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Canon 5D MK III first impression. What was yours?

 
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Aug 13, 2012 20:27 |  #31

I got mine last Thursday, after buying a 7D first only to regret that, sent it back, and decided to go for the gold and went to the 5D3. Coming from a Rebel T2i, I had no idea what to expect. It took all of 2-3 days of shooting with it, and now I can't even stand using the Rebel, OR my 17-55 F2.8 IS lens. The camera is absolutely unbelievable. I did a photo shoot for some friends on Sunday, and took over 500 pictures in 30 minutes. So many fantastic photos, more winning shots than the last 5 photo shoots combined I've done with the Rebel. It is absolutely worth every dime to me. Combine this camera with a 70-200 F2.8 IS ii, and you have photographic bliss.


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Aug 13, 2012 22:27 as a reply to  @ GuitarDTO's post |  #32

coming from a 550D, it was pretty much like this...

1. My bank account looks a little slimmer (but soon forgotten)

2. I love the ergonomics

3. wow, lots of AF options!

4. Holy crap Batman, look at the useable ISO range

5. such low noise!


Some of the things I didn't notice or care about

1. weight, didn't feel heavy at all

2. not having a flash


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Aug 14, 2012 00:53 |  #33

robert61 wrote in post #14843843 (external link)
Coming from the 5D II, it's a nice, yet overpriced, upgrade. Focusing is improved, although it still struggles in darker lighting situations. Colors are ok, but I always profile my sensors, so that levels the performance there. A few extra niceties, but overall, a decent upgrade, but no where near the value of what they are asking. I strongly suspect it'll fall down to the $3000 level rather quickly.

On eBay and Craigslist, they already are. Several sold on eBay new in box for high 2800's/low 29.

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Underwhelming as current 5D2 owner.
But more I use it, more I like it ;)

Really? I'm stunned by that. I was underwhelmed by my 5D II compared to the classic, so I was really hoping the III is finally a step in the right direction.


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Aug 14, 2012 00:56 |  #34

After owning a 40D, 60D, and 1D Mark III, here's my take...

It has amazing AF, great noise control and ergonomics, and it's a pleasure to shoot with. There's just something about the look of the images from a full frame camera. I just wish they'd fix the darn ZOOM IN/OUT buttons to be able to remap to the old button locations (I just can't seem to get used to that). It's a great combo with the 60D.


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Aug 14, 2012 02:04 |  #35

I LOVE MINE... until it broke. After 1 week of using it, the unit kept powering off at random times. A quick call to CPS and the tech informed me that the unit was incorrectly activating the "kill switch" at random times. Apparently, if you open the battery door or memory card door while the unit is on, the kill switch turns the unit off by default. Made a quick call to Amazon, and my replacement unit should be here tomorrow. A minor hiccup, no bother to me, i still LOVE the camera! Such a great improvement in AF system over the 5D2 and the shutter sound is much better too!


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Aug 14, 2012 03:06 |  #36

PaulMedik wrote in post #14843813 (external link)
Background: I have less than one year's experience with DSLR; I bought my first DSLR last September (Canon 60D) and since then I've owned most of Canon's most popular lenses and now own L glass (Obviously I foresaw the switch to FF coming) and a Rokinon 8mm Fisheye. In the past year I've taken close to 50k pictures of my son's sports (Football, basketball, and baseball) and vacation pictures in the Carribean. Prior to DSLR I was a Kodak fan and owned whatever their latest greatest was.

If you upgraded to or bought a Canon 5D Mk III, what was your first impression?

You sound rich.


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Aug 14, 2012 08:18 |  #37

I know this thread is getting old but I have to comment. Large price difference from my old 5D2 but no regrets here. The body works very well, has lazer fast focus compared to most other canon bodies (save the 1D4 and likely 1Dx). Even JPG internal processing is better than the 5D2. There's almost nothing worse about it in my eyes except the price. Too bad DR went down slightly from the 5D2 as opposed to better, but I think the overall improvement still makes for better shots.




  
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Aug 14, 2012 11:06 |  #38

Coming from the 60D, which already performed admirably in low-light situations.

