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CanonEOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.9

(based on 1366 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (1207)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (138)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (1063)
  • High ISO performance (998)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (937)
  • Large clear LCD (890)
  • Fast shutter speed (737)

Cons

  • Short battery life (57)
  • Noisy at high ISO (28)
  • Price (25)
  • Pricey / poor value (15)
  • Small LCD screen (12)

Best Uses

  • Low light (894)
  • Landscape/scenery (785)
  • Weddings (761)
  • Travel (680)
  • Family photos (676)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (467), Semi-pro photographer (436), Photo enthusiast (295), Casual photographer (36), Photography student (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1197), Yes (31)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Upgraded from 7D ~ Well Worth It!

I've been taking family portraits for almost 3 years now. I went from a Canon T1i, to the 7D, to 5D Mark III.

Anyone looking to upgrade from the 7D...Read complete review

I've been taking family portraits for almost 3 years now. I went from a Canon T1i, to the 7D, to 5D Mark III.

Anyone looking to upgrade from the 7D has a tough decision on their hands, as the 7D is a great camera. After reading hundreds of reviews, I decided to take the plunge.

I received my camera yesterday, and already used it for a family portrait session (natural light). All I can say is WOW! I use Lightroom to edit all photos taken ~ brighten eyes, soften skin, etc. Instead of spending hours in Lightroom, I was able to turn the photos around in a fraction of the time. The clarity is undeniable. I was able to crop the photos and not lose any sharpness (to the naken eye).

I performed a quick comparison between the two cameras using my Canon 100mm f2.8L IS USM. This comparison really doesn't do the 5D3 justice, but at least it will give you a good idea of the clarity, color, brightness, crop factor variation and sharpness difference between the two cameras.

Hope you find this useful, as I would have during my comparision shopping.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

nice camera

I shoot weddings professionally. I use a journalistic style where I need to respond to a shot quickly. Lots of useful new features. Focus seems to work better from a technical standpoint. To...Read complete review

I shoot weddings professionally. I use a journalistic style where I need to respond to a shot quickly. Lots of useful new features. Focus seems to work better from a technical standpoint. To me, they are also holding back on some featurs so they will always be able to come out with something new on the next model. This I understand. What I don't understand is going backwards with features. The ability to see a highly visible focus point PRIOR to focus lock is gone. They have technical reasons for doing this but its hard to get used to if you had the Mark II, use manually selected points, and shoot where split seconds count. They made it better with firmware, but its still frustrating. Also apparently a fairly common issue is the joystick is fickle/inconsistent on many builds. The place where you rest your left fingers on the case while reviewing a shot is now angled, creating a very cool looking apearance and also making it much harder to hold in this position. You could hold it by the lens but if you shoot 1000's of images in one day you will know what I mean here. I wonder how much they tested it with real photographers. Overall I am happy (not thrilled) with it, so I am keeping it. It's the only option now at this price/preformance level.

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5.0

Highly recommend!

By Nicole

from Binghamton, NY

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I am a wedding photographer and the 5D Mark lll is perfect! I have never had any issues and isn't too bad in low light conditions. I dabble in video from time to time and love that it has great video capabilities! For all wedding photographers out there I would highly reccomend this camera!!

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5.0

The camera is nice. I like it.

By TRS

from Shanghai

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

It is ok for normal photography.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best DSLR I ever owned

By Hype

from Brooklyn, NY

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I upgraded from a Canon 5D Mark 2 and the Mark 3 to me is everything that I wish I had in the Mark 2. The number one thing that continues to amaze me is the focusing system. I shoot mostly portraits and late night events, not only do I see the improvements; I am receiving better reviews from my clients. The only drawback may be price and I wish it was faster (fps). Overall, this camera suits me well.

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5.0

Awesome upgrade

By Becky H.

from USA

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Buying the 5diii was an upgrade from my crop sensor 50d. I looked at both the 6d and the 5diii. The AF system on the 5diii is what sold me. It was a great decision. Worth the wait. Highly recommend!

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5.0

Great body

By chriskeeleyphoto

from Dover, NH

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I bought as a backup to my primary Mark III. Love this camera!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Photograher's Camera

By Rene the photography lover!

from San Francisco, CA

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I've owned several APSC Canon Cameras and they all never failed to satisfy me in terms of performance and durability. All I was planning to buy was a good wide angle lens to compensate for the crop factor. After reading the great reviews of the 5DMklll, I thought of getting this camera body instead and I can use my old lenses on this ull frame, and I can get the same wide angle effect. I was happy to go this route. Not only did I get the wide angle effect I wanted, I also benefitted from a higher megapixel resolution, better video capability, higher ISO without noise, 100% view finder coverage, good ergonomics, two card slots, better auto-focus points, and much, much more. I am now enjoying my love for photography much, much more with this camera.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By Rick

from Minneapolis

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Love it. The expanded auto-focus is phenomenal, and the range of custom functions is amazing.

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5.0

Beautiful Camera

By MSPhoto

from Fargo, ND

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Just what I needed to boost my photography

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Single Female Photographer Finds True Love

By Sandy Walker

from San Angelo, Tx

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I went online to B&H and found the one. True love has never felt so good and looked so great! You won't be disappointed I promise.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yes, I will buy this again

By Sergio

from Hood River Or

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Really good Camera, great quality.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Step above

By Wilson Combat

from Berryville AR

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I've been using the Mark 2 for about 5 years and had one go down and needed a back up body
I love this new Mark 3
I will be buying three more very soon.
I shoot for Www.wilsoncombat.com and run these cameras hard.
We shoot everyday stills and video with them .
Best camera out there .

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A pleasure to photograph with

By Lee

from Scranton, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

Very clear, easy to use, high quality images

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

amazing!!!!!! Love this Camera

By Bella Noche

from Commerce Ga

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    Bought the Markiii as an upgrade to my Markii and didn't believe all the hype until my finger hit the shutter lease. This Camera is beyond what I could have thought it would be. Color is beautiful. Great Quality.
    Really enjoying my new purchase.
    I would buy it again for sure.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love this camera,

    By Dinah

    from New Orleans

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Noisy At High ISO

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    I am a freelance photographer and have used Canon cameras for years. I like this body better than the fancier and more expensive cameras. It does everything I need it to do, stills and video.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Maquinon!!

    By Jorgepets

    from Santiago, Chile

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      Tremendous device.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect couple

      By Yannis

      from Athens, Greece

      Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      Just try this body with zeiss glass and you will see the light.

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      5.0

      Fabulous!

      By Bethany

      from Washington, D.C.

      Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      Worth the wait for sure! I've been saving for this bad boy since it came out and I finally was able to purchase it! It's so great in low light and I love being able to push my ISO without worrying so much about image quality

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      5.0

      Worth the wait!

      By Bethany

      from Washington DC

      Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      I've been saving up for this bad boy since it came out and I finally was able to snag it! It immediately became my favorite camera. I love how quick it focuses on low light and how I can push the ISO and still get beautiful images in low light.

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Camera

      By TJNY

      from New York

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        If you upgrading from the 5d or 5d mark II, the important buttons (Fstop, shutter speed, ISO) are all in the same location. The camera has 2 memory slots.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Canon 5D mark lll

        By Bev

        from Beaumont, texas

        Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera (Body Only):

        I purchased the 5D after my 7D broke and I was forced to use my much older 40d. My pics, even with the 135 2.0 L lens, we're just not what I wanted them to be. From the first picture I took with the canon 5D, I can only say one thing - Amazing!!! I can't wait to try it out on the new grand baby arriving in June!

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