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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Pro HDSLR the Long-awaited successor to groundbreaking Canon 5D Mark II
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is an HDSLR designed to build on the unprecedented success of its predecessor, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The 5DMII broke new ground in the world of HD video, offering true high-resolution, cinema-quality video capture for the first time in a DSLR, and started a resolution in cinematography that continues to this day. The 22-megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers new autofocusing, metering and sensor technology and incorporates feedback from professional users to take this legacy to an entirely new level.
• Full frame 36x24mm, 22 megapixel CMOS sensor ISO range 100-25600, expandable to 104,200.
• 14-bit A/D conversion
• Shutter speeds 1/8000-30 seconds
• 63-zone dual layer iFCL Metering
• Exposure compensation in +/- 5 stops in 1/3 or 1/2-stop increments
• 61-point high-density reticular AF with up to 41 cross-type points
• 3.2-inch LCD finder with 1.04 million dot resolution
• 1080p HD video capture in AVI, RAW, H.265, MOV and MPEG-4
• Manual exposure control and multiple frame rates in videos
• CF and SD card slots
• 6fps burst rate HDR mode Magnesium-alloy body,
• enhanced dust and weather resistance
• New customizable controls
• Electronic level
• Claimed shutter durability of 150,000 cycles
• Slilent & Low vibration modes
New sensor, focusing and metering systems
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is built around a new 22.3 megapixel full-frame, self-cleaning CMOS sensor and promises high perforance and claims improved noise reduction at higher ISOs with its DIGIC 5+ sensor and up to 6 frames per second burst rate in RAW and JPEG. Additional technological advancements include an Intelligent Viewfinder, Canon's advanced iFCL metering system, High Dynamic Range (HDR), and Multiple Exposure mode.
A newly-designed 61-Point High-Density Reticular AF system is said to be Canon's most sophisticated AF to date, featuring multi-zonewide-area AF for better tracking. A new dedicated AF menu tab saves users from digging through menu functions. A new Multi-layer iFCL (intelligent Focus Color Luminance) metering system takes color and luminosity surrounding chosen AF points into account, whichCanon says will provide new levels of accuracy in fast-changing, tricky light.
Another new feature is High Dynamic Range (HDR); the Canon EOS 5D Mark III can merge 3 images at different exposures to create a final image with a broad range of shadow and highlight detail. In-camera HDR can cover a range up to +/- 3 stops in five different settings. The camera's control layout has been changed, with Canon adding more customizable controls and a new ergonomic design. A new "intelligent viewfinder" includes 100% coverage and a dual-axis electronic level indicator.
Improvements in video capture
The video and cinema industries have been eagerly anticipating the Canon EOS 5D Mark III for improvements over its groundbreaking predecessor. Canon claims the 5D Mark III can capture HD video with a level of sophistication on par with professional movie camerasoffering phenomenal performance on a DSLR. It offers both All-I and IPB compression, supports H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile, and automatically splits files greater than 4GB (FAT specifications) for extended recording without interruption.
The Canon 5D Mark III offers the option of timecoding during recording only (Rec Run) or at all times (Free Run), useful for multi-camera shoots. It also features improved sound recording adjustment capabilities, offering 64-step volume control accessible through the Quick Control screen during video shooting, plus a dedicated headphone jack for convenience in shooting. The CMOS sensor's new drive system is said to significantly increas image processor performance, reducing color artifacts and moiré (a commonproblem that occurs in scenes with horizontal lines), and ensures that the EOS 5D Mark III can record at a number of frame rates up to ISO 25600 in H mode.
Purchase the 5d mark iii 6 weeks ago. All of sudden it stopped powering up. Went completely dead. Using original canon batteries. Vey disappointing that after spending several thousand dollars I have received a "lemon".
Older professionals are looking to shed weight. A camera bag with 2 5D Mark III bodies, three lenses, 2 flashes, batteries, filters, etc. weighs a lot. If traveling you can shed a flash unit and maybe a lens. The move is mirrorless lighter camera and lenses. Canon is not only not listening or reading but coming out with a 50 megapixel camera to get in the big pixel game. Unfortunately it is way beyond pricey if the news is correct. My canons have served me well for 20 plus years but going to switch to light in every way.
