5 Reasons Not to Wait for the Canon 5D Mk III


We've previously asked you what you wanted to see in the Canon 5D Mk II successor and we also asked if you needed the 21MP output. Indeed, the Canon 5D Mk II is a camera that revolutionized the photography industry and despite the fact that it has its flaws, there are a number of reasons why you should spring for the current version vs waiting for the successor.

We Don't Know When It's Coming

At the time of this writing, there has been a recent terrible tragedy in Japan affecting Canon's factories and those of other camera manufacturers. Because of this, the initial announcement may perhaps be delayed. For all we know, Canon may have wanted to announce the camera soon but may be putting it off now because of the unfortunate events. You could be waiting for an extremely long time.

Besides the uncertainty, there are other reasons why you should spring for another camera: even if it isn't the 5D Mk II.

You Could Have Been Spending That Time Creating Photos

Think about all the time you've already wasted not creating better images with the 5D Mk II (or any other digital camera for that matter). In no way is it a terrible camera. Even when the 5D Mk III does come out, the 5D Mk II will still be able to create compelling images in the hands of an experienced photographer—and you could have been that photographer that has mastered the camera. These photographers could have also potentially made their money back already from the purchase.

Think about it: Put a brand new camera in the hands of someone that doesn't know how to use it. Then put an old camera in the hands of a seasoned veteran photographer. Who will create the better photos?

The Autofocus Isn't As Bad As You Think

The 5D Mk II's autofocus has taken some bashing over the years, but in all truthfulness it isn't as bad as some may say. The strongest focusing point on the 5D Mk II is the center focusing point. Using this point, a photographer can focus and then recompose their image if they find the outer points to be unreliable. The focus and then recompose method has been used by photographers for years before camera companies started putting lots of focusing points.

Even in AI Servo (continuous focusing) the focus is still very usable and you will still be able to crop a great image from the original. In fact, you can crop to your heart's content because of the 21MP output as we stated in a previous posting.

The RAW Files are Very Versatile

I've done postings on saving an underexposed image, minor retouching, and color correcting concert photos. As stated earlier, photographers with older cameras are still able to create compelling images with no problem. I personally know a couple that didn't feel that the 5D Mk II was worth the upgrade for them. The 5D Mk II's RAW files are very good and able to do almost anything that the photographer requires.

Similarly, just as photographers become better by using their camera everyday, a photo editor can become better by editing and tweaking photos to make them even better.

So what if you're a JPEG shooter? Well then, learning to light your images correctly is very important and you could have spent all that time honing your craft.

It's The Photographer That Creates the Images

In the end, one needs to remember that it is the photographer that creates the images and just because you have the latest model doesn't necessarily mean that you'll take better images. However, many people that want the 5D Mk III, want to upgrade to that model because of the full frame sensor. A full frame sensor offers many advantages over APS-C sized sensors. Better image quality and getting full use of your lenses are only some of the advantages.

With that said, the only reason to wait for most digital cameras these days is the new features that are available. However, most cameras pack in so many features that many photographers don't even use.

Let us know your thoughts: Besides the 5D Mk II, do you also feel that we should be out there creating images instead of waiting for the latest and greatest technology?

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I agree with you...." the photographer that creates the images, not the camera"

When I started taking photos in highschool I owned a 3MP Sony Mavica. It still used the mini CD disks to record images and took up to 3 full seconds to complete saving an exposure sometimes.  With that camera I won 1st place in the photo category of my school's art competition.  Competing in the same category was a Nikon DSLR user. I like to believe that the quality, bells and whistles of the camera is inconsequential in comparison to the knowledge of the nature of light and skills of the photographer. I upgraded camera equipment as I got older and now use an original 5D. There is no such thing as a 'need' to upgrade with every new model, only a want.

I agree...the one thing every great photo has in common is that the photographer was there to take it. If you are waiting for a camera to be released and not out taking photos then who knows how many oppurtunities you are missing to get your own personal best photos?