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CanonEOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens
 
4.9

(based on 610 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (560)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (465)
  • High ISO performance (423)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (411)
  • Large clear LCD (342)
  • Fast shutter speed (329)

Cons

  • Short battery life (21)
  • Heavy (16)
  • Noisy at high ISO (16)
  • Price (14)
  • Small LCD screen (10)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (371)
  • Low light (351)
  • Family photos (295)
  • Travel (295)
  • Weddings (282)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (158), Photo enthusiast (145), Pro photographer (132), Casual photographer (29), Photography student (27)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (477), Yes (21)

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

 

Very nice camera!

I don't know where to start, but I will give you the good experiences first. I upgraded from the 70D and am sooooo glad I did. Faster focus, better focus, more focus...Read complete review

I don't know where to start, but I will give you the good experiences first. I upgraded from the 70D and am sooooo glad I did. Faster focus, better focus, more focus points, two card slots ( I record raw to flash and jpeg to SD), 100% view finder, super detailed and clear pics, stronger body construction, and better weather seal. But, I had a major issue arise which I'm sure is not very common at all. While editing a picture, I was zoomed in and noticed a horizontal pixelated line on the picture. I went back and checked all my other photos including the ones shot on other lenses. It was on all the pics that had focus in that area with each lens. So, much to my displeasure, I am in the process of returning the camera right now to get a new one sent to me. I have only had it for 1.5 weeks and only took about 500 pics. If the new one is fine, then I will take my rating higher. If I have another issue, I will be upset. I love canon products and believe that this is a very rare occurrence, but none the less, it has happened to me. I hope to never have to write another review like this.

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5.0

Doesn't get much better!

By Greg Z

from Las Vegas, NV

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 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 with 24-105mm Lens:

    I've used the 5D III several times in the past, so I was eager to get my hands on one of my own. It did not disappoint! And purchasing through B&H was an easy process. I've had the camera for about 2 weeks and have already used it (successfully) on a professional shoot. Photo quality is top-notch.

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    5.0

    Sweet!

    By JP

    from Denver CO

    Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

    Upgraded to this from a 70D. Not an apples to apples comparison by any stretch, but I couldn't be happier.

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    2.0

    Very nice camera!

    By Jason

    from New Iberia, Louisiana

    Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

    I don't know where to start, but I will give you the good experiences first. I upgraded from the 70D and am sooooo glad I did. Faster focus, better focus, more focus points, two card slots ( I record raw to flash and jpeg to SD), 100% view finder, super detailed and clear pics, stronger body construction, and better weather seal. But, I had a major issue arise which I'm sure is not very common at all. While editing a picture, I was zoomed in and noticed a horizontal pixelated line on the picture. I went back and checked all my other photos including the ones shot on other lenses. It was on all the pics that had focus in that area with each lens. So, much to my displeasure, I am in the process of returning the camera right now to get a new one sent to me. I have only had it for 1.5 weeks and only took about 500 pics. If the new one is fine, then I will take my rating higher. If I have another issue, I will be upset. I love canon products and believe that this is a very rare occurrence, but none the less, it has happened to me. I hope to never have to write another review like this.

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    5.0

    Fabulous

    By GPR

    from Chicago, il

    Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

    My first ff! What a difference from apsc. This camera really easily out does my nex7. Lot easier to get controlled shots. Thank you canon.

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    5.0

    very good

    By Yuanchao

    from Chicago

    About Me Photography Student

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

    • Noisy At High ISO
    • No Viewfinder

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

    very good price

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Camera

    By SS

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Operate
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Quiet
    • User Friendly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

      You can't beat this camera for quality and price. The Canon 5D provides great image quality and is easy to move and operate.

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      5.0

      Best Camera EVER

      By Bruce

      from Clayton, NC

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

          We decided to purchase the 5D Mark III because our company is adding another deparment that will be in a different buidling across the street. We have been using the Mark II for years. We decdied to upgrade to the Mark III mainly so we could hook an external monitor during videoing. We haven't had a opportunity to video yet, but taking stills is fantastic! It is fast and quiet. I like that we can use both and SD card and a CF card. The controls and menus are a little different, but it was fairly easy getting used to.

          I was a long-time user of several 5D Mark IIs.

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          5.0

          Best one....

          By Anirudh

          from New jersey

          Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

          This is the best camera i have and i got this deal which is great !!

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          5.0

          A GREAT CAMERA

          By Sawdust

          from Spokane, WA

          Verified Reviewer

          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
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

            I finally stepped up to this full frame gem and have no regrets. I realize it is nearing the end of its cycle, but that doesn't change its great functionality, only the price. I don't need the mega-resolution, and file sizes, of the 5Ds / 5DsR, and can't justify spending for the 1Dx.