After using my 70D for a year and looking for a second camera, I decided to go full frame with the 5Diii. In principle because of lower noise at higher ISO. The 5Diii has exceeded my expectations, especially in low light conditions such a photographing concerts with high ISO settings. Focus is very fast, and I recommend the battery grip for extended time of camera use though adds to the bulk and weight, but worth it. My main cons are the poor/slow AF in live view and absence of touch-tilt LCD screen. The 70D will remain my GoTo video DSLR, which it was well designed.
I recently purchased the 5DIII, 24-70mm, 70-200mm, and 100-400mm camera and lenses. For me this was a long awaited purchase coming from the T3i. I could not be any happier!!! I shoot in all formats from night photography to sporting events and the quality of these lenses and camera are second to none. My photos have increased in quality, clarity and the ability to capture that special moment is excellent!! I am looking forward to many YEARS with this equipment and the qaulity of CANON!!!
Sharp beautiful photos, I am very happy with my purchase. It's a great addition to my canon 7d.
I've had my mark3 since June 2012. I also own the mark2. I now use it as a backup camera. No comparison in my opinion. Last week the top part of the dial came off my camera while traveling on the plane to Atlanta. So disappointed. The camera never left my neck. The dial was stuck on the A setting. needless to say wrecked my week in Atlanta. I'm sending it in for repair. Still a faithful canon user.
This camera is nice to have, but if you're a portrait photographer that only shoots people and events get the 6D. I have it as a back up and the camera can perform better than the 5d MK3 any day on lowlight. I shot the 5d MK3 at 6400 iso and the pictures are way grainier than the 6D. Keep your money get the 6D and invest in glass. for video and action sports the 5d is a must over the 6D. Over all I don't regret buying the MK3, its nice to have built like a tank...
I had coveted the 5d3 since it's announcement date, and the 5d2 long before that. After "settling" for almost 2 years with my t4i I decided that my bank account was big enough where it was time to upgrade. Upon getting it I immediately liked the improved heavy feel and larger grip for my hands. After the initial test drive i came to a few conclusions: - The camera was even more out of my "photography potential" than the t4i - The daylight images I was shooting were better, but not at a percentage level I was expecting them to be from my eyes. - I really liked the grip and buttons available over my previous camera While I liked what I was feeling ergonomically, I was dissapointed with the image quality improvement. I was expecting more out of the images I was testing in the daylight. Was I at fault, or did I get a bad copy? Then I figured out the autofocus, and got it into low light. Honestly, I didn't fully realize the difference that the camera was making until I got into those environments. On the autofocus, there was an immediate improvement in focus accuracy and keeper rate. this was especially proven on a dog shoot with an especially energetic German Short Hair. At night, I was also quite blown away. Not the dramatic increase in light i was expecting from a larger sensor, but definitely not bad. ISO 6400 on the 5d3looks like ISO 800-1600 on a t4i, so the upgrade in image grain was well worth it to my eye. in the end, the consumer is the ultimate critic, and I found that my positive feedback has improved dramatically since I got this camera as well. No good way to measure that other than facebook likes, and I know that is arbitrary. Downsides: not many, but there are a couple. One, if you are small handed, you will not like this camera. Second if you are expecting the same learning curve with this as the t4i you are in for a rough ride. I am 4 months and almost 9,000 photos in and I still don't think I have the autofocus system down. Just be prepared to RTFM. In short, this is a clear upgrade to the t4i APS-C sensor camera that replaced it. However, I still find myself on occasion using the t4i for situations where I need more reach per lens. If you are starting out, NEVER START WITH THIS CAMERA. Make your abilities outgrow the technology. Otherwise you will be hard pressed to beat this, and I will be for the next decade.
I wish to thank Canon for producing a Camera (5D Mark III) that could take everything nature threw at it. I started off in a Rain Forest where it was raining. No problem. I continued into a salt desert with very hot temperatures. No problem. Then we continued to Galapos, and once again spectacular photos. Again no problem. We continued to the southern most city in South America and endured cold, humidity, fog, and rain. No problem. Then around Cape Horn in 50 mph wind with stinging sleet. Again no problem. Continuing to the Falkland Islands and crossing 15 miles of peat bog in a 4x4 with our heads hitting the roof many times to see the penguins. And it was raining very hard. No Problem. Finally to candle lite wine caves in Uruguay. Perfect photos without the use of flash. Thank You Canon for producing a wonderful camera. Rich K.