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Just updated: Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview with real world samples

By dpreview staff on Mar 23, 2012 at 17:14 GMT

We've updated our Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview with a selection of real world samples images and more detailed descriptions of the camera's behavior. We've shot a range of subjects under different lighting types and light levels to see how the latest 22MP performs. These shots were taken using a pre-production camera running final firmware, so may not be 100% representative of final image quality (though Canon allowing us to publish them suggests they're not far off). We're expecting a production-standard camera and will be adding studio test shots next week.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview samples - posted 23 March 2012

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. Because our review images are now hosted on the 'galleries' section of dpreview.com, you can enjoy all of the new galleries functionality when browsing these samples.There are 30 'real-world' images in the preview samples gallery, and 24 still-life samples. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

 Click here to read our 5D Mk III hands-on preview
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Rubenski
By Rubenski (Mar 24, 2012)

For Tell the truth: 'hope it can focus?' My God, you're pathetic! Top rated cameras in the USA are MKII and 7D. Million more users, much closer to the truth, check B&H reviews. Now I understand the meaning of the word fanboy even better.

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

Yeah and Fanboys are really dumb!!!!!!

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Richt2000
By Richt2000 (Mar 24, 2012)

Why is DPR publishing pre-prod camera when a prod camera is available on the high st? Canon to tight to lend the biggest and most trusted camera review site a $3000 cam? Or is amazon too tight to give Dpr a cam to test????

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Mar 25, 2012)

More to the point, what is a pre-production camera? It either is what the consumer is going to receive, or it is a "virtual" product. The virtue being that if anything is less than stellar, the reviewer can say that this wasn't a real production camera.

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George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Mar 24, 2012)

Well folks the D800, shows great results no doubt about that. In my opinion it has managed to mach the image quality of 5D MarkII specially at higher ISO settings. Impressive! And on top of that we have a camera which has mind blowing count of megapixels ...Right! So, this can be useful for heavy cropping!Then in terms of image quality both cameras performs equally well. Bravo! The new Canon 5D MarkIII, however will prove the unavoidable...and that better performance than the previous model in low light ...probably twice at least, which is what most of the Canon users like me are waiting for. Lets wait for the In-depth Review of the both cameras to see which one is the real King in terms of image quality! I am smiling already .... Canon ...you can!

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Stollen1234
By Stollen1234 (Mar 24, 2012)

"Lets wait for the In-depth Review of the both cameras to see which one is the real King in terms of image quality!"

amazing what people are looking for..

what happened to buy the camera which meets your real need and going out and making photos and having fun..or making your living.

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lenseye
By lenseye (Mar 24, 2012)

Totally agree! Some people think they are in a football game! Photography has been lost along the way! Amazing indeed!

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balico
By balico (Mar 24, 2012)

Smiling indeed, even when the D800 exhibits 1,5x more noise then the 5Dmk3, D800 will still out-resolve the D5mk3 with 1,6x more pixels ;)

Beside that, the 5D is more expensive, No internal flash, less shutter life etc etc. Even without a straight comparison beween the two, I am already smiling for the Nikon indeed :)
Canon "delighting you always?", Nikon "at the heart of the image"!

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 24, 2012)

Well, I think the fact is both Canon and Nikon are smiling because they can steal the money from their fans' pockets so easily.
Both Canon and Nikon are too successful in making free marketing campaigns via their fans.
The shareholders of both companies are thanking their fans here...

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Sasha2012
By Sasha2012 (Mar 27, 2012)

I have …

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DenWil
By DenWil (Mar 24, 2012)

Seattle Model's Guild could probably come up with a face for a close up - how a tightly framed head and shoulders shot plays out on these new FF sensors in portrait orientation paired with 85mm or 100mm lenses would be defining information for many buyers.

Thanks.

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pigelmann
By pigelmann (Mar 24, 2012)

Somehow I'm not impressed with these samples at all. To me D800 has far better detail rendition, maybe it's because of better lenses used? I was blown away by the D800's sample with a mansion and there's nothing comparable in MkIII's set. I suppose high ISO performance is on the canon's side, but pixel-peeper's dream is now D800.

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pigelmann
By pigelmann (Mar 24, 2012)

And yes, I'm a canon hater =)

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pigelmann
By pigelmann (Mar 24, 2012)

Oh, such a sweet ending, human hater. I used the term "canon hater" not because I literally hate canon equipment and company's policy. They just don't meet my notion of they should be. That's why I've chosen Nikon.

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

Exactly it is so simple as I previously mentioned, just dont buy it... cuz nobody is holding a .357 magnum on your head and force you to buy it.... it is that simple...:)

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Khizer
By Khizer (Mar 24, 2012)

I still haven't made up my mind whether to buy the 5DIII or D800. To be honest, I was expecting much higher pixel level detail from the D800, so not sure which gallery shots have impressed you. The detail is missing and moreover depth of field is too shallow, which undermines pixel detail. Compare the D800 shots with the Pentax medium format portrait samples, and you will see what I mean by good pixel detail.
I am now really looking forward to see 1D-x samples.

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

Well Pentax is a medium format camera, you just can't compare, since I dont have my d800 yet, I can only assume that hasselblad H4d 31 will most likely to blow the d800 away," even with a bit lower pixel count", in the detail, dimension and color rendition department. So I dont think you should compare d800 with medium format camera, since their sensor size is more than 1.5 to 2.5 times larger than ff and since the entry level medium formats priced at 3-4 times more than the D800. C'mon dude, if d800 can produce the same quality image as the medium format, then phaseone, hasselblad, pentax etc will have to close down their factory....:)

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pigelmann
By pigelmann (Mar 24, 2012)

Look at birch tree's branches on the photo with big house. The house's brick texture. Personally I can't imagine any FINER details there. Talking about D800's sample.

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

I agree with you pigelmann

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

oww btw check out
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim-lin/6861871542/
Someone is posting some portrait images taken by 5dmarkIII,
In my opinion, the quality of the image is not better than markII, its almost the same...I know it cuz I used to own 5d markII.

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 24, 2012)

Difficult to make a choice to buy D800 or Mk3? Very simple, buy both. Get some real experience with both cameras then you know which one you don't like. Sell the one you don't like and get some money back.

