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New Canon EOS 5D Mark III Hits the Mark

         

The long-awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark III has finally arrived. Offering refinement and improvement over its predecessor, the camera maintains its position as a very capable DSLR that’s ideal for high-quality image capture and HD video recording.

Only a slight bump in resolution, 22.3MP versus 21.1MP, means the 5D Mark III’s already excellent image quality has not improved drastically; the way images are recorded and processed, however, has changed in significant ways. The integration of the new DIGIC 5+ Image Processor stands as one of the largest improvements over the 5D Mark II, offering increased speed and power as well as higher ISO sensitivity and better noise reduction. Also aiding the increased sensitivity is 14-bit A/D conversion, which improves gradation between tones and overall image quality.

A hugely increased 61-point High-Density Reticular AF system and iFCL 63-zone Dual Layer Metering sensor improve the efficiency and accuracy of the camera by essentially blanketing and analyzing scenes and extracting as much exposure and focus information from images as possible. A newly designed Intelligent Viewfinder incorporates a superimposed LCD, providing focus and image data. This LCD overlay can just as easily be removed to provide clear, unobstructed viewing for straightforward composition. The larger 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD features a reflection-resistant coating for image display in bright conditions, and its 1,040,000-dot resolution provides highly detailed, sharp imagery for critical review.

Multiple Exposure and HDR modes represent in-camera creative effects that facilitate control over the look of your images, saving time in post production. All of these new hardware and software features are housed in a rugged magnesium-alloy body that offers dust and weather resistance.

DIGIC 5+ Image Processor

For the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the largest improvement over the 5D Mark II comes from the increased speed and power that are made possible by the DIGIC 5+ Image Processor. Compared to the DIGIC 4 processor, the new chip should show marked improvements in terms of speed, file-write time and transfer time. This processor also integrates new complex algorithms for improved noise reduction, greater sensitivity at higher ISOs, and a reduction in chromatic aberration. This boost in sensitivity will make photographing in low-light situations less of a chore and much more of a realistic possibility. The higher speed of the DIGIC 5+ affords an increased continuous shooting rate, bringing it from 3.9 to 6.0 frames per second when using a UDMA CF card.

14-bit A/D Conversion

Working tightly with the image processor, the 14-bit signal processing provides an extended ISO range for the EOS 5D Mark III. Standard sensitivity runs 100-25600 ISO, but this range is further extended to 50-102400 ISO in expanded mode. This range can be customized and modified depending on your own needs; additionally, an auto ISO mode can be employed to cope with fluctuating conditions. 14-bit depth also makes possible excellent, smooth tonal gradations and high overall image quality.

22.3 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS Sensor

While the megapixel count hasn’t increased significantly, the 5D Mark III’s CMOS sensor has been reformatted, promising to enhance the already superb image-capturing traits of the previous model. A newly designed photodiode structure facilitates highly detailed, rich images and increased visual depth. This full-frame sensor provides the same field of view as a 35mm camera and causes no crop factor. This is especially useful for taking full advantage of wide-angle lenses.

61-Point High Density Reticular AF

The newly designed autofocus system employs an additional 52 points for focus. This new 61-point autofocus system helps ensure the most critical focus possible, with a high level of efficiency. The autofocus system is broken down into several modes, featuring up to 41 cross-type AF points across the image and 5 dual diagonal points. Focus control is segregated into 6 different methods: Spot, Single Point, Single + 4 Adjacent Points, Single + 8 Adjacent Points, Zone Selection and Automatic AF Point Selection. This variety helps to suit the requirements of any situation, including extremely low light conditions.

iFCL 63-Zone Dual-Layer Metering Sensor

Playing off the AF system, the metering system has also become more intelligent and critical in terms of analyzing subjects to help determine the best exposure possible. The 5D Mark III independently analyzes focus, color and luminance across the 63 zones that comprise the image area. The dual-layer design of the metering sensor provides a wider sensitivity to different wavelengths of light, countering the common issues that are generally associated with electronic sensors. On the 5D Mark III, these layers are split between a red/green channel and a blue/green channel, giving relief to the inherent red bias that sensors are usually known for. Data from each layer is analyzed and combined into a highly accurate metering and subsequent exposure setting.

