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Jan 30, 2013 23:05 |  #16

- How long have you had it? How many shots would you say you've put through it?
Since April / May 2012... Probably almost 20K

- What do you love about it? What have you grown to love about it over the time you've used it?
41 cross sensor, more AF than 5D2

- What did you hate about it? What have you grown to hate about it over the time you've used it?
None

- Is there anything you would change, right now?
I'd like to see AF point fixed in viewfinder

- What are its top 3 strengths?
ISO, AF, customizable

- What are its top 3 weaknesses?
AF lock is a little slow when focus in dim light, double cross AF only in center line

- Does the AF work most of, if not almost everytime you use it?
Seems accurate

- What do you primarily shoot?
people, portrait, landscape

- How is your real world battery life?
about more than 1000 shots without flash. Maybe about 400 - 500 with flash or flash trigger

- How is the true dynamic range? How easy/hard is it to recover details in shadows/highlights?
Love it and easy to recover details

- Would you buy it if you could go back and do it all over again?
YES. I've been using Canon since 350D and sometimes look at the other brand but now, I'm very happy with my 5D3


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Jan 31, 2013 03:37 |  #17

sonofjesse wrote in post #15554308 (external link)
If your a canon shooter really nothing better out their besides the 1dx..

I really wish I could afford (see: justify) the 1DX.

Again, thanks for the responses everyone. Im going to give it another 6 months for the prices to go down a little bit (unless I can find a used one for a good price) and pick one up.


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Feb 03, 2013 14:35 |  #18

i'll give it a go

- How long have you had it? How many shots would you say you've put through it?
i have two...got my first one in March 2012 and the 2nd one a few months ago. according to lightroom i've put about 20K of shots on it.


- What do you love about it? What have you grown to love about it over the time you've used it?
the autofocus. and the button customization (ie, the ability to easily toggle between One Shot and Servo is awesome).

- What did you hate about it? What have you grown to hate about it over the time you've used it?
nothing, really.

- Is there anything you would change, right now?
the grip could be cheaper

- What are its top 3 strengths?
AF, image quality, customizaton

- What are its top 3 weaknesses?
maybe DR, but i don't know any better.

- Does the AF work most of, if not almost everytime you use it?
yes

- What do you primarily shoot?
live music

- How is your real world battery life?
pretty good though i think the 5D2 gets more life

- How is the true dynamic range? How easy/hard is it to recover details in shadows/highlights?
hard to quantify, really.

- Would you buy it if you could go back and do it all over again?
yes, in fact i did.


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Feb 03, 2013 17:17 |  #19

I've had 8 Canon DSLRs - a Rebel, a bunch of XXDs, a 5Dc, 5D2 and a 1D Mark III - but only ran 10k through my 5D2 so far...too bad my opinion is worthless. :'(


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Feb 04, 2013 04:57 |  #20

LowriderS10 wrote in post #15568704 (external link)
I've had 8 Canon DSLRs - a Rebel, a bunch of XXDs, a 5Dc, 5D2 and a 1D Mark III - but only ran 10k through my 5D2 so far...too bad my opinion is worthless. :'(

Sent you a PM about a totally different subject.


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Feb 04, 2013 17:36 as a reply to  @ JAcosta's post |  #21

I'd like to play too if I may please :D


- How long have you had it? How many shots would you say you've put through it?

Since mid October 2012. Came just a day before a major shoot. Shutter count is under 10K

- What do you love about it? What have you grown to love about it over the time you've used it?

AF ( 41 and optional 61 points ), ISO performance, IQ, Ergonomics in general


- What did you hate about it? What have you grown to hate about it over the time you've used it?

While not hating it, I would prefer the zoom function on review to be as before and similar to the 1D bodies as opposed to via a separate button ( The magnifying glass icon ). So to zoom in you simply hit review and turn the main dial just behind the shutter button

- Is there anything you would change, right now?

That fairly less than useful strap

That magnifying control


- What are its top 3 strengths?

AF, ISO, IQ

- What are its top 3 weaknesses?

None so far

- Does the AF work most of, if not almost everytime you use it?

AF is great. Couldn't have asked for better. This to me is the leading feature of the 5D3

- What do you primarily shoot?

Events

- How is your real world battery life?

Pretty impressive. I have gone from one morning shoot to an evening one without the need to change batteries. I don't tend to ' machine gun ' at my shoots

I had intended to get a battery grip primarily for the vertical shooting position especially now that it has a multi-controller. However I'm really enjoying the relative lightness of the camera and coupled with the ease of using those 41/61 AF points I've decided to see if I can shoot comfortably without a battery grip. While I enjoy the integral grip of the 1D series, the grip on the 5D bodies always exhibits a little flex and is not as ergonomic as that of the 1D bodies. Time will tell if I succumb.


- How is the true dynamic range? How easy/hard is it to recover details in shadows/highlights?

I have been able to recover 3 stops when necessary

- Would you buy it if you could go back and do it all over again?

You bet!!!


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Feb 04, 2013 20:29 |  #22

Houston, the new grip is way better from an ergonomics perspective. but yeah, it's more expensive, too.


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Feb 05, 2013 03:17 |  #23

- How long have you had it? How many shots would you say you've put through it?
17k, based on the current file numbers and the one reset so far

- What do you love about it? What have you grown to love about it over the time you've used it?
The ergonomics. With a grip, it's better than feeling up a lady. That I can shoot at ISO12800 without worrying. The customisable (limited options but enough) buttons. The focus speed.

- What did you hate about it? What have you grown to hate about it over the time you've used it?
That I had to part with some of my guitar collection for it. That it makes want to have another one MkIII, as opposed to more lenses

- Is there anything you would change, right now?
Larger spread of the focus points. Red squares because I do a lot of concerts. Faster SD card slot or another CF card slot

- What are its top 3 strengths?
Low light performance
Ergonomics
Focus speed

- What are its top 3 weaknesses?
Slow SD card slot
That I had to pay money for it
The metering taking place only in the centre

- Does the AF work most of, if not almost everytime you use it?
Only when I hit the AF switch by accident on the lens (so annoying I taped them all up). Yes, I do get a lot of good hits.

- What do you primarily shoot?
Portraits, concerts, products, street

- How is your real world battery life?
400++ on a single charge for me.

- How is the true dynamic range? How easy/hard is it to recover details in shadows/highlights?
2 stops is what I would give it. More than that, it's just a handicap.

- Would you buy it if you could go back and do it all over again?
Of course


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Feb 05, 2013 04:26 |  #24

narlus wrote in post #15572958 (external link)
Houston, the new grip is way better from an ergonomics perspective. but yeah, it's more expensive, too.


Thanks Friend

I might be tempted yet. But for now I'm enjoying the relative lightness of the body though I did reflect after making the post that I shot very comfortably in portrait orientation with the grip. You're right - it is expensive and nearly amounts to an 85/1.8 here in these isles.

It's the flexing issue too that worries me since a couple of years or so ago, such an unexpected movement on my gripped 5D2 caused a blowout of the motherboard of the 5D2 and damaged the electronic innards of the grip itself. Fortunately both were still under warranty and Canon effected repairs free of charge. Thankfully it only happened once.


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Feb 05, 2013 08:59 |  #25

This thread is blowing up and I appreciate all the responses. It looks like everyone is in love with their 5DIII.


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Feb 05, 2013 11:04 as a reply to  @ JAcosta's post |  #26

It was love at first sight ..... or should that be first shot? :D


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