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Adler1970
By Adler1970 (Mar 24, 2012)

Does not make sense to hate Canon. But to hate the market philosophy of Canon, is legitimate.
My impression is that the manager of Canon are ruining the good work done by engineers of Canon. All an engineer of Canon can do, is penalized by the law of the market by Canon. For this reason, today Canon-managers sell to you an autofocus which you could had already in the year 2008. It is absurd and unacceptable that Canon sells for 3400 euros an autofocus, and it is absurd that this autofocus is called: UPGRADE.
NO POSSIBILITY! No way to accept it!
Now: doubtless, Canon has POTENTIAL. But what does this potential if it is mortified by the marketing strategy? Nothing. For this reason, I've abandoned Canon, and I've switched to Nikon. I do not like to be treated only as a Wallet!
Nikon is doing a better job than Canon.

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Dougbm_2
By Dougbm_2 (Mar 24, 2012)

Still happy with my 5D Mk1. Fantastic image quality and sensible file sizes. Could do with a decent LCD and maybe a stop more ISO. That's it! Video? Pah! Get a camcorder. Lighter, cheaper and better. Still if I did find one of these in my xmas stocking....

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Mar 24, 2012)

I believe this should be priced @ $2,499.99 only.

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

yeah it is a bit overpriced, maybe it is due to where it is being manufactured, from what I understand mk3 is still made in japan, and d800 is made in Thailand, the manufacturing cost in thailand is a lot cheaper. But I could be wrong.

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 24, 2012)

Made in Japan means "Good Quality" and it absolutely makes sense to sell at higher price.
Very bad experience for those photographic products made outside Japan, N.America and Western Europe; even though with the same Japanese and European brands.
Unless there is no choice, I prefer to pay higher price for those products that are "Made in Japan".

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

@Edmund... hahahah Absolutely agreeeeee, I mean not only with photographic equipment only, even with automobile, even with any other products in my experience the one that is made in Thailand has inferior quality compared to those that are made in Japan.... No offense tho...:) JDM (japanese domestic market) product rulezzzzz

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pacogwapo
By pacogwapo (Mar 24, 2012)

ignorant FF nikons are made in japan while DX bodies are made inthailand. anways if its' nikon it must be better than canon! lol

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Mar 24, 2012)

Hi, Stanley zheng. I will not buy COOLPIX camera because they came from Indonesia.

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

@thanathanm, Neither do I dude hahahahhahha I agree with you...:)

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Eleson
By Eleson (Mar 24, 2012)

If production country makes a difference in terms of quality, you should stay clear of the brand having those issues.

Production quality is a skill that the company have, and they ensure the quality of the product. It is mostly about persistance.

The language that the worker talks doesn't enter the equation.

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Edmond Leung
By Edmond Leung (Mar 24, 2012)

A good camera except the size is too big. If it can be downsized to the same as EOS650/620 then it's great!

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camera4me
By camera4me (Mar 24, 2012)

All these shots but no even one portrait shot to see how this camera renders skin tone!!!!

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Kenneth Lee
By Kenneth Lee (Mar 24, 2012)

Yes, looking for the same here.

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

I have seen some shot on flickr, hope this couldl help

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim-lin/6861871542/in/photostream/

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Khizer
By Khizer (Mar 24, 2012)

@Stanley zheng - thanks for sharing the link, but I was surprised to see the impressive image quality and skin tones rendered by Sony A77 on that same slideshow after the 5Diii.

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

@khizer... yeahhhh.. you are right, I checked it out after u told me, yeahhh.. it is.. quite impressive, isnt it? wow

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llopart
By llopart (Mar 24, 2012)

For who might be obsessed with this 5d MKIII and d800 comparison. The end has mixed reviews about it. With pro and cons for both cameras...

https://picasaweb.google.com/104343264324531368264/NikonD800XCanon5DMKIII#

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

those are images from imaging resources.... and it is stated clearly that the 5d3 image comes a from a preproduction camera, if you guys care to read it "NOTE: This Beta Sample Image was shot with a preproduction prototype of the camera in question. Image quality may not be representative of final production models" NOt mix review, to me its very clear, people who are looking for more detail will definitely go with nikon, people who loves to shoot in the dark will go with canon. up to iso 1600 nikon still provides an acceptable image. But still hoping to see a much better canon review with a real production camera.... since I already have a collection of canon L lenses.

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Khizer
By Khizer (Mar 24, 2012)

Clearly, Canon 5Diii peforms better in low light compared with Nikon D800 but which camera has better IQ in the most normal ISO range of say 100-800? Views please?

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

@khizer, hmmmmm, to be honest with you, if viewed at 16.7% on my photoshop cs5,at iso 100 both cameras shows almost the same image quality, yes nikon can pull a little bit more detail, but not so much. color on mark3 is a little bit washed out as it is compared to nikon d800 but thats maybe due to same scene is taken at 1/13 on mark3 and 1/20 on d800, but it looks almost the same.. until you blow it up to 100 percent magnification, then you start seeing the details that canon cannot capture. And I am sure some people is also gonna say if you are going to print it on a magazine size of paper than,.. the difference is not gonna be too ovbvious, and i will say it is absolutely correct, I can say the difference wont be too significant. but at a price 500 dollar lower...d800 is becoming quite attractive..:)

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Stanley zheng
By Stanley zheng (Mar 24, 2012)

Furthermore, since I photograph people a lot more than any other things, 36 megapixel viewed at 100 percent makes my job retouching the skin variation on the model's face a lot cleaner and easier.

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Jonathan Lee
By Jonathan Lee (Mar 25, 2012)

hum... as a canon user who sold the nikon system about 10 years ago. d800 does have a better detail by a good margin @ high ISO. many pics shows that including this one.

https://picasaweb.google.com/104343264324531368264/NikonD800XCanon5DMKIII#5723257699852456370

at low ISO 5d3 seems better than d800

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Alejandro del Pielago
By Alejandro del Pielago (Mar 24, 2012)

AWESOME ISOS !!! So F%&$g clean !!!!

I was thinking purchase the 5D Mark III in november, because my Mark II is extraordinary, but now, checking this samples WOOOWWWWWW I want my Mark III . I wish this time AF works great...

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KTSFotos
By KTSFotos (Mar 24, 2012)

Nikon D800 X Canon 5D MKIII
This was done only for the curiosity of those who like to compare cameras.

The sample images were taken from Imaging-Resource.