HD Video Recording

Continuing what made the 5D Mark II so popular, the 5D Mark III offers significant HD video quality. Multiple formats are supported including 1080/30p and 720/60p, and continuous recording times up to 29 minutes 59 seconds are now possible—with time code. The camera compresses video as either I-frame-only or as IPB, for two variations of the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec.

What separates the 5D’s video recording from that of other DSLRs is manual adjustment of settings and audio levels while recording. These features are available, in part, due to Live View; which permits real-time monitoring on the LCD as well as menu functionality during recording. The DIGIC 5+ processor also enhances the 5D Mark III’s video functions by improving response times and reducing color artifacts, aberrations and moiré.

Multiple Exposure and HDR

Both Multiple Exposure and HDR features are available to use in-camera, reducing the time needed to alter your imagery during post production. High dynamic range imagery is executed quickly and seamlessly. The camera automatically brackets your exposures and then integrates the subsequent range of images into one file. This new file represents controlled highlights and detailed shadows with an extended middle range of tones. This efficiency is especially useful when photographing high-contrast scenes, such as landscapes with water or snow, or in situations where both an exterior and interior are in the image frame.

Intelligent Viewfinder and 3.2-inch Clear View II LCD Monitor

On the surface, the optical viewfinder provides 100% field of view and aspherical lens elements for a bright, clear view with a reduction in chromatic aberrations and distortions. This high-grade viewfinder is further enhanced with the integration of a superimposed transparent LCD that displays autofocus and exposure information. This newly developed Intelligent Viewfinder gives a range of information, and is easily turned off to return you to the clear, unadulterated view from the optical finder itself. The displayed AF information and grid lines can be customized and the AF meter can also be segregated to the side of the viewfinder outside of the image area.

A newly designed LCD shows an increase in size (3.2" compared to the Mark II’s 3.0") and resolution (1,040,000 over 920,000-dots). Increases in size and resolution allow for even more critical review of imagery and videos and a reflection-resistant multi-coating enables monitoring in bright conditions.

Both the viewfinder and rear LCD support Dual Axis Electronic Levels, a feature that visually displays a level as well as roll and tilt information. This is particularly useful for photographing landscapes or in situations where horizons must be straight and convergence is to be avoided.

Rugged and Functional Design

The 5D Mark III does not alter the already tested and proven magnesium-alloy construction of the previous model. This highly rigid and strong design also provides a great deal of weather and dust resistance and features extensive gasketing around the seams for ensured protection. The tough build also features ergonomic contouring for simplified and intuitive handling. Customizable controls allow you to dedicate certain buttons to your own needs, helping to increase efficiency when photographing in fast-paced situations. There are also dual memory card slots, supporting both CF and SD cards for convenience.

The camera’s newly designed shutter has been tested to at least 150,000 cycles. An updated EOS Integrated Cleaning system uses a vibration-based dust removal process to protect the camera against dust incursion.

Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM Lens

When purchased as a kit, the camera comes bundled with a standard 24-105mm f/4 zoom lens. This range of focal lengths is more than adequate for most situations, ranging from wide angle to a standard portrait-length lens. Its construction integrates a Super-UD glass element with three aspherical lenses for a further reduction of chromatic aberration and distortion. Additionally, the lens incorporates Image Stabilizer technology for a 3-stop reduction in camera shake. The design of the lens also integrates the same dust and weatherproofing as the camera body, resulting in an entire system that can be relied upon for continued performance, regardless of the conditions in which it’s used.

Canon’s 5D Mark III is a definite improvement over the Mark II. But given the previous model’s already superlative features, the Mark III is really more a refinement. This camera remains a leader in terms of HDSLR functionality, and does not falter with regard to rich still imagery. The new model is more efficient and enables even more intuitive use. Improved speed and processing power are the areas in which this camera truly shines, giving uncompromising performance that greatly exceeds previous expectations. With the Mark III, the Canon 5D maintains its status as a benchmark for other DSLR cameras.

