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EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens
 
4.9

(based on 570 reviews)

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    (42)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (440)
  • High ISO performance (400)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (386)
  • Large clear LCD (325)
  • Fast shutter speed (312)

Cons

  • Short battery life (20)
  • Heavy (15)
  • Noisy at high ISO (14)
  • Price (14)
  • Small LCD screen (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (350)
  • Low light (336)
  • Travel (280)
  • Family photos (279)
  • Sports/action (267)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (150), Photo enthusiast (137), Pro photographer (124), Casual photographer (28), Photography student (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (450), Yes (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

excellent for birding & low-light shots

I expected the 5D Mark III to produce outstanding images. But I didn't expect the shutter to be that quiet. And I wasn't ready for how well it performs when the light is...Read complete review

I expected the 5D Mark III to produce outstanding images. But I didn't expect the shutter to be that quiet. And I wasn't ready for how well it performs when the light is dim. That gee-whiz focusing system works even when it's too dark for me to focus manually.

On a whim, I tried some portrait shots using nothing but candlelight. The image below was shot at ISO 12,800, F/4 and 1/45th second without a tripod. I couldn't see well enough to be sure about focus. But every shot was spot on. And noise wasn't evident at all.

For those of us who like to shoot bird pictures, that low-noise high-ISO performance translates directly to speed. The bird picture below is a cliff swallow. He catches flying bugs over the lake. Then he zooms into dark shadows under a bridge. He came in about 20 feet from me traveling upwards of 30mph. With a 300mm, f2.8 lens, the Mark III puts 61 focusing points on the problem -- including 5 double cross points. ...wish I could tell you that I got the bird every time, but I didn't. Any time I got him in the viewfinder for even a quarter-second, though, my success rate was good. In this picture you can see the grasshopper in his mouth. The legs and one antenna are discernable. Those large out-of-focus elements behind the bird are overhead water pipes.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

paperweight

As a lifelong Canon shooter (Rebel XT, 40D, 7D, S45, S95) I finally took the bait with the 5D MK III and 24-105 kit. The camera lasted less than 100...Read complete review

As a lifelong Canon shooter (Rebel XT, 40D, 7D, S45, S95) I finally took the bait with the 5D MK III and 24-105 kit. The camera lasted less than 100 shots before dying. No autofocus, no shutter release at all. More bizarre is when I turned the camera off, the LCD stayed on.Using OEM Canon battery and Sandisk CF cards. No error code displayed, but online search reveals many Error 80 codes with the MK III.Now I get to see how good B&H customer service is. Thankfully, I kept the 7D, which has worked flawlessly for nearly 3 years. 5D MK III going back until Canon shows it can produce a $[$]full frame camera that lasts more than 100 clicks.

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5.0

Great camera

By analicediniz

from Fortaleza, Brazil

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

      Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

      Great camera!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Camera

      By Mike the Shooter

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Bit heavy

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

      I purchased this camera as my first full-frame DSLR and I'm not looking back. Everything about it fantastic; the plethora of features do not get in the way of its ease-of-use, the sharpness of the photos and the 100% viewfinder coverage is superb! The lens with this kit is also spectacular! I'm loving everything about it.

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      5.0

      Good features vs Cost weigh-out

      By Neil Media Specialist

      from Philadelphia PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life
      • Small LCD Screen

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

      We bought this product mostly to do video, however I have been playing around with both photography and video stuff with this camera for the past 3 weeks. It takes stunningly clear pictures, and the video is great (for great audio, run your own recording gear alongside it...). The features that come with the 5D for the cost, while getting interchangeable lenses and a large sensor makes it all worth it.

      Be prepared to invest in the correct lenses that you need.

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      5.0

      Great all around camera

      By Just Jen

      from Baton Rouge, LA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      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
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

        Very user friendly. Easy to focus. Fast. Pictures are beautiful. Display screen pictures are also beautiful. I had an older camera made by a different manufacturer. It was an easy transition to this camera. Great camera for how simple it is.

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        5.0

        Here is the WOW factor

        By Jeanne

        from Texas

        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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

          Although I made quite a bit of $$ with APS-C sensors, they are night and day different from full size sensors. I have been a Canon fan since I bought my first film camera in about 1978. Photography has always been my passion. The 5D Mark III let me fall in love all over again. As this has the ability to create video as well, there is more to master in the features department. The amazement, however, came to me in the still photo arena. This will be my focus (no pun intended) for use. Even with L series glass, the smaller sensor just didn't have the crisp result. I shot an oil rig outside my living room window with both an APS-C and the 5D Mark III. Both on tripods, same exposere, etc. Zooming in, the smaller sensor got fuzzy before 200% size. With the full frame, I zoomed in as far as I could and could count the paint blisters on the platform. Crisp. Clear. Breath taking. Color. All exquisite. Why didn't I buy one sooner? Partially because of the money. My Grandfather told me if you go cheap, you get cheap. On a practical note, I bought the one with a "kit" lens. It was an L series, 24 - 105mm f/4L IS USM. I have a 24 - 70 f/2.8 L. Never found its "sweet spot." This lens, don't have that problem. The camera and lens is actually a little lighter than what I had been using. This combination is easily handheld for me for longer periods of time with great results. My recommendation to you - go for it! Spend the bucks. Oh, I also LIVE the 61 focus points. There is a learning curve with this camera, but not a bad one.

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          5.0

          Awesome

          By Hezi

          from New York

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

          Amazing tool to work with

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great!