I compared the photos at ISO 50, 400, 3200, 6400, 25600 and 102400.
Some pictures were edited in photoshop and reduced in size to compare with the canon picture size, to see the IQ.
I pointed out details that are important to me. In the case for me, high ISO is totally useless, since I never took pictures more than ISO3200. Any form of noise that is not possible to remove in photoshop for me is useless.
All the image processing was done over the Nikon and Canon at the same time in the same software. The opinion may differ from one person to another, however, the comparisons are there.
Enjoy!

https://picasaweb.google.com/104343264324531368264/NikonD800XCanon5DMKIII

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alfonscarl
By alfonscarl (Mar 24, 2012)

the image quality at such high ISO settings is astonishing...for someone who does not prefer using flash this camera is a must have

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Mar 24, 2012)

Great performance from the canon but where are the colors in the first shots, why is everything gray and muted ? Where is the 100% detail in the ISO100 and 200 shots, like in the first tree picture ? Why is there noise and patches in the shadows at ISO100, in the buildings/lamp picture ?

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NDT0001
By NDT0001 (Mar 24, 2012)

This is not a snapshot or holiday camera. Its not designed to be camera processed like cheaper SLR'S, contrast, saturation and sharpness are added later. This camera's strengths lie in usability, high dynamic range capture, fast focus and a host of other improvements. There are SOO many minor but critical improvements to this model, if you dont understand that, you should research it and understand why the images are 'grey and muted' (google s-log and s-curve) and as for judging noise on an internet downloaded picture, well you shouldn't.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Mar 24, 2012)

I own and use a FF camera regularily, for about 3 years. I also shot with the original 5D and the mark 2, along with many other FF and professional cameras. You can check my portofolio on Photo.net. I ask again, where is the 100% detail in the low ISO shots, what happened to the colors and why are there noise and grain patches in the ISO100 high contrast shots ?

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NDT0001
By NDT0001 (Mar 24, 2012)

im not sure what your going on about but the lamp post building shot was taken at 25,600iso as stated in the bottom, and your asking about noisy blacks? be realistic.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Mar 24, 2012)

I'm not talking about no 25.600 ISO picture, I'm talking about the eight picture in the series.

I know what a professional camera is, and what is suppose to do, the same way that i know that, after watching professional pictures on PN for years, I did not see in the 5D2 images the same microcontrast, detail and color reproduction that I saw in the 5D, period. It seems that the third iterration of the 5D continues in the trend set by the mark2, hi ISO, video, now even AF, maybe no one will notice that it's fallen of the path where it really matters. But I just hope I'm wrong and this will turn out to be a real dream machine and will give the D800 a run for its money, in terms of image quality. I'm not easily fooled by numbers, not anymore, and I am not shooting black cats in dark caves at midnight either. I need Hi ISO ever so often, but the ISO values start at 100/200 for a reason.

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tmustago
By tmustago (Mar 24, 2012)

@nicolai - pic 8 is "the scoop" plaza pic w/ the pyramidal tower under construction? if so, i see what u mean re: noise in the shadows, but i suspect that pic 8 is deliberately underexposed. in a series of 3 brackets. the mk3 features a built-in HDR mode which combines 3 exposures in camera....pic 9 is the HDR in-camera sample of the same composition (minus the asian ladies). my guess is that pic 8 is the darkest of the 3 bracketed exposure, rather than the middle correct exposure. but it could be this high contract shot simply exceeds the camera's dynamic range. i also agree that the 24-105 f4 lens is unimpressive at resolving detail, esp the edges at wide angles, but it has very good color, like all canon L's. however, i would prefer to see sample pics shot w/ better glass in a neutral picture style, albeit zooms or primes. i think that's more useful for comparing varying sample pics among manufacturers.

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treepop
By treepop (Mar 23, 2012)

I can't wait till next week for your test shots and review. I must have them NOW! I am working late, thus you must as well.

jk =)

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bradleyg5
By bradleyg5 (Mar 23, 2012)

Great to see a large inclusion of handheld night street photography, wish my 5dII could get away with that, although not quite $4000 wish :D

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yuyucheu
By yuyucheu (Mar 23, 2012)

5d mark iii make me very disapoint. now i don't know what body will be my next one.

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tagomilonga
By tagomilonga (Mar 23, 2012)

@yuyucheu
Remind us again, who do you think would like to know that you don't know?

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rusticus
By rusticus (Mar 23, 2012)

>5D Mark III macht mich sehr enttäuschen. Nun weiß ich nicht wissen, was mein Körper wird nächste sein<
buy the K-5 - awesome, and you can shoot in the rain eg.

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candleJack
By candleJack (Mar 24, 2012)

with this kind of attitude, probably your own! :))

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Ruy Penalva
By Ruy Penalva (Mar 23, 2012)

To tell the truth, lens is more important than camera currently.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Mar 23, 2012)

I'm inclined to partly agree, have any specific lenses in mind?

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Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Mar 23, 2012)

The two need each other and if your focus system works well with and F1.2 lens then you are happy and that is me because F1.2 is unforgiving.

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yuyucheu
By yuyucheu (Mar 23, 2012)

i agree! I have canon 70-200mm markII and 24-105mm, + 90-300mm and a little 15-70mm.

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Ruy Penalva
By Ruy Penalva (Mar 24, 2012)

I will be happy the day 35mm digital cameras could do constant auto film focus like camcorders do. I'm more impressed by the film quality of 5D MKII than by its still shots indeed. Any L luminous, fast and enviromentally protected lens do the job. Any advance in cameras currently are toward filming.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Mar 23, 2012)

Are there any Canon 5D Mark III real world RAWs for download from DPReview
as with the D800?

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Mar 23, 2012)

This is a preproduction camera, we won't be posting original raw fies - sorry, you'll have to wait for us to get hold of a production sample, but it should only be a few more days.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Mar 23, 2012)

Thank you. I'd wondered if that were the case.

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Mar 23, 2012)

John Cusack is not Edgar Allen Poe, don't be silly. He's an actor from the 1980s. You know, if I was making a film about Nicolas Cage, I would cast John Cusack as him, and vice-versa.

As for the 5D MkIII, it's my firm belief that the kind of people who *need* this camera also *really, really want* uncompressed HDMI output, which it doesn't have. Odd decision by Canon there. Nothing about the still images in this preview make me want to smash my 5D MkII into pieces and throw it into the Thames. Perhaps the new AF is like night and day.