Camera Type Interchangeable Lens DSLR
Lens Mount Canon EF
Sensor Size Full-Frame (36 x 24mm)
Sensor Type CMOS
Image Processor DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
Resolution 22.3MP
File Formats JPEG and RAW
Bit Depth 14-bit
Continuous Shooting Speed Up to 6.0 fps (with UDMA CF Card)
Autofocus Points 61
Focus Type Auto and Manual
Exposure Metering iFCL (with 63-zone Dual Layer metering sensor)
Flash Connection Hot shoe and PC terminal
Viewfinder Type Optical pentaprism with superimposed LCD
Viewfinder Coverage ~100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.71x
Viewfinder Angle of View 34.1°
LCD Monitor 3.2" 1,040,000 dots
ISO Sensitivity 100-25600 (50-102400 in expanded mode)
Video Recording Formats 1080/30p (29.97), 24p (23.976), 25p; 720/60p (59.94), 50p; 480/30p (29.97), 25p
Video Clip Length 29 minutes 59 seconds (4GB automatic file partition)
Video Compressions All i-Frame and IPB compressions
Time Code Yes
Creative Modes Multiple Exposure and High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Connectivity HDMI, A/V output, USB 2.0
Power Source LP-E6 lithium-ion battery pack
Wireless Capability Compatible with optional transmitters and receivers
Dimensions 6 x 4.6 x 3" / 15.2 x 11.7 x 7.6 cm
Weight 1.90 lb / 860 g

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You guys quibble about those with fat wallets or this feature over that feature or this feature over another one... I'm doing senior pictures soccer matches etc. with my first generation Rebel XT 8 mega pixel camera...... Now picture yourselves in my shoes with my new camera the Mark 5d iii. Can imagine the sensation I will be going through? I have put it off long enough and I'm not gonna worry about an extra $800 dollars. Seems like some have forgot the appreciation of technology and new equipment through the years.

I have an old Cannon EOS A2. Haven't been able to afford a digital slr but I am wondering if the lenses I have will work on anything like a D5?I was going to look into a used one maybe- a Mark II?

is there somebody how to convert a Japanese version of 5d markiii to us version, its all in Japanese, there isn't any language selection to convert it to English...pls help

I will say that this is the consummate professional or professional amateur's Camera. It uses both the compact flash as well as the SD memory modules. Purchase a professional sped memory card for this Camera for high speed high resolution video recording. Go to canon.com for a full explanation of this unit's fun functions. Even I can take great pictures now!

Looking to sell my Canon Mark II to upgrade to the Canon Mark III, i'm in the area if anyone wants to buy an excellent camera at a good price. Mint condition.

The Canon Mark III is just amazing, I can't wait to upgrade, best offer for my Canon 5d Mark II gets it :-)

I just bought the 5D Mark III to use in conjunction with a 5D Mark II and  1Ds Mark III.  I shoot architecture and often set up for shots that require a camera be dedicated for 2+ hours for just one view.  Now I have three cameras to increase productivity.

There is a hidden little gem with this camera that I feel the need to point out.  There is a multiple exposure feature that allows you to set how many frames you want to combine and how the frames will be combined, average, lighter or darker.  I have experimented with my 1Ds III by combining frames of the exact same image in Photoshop to reduce the random noise inherent in long exposures.  The 5D Mark III will do this automatically.  Ie., I can set up a long exposure for a dark interior and capture the image 8 times.  Those 8 frames are then averaged into one file.  This has a tendency to oversample the data, effectively reducing the random noise typically found in low light digital images.

The 5D Mark III may be my first choice, even over the 1Ds III except for when I need to have a more impressive looking camera for a client to see.  The ability to shoot CF and SD cards simultaneously is also a HUGE improvement for the professional shooter.

If I had it to do all over again, and had the option, I would own three of these.

What a disappointment, especially from the Japanese company. As soon as the camera came out, it was taken down because of issues. Canon is up to their ears in money generated from the Mark II sale that they forgot about complete product testing their new model. Now after finally admitting that the issue is indeed there, they are not even saying when the fix will be available and the distribution (ETA) of the new Mark III will take place. The C300 series cameras are totally overprices. Well, by the time Canon fixes their DSLR Mark III, Sony’s NEX-FS700 will be available, a 4k video camera for under $10k.

I just upgraded from the 5D MKII so I have a tangible camera to make comparisons. Here are my first impressions:

Lets start with the bad: Many of the control buttons are re-positioned on the camera. Along with a re-formatted menu system, there is a bit of fumbling to go through as you re-learn what was previously second nature. No big deal though. 

