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Canon EOS 5d Mark III

Posted By: James Morrissey

Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/01/12 07:56 PM

Hey Everyone,

It looks like the specs for the new Canon EOS 5d Mark III is out. For those of you who currently own a '2' would this make you want to upgrade? I have been begging for a better autofocus mechanism for ages, and the high ISO performance I hope will be better...but otherwise, it looks like a 5d Mark II.

So the question is - if you own a '2' what reasons would make you upgrade to a '3?' Or, will you skip this model in hopes for a higher megapixel count later this year (Rumored 3d....yet again)?

James
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/01/12 08:24 PM

Sorry - The rumored spec list (for more, go to the Canon Rumors website).

http://www.canonrumors.com/

22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS sensor
DiG!C 5+ Image Processor
ISO 100-25600 (expandable to L:50 H1:51200, H2: 102400
Full HD Movie (ISO 100-12800 (H:25600)

High Performance Operation
61-point high-density reticular AF (up to 41 crosstype points)
6.0 fps for high continuous shooting
Intelligent viewfinder with approx. 100% coverage
3.2-type, approx.1.04m dot (3:2 wide) Clear View LCD II
iFCL metering with 63-zone dual-layer sensor
Shutter durability of 150,000 cycles
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/02/12 06:30 AM

...well, it is official. With a $3500 MSRP, is it worth it?

James
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/02/12 07:41 PM

DpReview just showed off some low light samples taken under "tough lighting conditions." The jpegs look pretty darned good to me at ISO 3200.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/03/02/canoneos5dmarkiii-isoseries

James
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/03/12 02:53 PM

The samples on the Canon site are also pretty impressive, especially a couple at 3200 ISO.

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/samples/eos5dmk3/


Jim
Posted By: psmith

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/03/12 08:50 PM

The autofocus and quiet shutter might make me jump. I have to replace the 5DM2 at some point anyway. I think it is $600 too expensive and will probably drop soon after summer.
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/03/12 10:09 PM

Hey Preston,

Lol, I jumped. Having said that, I thought long and hard before I did. Personally, I think it is close to 800 too expensive...1000 too much if you include that the new grip (not backwards compat) is 499.00. Mhaving said that, i have been holding off on purchases for the last year and a half and it was time, perhaps my old 20d will pay for 1/2 of the grip.:)

James
Posted By: psmith

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/03/12 10:30 PM

James, the 5dm2 grip will work fine on it. BG-E6
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/05/12 04:19 AM

Hey Preston,

Are you sure about this? It looks like the new grip is a BG-E11. I checked the Canon USA website and they don't mention the BG-E6 as a possible alternative accessory.

Thanks
James
Posted By: psmith

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/05/12 08:28 AM

Strange, yesterday the web site had the bge6 listed under accesseries. Today it is not. So, i am wrong about it.
Posted By: drpotter2807

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/05/12 09:03 PM

Wanting to jump on the purchase if I can sell some of my current equipment! Hoping this is the golden child of the 7d and 5d2 that I think it is!!
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/13/12 08:29 PM

It looks like I may have my 5d Mark III this week! This is not guaranteed, but Gary (Hunts) said that he may be able to accomplish this. I am excited because next week I am photographing at the Brooklyn Mutt Show. It will be a great opportunity to play with the new AF system. As anyone knows who photographs dark dogs, getting focus can be a real PITA.

James
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/16/12 04:11 PM

...sigh. Looks like not until next week. frown I hope to have it for the Brooklyn Mutt Show on Saturday.

James
Posted By: Tucson Jim

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/16/12 07:38 PM

A watched pot never seems to boil, does it?

What you are feeling reminds me of that Heinz commercial where the guy waits & waits for the Ketchup to come out of the bottle while Carol King's song "Anticipation" plays in the background. smile

I know . . . I'm showing my age. A lot of folks here may not remember the days when Ketchup didn't come in a plastic squeeze bottle. BTW, the secret to starting the flow of ketchup in those small mouthed glass bottles is to point the bottle at a 45 degree angle toward the plate with the little embossed "57" on the shoulder of the bottle pointing down. Then lightly tap the "57" on the knuckle of your index finger. Works like a charm.



Jim
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/17/12 06:09 PM

Jim,
Carly Simon's Anticipation. You're old but apparently not as old as me smile.

Jim
Posted By: Tucson Jim

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/17/12 06:46 PM

Right you are, Sir. blush

Don't know if I'm older or younger than you, but apparently I'm old enough that my memory is starting to fade. cry

Ah, well, 1971 wasn't an especially memorable year for me anyway. laugh

Jim
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/22/12 05:01 PM

Hey Folks,

My 5diii shipped today. I will have it tomorrow - in time for the Brooklyn Mutt Show on Saturday. I am pretty excited.

James
Posted By: Jim Garvie

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/22/12 08:45 PM

Can we expect a report sometime soon, James?