On a conceptual level it feels like the second half of the 5D MkII, if you get my drift, rather than a new whole.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

I paid $3199 for my 5d II kit with the 24-105 L and the same 5D III kit is now $4299. Seriously?

Fortunately I sold the 5D II, and ordered the D800 which is shaping up to be a monster of a camera. Anyway, I've always preferred Nikon and owned a D70, D200, D7000, but bought a 5D II to learn video. But with the somewhat incremental update of the 5D III relative to it's price, I know I made the right move. But in reality all of these FF DSLRs, and the APS-C have excellent IQ.

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Ashley Pomeroy
By Ashley Pomeroy (Mar 23, 2012)

Based on your portfolio on Photo.net, you've spent your time with thousand-dollar equipment taking snapshots of wading birds, your family, and some tourist attractions.

Thankfully neither of us need to think twice about shelling out $4299 - it's chicken feed - but for the little people, don't you think it's demoralising that you have something they want, and might do something interesting with?

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llopart
By llopart (Mar 23, 2012)

I am not calling you a liar but your gallery only shows pictures taken with a
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
Wonder why will you post pictures taken with that camera and not with your 5d II? Did you ever have it... Specially since all your cameras were not that expensive bodies from nikon.

Anyway I guess you will be very happy with your d800

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lancespring
By lancespring (Mar 23, 2012)

LLopart: Look back further, and you will see photos taken with his Nikon D7000. But you are correct that there is nothing taken with any Canon cameras.

To me, it simply looks to me that he is as fickle with cameras as David Duchovny's character on Californication is with women. To me, his GH2 photos are no where as good as his D7000 photos. So why would he have dumped his D7000 for an inferior camera? Seems silly to me.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

You can look here if you want.

http://www.dpreview.com/galleries/5543808958/photos#page=6

Like Ashley said, lot's of "snapshots" taken with my 5D II off my Benro Travel Angel CF tripod. I never claimed to be a great photographer, but everyday I get a bit better, and in general I don't care for snapshots.

@lancesping I dumped the D7000 for a 5D Mk II. And I have the GH2 mainly for video. But you are correct. Getting rid of my D7000 was a huge mistake. The GH2 is nowhere near it for stills. That's why I've purchased the D800. But m43 cameras and lenses, and Nikkors are all I have until my D800 arrives.

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

@Ashley I'm not sure why the passive-aggressive comments. I never claimed to be a photographer. I'm a professional saxophone player, that's what I studied at university, and something that allowed me to tour Europe over 30 times.

By the way, little people? Seriously. There are no "little people", IMO, just other human beings, some good some not so good. That air of superiority is most unbecoming.

I didn't even know those Photo.net images even existed anymore. But if you don't like images of my little girl, and my ducks who gives a....

Honestly, why is everyone so hostile over camera gear?

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NDT0001
By NDT0001 (Mar 24, 2012)

I wouldnt worry too much about the comment mate, most people on here are wanna-be pro's who blame their gear for their crap pictures and have nothing to do but pore over the specs in these amazingly advanced cameras and crap all over them.

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mr nice
By mr nice (Mar 24, 2012)

Wow what is up with you people...
This is one of the first times i read through the comment here, hence my first post. It was like a giz/eng comments flashback. What happened with enjoying taking photos just for the joy of taking photos ?? Maybe it is because i am still on the point and shoot level compared to people in here, but when i was doing a slideshow of your pictures (marike6) my girlfriend and i had journey around the planet, and i COULD NOT care less for what camera, lense or whatever was used.
thx 4 sharing ;)

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 24, 2012)

Thanks Mr Nice. Your screen name is most appropriate.

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Steve_
By Steve_ (Mar 24, 2012)

@Ashley: Perhaps one day one of those 'little people' will stick your oh-so artfully utilized full-frame human worth enhancer up your you-know-what. At that point even you might realize no amount of money can be exchanged for a soul, much less a replacement anterior orifice of your magnitude.

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NeekonOwnerer
By NeekonOwnerer (Mar 23, 2012)

If you own Nikon gear, buy the Nikon. If you own Canon, then get the new canon. Both will take the same pictures with "you" behind the wheel. If you own both Canon and Nikon gear, well then buy both cameras because you have the $$$ for them haha.

You could all just keep what you already own because I am sure they are amazing cameras as well? These arguments will never end. The Canon vs Nikon discussion for photographers is like religion/political discussions for everyone else. No one is ever 100% wrong or correct. Just opinionated toward the true facts.

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SDPharm
By SDPharm (Mar 23, 2012)

Agree 100%. Camera is such a small factor in the final picture. Even image quality along is not necessarily a key factor.

But what if you don't have anything, what should you get? :)

I used to use my Canon DSLR gear, now it's gathering dust while I use mostly Panasonic GX1 (due to the lenses I already have.) I seriously thought about switching to NEX, but then I realized I should focus on taking pictures than on camera specs.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Mar 24, 2012)

Excellent, practical advice.

0 upvotes
Zerg2905
By Zerg2905 (Mar 24, 2012)

@NeekonOwnerer: "Genau"! :D

0 upvotes
jtwz8975
By jtwz8975 (Mar 23, 2012)

Why are there no up close photos of People??? I know I'm not the only one out there who takes pictures of people.

0 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Mar 24, 2012)

It's probably because of the 100% detail rendition, which is unsatisfactory to my eye so far. In the official canon samples there is a shot of a model in red from close range, with strobes in daylight and you can see that at 100% the details are muddled up, probably because of a strong AA filter or a soft lens (the nqw 24-70).

0 upvotes
Kwick1
By Kwick1 (Mar 23, 2012)

I get broken links on all of the "Original size" samples

0 upvotes
Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Mar 23, 2012)

I posted Samples here:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=4728.new;topicseen#new
Buffer info here
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,4740.0.html
My first photos from raw to jpg conversion
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php/topic,4685.0.html

0 upvotes
Jokica
By Jokica (Mar 23, 2012)

DPR, you have invalid link on this page. Text link in first paragraph (Canon EOS 5D Mark III preview) is wrongly pointed. However, link embedded in the screenshot image below second paragraph is OK.
Kind Regards

0 upvotes
Richard Shih
By Richard Shih (Mar 23, 2012)

Thanks for pointing that out. Link is fixed now.