Now for the good: The image quality, when shooting at higher asa is considerably cleaner and free of noise. The image quality over all is smoother and superior to the MK II. And the speed... The processor is FAST! Considerably faster than the MK II. The addition of the SD slot is fantastic for redundent back up or for extending your picture count or video footage. For video, there are some well appreciated features that made this a no brainer for me. 60 fps for smooth slo-mo, time code generation. manual stereo recording ability, headphone sound monitoring jack, and there is now the opportunity to use the shutter release to focus and activate recording (No more hit or miss IR remote units or fumbling for the record button. I believe a standard wired remote button can also be used). I am a DP, and with the exception of time lapse photography, I shoot video almost exclusively with my DSLR. For me these features are worth the step up in price alone. 

So in conclusion, if you are primarily a still photographer, I am not sure you will be able to justify ditching your MK II for this camera. (I would'nt.) Remember that Canon never intended for the MK II to be used exclusively as a video camera so useful video features were understandibly anemic. The MK III is really Canons first DSLR designed also for digital cinematography and that  truly is where this camera outshines the previous version by miles! 

Why was Geo tagging not not built into the camera, instead of being an optional extra piece of kit that you have to carry around?  Unbelievably bad of Canon, and just a way of making additional money.  The cost of these cameras is excessive, and at that cost, geo-tagging should have been a built in feature of the camera, not an optional extra.  Canon, catch up with the real world please and rectify this nonsence in the next release.  You have a great camera but you let it down by not getting the simple things right.

Not sure they are doing this to "make extra money", so much as this is a balance of what features you can fit in vs overall cost of the product. The idea for the 5D is for it to be "somewhat" affordable Full Frame. Sure, include geotagging, an intervalometer and build in transfering while we're at it ... sarcasm intended.

To your own point, the cost of these cameras is excessive to begin with, I can see why they made a purposeful decision to exclude geotagging.

From what I hear, it has nothing to do with "out to get more money" and more to do with the fact that these are cameras sold and used internationally. The reason Canon, and Nikon for that matter, choose to exclude GPS and WiFi on their higher end cameras is the fact that international laws differ on whether or not these technologies are legal or not, and what frequencies can be used. It's much more economical to make various models of point and shoot cameras with/without WIFI and GPS for different markets, and not so for the higher end DSLRs which are essentially identical for the entire world market.

Well, I was hoping for more...like a reticulating screen found on most lower level cameras...a bigger jump in megepixils....a greater number of automated bracketed exposures.  I like the improvrmrnts to both the focuing and the metering.  As a still photgrapher if I did not already have a 5D Mark II I could see upgrading to this camera.  While there are advantages, I don't see $3,500 worth of advantages so I will wait for the Mark 4.

WOW Finally here! I am not sure if I will upgrade my 7D given the price difference and consiering the slight improvements. But the 7D is still going for 1k + second hand on ebay so It might help with the damage!

B+H Thank you for such comprehensive review!

WOW, this looks awesome...Not sure if the price difference is worth the upgrade for video work on the 7D.

Is it lacking flash remote like the 7D has?

OK, chalk one up for advantages of pop-up flash.

As the Canon 5D-series cameras do not have a built-in flash, they do not have built-in remote flash triggering.  You would have to use either a Canon ST-E2, ST-E3-RT, or a Canon Speedlite Flash that has a Master Wireless Control mode to trigger E-TTL II-compatible Canon Speedlite flashes wirelessly.

Being a 5D Mark II owner, I'm extatic about the high price-point.

It means my Mark II isn't going to plummit $400 in value overnight.

It'll fall, as it always does.  I'll throw in my baseless estimate that it'll be $3,200 in 6 months and $2,800 this time next year, then $2,400 a year after that.

61 AF points, water proofing, and so much else.   You have to wonder if this isn't giving the latest 1D a run for it's money.  From that point of view, it's a bargain.

After more than one year (august 2013) the price for body only is 3500$!

Too bad that hasn't dropped as you were predicting..

This statement in the first paragraph of the review bothers me:

"Only a slight bump in resolution, 22.3MP versus 21.1MP, means the 5D Mark III’s already excellent image quality has not improved drastically;..."

This is the consumer pixel-war mentality one wouldn't expect from pro favorite BH Photo, but then, they're really just pros at selling this stuff aren't they?

IQ is a bit more than simply pixel MP and they should know it.  In fact; more pixels crammed into the tiny space can actually decrease IQ - besides more load on Post Processing resources.   I'm so happy happy happy Canon didn't bend to this erroneous pressure.

