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5d3 Critics...

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Mar 06, 2012 04:06 |  #46

No complaints from me. I am getting one depending on performance check after actual reviews start coming out... Cheaper price or slightly more MPs would have been nice, but I guess you get what you pay for (+ taxes) and 22 MPs is good enough.

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Mar 06, 2012 06:37 |  #47

Anyone using this camera to produce income won't complain about the price.

I.e. if it produces a stunning IQ, and it has great AF, wedding photographers will jump to pay this money...I know if I had the clientele I would get it in a heartbeat.

Getting a bit side-tracked but look at the new 24-70 II. $2000+?? You kidding? Well, it's apparently going to be better IQ and much more scrutinized coming off the line(according to a professional salesmen at Calumet). It also weights 1/4 of a lb less and is 1/4 of an inch shorter as well! Incredible! All steps in the right direction. Does it mean I'm going to buy it? No. Does it mean I will wait for prices to come down? Yes. I'll wait until it is initially sent out, get everyone to test it, let prices come down...and hopefully they'll have STEEP rebates at Christmas time...oh boy do I love Christmas time! :-D This includes the 5d3! Who's with me??

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Mar 06, 2012 06:44 |  #48

Ricku wrote in post #14032300 (external link)
I don't give a (insert word here ___) about the price.

My only concern is the IQ and ISO noise.

If it has not been improved from it's elder brother, I shall smite the 5D3 like I've never smited before, and there is nothing you can do to stop me. Muahaha. ;)

Sorry, but the word you're looking for is "smote" :P

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Mar 06, 2012 07:37 |  #49

CSMFoto wrote in post #14034151 (external link)
Anyone using this camera to produce income won't complain about the price.

That is just plain wrong and naive.
Sure there is less focus on the price, when it's a tool that helps you put food on the table. But that does not mean that the price is not relevant.
I need to have the right tools for the job. I need those tools to perform and I need them to be comfortable for me to work with.
And I need them to do all that in a cost effective way. Every cent invested in gear, is a cent that you need to make back. So if a new peice of gear does not give you enough of an improvement over your current gear, for the price, that money could be put to better use.

If you were right, it would be next to impossible to find a single wedding, portrait, commercial, landscape, etc. photographer, who did not have at least a Phase One, Hasselblad or similar. Sure the medium format cameras don't really do much in terms of AF, but every one of the mentioned photographer groups (and more) also do things where AF is nothing and IQ is everything. And on the IQ front, standard size DSLR's can't even dream of competing, or even comparing.

I will guaranty you that the one thing that is keeping most from adding MF to their gear list, is the pricetag.

The hobbyist has the benefit of not seeing gear as an investment in their livelihood. When your main focus is your own enjoyment, it is very easy to justify pretty much any expense that your income can support.

One example. My gaming computer is worth maybe 3 times as much as my work computer. And I can assure you that I have never (and will never) made a single cent, playing computer games. I can justify that expense (that most would call extreme) because it provides me with enjoyment.
The same is true for any hobby that anyone may have. Be it photography, collecting stamps or anything in between.

I know that Canon has a habit of pricing their products right at the edge of what people are willing to pay, so I'm not at all surprised about the 5D3 pricetag.
The reason that I'm not lining up to buy one, is that it does not give me what I need. Unless they really messed something up, I'm sure it will be a great camera. But for me, it does not represent a big enough improvement, to justify the price. The money can serve me better in other ways.

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Mar 06, 2012 07:53 as a reply to  @ quiksquirrel's post |  #50


Don't buy one then, this is the tread NOT to complain about the camera in any way... One more less in the line..:)

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Mar 06, 2012 08:08 |  #51

CSMFoto wrote in post #14034151 (external link)
Anyone using this camera to produce income won't complain about the price.

I.e. if it produces a stunning IQ, and it has great AF, wedding photographers will jump to pay this money...I know if I had the clientele I would get it in a heartbeat.

Exactly, as someone who does use a camera to produce income this is a camera I will probably get (once I am convinced that the IQ is at least as good as the MkII). I shoot fashion and portraits so the MkII is perfect apart from the crappy AF - try shooting catwalk with a MkII - it is a nightmare. Dual card slots are great too as I constantly worry about a card failing on me.

I have a lot of money invested in canon lenses so a switch to Nikon would be a very poor business decision.

If I was a sports shooter I would be looking at a 1Dx but I dont need all those fps so the 5D III is beginning to look like a real bargain

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Mar 06, 2012 08:48 |  #52

I'm not unhappy with what Canon has done with the 5D III.

My thing is, If Nikon D800 can do all the 5D III can, how is it that they can sell it for $500 less?

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Mar 06, 2012 09:08 as a reply to  @ post 14032670 |  #53

I remember when the 5d2 came out and it had 21 mp and people complained that would eff up the image because of the smaller pixels.. helllooooooo the d800 now has to have smaller pixels with 36 on the same effing sensor size

this camera answered everyones issues and yet complaints are going off faster then a siren on st patricks day.

oh yeah the 5d2 came out at 2999, I would also see the 5d3 coming down at least 500 to 2999 after a month or so

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Mar 06, 2012 09:16 |  #54

holding opinion until the camera's are actually in production and some reviews are out. maybe the IQ is that much better than the D800 or maybe Canon will have to reevaluate the price to be more competitive. we really cant say at this time.


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Mar 06, 2012 10:42 |  #55
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If it was priced around $2800-$3000 you wouldn't have heard so much complaints. Its a wonderful camera and I wouldn't ask for more. But for me $3500 is a little bit steep. I might bite once it hits $3000 range.

GL to all in the mean time. I hope it is as good as it is on paper

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Mar 06, 2012 11:32 |  #56

I would love to have 1 more fps and it would be my perfect camera. 6 fps is awesome and probably quite adequate but there is a big difference between 7fps and 6fps and that big difference is 1fps. I do mostly sports and the 7D is a big difference from the 60D. Oh well, I'll probably get it anyway or pick up a well conditioned 1D Mark IV.

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Mar 06, 2012 11:38 |  #57
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sol95 wrote in post #14034162 (external link)
Sorry, but the word you're looking for is "smote" :P

Smote?! Seriously? :shock:

Well I'm not an native english speaker so I don't really know.. But smote sounds really weird. :lol:

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Mar 06, 2012 11:48 |  #58


"to affect mentally or morally with a sudden pang: His conscience smote him."


"Take cover lest the flying debris smote you, mortally."

Urban dictionary has another meaning, but can't post it here!

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Mar 06, 2012 12:04 |  #59

Ricku wrote in post #14035626 (external link)
Smote?! Seriously? :shock:

Well I'm not an native english speaker so I don't really know.. But smote sounds really weird. :lol:

It's an old-fashioned word, and English has a confusing number of ways to conjugate verbs.

smite, smote, smitten

He vowed that he would smite his enemy.
Misfortune smote him and all his family.
He was smitten by the flu.


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Mar 06, 2012 12:05 |  #60

form wrote in post #14033622 (external link)
5D III specs are solid. However, the camera's specs also would have been much more useful back in 2008 when the 5D II came out and they decided to ignore every single thing they "caught up" on this time around. That means certain key specs have been inadequate for 3 years and they only just now made them adequate 3 years late. Then, the price of $3500 is more unreasonable because of the D800's price of $3000 and the fact that the 5D III is basically an incremental upgrade in most ways.

This guy knows.

Canon gave us what we wanted in a 4 year old camera. Nikon just gave us the world.
The specs of the D800 kick the 5d3 in the teeth in most regards... and comes in cheaper - THATS why some of us Canons users are b****ing.

The grass is always greener, but in this instance, its also better.

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