1 upvote
sugardaddy
By sugardaddy (Mar 23, 2012)

Yay! I get to spend $3500 for an upgraded AF! Is there even a reason to get the 1Dx? They seem to be very similar.

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oysso
By oysso (Mar 23, 2012)

Except twice frame count per second. And maybe faster AF , better RAW buffer. ...... Better sealing . Longer batterylife.
But for many pros, the 5D III will be enough....

0 upvotes
Le Kilt
By Le Kilt (Mar 23, 2012)

If that is all you see in this camera, then keep shooting happily with what you've got. Happy shooting! :-)

0 upvotes
Tape5
By Tape5 (Mar 23, 2012)

Well these are all great cameras, fine. That is however not the point. The point is how Canon in my view will lose the edge in SALES over D800 and will suffer for years. Why?

1 Canon marketing thinks one out of every three human beings in this world is a Pro or a journalist or a wedding photographer. My guess is 90% of buyers at this level never sell a photo. This is not a forty grand MF market.

2 Canon got cocky with their 5D mark II and wanted to have a double dip

3 Canon does not appreciate that there are kids out there with five grand a week pocket money and their numbers are increasing by a thousand a day

4 Canon thought if they lower the resolution, people will think there is some genius behind it

5 Canon got caught by Nikon’s clever alliance with Sony who was making video and broadcast sensors for decades before Canon or Nikon did

6 You must be loaded or working for Reuters 24/7 to upgrade to mark III from II. But most Nikon owners want an upgrade with D800.

19 upvotes
Gene Smirnov
By Gene Smirnov (Mar 23, 2012)

There are options. You get what you pay for. The price is completely justifiable. If you're not a working photographer, you likely don't need that level of camera.

1 upvote
pdcm
By pdcm (Mar 23, 2012)

Sorry Tape5, I can;t agree with you. Most people who buy a dslr camea buy into a system. It is relatively rare for photographers to swap systems just because one maker has a temporary edge. There is too much money and expertise invested in that chosen system. The only people likely to swap over are the type of amateur who must have the latest, best piece of kit, in other words: the nutters. The Canon 5D Mk 2 remains a great camera with a usable pixel range. If I was a Canon shooter I would be more than happy. The Mk 3 may not have the same kind of massive upgrade that the Nikon has, but I'm sure that quite a few will upgrade. The reason why a lot of Nikon users will upgrade is simply because Nikon have lagged behind for several years now, so the jump to an D800 is because this camera, at last gives Nikon users the opportunitiy to get a full frame camera with very usable pixels at a (just) affordable price. Canon users would be stupid to swap from an already great camera system.

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Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Mar 23, 2012)

Tape5, I am speechless. Canon has something for people at every level of photography for one.
For two, people who do make a livin with it will pay what is asked to get the features they want.
Third point is Before the Nikon D800 there was mostly 12mp in their lineup for years. Nikon users might have wanted more but people still bought their cameras. the Nikon D2x was their first venture into more than 12mp and it was $8000. Who bought that camera? People who had a use for the features and the mp who made money with it. Seriously the people on here all Nikon is better theres 36 mp dont know much about real photography. A real photographer, myself included sees both systems offering cameras and features that rock! Those who shoot Canon for the most part have been begging Canon to focus on low light DR and quit jackin up the mp. They have listened. I have next to me my new 5D Mark III. It is everything i want and more. If i was on the Nikon side of the aisle id get the D4.

5 upvotes
Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Mar 23, 2012)

Video professionals say the Nikon D800 camera features full HDMI but worse camera file compatibility and lower quality video and options. I guess I'd believe a pro using this stuff than people on here who just talk specs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16hJOI5H7hU

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Gesture
By Gesture (Mar 23, 2012)

I think that's the key. What innovations must drive the future cameras for specific sets of users. Better video? Better autofocus? Better power management? Connectivity? Better in-camera editing? Remote operation capabilities? And so on. For example, I like redundancy. I would want a camera that writes to two in-camera media cards simultaneously.

0 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Mar 23, 2012)

The existence of the 5D Mk III and the 1D X does not make Canon's cheaper options like 7D, 60D, 600D or 1100D go away. Sure, they are crop instead of full-frame, but that just means you can use cheaper lenses (Canon EF-S, Sigma DC, Tamron Di-II) on them.

People who need this camera will buy it, and be happy. Maybe not all Mk II owners. And why does anyone still believe in the megapixel race? It is a dead horse.

0 upvotes
lensberg
By lensberg (Mar 23, 2012)

These sample images are truly impressive... outstanding levels of detail across the board at virtually every ISO setting... Comparing these 5D III images to the recently released "real world" D800 samples is like comparing flawless diamonds to cubic zirconium...

And people try to insinuate that the D800 has better detail retention & ISO performance at reduced resolutions... yeah right... dream another dream... because this one's not materialising into reality...

The 5D III's colour reproduction is spectacular... far superior to even the Nikon D3X or Pentax 645D... the dynamic range is at least 2½ stops better than the 5D II... and the ISO performance... is second to none... minimum 1½ stops better than the D800... and comparable with the D3S uptil 12800... and blows it away from 25600 onwards...

This is basically a no contest as far as overall IQ is concerned... the Canon 5D III wins hands down...

12 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (Mar 23, 2012)

... then you woke up.

30 upvotes
lensberg
By lensberg (Mar 23, 2012)

wait for the official reviews... there is no way that they will say the 5D III & D800 are even remotely equal in terms of image quality or ISO performance...

Even on youtube... you can find previews of the 5D III from digitalrev TV ... and the reviewer categorically states that the Canon 5D III is indeed a 2 stop improvement over the 5D II in terms of noise & DR...

Look at the samples provided for both cameras... the 5D III images have that buttery smooth appearence packed with plenty of detail at literally every setting... By stark contrast the D800 ones look pleasantly grainy... with ill defined detail even at base ISO's... and smudges beyond 1600...

The D800 will only be preferable in a studio environment... anywhere else the 5D III is the camera of choice...

5 upvotes
russbarnes
By russbarnes (Mar 23, 2012)

Lol. And we shall all kneel in the magnificent presence that is the 5DMKIII. These joke posts are so funny. So let me get this clear, it out-resolves and out-performs everything from medium format technology to the low light spectacular D3S and of course the dirty lowly D800 isn't even comparable even though DxO just rated it as having the best sensor ever. The Canon fan club sure needs some more brains on board! Lol.