This is the consumer pixel-war mentality one wouldn't expect from pro favorite BH Photo, but then, they're really just pros at selling this stuff aren't they?

I am sorry you feel this way. In fact I think our saying images from 22.3MP versus 21.1MP cameras won't be dramatically different (all else being equal) is designed to diffuse the pixel war.

What's more important though is that many of our sales associates and many of the people who wrote these columns for us have decades of full-time working-pro experience and are here because they have that invaluable experience. We may be pros at selling this stuff but part of the reason we are is the pro experience we have using this stuff.
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Henry Posner
B&H Photo-Video

I loved my 5D II.  It's been like an extension of my arm.  And my 5D before that.  I had a few quibbles with the Mark II, like why didn't the viewfinder show full frame, could they please enlarge the LCD on the rear for field review, hopefully crank up the ISO to be able to shoot practically in the dark like the 7D, and fix the low light auto focus issues.  The 5D III appears to nail all these issues!  I've got one on order, and can't wait.  I would say this is no longer a prosumer camera, but a bona fide pro.  If you compare the price of the Mark III to the higher end Canon cameras, the Mark III is pretty reasonable.  Plus, the clincher for me is that it is lighter weight but still sturdy.  That is why I bought the Mark II in the first place, instead of the heavier and larger pro Canons.  I can carry it all day and not be exhausted (well, depending on how many lenses I lug around).  This is definitely the camera for me!  :)    P.S.  I took the Mark II to Burning Man last year, which is one giant dust storm, and it worked fine without any taping or covers.  I got it cleaned upon return, and so far no problems have arisen.

I love the idea that there are 61 focus points, but I will still wait a few months before buying one so I can check out the feedback from pro's.  I'm still gunshy from the last 5D purchase with terrible focus issues.  If they have fixed that then I'm sold.

Whaoo, i think this is a success.

A dream come true. I own a number of Canon cameras, some more expensive, but the 5D mark II has been by far my favorite. Now I will have an improved version and I couldn't be more happy. I ride a bicycle, pulling a trailor full of lenses, tripods, food, water, and cameras in bug infested areas to take my pictures. Having a 5D mark III will make each trip more worthwhile and the dollar cost of the camera is the least of it. I don't know how to make a camera.

Well after much thought and consideration on whether to upgrade from my 5DII I've decided to "downgrade" to only 18mp with a new 1DX. #grinning

The naysayers boggle my mind!  I am a MK II shooter and the MK III nails everything I have ever complained about my phenominal MKII!!  Lowlight AF is a problem with the MKII ... fixed!  FPS ... 50% increase ... fixed!

Larger pixels and greater sensitivity ... less noise and higher DR all in less light!  Major bonus!!

I love everyone saying they'd rather pick up a MK II.  Sure .. it's a phenominal camera!  The image quality quality does not improve meaningfully ... why, because the MK II is a phenominal camera!!!  I have never heard anyone say the MK II makes crappy pictures!!  But the MK III does improve on the MK II in significant ways from an operational pov!!

When 1Dx was announced, i started saving to hop on for the op improvements.  Let me rephrase that ... i was willing to cough-up $6800 to get world class AF!!  Yes, I would get a lot more, but thank-you Canon for MK III ... a mini-IDx that meets all my needs for almost 1/2 the price!

The MK II is a fantastic camera and anyone who choses to purchase will hold a tool able to wield magic!! The MK III attempts to make magic easier .... not make better magic!  That's what all of us MK II shooters asked for ... and Canon listened!

I happily await the MK III and will continue to shoot MK II as back-up and on bright days!  Because ... it's phenominal!!

Now ... Who do I need to speak to re: upping the sync speed to a respectable 1/250th?! :-)

I too would have gone for the 1DX had the 5D3's spec re AF and low-light performance not been so good.  Will miss the 14fps but not for £3k and handy to remove grip and have smaller body sometimes.  As it is I went for the 5D3 and it is yet to arrive but should be big step up from my current 7d and 5D1 if not quite what the 1DX woul dhave been.  The thing that has me grinning though is that the battery grip for the 5d3 has a vert version of the joystick like the 1DX too! Awesomeness!

The naysayers here leave me simply stunned.

