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

(based on 617 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (564)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (466)
  • High ISO performance (424)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (412)
  • Large clear LCD (343)
  • Fast shutter speed (330)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (372)
  • Low light (352)
  • Family photos (296)
  • Travel (296)
  • Weddings (283)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (159), Photo enthusiast (145), Pro photographer (132), Casual photographer (29), Photography student (27)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (478), 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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

EOS 5D WITH THE 24-105 F/4 LENS

By REGGIO

from BROOKLYN NY

Verified Buyer

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

ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT IT IS A FANTASTIC CAMERA AND LENS COMBINATION. THE ONLY DRAWBACK IS THAT IT GOES THROUGH BATTERIES LIKE A KNIFE THROUGH BUTTER . AN AC ADAPTER IS A MUST FOR THIS CAMERA.

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4.0

Always had love for the Mark 3.

By Tre

from Hartford, CT

Verified Buyer

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

I was first introduced to the Mark 3 in photography school and ever since then I loved shooting with it. You can produce some beautiful work with it if you have any idea of what you're doing! The quality is definitely an improvement and upgrade from the Rebel T3 I was originally shooting with.

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4.0

Great Camera

By joe

from Undisclosed

Staff Reviewer

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

Love it

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5.0

Couldn't wait to get this!

By Andy

from St. Paul, MN

Verified Buyer

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

I previously had a 5D, which I loved, but it sadly fell in a river and never recovered. I shoot a lot of sports so I have two EOS-1 Mark IV's, but I missed that cmos chip and the nice files from it. I was also in need of fresh glass so I opted for the 24-105 mm package dealio. I couldn't be happier! I can shoot 75 percent of my event work with the the 5D III and 24-105 combo. I have rented the 5D s and was very impressed with the detail and huge files but I felt the Mark III offers the file size for day to day work. I also wanted the camera for the low light capabilities which are amazing! I have yet to really test that out other than being able to shoot in an event tent at 8000 asa with no flash. Anyway got for it!

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5.0

Just plain outstanding!

By TAG

from Watertown ct

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

This camera is the flagship of the full frame dslr's in terms of cost, features and performance. It is the equivalent in picture quality of a 2-1/4 x 2-1/4 vs. a 35mm in the film era....well worth the cost!!!!

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5.0

Beautifully Crafted

By A.M. Daniel

from Brooklyn

Verified Buyer

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

The 5D Mark III is a beautifully crafted piece of camera gear. It is big, not huge, so it is also a commitment you have to make if you plan to carry it around all day. The menu is extensive but easy to handle, especially when you use the two different wheels for navigation. The lens is super crisp and the many autofocus points ensure that you'll get the focus you need. I am still getting comfortable with the camera but if feels really good in my hands. My last camera was a Canon 50D so it is definitely the same family just more to it. Having the ability to set a much higher ISO than before is a big plus. Overall, I am very happy with the camera and 24-105mm lens and am looking forward to years of enjoyment.

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5.0

I Love it!!!

By kostyaexodus

from Philadelphia, PA

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

    Conan 5 D Mark III its the best one!!!!!!!

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    • No

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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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      • No

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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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        • No

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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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                    • No

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