11 upvotes
sugardaddy
By sugardaddy (Mar 23, 2012)

http://home.comcast.net/~NikonD70/Charts/PDR.htm

2 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (Mar 23, 2012)

It isn't physically possible for there to be 2 full stops difference, at least in the RAW data. At best I am guessing half a stop. In terms of dynamic range it might be 2 f/stops better (2 EV better), but best case is it will match the D800 for performance.

I am not knocking the 5dIII, it looks like it will produce some stunning images, but I think people are getting unreasonable expectations. One point is the 5DIII finally has a focus system that is useful, but 2 f/stops is a pipe dream. There isn't even 2 f/stops between a 5d MK1 and Nikon D3s/D4.

Eric

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lensberg
By lensberg (Mar 23, 2012)

I never mentioned medium format... i only compared it to other 35mm full frame sensors on the market...

DxO Mark's scores are always biased towards Nikon... so that score really doesn't come as a surprise...

0 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (Mar 23, 2012)

You must be a shill for Canon ;)

Seriously, both cameras produce some stunning detail. DxOMark scores aren't biased towards anyone. Currently Sony has some excellent scoring sensors in many cameras right now. DxOMark scores aren't everything either. If you shoot JPEG you probably shouldn't even look at those scores and instead look at sites like this one, Imaging Resource, etc.

Eric

1 upvote
n1zr
By n1zr (Mar 23, 2012)

That guy on DigitalRev is not someone whose opinion I regard very highly at all... just saying

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

DXO Mark bias to Nikon? It's a lab test, nothing more. If the results don't favor your brand, you try to invalidate the results by crying bias. Talk about shifting goalposts.

And if the highly unlikely event that DXO Mark scores the 5D3 higher than the D800, you'll be their biggest fan.

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Chemel
By Chemel (Mar 24, 2012)

lensberg, I owned 2 Canons, 1 Nikon (which I exchanged for the Canon because IQ was better on Canons at that point in time. Nikons were using CCDs and Canon Cmos.), also a Sigma.

I´m not biased towards either Canon or Nikon, I don´t have any glass from them anymore.

I don´t understand how you see more detail on the Canon samples. I see much more defined pictures, also more "film like" on the Nikon images. Canon maybe a bit less noisy at higher ISOs, but in exchange the images are more smudgy.

I haven´t bought either Camera yet, but at this point I´m going for the Nikon.

0 upvotes
prl105
By prl105 (Mar 24, 2012)

I want some of whatever this guy is taking. I'm interested to know how rosey the world is when off the medication!

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lensberg
By lensberg (Mar 24, 2012)

@ Chemel - What i said was that the level of rendered detail on the 5D III is visibly sharper... on the other hand the D800 does indeed capture detail... but upon close inspection of the image at 100% ... the details appear softer... with definition more in line with an APS-C sensor...

Regarding your second point... the Canon is not just "a bit less noisy"... its a lot less noisy compared to the D800 at all sensitivities whilst still maintaining a hugely impressive degree of detail preservation uptil ISO 25600...

Even in its first impressions DPR states that the D800 smudges out detail from ISO 3200 ... but honestly speaking thats being overly generous to the D800 ... because 1600 would be the limit of obtaining acceptable image quality out of it...

This ISO performance is a no contest really... The 5D III should be compared to a more logical contender like the D3S or D4.

0 upvotes
QSMcDraw
By QSMcDraw (Mar 23, 2012)

Not EVERYBODY feels a need to upgrade from a II to a III of ANY product. I don't have a Mk II, but friends who do, a couple of them pro, love it for studio shots and landscapes. Their images are fantastic and always stand out when shown among a bunch of cropped-sensor pics. Complaining about this not being a compelling upgrade for current Mk II owners seems a little silly. For somebody shooting cropped or an older FF, this looks beautiful, and if Mk II owners see the improved focus and other features as worth the price, they will jump on it eventually.

And as for bashing one brand or another, as I've said before, photography would be a lot more expensive if only one company made the equipment.

BTW, the WALL STREET JOURNAL had a long article today about how Japanese electronic companies are floundering--with few exceptions. Canon was mentoned as one of the success stories, and I imagine Nikon is too.

Thanks, DPReview for diligently cranking out great samples time and again!

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Olgierd
By Olgierd (Mar 23, 2012)

Got mine 5d3 yesterday. Sold 5d2 - not looking back. Aftre just few hours I'm one happy customer. Better ISO (12800 perfectly usable, 25k OK).
Fast focus in poor light, greatly improved auto WB (at least in fluorescent/CFL light). HDR, 3/5/7 frames in AEB. IMHO better deal than 1dS3. Not comparing to Nikon because of I own qite few EF lenses.
Single thing that hurts - no luck with PocketWizard Flex/TT5 combo.
Will spend more time today trying to get them to work (at least as basic triggers). For now unfortunatelly no AC9 + zone controller + AlienBees option.

2 upvotes
Rubenski
By Rubenski (Mar 23, 2012)

Got one already? How's that possible?

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n1zr
By n1zr (Mar 23, 2012)

Out of pure curiousity, have you used a 1-series camera before? I for one am unconvinced that for pure still photography the 5d3 is better overall. I'm open to persuasion though. Bear in mind that I like shooting in rain and snow, would use the otional grip if I had the 5d3 (and hate the inevitable flex it then adds to the body), and tend more towards iso of LESS than 50 instead of the other way....

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Olgierd
By Olgierd (Mar 23, 2012)

Rubenski: preordered one with a Adorama first day it was introduced. Wednesday got email from them it was shipped. Got it last night.

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Olgierd
By Olgierd (Mar 23, 2012)

n1zr: Yes, I used to own 1D2 for quite some time. Later I had 1d3s and 1d4 cameras (bought them for my friends on the other side of big pond) just for few weeks, which was enough time to learn them.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that 5D3 is/will be better than 1DX or is better than 1D4 with 10 fps for certain action shooting.
For me price of 5D3 is reasonable for what it actually have.
When I bought 1DS3 I paid $4700 (refurbished one) which still if you compare was $1200 less what I paid now for 5D3. And then again when both cameras compared only advantages of 1ds3 are built in grip, more durable shutter, bigger battery (not sure if valid when 2 batteries are used with 5d3 and grip) and likely better weather resistance.