I'm a Mk II shooter currently.  My Mk II was in my hands the day they were on the shelf, and dollar for dollar it was the best FF DSLR on the planet.  And that was with a sketchy AF system, limited ISO performance, and <4 FPS.  And that was $3,000.  And compared to the EOS1 Mk IIIDs, when it came to IQ, it was a steal.  It still is.

Now enter the Mk III.  I get dramatically expanded ISO, a 50% increase in FPS, an AF system that is as welcome as it is overdue, same holds true with the metering system, a new sensor that promises to meet or exceed the already outstanding IQ if its predecessor, dual card slots, and even better weatherizing.  For $500 more than the MK II was at launch and about half of what the EOS 1 IIIDs is still selling for.  And people still bitch.

Amateur hour.

My Mk II will move into 'primary backup' role, relegating the 5D that fills that role now to a shelf in the closet.  And I will not remotely be alone.

Thanks Canon,  you nailed it.

Ditto.

While I can appreciate small parts of your argument, it is flawed.  True, the 5D III may be only $500 more than the 5D II was at release but you must keep in mind the key words "at release". 

With technology, it is not a fair comparison to put old pricing on old technology against new.  If Dell did this I would be paying $5000 for a quad core computer today becasue it is that much better than the Pentium 4 CPU I had 10 years ago.  You should be looking at the current price of old technology. 

Now, what you did seem to realize is that the III has "an AF system that is as welcome as it is overdue."  You think this is only positive.  I think it is great that the AF is improved BUT I realize Canon has stepped into technology that it should have been using already.  The 7D AF crushed the AF of a II.  In addition the 7D has 8FPS and ISO max of 12,000.  The 7D is now 2.5 years old. 

A direct comparison of a 7D and 5D III is not even close to fair but the fact remains, there is a $1300 price difference between a II and a III.  For myself, I dont know that a 5D III for the cost (almost) of a 5D II AND a 7D makes a whole lot of sense. 

Since you feel that people who are looking at the price in a logical fashion is "Amature Hour" perhaps you would be willing to purchase my old computer from me.  It cost me $1500 years ago and I would gladly let it go for $1000.  I will even throw in a box of floppy disks for you.  

Ditto x 2, but I will sell mine to keep the shelves clean since I am fortunate to have a Mk iv. as a back up. 

I think i'll pass and go grab the iphone 4Gs which shoots 1080p @ 60 fps video. Common Canon!!!!!!! They could be a legit company and  AT LEAST put out firmware updates to give MarkII users the ability to shoot 720 @ 60fps but thats how they role. Watch, they will release anouther camera in 6 months that shoots 1080p at 60fps making yet anouther group of disappointed loyal customers. What a joke!

if you want video that badly, go buy a video camera.

Yes but then you cannot use the lenses you already have.

Magic lantern firmware is a shining example of what features are practicable in older cameras and Canon definately makes a pragmatic business decision not to add such features to incentivise future purchases.  If only they had managed to hack the 7d!  Apple did the exact same thing with features such as Siri and video recording having been denied respectively to pre-4s and pre-3gs models despite no hardware limitation to increase contrast in features and marketably of their new device. We'll have hope that lantern cracks the 5d3 quickly! 

You might do that, but the iPhone video isn't going to look that great on a 60" led tv. Canon might not have 60fps in this camera, but for most videos, unless you're doing sports(in which you can just go down to 720p, which is not that horrible...) the 1080p 30fps will give it the 'movie' look everyone will cherish.

I have been waiting on a camera upgrade for the III and while I appreciate some of the new features on the new 5D III, I too feel that it is a bit pricey.  It is currently $1300 more than the II and I dont know that the features are worth that.  Perhaps somebody could offer insight on my thoughts before I decide on my purchase.

 I currently have a 50D and want to move to a full frame sensor.  I have a few L lenses for everyday shooting at family gatherings and nature photography (landscape and animals). 

 I like the multiplpe expose and HDR capability but do you really need this if you know how to use photoshop and photomatix?  Is it worth saving my money on the III, purchasing the II and taking $1300 worth of classes to learn how to manipulate the photos that would be done by the camera?

 I have not found that I go higher than 800iso with most photos but I suppose it might be nice to have that ability.  Also, I have no interest in shooting video. 

