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

(based on 1205 reviews)

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    (1058)

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    (127)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (953)
  • High ISO performance (900)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (843)
  • Large clear LCD (821)
  • Fast shutter speed (662)

Cons

  • Short battery life (53)
  • Noisy at high ISO (25)
  • Price (25)
  • Pricey / poor value (13)
  • Heavy (10)

Best Uses

  • Low light (811)
  • Landscape/scenery (707)
  • Weddings (686)
  • Travel (608)
  • Family photos (603)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (418), Semi-pro photographer (399), Photo enthusiast (272), Casual photographer (32), Photography student (27)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (1090), Yes (29)

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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3.0

Great DSLR for smaller lenses

By Tracy S.

from Midland, TX

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Image Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Excellent quality, but don't like it with larger zoom lenses. Found it hard to get a good balance when using with Canon 70-200 L or the 28-300 L series lenses. I use the 1DX as my main camera and although it is heavier, it is much better with big glass. The 5D III would be much better suited when paired with a 16-35 or 24-70 for example.

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      5.0

      First Canon D-SLR

      By BearKat84

      from Port Charlotte, Florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • No Built-in Flash

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

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

      Although I am far from being a professional photographer and own 2 full frame Nikon cameras (D700, D800), I simply wish to comment that this camera is brilliant. Great LCD display and much easier video mode compared to the D800.

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      5.0

      LOVE LOVE LOVE

      By Kat

      from San Francisco CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portrait
        • Weddings/Events

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

        Upgrading from the 7d, which I also love, but the noise control is just not manageable. Used to primarily shoot sports in well lit conditions, but over the past years have migrated to portraits and weddings and the noise issues with the 7d were just too much. Love this camera!

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        5.0

        Doesn't get any better!

        By Jason

        from Raleigh, NC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I have to echo the rave reviews here. No weakness to this camera at all. The most obvious differences that I have noticed is the plethora of focus points and the ridiculous low-light performance. You can practically take pictures in the dark with a slow lens and get something usable. Won't regret this purchase!

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              5.0

              Worth every penny!

              By meraki7

              from NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance
              • Large Clear LCD

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

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

                I upgraded from a Rebel T3 that I have been using for the past 3 years....a pretty big leap! The difference is beyond amazing! The images that I was able to produce with my T3 and 135L look pathetic compared to the ones that I've produced with this camera so far. I liked my Rebel images but I LOVE my Mark III images.

                I use it mostly for images of my children, nature and macro. It focuses so quickly compared to my Rebel. I used to throw out so many photos of my children that ended up OOF when shooting with a shallow DOF. I was very, very pleased with my first set of photos of them running around and playing....ALL of them were keepers. I didn't miss a single shot and that was shooting wide open or close to it for all of them. The difference here alone makes it worth the money spent.

                I knew this camera would be larger and heavier but comparing side by side to my Rebel it is gigantic! I wondered if it would take some time to get used to the size but it felt perfect the first time that I held it.

                No complaints whatsoever. I'm in love with this camera!

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                5.0

                Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera

                By Jefe

                from Roanoke, VA

                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
                • Quiet

                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):

                  This camera is awesome! I have been a big fan of my Canon 5D Mark II for years, but this takes it to a new level.
                  It is very intuitive, responsive, and customizable.
                  You need this one!

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                  5.0

                  Awesome!

                  By Axiom

                  from Rochester, MN

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    Great camera

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic Camera

                    By minsungbr

                    from NYC

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Price

                    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):

                    Great AF point
                    Excelent video quality
                    Very smooth functioning
                    Large LCD

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                    5.0

                    Best Camera I've Owned!

                    By MarcusAurelius

                    from Woodinville, Wa

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      I love this camera! its low light ability is exactly what I need. Such a solid built camera. Its color saturation is spot on, its new focus system works fast and accurately and its exposure range is great!

