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The mark ii was great; the mark iii is better,
This review is from: Canon EOS 5D Mark III - SLR Digital Camera (Body only) (Electronics)
After having spent a good month with this camera I can safely say that it's a worthy upgrade from the mark ii. The internet is awash with technical reviews so I won't delve too deeply into this. Build quality is improved, it feels so much better in your hands, the grip is better contoured and it feels much less plasticky than its predacessor. Image quality is roughly the same, though I find it does resolve a touch more detail and the iso handling is definitely better. 6 frames per second plus the option to use silent single shooting and silent continuous shooting (though the rate will drop to 3 fps) are all welcome additions (the heavy audible thunk of shutters in quiet church is not a good thing!).
Autofocus options and deliveration are awesome and not nearly as complicated as some people have made out. Select AI Servo, your autofocus preset/case and all autofocus points (61, 41 of which, lens depending, are cross type!) and it'll track a moving subject without much of a problem; it's a very satisfying thing to see the selected points skim across the scene as they track an object. This alone would make a good arguement for upgrading compared to the mark ii's measly 9 points and sketchy autofocus.
Calibrating zoom/telephoto lenses is now made more accurate with the ability to to calibrate the wide and the telephoto ends independantly, very useful.
The screen is larger with an improved resolution and is lovely to view images on. We now the ability to rate and compare images side by side on the screen and the option to edit raw images in-camera to a point. A zoom button has been added to the left hand side, and, whilst it takes a bit getting used to being in that position compared to the mark ii's zoom buttons, it becomes second nature very quickly.
I'm not a videographer so I can't comment on that side of things though I have tried it out using my 35mm f/1.4 and was pleased with the image clarity and sound.
There are a host of other functions to explore and I thoroughly recommend taking the time to familiarise yourself with them.
Oh, and here's a little tip about something that's been irking a few folk on the internet and isn't obvious in the mark iii instructions; to bring up the AF point selection display on the rear screen, press the Info button 3 times (which will cycle through a couple of things before returning to the normal aperture/shutter speed etc display, now when you press the AF point selection button the options appear on the rear screen rather than the top one).
Once you use this camera you will still love the mark ii but really appreciate how the mark iii has been improved and will not regret buying it. Prices are dropping (I got mine for £1800) making it very good value for money.
Hope this review helps in your choice.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2013 22:47:56 GMT
Dan Coffey says:
I'm already sold on this camera body and am saving up, where did you find it for £1800?
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Feb 2013 09:25:37 GMT
Mr. Adrian Holloway says:
A chap on E-bay. He'd only had it a few months from new so it was mint. Paid by Paypal so I was covered if it went wrong. I've seen a few mark iii's go for around this price (and up to around 2 grand) fairly recently.
I took both my mark ii and mark iii out with me to a shoot last night and had forgotten how used I had got to the mark iii's faster burst rate, 61 focus points and improved buffering, it makes a huge difference!
You'll absolutely love it.
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