end
Overall, the 5D Mark 3 is the camera for me, because it does everything that I want and it makes me want improve the way that I want my shots to be. The build quality is superb and very pleasing to feel in my hands. It does take a little more effort to get use to the camera and adjusting the right settings for different scenarios. It is very versatile in most situations; expect in large crowd situation, you cannot hold it properly with all of its beastly weight. That is where I would use an A7s to these kinds of social activities. In conclusion, if you have the money to buy this camera, I would highly recommend it. And pick up a few lenses that would accommodate it, if you are coming from a crop sensor camera or mirror-less or compact camera. I love this camera and I do not have any regrets buying it. This camera is going to last me many years of memories. I hope if you do pick one up that you also can have great photos with this camera.

I hope this review help you with your decision.

Fill feel to leave comments if I left anything out or PM for question regarding the camera.




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Apr 02, 2015 18:06 |  #2

I love my mk III. But if I have one issue, it's that the shutter release is very sensitive and took me weeks to get used to. Both my 7D and 7D mk II have shutter releases with a noticeable detent at the half-press but the 5D3 seems like it has a progressive amount of resistance and I had to learn where to stop when metering or waking up the camera. The 3rd party battery grip, by comparison, has a nice easy to perceive "stop" at the half-press. It still doesn't require much force to release the shutter. Not sure if this is a characteristic which is unique to the 5D3 or not. It's hardly worth mentioning but I still have to remember when switching bodies.

I also didn't really consider the 6D because I require fast, configurable autofocus at potentially any point. Great as the 5D3 AF is, it's just good enough for sports; I've processed Raw files from both and the 6D difference is not worth the sacrifice in performance to me. Though my 7D mk II AF is even better, I still wish I could justify a 1Dx!

I tried a Sony A7 recently and was very disappointed in the ergonomics compared to my cameras. The body is so small that it's awkward to hold while still reaching all the controls - especially the shutter release. And the viewfinder reminded me of a cheap TV set - scan lines and all. I'm sure a lot of people are taking great pictures with their Sony, but I vastly prefer the Canon or even Nikon bodies for my use.


Canon 1Dx | 5D3 | 7D2 | 6D | 70-200L f/2.8IS | 70-200L f/4 | 24-70L f/2.8 | 24-105L f/4IS | 100-400L f/4.5-5.6IS | 17-55 f/2.8IS | 50 f/1.8 | 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 | 4x Godox AD360

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Apr 07, 2015 02:17 as a reply to GregDunn's post |  #3

For me, I find the the 6D felt like it didn't quite fit in my hand. it is very subjective each person. Yeah, I know that the 6D shoots better in low light. But, I just love the feel of the 5D Mark 3. I had a friend that had the 1DX, if I had the money to buy one camera and not two camera for my girlfriend and I. I would have jumped on it. I like the 7D II, it is the crop sensor dream camera for stills. Video is ok... not too impressive.
Yeah, I do agree the A7s does feel small, but my girlfriend loves it and I use it when I want to try the other side of the fence when it comes to dslr vs compactness. Well, it is still the first generation of cameras... I will hold out until the next generation comes out to justify selling my 5D Mark 3 for a smaller camera.




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Apr 10, 2015 09:07 |  #4

Absolutely - camera ergonomics are very subjective. But for good or bad, there are a lot of us who are more comfortable with the larger body size (I even get battery grips for mine to improve the comfort). Even my old Minolta was uncomfortable to hold for an extended period, and it was large for a film SLR at the time. I'm just glad that the camera with the best feature set for me is also ergonomically satisfying!


