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.