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                      5.0

                      I would suggest others to buy

                      By KIRIT PATEL

                      from CHICAGO

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Good Image Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light

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

                        It works great particullarly in low light conditions

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Fantastic - Expanded my artistic ability

                        By Nickle2e

                        from Annapolis, MD

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Quality
                        • High ISO Performance

                        Cons

                        • Few Lenses Not Compatible

                        Best Uses

                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        Before purchasing this camera, I used the Canon T2i. This upgrade was much needed for the full frame, the ISO sensor, and the video expanded ability. This purchase was well worth the value. The 5D MK iii exceeded my expectations providing the sensor to stunningly capture my images both photography and video. As well, the camera body is more durable and heavy giving me a great sense of feel when shooting. Though I realized that some of my kit lenses for my T2i aren't compatible with my 5D, the majority of my lenses are. As well, I just shot a video project and have no complaints. Awesome purchase - I'm completely satisfied.

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                        5.0

                        Exceeded Expectations

                        By Matthew

                        from Covington, KY

                        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
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          Amazing image quality! BH has awesome customer service as well!

                          I waited untin June of 14 to get this camera and I wish I had gotten it sooner! The AF is pure pleasure, and accurate too! The sharpness of the images are a huge upgrade from the 7d bodies I had been using for several years before.

                          So far I have nothing bad to say about this camera. It's very user intuiutve if you came from Canon, and pretty easy if you didn't.

                          I use this camera for Weddings and Portraits and it blows me and my clients away!

                          This camera + my 50mm 1.2 and 85 mm 1.8 are magical!

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                          5.0

                          Everything it's cracked up to be

                          By gsp1946

                          from Shaker Heights, OH

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I am amazed at the image quality, even at ISO 25,600. I do freelance work for a local newspaper. The Mark III enables me to take low-light photos w/o flash. I also appreciate the higher frame rate on the high speed setting. Not quite ready for sports coverage, but very, very good at catching movement & sequence. Love the larger LCD screen. Love the "silent" (quiet, actually) shutter. Love that I can use both CF and SD cards. Can't wait to do in-camera HDR and multiple exposures. Worth every penny.

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                            4.0

                            Solid Camera but not Perfect

                            By MinAZ

                            from Phoenix, AZ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Image Quality

                            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):

                              The Mark III is a really fine full frame camera delivering picture quality unmatched by cameras with smaller sensors. However, it is not perfect by any means. The autofocus is good but not as amazing as marketing would have you believe. The lack of built in flash is justified by "most pros use a speedlite anyway" but this isn't technically a pro body... and even if it were, there will be times you miss having a built in flash (such as when you leave your speedlite behind for reasons of space). Not having a speedlite means not having optical transmission for remote speedlite shooting, thus forcing you to buy an external transmitter. There are some issues with using SDHC cards due to write speeds (well documented on the Internet). That being said, if you want a full frame DSLR and are sticking with Canon, this is the one to get, if only for lack of a better choice. The best part of this camera is that it is relatively easy to learn for a semi-pro body and going through the manual took no more than half a day - I think it took me longer to go through the 600EX (speedlite) manual. And the camera itself is very well put together.

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                              5.0

                              Best money I ever spent!

                              By LisaPizza

                              from Rockaway, NJ

                              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
                              • Light weight
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                              • I Have No Use For Video

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife photos

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

                              I use the 5D mk lll for mostly people photography. When processing the RAW images in Lightroom 4 and then Photoshop there is little to no color corrections! The images are wonderfully sharp. I love the sensor cleaner! The camera is remarkably light compared to the original 5D. I could do without the video component I am strictly a Photographer. If I could afford another body I would buy it in a minute!

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                              5.0

                              My hands did not get steadier over time.

                              By Globetrotter

                              from Fremont, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance

                              Cons

                              • Weight

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              I have slowly evolved from my Nikon FM2 days to my first DSLR a 40D via an unfortunate loss of my 5D MkII eventually to my current piece of marvelous gear - 5D MkIII.

