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5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but worth it., 29 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Canon EOS 5D Mark III 24 - 105 Kit Digital SLR (DSLR) Camera (Camera)
Had this now for 2 months and shot macro / landscapes / portraits / nightshots with it. It handles all very, very well. The sensor is so good that to get sufficient water blur on waterfall shots taken during the day I've had to get an ND6 filter. I used to own a Canon 550D and I believe the 5D3 sensor is 8 times better. I regularly shoot at ISO 1250 for macro with no loss in IQ to grain (I've had 5D2 users comment on some macro shots saying they cannot believe the quality at such ISOs). I've even had some very useable ones at 1600. With the 24-105L the shots are very sharp too. So much so my wife refuses to have any portraits of her shown without me PP'ing them heavily to remove spots / wrinkles.

Having said all this it is not a camera for the novice. The AF system can take a while to get used to if you are used to the old 9 point one. But once you get the hang of it it is good. The menus and buttons are numerous and again takes some learning to naviagate your way around. It is also a big camera and heavy too. So be prepared to have to get a bigger camera bag especially if like me you like a grip attached. You will also need to build some good neck / shoulder muscles if you are doing a long stint with a telephoto lens. The files are large and to get full use of the 6fps a 600X+ speed memory card is essential. I also really like the fact that when a shot is correctly taken they can be cropped very heavily should you so need to. I've had some good detailed head / shoulders portraits taken at a fl of 280mm.

To sum up this is a very expensive camera but is worth it.
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2014 16:41:30 GMT
Scorpion says:
Hi,

What would you actually recommend for a novice please?

Appreciate any advice as I was going to take the plunge with this as my first decent professional camera.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2014 04:10:24 BDT
Lee Williams says:
Very, very late. But I'd recommend a canon 1100d. Mainly for the sake of it's ease of use, and should you need it, there's a handy button that tells you everything you need to know (tit turns on "learning mode", that essentially brings a small box at the bottom of the screen up that tells you what everything you highlight in the menu does)~ Plus it has a very nice price to it. I've taken very decent photos using a 75-250 IS lens (would recommend that over the "default" one). But, this is coming from a person with a tight budget, and was new to DSLRs~ :)
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