Product Type: Canon digital cameras
Newest Review: ... the 5d3 I can do anywhere and do anything- and it's a hell of a lot lighter than a 1 series. Canon have produced a great camera in the 5d3... more
a serious upgrade over the 5d2
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Member Name: clarkjames
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Advantages: improves on the 5d2 in every way
Disadvantages: Quite expensive for a camera for amateurs
The 5d3 is a serious upgrade over the 5d2.
It improves the 5d2 in nearly every department.
The main improvements are to the cameras reliability- if you need a camera that just works, every time, then previously that meant a 1 series camera, now it can be extended to the 5d3 as well. The new AF system is inherited from the 1dx, it's built more ruggedly with better weather sealing, and the whole camera is build to perform, where as the 5d2 was built to a price.
Compared to a 1 series camera it's not going to be quite as hard wearing, and a 6fps burst still isn't as good as an aging 1dmk3- so if sports and high FPS are you bag the 1d3 with a ridiculous buffer is the perfect camera. But 6fps is still a considerable improvement over the 5d2, and with the af tweak you can shoot sports with the 5d3.
Ok onto the good things about this camera- the AF system is completely customisable, I like to set mine to be as simple as possible- 15 points linked to the joystick, with no fancy tracking- but if I shot more moving things i'd play around with the settings more.
I am a professional photographer so I need my cameras to perform, I don't shoot sports but I do shoot unpredictable events such as fashion shows, corporate speeches and theatre- I need quick reliable AF, and I need to be able to shoot in any condition- the 5d2 didn't let me do that so I was left shooting it in the studio and taking a 1 series out on assignment, with the 5d3 I can do anywhere and do anything- and it's a hell of a lot lighter than a 1 series.
Canon have produced a great camera in the 5d3, it's not really an image quality boost over the 5d2- even the high iso isn't really that much better, 1/3 of a stop maybe? But in terms of reliability it's as if they've taken a 1ds3 and a 5d2 and smashed them together. If you're not such a demanding user you can save a lot of money by choosing the 5d2 and putting the rest into good glass.
Summary: Nearly the perfect camera
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