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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review

Enjoy this in-depth Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review. Canon is among the best brands of camera that you could own and this time it has gone a step ahead in making your photography experience even better. The package includes one terabyte hard drive along with a one year Amazon Drive Plan. The built-in features include 22 megapixel sensor, six frames for each shoot, 3.2 inch LCD and video recording.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS Kit
Seagate Duet Cloud-Syncing Portable External Hard Drive 1TB + 1-Year Unlimited Amazon Drive Plan (STFX1000400)

The Amazon Drive enables you to easily drag or drop files from your computer. If you have an Amazon Drive account, you could even backup your files. Therefore, there is no fear regarding losing your data if your PC breaks down. You could also back up your tablet or smart phone data from the Amazon mobile app. Thus, even if you are away from or leave your PC at home and need to shows pictures to friends and family all of a sudden, you could simply log in to your Amazon Drive.

You can now take memorable pictures of every situation, be it weddings, family outings, portraits or nature pictures. The autofocus is now better than ever. You can be sure that you are getting a good value for your money.

The design and color are sleek with sophisticated manuals to enable for easy usage and storage. The camera body is the superior in quality to most other cameras. The features provide you with higher speed, consistency and accuracy. Taking pictures does not have to be time-consuming anymore when the lens is on focus and need not be adjusted all the time.

Moreover, the camera is customized for easy grip and handling when you want to take perfect shots. The body has been adjusted to fit your hand better than before. With a smooth, elegant surface, it now feels better than ever holding the camera.

Even the screen has been improved to capture a wider range. When you are taking pictures out in the sun, you would no longer have to lean in too close to avoid the sunlight on screen because the camera now has a protective coating to enable higher outdoor visibility. Canon has improved the viewing angles, saturation, brightness, colors and contrast. Therefore, taking pictures at the beach or on other outings needs not be a hassle anymore.

The camera has better speed and screen time out adjusted for better clicks. The dual memory card is unlike your smart phone or tablet cards. With dual cards, you could now either back up your data or automatically switch to the second card whenever the first card runs out of space. Therefore, no need to stop taking pictures, delete old pictures that take time and deal with the disappointment of having to miss special moments when you card would simply automatically switch to the other card.

4.7 out of 5 stars out of 700 Customer Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review

5.0 out of 5 stars – Great camera
on August 11, 2012
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I am a part-time wedding photographer and I truly could not have asked for a better camera. This is a huge step up from the 7D. I highly recommend it if you have the funds.
5.0 out of 5 stars – Wonderfull Camera
By Marge Parrellaon October 30, 2012
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I used my Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS for a concert event at my church. Needless to say everyone thought I did a fantastic job of photographing the concert. Love my canon LP-E6 battery, but STK’s Canon LP-E6 Battery 2600 mAH is a close second.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars – Absolutely great
on January 14, 2014
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review – The switch to from Nikon:

After being with nikon for 16+ years, I recently threw in the towel. As a wedding shooter, I count on my equipment and need things to work correctly.

I had purchased two nikon d600’s 1 year apart and both had the horrible dust/debris issue. After repeat cleanings and 20,000+ shots, both cameras still had the issue. I got tired of wet cleaning the sensors and got tired of nikons poor customer service. Nikon decided that the D600 owners just had to either deal with repeat sensor cleanings or send in the camera to “possibly” have the issue resolved. This camera had no proven fix besides switching out the shutter and praying that the issue went away. Nikon released the d610 and left the rest of the people hanging.

Leaving nikon was extremely difficult for me because I had a big investment in the bodies, accessories and glass. I made the move at a huge loss but am extremely happy that I did.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review – The differences:

I purchased both a 6D and the 5D mark III from amazon. The immediate thing that I have noticed is that all my canon glass has been good with focus right out of the box. With almost every nikon lens/camera combo, I had to pull out a focus chart and focus tune software and apply fine tuning. I also noticed that the focus system on my canons do not have the tendency to act up under tungsten lighting like my nikons did. My d600’s and d7000 had a tendency to back-focus under heavy tungsten lighting.