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Olgierd
By Olgierd (Mar 23, 2012)

n1zr: cont...
Can't really give you hint about how good weather protection of 5d3 is but judging from use of 7D (and what other people said about 7D) it cannot be bad.
If that's important factor for you I suggest to wait a little and I'm sure someone will put this camera to heavy work in arctic environment.
I hope I didn't confuse you. This is just my opinion. I'll play with camera over the weekend and if you have some more questions I'll be flat to answer them.

1 upvote
n1zr
By n1zr (Mar 23, 2012)

Olgierd: Thanks for that. I look forward to hearing from you then:)

0 upvotes
Rubenski
By Rubenski (Mar 23, 2012)

Won't take long before people start commenting on the Diana F+ Cai Guo-Qiang, matching the 5D Mark III. Crazy people!

0 upvotes
Mike Curtis
By Mike Curtis (Mar 23, 2012)

Looking at the images I am impressed with the low light images. Look very clean to me. I have a 5DMKII and these images definitely look cleaner at high isos.

0 upvotes
Mike Curtis
By Mike Curtis (Mar 23, 2012)

Have you ever shot with the 5DMKII? Don't think you have? Nikon maybe? Pointless comment

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russbarnes
By russbarnes (Mar 23, 2012)

Genuinely don't understand how these are meant to show an improvement over the ageing 5DMKII! What is Canon's strategy? From these stills, looks like it is all about video again...

0 upvotes
Gene Smirnov
By Gene Smirnov (Mar 23, 2012)

Really wish various lenses were used for this. It seems like 24-105 is a really weak lens.

0 upvotes
russbarnes
By russbarnes (Mar 23, 2012)

Agreed, all some of these samples seem to prove is that Canon's 24-105 suffers from massive barrel distortion!

0 upvotes
sayeg5
By sayeg5 (Mar 24, 2012)

I'm a novice, unfortunately i live in México. I own a 5d, and for me is a great camera; for a while been thinking to update to 5d mark II, but four monts ago, my camera died, so i send it to canon service, here in México... well, they send me back the camera with a big scratch on the sensor filter, and I had to pay for repairs, but returned damaged. So, goodbye to Canon, and welcome to Nikon, i think D800 is a good replace.

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SDhar
By SDhar (Mar 23, 2012)

I think I am going to have to wait till a proper hands on review comes along.

I just downloaded the D800 and 5DMIII ISO 25600 original size shots for comparison. While these may not be the best pictures (see guy's face D800 and night outdoor restaurant shot 5DMIII), there is a LOT OF NOISE in both (1:1 crop). However, at lower ISO (100-12600) both seem stellar. I guess a lot depends on which lens is being used. I am guessing the 5DMIII with any of Canon's TS-E tilt-shift lenses will bring out spectacular center and edge sharpness. Same for D800 with Nikon's fabulous 14-24mm F2.8. For bigger zoom lenses, Canon's 6fps is relatively more handy in sport/wildlife mode.

Darn! I just wish Canon priced the MIII just under $3000.

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3 upvotes
n1zr
By n1zr (Mar 23, 2012)

12600 is not lower iso dude...but re $3000, i couldn't agree more! :)

0 upvotes
Guidenet
By Guidenet (Mar 23, 2012)

Nice selection of images and it looks like you're doing a good job of rounding out the reviews of these new cameras.

I'm not sure I totally understand the people who seem to want to compare Nikon's D800 to the 5DMKIII. They are different cameras with somewhat different ways to get to the same thing.

Secondly, they are both at a serious enough price tag where most will have already owned a full frame model and already have lenses. The aren't switching brands. Pros often are no different. They still have budgets and overhead.

Also, different cameras are designed to appeal to different types of photographers. If I were a sports photographer and needed to upgrade one of my bodies, it would be with a Nikon D4. I'd look funny trying to mount my Nikoln 500 f/4 on a Canon. ;)

3 upvotes
itsastickup
By itsastickup (Mar 23, 2012)

"I'm not sure I totally understand the people who seem to want to compare Nikon's D800 to the 5DMKIII. They are different cameras with somewhat different ways to get to the same thing."

They are direct competitors and for many of not the majority I would imagine the step up to full frame is also a change of lenses. I really can't understand how this could have escaped you.

0 upvotes
russbarnes
By russbarnes (Mar 23, 2012)

I agree Guidenet, the immense resolution of the D800 is unmatched, everyone who talks about the 5DMKIII seems to want to go and shoot at 6fps in the dark. Lol. And to think the MKII used to be known for its landscape quality. Now the 5dMkIII is the new D4. lol.

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pdcm
By pdcm (Mar 23, 2012)

Guidenet, I would say that some of us who intend at some time to swap up to full fame do buy full frame lenses. They work pretty much the same, they just tend to cost more (but not always). There is a slightly different philosophy between Canon and Nikon. Both make cameras for a range of customers. But in this case I suggest that the D800 targets the same photographer who would otherwise buy a Canon 5D Mk II / III: However, I think landscape/stock photographers will find the D800 the more appropriate while wedding/portrait photographers may prefer the 5D Mk II/III or even the 50D/60D.

0 upvotes
Guidenet
By Guidenet (Mar 23, 2012)

You guys, all but itsastickup, and he'll understand. ;) My point is that most of us looking at these two cameras have made a brand decision. Moreover, even if we're moving up from crop, we've got some full frame lenses probably. For most, the choice is pretty easy. You upgrade from what you have now. I've got a D700. I've got somewhere around 10 to 12 lenses I use regularly on the D700. I also have a D300 and only two or three DX lenses for it that I can think of off hand. Unless there was some extremely compelling reason, why would I ever consider a 5D MKIII?

On the other hand, if I were using a MKII right now and had mostly EF lenses with a few EF-S lenses for my 7D, why on earth would I consider a D800? The only reason I can think of is if one is more interested in gear than photography.

Now we come back to itsastickup. Was that hard to understand? Do you know people who would upgrade from Canon to Nikon and change out all their glass for the differences between these two?

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itsastickup
By itsastickup (Mar 25, 2012)

Guidenet: "most of us...for most....I...only have 2 or 3 dx lenses"

You are really only speaking for yourself. Sure, some people may be the same as you even perhaps the majority, but a significant proportion will not. And since these two cameras are direct competitors then those of us many who have no or few full frame lenses or are coming from perhaps m4/3rds system to FF will evidently be interested in the comparison.