          By Jphamp

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

            I'm the Director of video production at a mortgage company (who would have thought?) and we are currently working with two 5D Miiis. This DSLR is a great camera and easy to use once you have a grasp on the controls and basic video techniques.
            In comparison to other canon DSLRs I've used this one wins. I've used the rebel line and the 7D. The 5D Miii is a power house and it looks great in both video and photos. Image quality, build quality, ease of use, clean HDMI out, headphone jack, etc. is great! I love that it has two card slots. We shoot a lot of events and having two cards on auto switch is a time saver and a nerve saver.
            I love this camera but there are some negatives, mostly about Canon. There are so many new cameras coming out these days and it feels like the 5D might be getting left behind. It doesn't shoot 4k and I'm not expecting it too. It only records 60fps in 720p not 1080p. The 7D Mii that just came out does shoot 60fps at 1080p and it costs less than half of the 5D. Granted, the C100 doesn't shoot 60fps at all so... I just hope Canon does some major firmware updates that keep the 5D up to par.
            Now, the 60fps issue isn't a major issue. I don't shoot at 60fps very often. I just think it's silly that the DSLR at top of their line up doesn't have the same features as the ones below it. The DSLR film movement is here to stay and Canon should keep up with the times.
            In conclusion, I love this camera and the images it produces. And you just look cool using it. Anytime I take one on vacation or to an event people seem to Ooo and Ahhh.. It's pretty funny.

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            5.0

            Awesome

            By M

            from Los Anegles

            Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

            I jumped from a 20D to the 5D Mark III. Even in the short time I've had it I've been thrilled with the photos I've taken.

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            5.0

            built like a tank

            By juan luv

            from Albuquerque, NM

            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

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

              Great camera couldn't decide wither to go with this or the nikon d810 however I already owned some lenses and a smaller Canon body so I stuck with the Mark III. Its low light ability is unbelievable and takes great video.

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              5.0

              Much netter than Mark II

              By Antonio

              from Dallas TX

              About Me Pro Photographer

              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
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

                I'm a wedding photographer, this camera is better in low light, focus faster and the color in the picture is much netter than the older model. I had one mark II and one marl III, but I sold the mark II to have 2 mark III.

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                4.0

                Great camera, complicated menu.

                By Dede

                from Sao Paulo

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Good Image Quality

                Cons

                • Small LCD Screen

                Best Uses

                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

                The camera is great.
                Just, the menu is complicated and too long.
                Instead of making the new generation easier,
                Canon became little more complicated.

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                5.0

                Love this Camera

                By dman33

                from gilbert, az

                Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

                We have been eyeing this for some time now. What a smoothe feel and easy transition. Highly recommended.

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                5.0

                the best for photo and video DLSR

                By Marcelo Muniz

                from Belo Horizonte, Brazil

                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
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

                  the best for photo and video DLSR

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  AMAZING

                  By Sarah

                  from Monrovia, Ca

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • There Are Only Best Uses

                    Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

                    It is a pretty penny, but I am completely sold on the expense! I upgraded from the original 5D and while its a GREAT tool... this Mark III is just what I was needing!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    No regrets! Durable

                    By C-Rad

                    from Nairobi, Kenya

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • High ISO Performance

                    Cons

                    • Loud
                    • Poor Lcd Screen

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

                    How could one not enjoy shooting with this camera? Basically, it might be overpriced, some other cameras have the occasional better feature on paper, but with this one (though I have little to compare to), it feels right at home.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Great Camera

                    By Potter Photo

                    from Warwick, RI

                    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

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

                      In my opinion this is one of the greatest cameras on the market every feature is flawless. if you are a professional you need this camera. The Hd video is amazing. Pros in all fields would find use of this camera.

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                      5.0

                      Best camera I ever owned

                      By Ben

                      from Baton Rouge, LA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Full sensor
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Sturdy
                      • Wide Range Of Subjects

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

                      It is sturdy camera that never malfunctions. It will survive rough care. Full frame sensor catches the most data of the image. The high ISO range allows great low light photography. The 24/105 lens is very versitile in that you can range from portraits to landscapes with ease. I use my camera for a wide range of images ranging from portraits, to close ups, to wide views of landscapes.

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                      5.0

                      Doesn't Disappoint

                      By JimR

                      from Boylston, Massachusetts

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable Heavy-duty Body
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Full Of Features
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                      • Noisy At High ISO

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

                      I use it for all of my picture-taking, except sports-related shooting where the higher frame rate my EOS-1D M2 is needed. Fast, accurate AF performance in all but the lowest light, great image quality even at higher ISO's and with the BG-E11 grip, battery life hasn't been an issue. Build quality is awesome and, for me, the focal length of the kit lens makes it a nice go-to-lens. Looking forward to trying video with it!

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                      5.0

                      Good stuff

                      By Jer

                      from Fargo, ND

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

                        This is just what I was looking for to use.

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                        5.0

                        The new love of my life, Mark the 3rd!

                        By Avianti

                        from La Canada, ca

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Amazing
                        • 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

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

                          Comments about EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera Kit with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens:

                          I am beyond happy with the choice I made to buy the Mark iii camera. I was told by 3 major pro photographers it is one of the best to work with and it truly has been. I learn something new about it everyday. I'm able to have clear images as I'm editing the photo. This camera is going to be one for my office use as well which we are taking photos of detail work in fine jewelry. With the 100mm lens we are able to get details and able to make our clients dreams come to life. With the Mark iii we are able to share with photos of images for other clients to see around the world. Amazing camera and haven't found anything that isnt great about it.

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