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Canon 5D mk III - short review

 
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Mar 21, 2012 23:41 |  #1

Got a called from my girlfriend yesterday letting me know that the 5D mk III had arrived. So after work I took it for a quick test run. First thing I wanted to see was the ISO performance that everyone was talking about and sure enough it was pretty good, it’s roughly two stops better than the Mk II, ISO 12800 was very usable and 25600 if you’re desperate, I didn’t bother with the H1 and H2 mode.

But to be honest I never had ISO issue with the Mk II or even Mk I which I still use at weddings, I rarely shoot below ISO1600 so in a sense it doesn’t matter. What’s impressive was the new AF engine and silent mode, I can now track a person walking towards me using the AF cluster closer to the edge of the frame using the with the 85mm F1.4, I was getting about 80% success rate. In the past that was impossible using the 5D Mk II.

Ironically, with all the excitement of having a new toy I stayed up till 3:30 am trying to figure out where all the functions are because Canon had moved them and it’s no longer intuitive. It then dawned on me that I’m getting excited on something that doesn’t really help my business, what I should really be doing is finding ways of providing better service and forming meaningful relationship with my clients because at the end of the day, a bride doesn’t really care which camera you use or what ISO setting you’ve shooting at. All she cares about is the quality of your work and how treat her before, during and after the wedding day.


Anyway, here is a quick review that Jen wrote last night from our first impression .. and some hires at ISO 12800.

http://www.albedophoto​graphy.com.au …ii-vs-5d-markii-7d-review (external link)


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Mar 22, 2012 00:06 |  #2

should really be doing is finding ways of providing better service and forming meaningful relationship with my clients because at the end of the day, a bride doesn’t really care which camera you use or what ISO setting you’ve shooting at. All she cares about is the quality of your work and how treat her before, during and after the wedding day.
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Mar 22, 2012 04:11 |  #3

thanks for the first impressions review and the reality check on what matters... I dont earn a living from the camera but I can appreciate the sentiments. :-)


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Mar 22, 2012 06:50 |  #4

finally a good review




  
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Mar 22, 2012 08:35 |  #5

simplelogik wrote in post #14130219 (external link)
It then dawned on me that I’m getting excited on something that doesn’t really help my business, what I should really be doing is finding ways of providing better service and forming meaningful relationship with my clients because at the end of the day, a bride doesn’t really care which camera you use or what ISO setting you’ve shooting at. All she cares about is the quality of your work and how treat her before, during and after the wedding day.

Awesome! Great Review bw!




  
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Mar 22, 2012 09:17 |  #6

simplelogik wrote in post #14130219 (external link)
Got a called from my girlfriend yesterday letting me know that the 5D mk III had arrived. So after work I took it for a quick test run. First thing I wanted to see was the ISO performance that everyone was talking about and sure enough it was pretty good, it’s roughly two stops better than the Mk II, ISO 12800 was very usable and 25600 if you’re desperate, I didn’t bother with the H1 and H2 mode.

But to be honest I never had ISO issue with the Mk II or even Mk I which I still use at weddings, I rarely shoot below ISO1600 so in a sense it doesn’t matter. What’s impressive was the new AF engine and silent mode, I can now track a person walking towards me using the AF cluster closer to the edge of the frame using the with the 85mm F1.4, I was getting about 80% success rate. In the past that was impossible using the 5D Mk II.

Ironically, with all the excitement of having a new toy I stayed up till 3:30 am trying to figure out where all the functions are because Canon had moved them and it’s no longer intuitive. It then dawned on me that I’m getting excited on something that doesn’t really help my business, what I should really be doing is finding ways of providing better service and forming meaningful relationship with my clients because at the end of the day, a bride doesn’t really care which camera you use or what ISO setting you’ve shooting at. All she cares about is the quality of your work and how treat her before, during and after the wedding day.


Anyway, here is a quick review that Jen wrote last night from our first impression .. and some hires at ISO 12800.

http://www.albedophoto​graphy.com.au …ii-vs-5d-markii-7d-review (external link)

Any noise banding? I can't see any in your shots.




  
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Mar 22, 2012 09:23 |  #7

I just got mine :p

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Mar 22, 2012 09:28 |  #8

nice review, thanks for sharing it.




  
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Mar 22, 2012 09:36 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #9

thanks for the honest insights and a realistic review of the camera


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Mar 22, 2012 10:35 |  #10

Thank you for the timely review


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Mar 22, 2012 13:52 |  #11

simplelogik wrote in post #14130219 (external link)
Anyway, here is a quick review that Jen wrote last night from our first impression .. and some hires at ISO 12800.

http://www.albedophoto​graphy.com.au …ii-vs-5d-markii-7d-review (external link)

Love the line: "quote one of my photography idols, Jerry Ghionis “a better microphone doesn’t make you a better singer, and in the same sense a better camera doesn’t magically create better photos”"bw!
Amen to that. Now I know why I suck at singing...it wasn't the microphone, it was my singing talent...:lol:


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Mar 22, 2012 13:56 |  #12

Thanks for sharing, nice review.. maybe when the MK4 appears i can get a mk3? :-P


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Mar 22, 2012 14:35 |  #13

simplelogik wrote in post #14130219 (external link)
Anyway, here is a quick review that Jen wrote last night from our first impression .. and some hires at ISO 12800.

http://www.albedophoto​graphy.com.au …ii-vs-5d-markii-7d-review (external link)


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The focusing locked on as well, if not better than our Canon 7D. The only time we had trouble was when it was almost to dark to see and there was no contrasty area to focus on. We did a test using f1.4, 1/400 shutter, ISO 12800 whilst photographing me walking directly towards the camera in low ambient light in AI focus mode. The success rate of sharp photos was about 80%, better than we would expect from even the 7D. The success rate of the 5DII in this situation would be about 0%!

I was wondering how the AF of the 5D MKIII performs in low light situations. That is awesome!




  
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Mar 22, 2012 14:52 |  #14
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Who shoots weddings in a dark alley??? :)


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Mar 22, 2012 14:55 |  #15

TooManyShots wrote in post #14133858 (external link)
Who shoots weddings in a dark alley??? :)

That kind of ceremony is called a "shotgun wedding" around here.


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