Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Conclusion

I love the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I did not feel the same about the Mark II. Although I loved the Mark II’s image quality, as an action sports photographer, it just didn’t work for me. The Mark III is a whole different story. It’s got the image quality of the 5D Mark II (and then some) – and it’s got the burst rate and auto focus performance I need for sports photography. Before the 5D Mark III, sports photographers had to pony up the $5000 for an EOS-1D body or they had to sacrifice image quality and go with the APS-C sensor EOS 7D. With the 5D Mark III, you get auto focus performance like a 1D body (previous 1D bodies, anyway) and you get the best image quality Canon has to offer. You give a little on the burst speed but not enough to really hurt.

Photographers who work in the studio, don’t shoot in low light and/or don’t need the improved auto focus and burst speed of the Mark III would do well to buy a Mark II and call it a day. The EOS 5D Mark II is still a great camera and there’s a reason Canon left it in their lineup.
On the other hand, sports and event photographers who were struggling with the 5D Mark II or anyone else who wants the ultimate image quality *and* excellent auto focus, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III is your camera. I think in terms of overall usability and versatility, the 5D Mark II was a triple (I’m talking baseball). But with the 5D Mark III, Canon hit it out of the park. Highly recommended.

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  • M42 says:

    No doubt this is a big step forward for Canon. But, this is the camera they should have released for the Mark II, which uses a decade old metering and autofocus system. And worse, they’ve over priced the camera. It’s a $3,500 camera, not a $3,500 one. Although I’ve shot Canon for the past 21 years, my next camera will be the Nikon D800E, which is offers so much more than the Mark III for less money. This is typical Canon – one step forward and two steps back. I think it’s time I got off their crazy go round.

  • M42 says:

    Meant to say it’s a $2,500 camera and mistyped. My apologies.

  • neil says:

    what do u see in a nikon 800e and not the canon 5d mark iii????

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