 So... I feel that I am spending $1300 additional for a camera because it has more AF points and higher fps.  Is that worth the $$?  Should I sell my equipment on ebay and look at Nikon?

Hi. For me it comes down to two things.

a) The price needs to drop by at least $500.00.

b) We have to wait to look at the MKIII stills and videos that will emerge over the next few months to reliably compare it with the MKII.

p.s. On paper this is a much better camera than the MKII. Time will tell its true value.

I'd say give the D800 a look.

if you shoot some landscapes, you'd appreciate its high resolution. 

The D800's metering and af systems are very advanced. a 91k pixel RGB sensor is used for metering, and it also detects faces to ensure proper exposure of people in backlit situations. the AF system uses the metering sensor to track and focus faces, even in optical view finder mode (i.e. not just in live-view mode). these features would help improve those family photos to ensure faces are focused and properly exposed.

in addition, the D800 is built to last longer, with its shutter rated for 200,000 actuations, compared to 150,000 of the 5DmkIII.

all this for $500 less.

You ensure correct exposure of backlit subjects by having adequate knowledge of the issues involved and mastery of the BASICS of camera operation. If you really want to gripe about this sort of thing, you're probably insulting your own abilities.

you're talking about cameras that have tons of automation built in. it seems arbitrary that you deem this particular feature that the 5DmkIII is missing to be unnecessary but everything else it does have to be  absolutely necessary.

if you want to operate a basic camera, go buy a manual focus, manual exposure film camera (which i also have)

my photography abilities are just fine, thanks.

Naaa, probably not

And the D800 has built-in flash, remote flash triggering and focus-assist light. Canon shure missed the boat on this one, at least for the price. As a 5DMkII shooter, I expected so much more. For example, why did Canon not incorporate their new flash radio-triggering system, instead of having to buy an additional (and expensive) piece? I was looking forward to the new Canon flashes and the new body to work as a well integrated unit. Instead, I decided to keep my 4 580EX flashes, bought a Phottix Odin flash trigger kit (which does something none of the Canon triggers do -- remotely control flash zoom!), kept my 5DMkII and saved a whole lot of $$$, which sad to say for a Canon die-hard, will probably be using to buy a D800. As a final point, the body construction of the new MkIII feels less solid than my MkII, and nowhere close to a D800. Canon, are you listening?

You are better off with the 50d if you just photograph uncle nelson and your cat.

FUNNY!

4 years after its release the price of the MKII has dropped $500.00.

How long will it take for the MKIII to reach $2800.00 or $3000.00 is anyone's guess.

I was disappointed by the pricing. I considered buying a MKII but it's old tech now - the MKII is showing its age. 

I really think the MKIII will prove to be a far superior camera to the MKII.

It's just not worth $3500.00, unless you have a fat wallet.

"It's just not worth $3500.00, unless you have a fat wallet." - Truly talking senselessly. Money talks and bull walks. Techonology with research gets you cool products. You expect the researching and milions of man-hours to be free?

I expect competitive pricing. $3500 for a camera that offers less resolution, less dynamic range and fewer features, overall, than the competing Nikon D800 is too much. The improved AF and iFCL metering should be the price of entry at this price point, as, functionally, it just simply brings the 5DIII to parity with the D800. And the additional framing rate isn't worth $250 per frame per second–at least not in my estimation.

I have to laugh when I see people saying they are going to switch to the D800 over getting a 5D MK III, I bought a first generation 5D in 2007, because I already owned a significant amount of EF glass.  Why anyone who has been shooting Canon for a long time would leap to Nikon over a slightly lower camera body price is beyond me when they would have to get new lenses.  It's the lenses that brought me to Canon from Minolta more than twenty years ago when I was first getting into photography. There were simply more choices and better glass.  Each time I have upgraded from my lowly Rebel G 35mm, I have added more glass to my kit along the way.  I never go anywhere without at least three different lenses, and my three favorite lenses cost more than the 5D MK III so from that standpoint upgrading to a MK III, even if it cost a little more is well worth it just to keep using the fast glass that I love so much.

I applaud Apple for understanding  that when they introduce a new model of the same product, they introduce it at the same price as the outgoing product and drop the price of the outgoing product  if it remains on the shelf:  AppleTV, iPad, iPhone etc.  Why can't Canon come to the same recognition as the world's best technology and consumer product developer and retailer?

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