                              I am not a professional photographer and do not make a living from my photos. I travel a lot for my primary vocation and have loved the opportunity it creates for my primary avocation. I have been shooting ONLY still for the last 30 years and just enjoy and gift my photos and create large prints for display at home. I have been shooting pretty much everything - from kids sports, kids drama and dance, social musical events, weddings, nature, portraits etc. I am primarily a natural light photographer (but have a flash just in case). I have used some good L glass, some manual Zeiss and Voigtlanders (both primes and zooms) and a large Bigma. With my 5D MkII I was very pleased. Since my entire gear got stolen on a trip to Europe, I have now replaced it with the MkIII. I have shot primarily graduation ceremonies, travel and some portraits with this new Body over the last two weeks. And Boy am I elated!

                              Yes, I have seen that the interface changes on the MkIII has been a key complaint amongst all the reviews I have read so far. Folks, I spent an entire 14 hour flight duration reading the new manual - agreed this is the poorest reading material; but for my needs, the results I have seen so far are just stupendous. I did contemplate getting the 6D briefly, but since I shoot only in RAW, I decided to go with the 5D MkIII given that in camera HDR in the latter is in RAW compared to the JPEG in the 6D.

                              With the wide open 135/2L focussing could not be easier. I can focus at any point I pretty much fancy given the capability that the 61 focus points offer. Even with the 50mm/1.4 wide open, I just cannot express how grateful I am to the focussing system to be able to pin point my composition literally.

                              Noise up to ISO 6400 was just not there! Again given that I shoot natural light this was just amazing. I remember a shot on my 40D with similar light conditions (smog in Beijing does not change a lot) inside the Forbidden City. The noise at ISO 1200 made some of my 200mm shots both blurry and noisy. I was just amazed at what this camera did for me in similar light conditions - 200mm handheld at f8 (1/5) and the result was what convinced me that my hands got steadier over the last 5 years (and I am not young :-)) The sharpness and the clarity (I am using the "faithful" photo setting) is what made spending my money worth it.

                              Given that I do a lot of night photos (Bulb) I am just looking forward to my next few years with this marvel and handing these over to my kids to enjoy beyond that.

                              If I have to complain, I wish the body was a little lighter, but at the same time I have to accept how stable my Bigma feels with this body. So this is just complaining for the sake of complaining, and during those hikes where hauling my 35lbs becomes a nightmare. The results help soothe away all the pain though.

                              I did shoot for a few weeks with tha borrowed Nikon D800 and comparable glass, but stuck around with the Canon given the low-light and better noise handling and over all the PIN POINT accuracy of the focussing system. Shooting wide open at 1.2 at 50mm or 85mm is just not the same anymore. Thanks Canon.

                              B&H your promptness and helpful staff made my life easy as always.

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                              5.0

                              Huge Improvement over the MK II

                              By Beef Supreme

                              from Denver, CO

                              About Me Pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                The focus system in the 5D MK II was god awful. This makes this camera amazing. Now my wide shots are actually in focus without having to be at f/8+. I use this for photography and video. Its a solid machine. Still really pricey though. I really like the quiet mode. Very crucial when shooting a church wedding. I hate that Beep! CLACK CLACK CLACK. So loud. I also really like the ability to move over to an SD once the CF card is full. I now never miss a shot.

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                                5.0

                                I'd like to continue to use this series.

                                By Anylin

                                from Maryville, MO

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Large Clear LCD

                                Cons

                                • High Price

                                Best Uses

                                • Air Show
                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Motor Sports
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel

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

                                By good pictures I can get a lot of evidence which I visit or experience, and I would like to leave behind.

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                                5.0

                                Most Excellent

                                By ginger_binge

                                from Tulsa, OK

                                About Me Semi-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
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

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

                                  I LOVE this camera. I shoot weddings for a living and can't imagine using anything else.

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                                  5.0

                                  Love this camera! Great upgrade

                                  By TP

                                  from denver

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • High ISO Performance
                                  • Large Clear LCD
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Short Battery Life

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  I've had all versions of this camera and I am so pleased with the mark iii. The larger, clearer LCD screen is amazing, the way it handles low light is awesome, I love the dual slots, the sound of the new shutter when it releases just sounds nicer. There is a learning curve when it comes to the new focal point system but I am happy to have more.

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