The canon DPP software is a pleasure to use. I hated Nikon capture NX2. It was slow and the user interface was horrible. Canon DPP loads quickly and applying batch changes is amazing. I do miss the Nik software selection point feature of CNX2.

The one thing I don’t like is the fact that canon makes you purchase your lens hoods separately and at a premium.

I do like the fact that the canon equipment is made in japan and has a quality feel to it compared to cameras like the d600 that are made in Thailand.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review vs D800:

Prior to leaving nikon, I also spent a week with the nikon D800. I found that the d800 produced a lot of noise in the raw files when pushed to higher iso’s. This alone was enough to turn me off. I did test my sample of the d800 for left focus issues. I did not have the left AF issue of older d800’s but the camera I got had some focus issues that required fine tuning all my glass to the body. In some cases the fine tune was at +20.

The D800 files did have a lot of detail and dynamic range but the file size was huge. If you shoot a lot of landscape and want lots of dynamic range, the d800 is a good option. But the dynamic range comes at the cost of nikons lack of quality control.

If dynamic range is not your main goal but want a great reliable camera with a killer AF system (better in my testing) and smaller files, the canon 5D mark III is amazing. I suggest not to get caught up in the megapixel game unless you do some very heavy cropping like birds in flight for which the d800 may be a better choice. The 5D mark III files are great and have plenty of latitude for most users.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review – Focus:

Focus Focus Focus. The 5D mark III has a killer focus system. The best that I have used. The focus system is lighting fast, accurate and very very customizable. It is a pleasure to be able to customize my focus system like this. I recently shot an event and out of 700+ images, I scrapped maybe 10 shots because of focus. The ones I did delete because of focus was do to me not placing the focus point on the right area of the image.

No back/front focus like my nikons had. No focus shift under tungsten lighting like some nikons.
The hit rate on focus is amazing. You want to know why canon can charge a premium for this camera? Because of its pure amazing focus system! If you absolutely need the best focus system on any camera, this is it.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review – Customization:

You can assign buttons to do certain functions and to your own shooting style. This is a god send compared to nikons lack of customization.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review – Body:

The camera is solid with a good feel in the hand. The buttons are easy to operate and cleverly located. Coming from nikon is an adjustment because the camera buttons are in a different layout. It will become easy to use after some time and practice.

I did not like the fact that canon has no built in removable screen protector like the nikon. This is a minor gripe but one that I resolved by buying the vello stick on glass protectors. I know the nikon plastic screen protectors are not fancy but they did a good job of protecting the screen from bumps.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review – Images:

The 5D makr III images are fantastic. The auto white balance works much better compared to my nikons I had owned. The 5D mark III is not able to pull details from the shadows like the D800 or D600 so it is a sacrifice in dynamic range if that is the most important thing to you. Nikon still has canon beat in dynamic range.

I will personally will take a in focus, sharp, good out of camera white balance and dust free image out of a canon any day vs a hit and miss focus and dusty d600 image with dynamic range. An out of focus image with dirt is useless to me.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review – Conclusion:

If you shoot anything that requires this focus system, this reliability and this customization, BUY THIS CAMERA. I found the 5d and 6d is a perfect combo. I use the 6D with the wifi feature when working in a studio paired to an ipad and use the 5D when shooting a wedding or anything that moves at a fast pace.

The 5d mark III continues to sell even at the higher price because it is a proven camera and you cant go wrong with it. I love it and will update this review as I use it more. I am glad I left nikon and I hope they learn one day that customer loyalty is earned.

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Canon 5D Mark III Bundle

22MP full frame CMOS sensor
6 frames per second continuous shooting
61-point AF system

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    Anonymous

    January 1, 2018

    great post! I am interested in this camera and was excited to see it has 4.7 out of 5 for ratings from over 700 buyers.

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