Canon 1Dx | 5D3 | 7D2 | 6D | 70-200L f/2.8IS | 70-200L f/4 | 24-70L f/2.8 | 24-105L f/4IS | 100-400L f/4.5-5.6IS | 17-55 f/2.8IS | 50 f/1.8 | 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 | 4x Godox AD360

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Apr 12, 2015 07:21 |  #5

Nice personal review !
Makes me want a 5D mk3. Sucks that I have to wait til 5D mk4 and miss all the summer shooting :(


Camera - 2x5Dmk3, C100 mkii, 70D, 60D
Lenses - 24-70mm f2.8L II, 70-200mm f2.8L IS ii, 85mm f1.2L II, 35mm f1.4 ART, 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS
Lighting - 3 x 600EX RT's, Printer - Epson 3880
Website - http://www.shotlifestu​dio.com/ (external link)

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Apr 12, 2015 15:26 as a reply to Van Gogh's post |  #6

When I saw what the 5Ds and R. I was glad that I got mine for 2500. It is such a great camera. I can not be anymore happy. I settled on a older camera within this generation. I don't regret not going to the 5Div, because I'm not trying to catch up. I'm just trying to capture memories.




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Apr 14, 2015 10:13 as a reply to aznkid248's post |  #7

I'm still looking for a low shutter one




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Jun 13, 2015 08:28 |  #8

Thanks for great review, I have been thinking of 5D III, time for decision to make and sell 7D soon.

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Jun 13, 2015 20:56 |  #9

I had the chance to trade my relatively new 6d for an older 5dm3 (6000 vs 40000 actuations), and I did. The focusing system is a lot nicer but the thing is freaking heavy. Now I'm actually lazy to take my camera due to its weight. Depending on what you shoot, the 6D is a hell of a bang for the buck and I don't think I regretted the purchase for one second.




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Jun 16, 2015 05:34 |  #10

tnguye09 wrote in post #17595958external link
the thing is freaking heavy. Now I'm actually lazy to take my camera due to its weight. .

That made me think over and over again, not to mention if I use 70-200 f2.8 -?.
But I am going to sell my 7D and upgrade FF that is sure thing.




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Jun 17, 2015 19:37 as a reply to ctvu's post |  #11

well, the weight is very crucial with this camera. I thought about getting the a7 series or a fuji camera. But, if you don't really need the advance technology such as wifi, gps, and just want a nice amazing camera. 5D3 is still the way to go. The newer 5D is just a half of a upgrade. Yeah, it is sharp even when blowing up the pictures.




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Jun 19, 2015 10:43 as a reply to ctvu's post |  #12

You probably won't be happy with anything less than a mk3 coming from a 7D. weight probably won't be a problem because I think they weigh around the same. I'm just used to the weight of a 550d.




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Jun 23, 2015 07:12 |  #13

I really don't get the weight issue everyone talks about.
I just a week ago bought the 5D mk3 and upgraded from the 60D and honestly I don't feel a weight difference.

My 60D with Sigma 35mm ART weighs about the same as my 5d Mk3 with also my new 24-70 f2.8 L mk2. (another lens people say is heavy).
I don't see why heft is an issue if you use a decent strap like black rapid.

Honestly, I probably enjoy a litter bit more weight and size of 5d, makes it feel more substantial and gives me confidence when taking pictures.

P.S. Nice review btw. :-D


Camera - 2x5Dmk3, C100 mkii, 70D, 60D
Lenses - 24-70mm f2.8L II, 70-200mm f2.8L IS ii, 85mm f1.2L II, 35mm f1.4 ART, 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS
Lighting - 3 x 600EX RT's, Printer - Epson 3880
Website - http://www.shotlifestu​dio.com/ (external link)

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Jun 23, 2015 19:47 as a reply to Van Gogh's post |  #14

For me, it is with a 24-105 f/4 with a battery grip. It feels a lot lighter without the grip. But I enjoy using my grip with it.
Thank you very much. I currently writing a update review about my 5D3.




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Jun 24, 2015 05:57 |  #15

Thanks for the review. I'm in the process of agonizing with the same decision myself. Walk out of store with 7d Mkii today or wait till August and get the 5d Mkiii. I'm being forced to really evaluate my photography.

I do have one question. I own a lot of newer Sigma glass. Any comments on the focusing issues people complain about? I've for the 35mm art, the 85mm and the 70-200 2.8. I don't expect my 30+ yo lenses I bought back during my film days to work without problems, but I would like my newer ones to work. The rental I've been playing with seems to work fine.


Canon EOS 80D | Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, EF 35mm F1.4L II USM | Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM, 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM |

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