I rented a 5D mark iii...............I 've used a 7D for all my dance comps shoots over the last three years and have always gotten good results. This time I decided to rent a 5D 3 and put it through its paces. Here is what I found vs my 7D when shooting dance comps.
1. The focusing systen on the 5D 3 is'nt better than the 7D's.....Its "WAY" better. I took 428 shots and missed focus on 3. Three shots, and those 3 were not unusable if I really needed them. I really liked the red focus spot indicator to instantly see where I had focused the shot. I didnt know it had until I used it. Very nice feature
2. ISO performance on the 5D 3 is much much better. No contest for this type of shooting. It performed so well I was able to shoot @ 1/1000 SS @ ISO 1600 for alot of the dances. On the 7D I would struggle to maintain 1/500 of a sec @ ISO 6400 at the same venue in the past.
3. The RAW files were amazing. One dance in particular a girl was wearing a Wedding dress. In the shot her gown was blown out bad and I figured it was a not a keeper. In post I decided to see what I could do with it. The ability to recover the dress was unreal. I brought it back down to reveal a beautiful shot.
I still love the 7D. It is a great camera however the 5D mark 3 lived up to all the hype I have read about it. I am sold on this camera.
So you ask "How did I mess up"? ...............Now I have to buy one.
Anyone looking for a kidney? I may have one for sale.