Jim
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/22/12 09:22 PM

LOL, I hope so! I know I have been pretty bad with updating the front page recently. The Brooklyn Mutt Show seems like a nice place to test the camera out a bit. I wish that CO had its raw converter available for the 5diii. I hate using the Canon software. I will probably attempt to color balance and shoot raw+jpeg.

James
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/24/12 04:46 AM

The 5d Mark III came in today. I have not had much time to play with it, but the interface is different enough from the 5d II that it will be my back-up camera tomorrow - at least until I get comfortable with it.

First impressions? AF is super super fast. Also, the body feels much 'grippier' than the old body. It is really nice. I did some 'fun' iso 25,800 shots of Chanthee and I thought they came out suprisingly nice...shooting raw only, not jpeg.

James

PS No grip yet - but it is still really nice.
Posted By: psmith

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - 03/24/12 09:01 AM

There should be a beta ACR at adobe labs to convert.

http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw6-7/?tabID=details#tabTop
Posted By: James Morrissey

Canon EOS 5d Mark III - First Impressions - 03/25/12 02:22 AM

Hey Everyone,

I shot 14 portrait sessions today while at the Brooklyn Mutt Show. I used the 5dIII for all of them. Here is a quick summary of things I like:

1. The AF is spectacular - super (super) fast.
2. The 18 shot burst is only at ISO 100-400. The shutter burst drops significantly (to about 7 frames) by the time you get to ISO 25,600.
3. The View Finder seems bigger than the 5dII - by just a bit...and possibly a bit brighter. I love the new 'grid' options in the view finder.
4. The body is slightly grippier than the 5dii.

The Negatives:
1. I am just not a fan of the new menu system. While it is certainly something I am sure I will get to, I find the new system to be just difficult to navigate through. It is incredibly cluttered. Each category has several sub directories and plowing between commands is onerous. Thankfully, most everything I do can be done with the control dials on the camera...but still. Getting through all of the sub menus to the 'format card' section sure is a chore. frown
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - First Impressions - 03/25/12 03:19 AM

Here are a couple of 100% crops of images taken at high ISO. They were converted in the ACR Beta - no noise correction.

James


ISO 12800:


ISO 25,600:
Posted By: psmith

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - First Impressions - 03/25/12 11:08 AM

Originally Posted By: James Morrissey
Hey Everyone,

I shot 14 portrait sessions today while at the Brooklyn Mutt Show. I used the 5dIII for all of them. Here is a quick summary of things I like:

1. The AF is spectacular - super (super) fast.
2. The 18 shot burst is only at ISO 100-400. The shutter burst drops significantly (to about 7 frames) by the time you get to ISO 25,600.
3. The View Finder seems bigger than the 5dII - by just a bit...and possibly a bit brighter. I love the new 'grid' options in the view finder.
4. The body is slightly grippier than the 5dii.

The Negatives:
1. I am just not a fan of the new menu system. While it is certainly something I am sure I will get to, I find the new system to be just difficult to navigate through. It is incredibly cluttered. Each category has several sub directories and plowing between commands is onerous. Thankfully, most everything I do can be done with the control dials on the camera...but still. Getting through all of the sub menus to the 'format card' section sure is a chore. frown


Can't you put all those on your own custom menu page like the 5d m2?
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - First Impressions - 03/25/12 12:37 PM

Yes, there is the custom menu option...and I will definitely will be using it. However, this is the first time that I have had to actually ever use it. The 5dii is fine as is. I think that the problem is how they arranged the menu. Items that they see as important, I do not for my daily shooting. The menus are cluttered.

Anyway, I am off to the Brooklyn Mutt Show again! I will be back tonight.

James
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - First Impressions - 03/26/12 05:45 AM

I finished the Brooklyn Mutt Show today. I think that I took over 1500 images with the 5d III over the last two days. Over all, I am really pleased with the camera. I was on the fence as to whether or not I would keep it initially as I will admit that the production of the Nikon D800 kind of blew me away with their 36 megapixel sensor...and of course, the rumors that Canon would be coming out with a 3.

I purchased the 5diii because I felt like I absolutely needed a new body. While I have older cameras, I felt that I needed something in the same caliber of the 5dii that I had. The 5diii is all that and more...and now that I have set up the custom directory, I will say that it is pretty easy to navigate. I hope to have an article in the next week up about the 5dIII.

James
Posted By: psmith

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - First Impressions - 03/26/12 07:59 AM

Are the raw files as dreamy as the 5d and 5d m2?
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - First Impressions - 03/26/12 02:56 PM

To answer that question, I honestly think that I want Capture One to have its conversion up and running. I really don't like using ACR, though I have been using it since I got the camera. I have not yet played with the Canon software yet.

James
Posted By: psmith

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - First Impressions - 03/27/12 10:32 AM

Thats interesting. I switched a few years ago from capture 1 to adobe. Love acr.
Posted By: James Morrissey

Re: Canon EOS 5d Mark III - First Impressions - 03/28/12 05:29 AM

I am sure some of it has to do with personal preference. I like the speed and interface of Capture One. I find it superior in just about every regard to ACR.

James
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