I shot a lot of low-light stuff (stage performances, etc) so high ISO performance is very important to me. Usable images at 20000 and 25600 ISO - those are shots that I probably couldn't get with any other camera. ISO102400 still has noticeable banding (hah) but I'll play around with it a bit and see if it's at all usable. Maybe for a super-grainy B&W conversion.

I found myself OVERexposing a lot because I'm used to having to push the 60D to its limits. Need a bit more practice to get my head around the wider ISO range.

Autofocus in low light is great, even for rapidly moving targets. I had a few misses but I'm sure I'll get better with experience and practice, and making sure I'm using the right AF modes. The only time it really struggled was with backlit/silhouetted targets - but I'm getting good enough at manual focusing that I was able to get some keepers.

I agree with Josh_30 about the location of the zoom button. Very difficult to get used to, and zooming (during image playback for focus review, and during live view for manual focusing) is a feature that I use A LOT.

Taking longer than I expected to get used to the additional joystick, after having the joystick integrated into the d-pad/wheel on the back of the 60D.

I LOVE the dedicated still/video switch. Having to whirl the wheel ALL THE WAY around to switch from video to M on the 60D was a hassle.

My midrange zoom was the Sigma 17-70 which is EF-S, so I got a gently used 24-70L to fit the 5D3. With the 24-70 (THE BRICK) attached, it is very heavy. But not so heavy that I won't walk around with it.

I LOVE the Rate button! LOVE IT. Way more than I should, really.


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Aug 14, 2012 11:14 |  #39

ieatstars wrote in post #14855588 (external link)
On eBay and Craigslist, they already are. Several sold on eBay new in box for high 2800's/low 29.

On eBay? Unless one bought them for $2500 or so why?


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Aug 14, 2012 11:23 |  #40

I rented the 5D Mark III this weekend for yosemite. My normal camera is the 7D. My impression is that I really love having BOTH cameras. The 5D is really wide, captures a lot of detail. However more than often I found myself wanting to take both wide angle and zoomed shots.

I had the 17-40MML on the 5D and 100-400L on the 7D combo most of the time and it just felt great being able to capture just about everything I wanted. Now that I rented it, I must buy this camera. However I am just not ready to hang up the 7D completely. It still takes great shots and having two bodies is really useful.


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Aug 14, 2012 11:36 |  #41

Fantastic upgrade from 500D !
A lot may be due to 24-70 f/2.8 (vs 17-55 F/2.8 IS) not sure I miss the IS as much as expected.
Amazed by ISO range.
Photos looking great.
Surprised that given the iso range you can't set manual Tv Av with iso to auto with exposure adjustment.
Images seemed a shade dark to me, possibly just the screen.
Not pleased my converted lenses with focus confirm chips don't work. I would have hoped for an expensive camera would be more "open" to experimenting with lenses etc.
controls (buttons and menu) are a bit awkward - still getting used to them I suppose.
Overall not quite as amazing as I hoped, but still very pleased.


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Aug 14, 2012 12:20 |  #42

bobbyz wrote in post #14857258 (external link)
On eBay? Unless one bought them for $2500 or so why?

I know one guy on Craigslist bought his from one of the sites (forgot the name, sorry) that offers "points" and bonus points, blah blah, for random 12-hour periods, and he effectively bought a Mark III for around $2,700 which afforded him to sell it for 2900. Trust me, I've been poking and prodding trying to make sure I don't get a dud or grey market. Still waiting, it's too much money, but that's my next hunk of Canon for sure. Sold my Mark II weeks ago, and I'm all shaky like a crackhead. :D


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Aug 14, 2012 14:52 |  #43

Josh_30 wrote in post #14855599 (external link)
After owning a 40D, 60D, and 1D Mark III, here's my take...

It has amazing AF, great noise control and ergonomics, and it's a pleasure to shoot with. There's just something about the look of the images from a full frame camera. I just wish they'd fix the darn ZOOM IN/OUT buttons to be able to remap to the old button locations (I just can't seem to get used to that). It's a great combo with the 60D.

+1 the zoom buttons on the 7D were better.


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Aug 15, 2012 01:41 |  #44

A few ergonomic things I prefer on the 7D.

1. Zoom buttons
2. Zone AF selection from the Q menu.
3. Location of the Q button


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Aug 15, 2012 01:44 |  #45

Coming from the 1D Mark II: loving it!


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