            The 5D MkIII is solidly built with excellent design and ergonomics. It produces excellent still and video images and has great low light sensitivity (although less than what is new out there now). There will always be individual squawks about preferences as to a particular menu, button, or feature on any camera, including this one -- none of which I find significant here. I found it easy to adapt to this layout. What matters is image quality, performance, and reliability -- and this camera delivers.

            As always, perfect service from B&H.

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            5.0

            Amazing Camera!

            By Zé Caetano

            from Leominster, MA

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Video quality
            • Resistant

            Cons

            • Noisy At High ISO

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

            This camera is very versatile and powerful.
            It was my best choice for professional video productions. As well as for professional photography, since the new 5Ds and 5Dsr are not as good and well equipped for video as the 5D Mark III. So, the best option to have both photography and video performance is still the 5D Mark III.
            So, if you produce video AND photography, this is the best Canon camera right now.
            But if you want pixels in photography, go with the 5Ds or 5Dsr.

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            5.0

            Absolutely love this camera

            By Dawn

            from Los Angeles, Ca

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

              Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

              I love this camera. The video capture is beautiful. Images are high quality.

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              • No

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              5.0

              EXCELLENT CAMERA!

              By Rusty

              from Birmingham, AL

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

                I do video and photography professionally, so let me say that THIS camera is INCREDIBLE!

                I've been working toward this purchase for nearly FOUR years! I'm coming from a Rebel t3i, so you can imagine the JUMP in performance from a crop-sensor to a full-frame camera.

                The 5dm3 is amazing in low-light... I can also jack up the ISO to 6400 with very little, IF any noise.

                The video is just as I expected - AWESOME!

                I love the feel of this camera is my hand... yes it's a bit bigger, but truthfully you get used to it quick.

                I had reached a ceiling with my Rebel t3i - it's a solid camera, but it could NOT handle low-light situations. I feel like with the 5dm3 I've got a TON of room to grow! I'm very excited about all the creative possibilities with this camera.

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                5.0

                I always buy Canon

                By Ricardo

                from Texas

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • High ISO Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

                  I have not used this EOS 5D Mark III but I know it will be great just like all the other Canon products. In fact if you go into my studio you will only find Canon products.

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                  4.0

                  I Finally Got One!

                  By Richard S. Budding Photographer

                  from San Francisco, CA

                  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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

                      I'm an amateur photographer and have been coveting this camera for a long time. Finally took and plunge and I already notice a difference in the quality of my photos. I have been using an EOS Rebel SL1 to shoot portraits and models and the quality was never quite sharp enough. Now it's sharp with the 5D and more vivid. I've only started to use this camera but I'm already very satisfied at the upgrade I made. Thanks B&H!

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                      5.0

                      Amazing

                      By Lucas

                      from Oakland

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

                        Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

                        This camera is a beauty. It is my workhorse. From photography to video documentaries, it can do it all, all while being light, mobile, and relatively unobtrusive. I've made no better investment.

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                        5.0

                        Unbelievable camera, lens just O.K.

                        By Ski Man

                        from Northern Nevada

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Big Enlargements
                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Lovely Landscapes
                          • Skin Tone
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

                          Soon after purchasing this camera & lens from B&H, I was asked to review. How could I do so when I hadn't really used it? It has been a year and a half now, and the camera is superlative in many ways, primarily in the image it produces--the other computer-like bells & whistles be darned. The noise suppression is PHENOMENAL! However, I wish I had bought the Sigma 24-105 lens to go with the 5D. The Canon 24-105, although an "L" is, sadly, like many other Canon EF-S lenses I have purchased for the 20D, 30D, 40D and 7D, is lacking. Much distortion, lens creep and and unsharpness on the edges.

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                          5.0

                          Excelente...!!!

                          By Arturo Alvarez

                          from México. Ciudad de México

                          Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

                          Lo mejor de lo mejor producido hasta ahorita en el campo de las cámaras de gama profesional (esperemos ver que hace la 5Ds

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Truly amazing photographic capabilities

                          By Summer

                          from Springfield, IL

                          About Me Photography Student

                          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

                          • Short Battery Life

                          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 with 24-105mm Lens:

                          What beautiful photographs we've been able to take with this camera. Even in low light, the picture is clear and crisp avoiding camera shake. Taking excellent pictures is straight-forward just using the basic selections on the camera. And we are still exploring the many features whick are new to us on this camera.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Canon 5D Mark III

                          By Jaffer.H

                          from Qatar

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

                            Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

                            I am Hobbyist, love the pictures, there is nothing i can talk bad about this product, still discovering this camera. Enjoying it.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Worth It.

                            By Stefano

                            from Rochester Hills, MI

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • No Auto-focus For Video

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with 24-105mm Lens:

                            I use the Canon 5D Mark III for shooting video. The only downside to this camera is the lack of an auto-focus feature in video mode. Aside from that, I love everything about it. I get professional quality video for a fraction of the cost. Well worth the investment.

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