Not everyone is like you, Guidenet. It's ridiculous NOT to compare equivalent systems.

" Do you know people who would upgrade from Canon to Nikon and change out all their glass for the differences between these two?"

I don't need to. It's obvious that there will be people moving from a camera with just one lens to FF who have no significant reason to stay with their previous brand. What the majority has is irrelevant to this discussion.

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jamesfrmphilly
By jamesfrmphilly (Mar 23, 2012)

all the new cameras are superb. i would be happy with any one of them. we are spoiled. just pick one and be happy.

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Luis Aragon
By Luis Aragon (Mar 23, 2012)

im with you...

0 upvotes
CarVac
By CarVac (Mar 23, 2012)

The automatic CA correction seems to work well.

0 upvotes
thejohnnerparty
By thejohnnerparty (Mar 23, 2012)

An observation: There seem to be fewer comments being posted for the 5D mk III than for the D800. I find that a bit surprising. I didn't think the sales ratio is as extreme as the comment ratio. Also, I am a bit surprised at the level of interest in these two cameras. They are both getting more interest than cameras at the consumer level. Why would that be?

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Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 23, 2012)

well did you hear about the concept called "TIME"?

the original 5D MK III preview thread has over 522 comments.. this thread has only 34 comments because it´s just online for a few minutes.... suprise suprise.

the 800D first impressions thread has 115 comments.

use the brain luke....

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marike6
By marike6 (Mar 23, 2012)

More Comments, Henry? The OM-D had more comments than both. That means nothing. What does is the buzz the D800 has generated online, the more pre-orders on Amazon, and well there's the DXO Mark announcement.

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gl2k
By gl2k (Mar 23, 2012)

why can't dpreview provide us with professional photos ?
they all look like snapshots.actually they are.

what about pro portraits ?
what about difficult to shoot fabric ?
what about high glossy surfaces ?
...

those images don't tell anything at all ... sorry guys

1 upvote
Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Mar 23, 2012)

if they tell you nothing you obviously have no clue.

i agree they sure don´t tell the whole story but your comment is just nonsense...

7 upvotes
Guidenet
By Guidenet (Mar 23, 2012)

Did you bother to download any of them? Then did you actually print any? Otherwise you can't tell anything at all... Sorry gl2k.

1 upvote
Gustavo Acosta
By Gustavo Acosta (Mar 23, 2012)

Im sure they will be, soon enough....

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slikovnica
By slikovnica (Mar 23, 2012)

This is because most people want to see "Hi-ISO-garbage"

2 upvotes
pdcm
By pdcm (Mar 23, 2012)

Have to agree with you. About time dpreview took more professional pictures (Are you listening dprevew?).

1 upvote
Gustavo Acosta
By Gustavo Acosta (Mar 23, 2012)

Very impressed!!! this camera will be in my working camera bag very soon!

1 upvote
Artpt
By Artpt (Mar 23, 2012)

Thank you DPR for both D800 and 5DIII samples! I would be willing to rent either of these for a weekend of shooting. As the Canon is in and available, that is my only choice....I have to say the specs are so close between Canon and Nikon that the majority of the population, who does not have an investment in either already, would truly be happy with one or the other...

3 upvotes
InTheMist
By InTheMist (Mar 23, 2012)

Now its heating up!

0 upvotes
CyberAngel
By CyberAngel (Mar 23, 2012)

good...expensive...let the fanboys buy the first faulty peaces
then when the "truth" comes out..I'll go and buy
the new maximum 0,03 Giga pixel camera called N....

2 upvotes
SirSeth
By SirSeth (Mar 23, 2012)

The 5D III sure makes the OM-D and 4Ti look good. ;)

5 upvotes
Notnard
By Notnard (Mar 23, 2012)

That Olympus OM-D is one sweet camera

2 upvotes
itsastickup
By itsastickup (Mar 23, 2012)

Presumably you are of the opinion that FF buyers really want mirrorless 4/3rds but don't know it.

2 upvotes
sauchiyong
By sauchiyong (Mar 23, 2012)

4/3 is the future, in 2 years time pro will start wonder if they should sell their FF or leave them at home.

0 upvotes
sauchiyong
By sauchiyong (Mar 23, 2012)

In 2 years, FT will be 6x7 in film age... FF would be like 4x5

1 upvote
MarkByland
By MarkByland (Mar 23, 2012)

36.4 != 24.4 so stop comparing. It's getting old to continuously hear about the two being comparable. They simply aren't. It's like comparing a 16.2MP DSLR to an 8.3MP. Wait until the release of 1DX and then every one can compare like things with like things.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 23, 2012)

The difference is actually like comparing 10MP and 16MP. And honestly many people also fail to see a meaningful jump in quality between the 10-12MP cameras and the 16-18MP ones we have now.

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Mar 23, 2012)

Megapixels are just one variable, why do people still focus on that so much? They still will not be "like" because of different processing and lenses. IQ != max(megapixels). Compare the pictures based on color etc., not how large the files are.

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n1zr
By n1zr (Mar 23, 2012)

I'm a Canon shooter and necessarily have to stick with their bodies because of my investment in their glass. These pics confirm (when compared to the D800 samples especially) what I believed all along. They're both great tools, and it's the eye (and brain) behind the lens that matter most. There's megapixels-a-plenty to go around people. Enjoy the next generation of cameras! (and long-live the healthy rivalry)... Now drop the prices of those 1Ds3's!!!

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donthasslethehoff
By donthasslethehoff (Mar 23, 2012)

You can always sell your glass on eBay or other sites. As has often been discussed, the value of glass holds up well. The bodies take a more substantive decrease in value, but still hold well for a few yrs.

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n1zr
By n1zr (Mar 23, 2012)

Why go through the trouble? My lenses are awesome, and honestly, the differences between bodies at this level is minimal. My biggest concern for my previous body was the technology used in the batteries (NiMH). My last 1DsM2 was intuitive to use and I loved the durability.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Mar 23, 2012)

Ebay takes a 10% cut and then there is the 10-20% depreciation that most lenses have taken. Soon you are talking serious money, not to mention time researching lenses and finding deals. And all just to get back to pretty much exactly where you started only with a different name on the prism bump.

3 upvotes
pdcm
By pdcm (Mar 23, 2012)

Someone who knows about photography. Well said n1zr. Agree with you 100%.

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