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Just Posted: Canon EOS 5D Mark III 'production' sample gallery

By dpreview staff on Apr 6, 2012 at 22:28 GMT

We've just posted a gallery of real-world sample images shot using a production-standard Canon EOS 5D Mark III. We've been out shooting with a range of lenses and in a variety of lighting conditions with Canon's latest full-frame DSLR, superseding our preview gallery that was shot with a pre-production camera. The gallery includes some shots processed with Adobe Camera Raw and a shot using the camera's multiple exposure feature.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III production samples gallery

There are 25 images in this samples gallery. 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.

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.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III production samples gallery - Posted April 6th 2012

Comments

Total comments: 232
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Yanko Kitanov
By Yanko Kitanov (Apr 7, 2012)

The images are crap as usually - instead of advertising any cam DPReview samples are anti-marketing for these cameras. I use many brands. All are quite under-performing on DPR samples. Besides the pure IQ these samples also useless in terms of sensor testing - mostly mid ISO, mostly open, mostly soft, mostly poorly exposed.....a darn shame really. "Reviewers".......:)))))

8 upvotes
Yanko Kitanov
By Yanko Kitanov (Apr 7, 2012)

I must say that all my thoughts stated here do not concern the camera, just the so called review images

1 upvote
Poss
By Poss (Apr 7, 2012)

Sometimes conclusions of camera reviews here are just as perplexing...

1 upvote
Christo256
By Christo256 (Apr 7, 2012)

Pretty disappointed with these samples. There are lots of lens reviews on the web so to make this review purely about the quality of the sensor the pictures need to be shot with the best lenses shot at their sweet spot and on a tripod otherwise one is confused as to what is making some of the low iso shots a little soft. I get sharper images from my 5d 2 than what I can see here but don't know if this is human error or an AA filter that is too strong?

2 upvotes
Yanko Kitanov
By Yanko Kitanov (Apr 7, 2012)

I believe, once again, the way the images are made make the camera look much poorer than it is. I wouldn't allow these guys to review a cam for sure.

6 upvotes
SpinThma
By SpinThma (Apr 7, 2012)

Same with D800 samples - my impression is that other reviews show much better performance;
/K

2 upvotes
Aleksandr Pishchik
By Aleksandr Pishchik (Apr 7, 2012)

Well it looks good, but for know I will stick with my original 5D and for bird photo with 7D.

1 upvote
kuklukklak
By kuklukklak (Apr 7, 2012)

Just whining and whining all the time. If you think its not good enough, just stick with your 5D2, who care. Canon has answered everything Canon shooters complained about the 5D2: af, noise, banding,... And now what? suddenly there is no prob with 5d2 at all, not worth an upgrade,.... Hahaha. I just stick with my 5D1. :))

And when Nikon fanboys come: (first, Im a Canon user, then) photography is all about resolution and DR, noise above 3200 is irrelevant. :))

3 upvotes
HiRez
By HiRez (Apr 7, 2012)

Dynamic range doesn't look that great to me, although the 12,800 ISO quality looks pretty good.

0 upvotes
NovemberSun
By NovemberSun (Apr 7, 2012)

iso 8000 looks great

1 upvote
Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Apr 7, 2012)

first week of April... and there's a full moon out!!!
show us some nice low light deep blue starry skies (with no stars 'streaking') full moonlit landscape... portraits...!!! (cityscapes too if not mountains...)
:D
how are the night skies out there in Seattle??? clear or clouded?

i've long hit the limits on low light hi-ISO non-streaking starry bright blue skied landscape non-flash portraits (looking like daylight) of my 5DMkII... and definitely see the 5DMkIII as allowing me to acquire much better IQ for such scenarios... (without having to resort to too long an exposure)... there is just nothing more breathtaking than pinpointed starry skies reflecting in a glassy calm lake hi-dof landscape (non-flash portraits too) on a windless night (looking like a sunny blue sky day)...

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Khizer
By Khizer (Apr 7, 2012)

My Powershot S100 is capable of taking a decent photo under these conditions; wondering why you have reservations about the 5DMkIII. If you really want great IQ in lowest light without having to deal with excessive noise, then just go forthe 1D-x. That is the camera for this purpose.

0 upvotes
Central Fla
By Central Fla (Apr 7, 2012)

5D MK III is an artistic camera right ??? exactly why she would want to see those images. 1DX is more a journalist sports shooters right ????

1 upvote
Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Apr 7, 2012)

not interested in a dual-grip pro-body 1DX, nor its lower Mp (for much faster hi-cont 14 fps), but did wish its extended? features (M.E./HDR) would have been offered on the 5DX (that now turned out to be the 5DMkIII). M.E./HDR still has RAW only restrictions that others allow with JPG. the 1Dx hasn't released their manual, nor has anyone done extensive testing yet. (ditto 5DMkIII).

Actually the S100 takes photos nowhere near where my 5DMkII does, and I am already hitting its limitations. meaning I've already gone well beyond the S100's limitations as soon as it showed up. The next closest PowerShot that has improved range is the G1X but good clean hi-ISO under very low light isn't the S100's strength, even though it does offer 24mm FOV equivalent. (that i use most of the time)

why charge me with reservations with zero folks offering low light shots??? (including DPR)
i merely queried for them to do so... that isn't reservations, but just wanting verification.

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Sdaniella
By Sdaniella (Apr 7, 2012)

at least some PowerShot G1X shooters shared low light shots, but they were nowhere near the kind of shots i want from my 5DMkII... and given the 5DMkIII is more capable, it seems odd that nobody even wants to demonstrate it with at least one low light shot!!!

0 upvotes
plasnu
By plasnu (Apr 7, 2012)

I honestly thought this Camera is not really better than my NEX 5N in terms of IQ.

1 upvote
GaryJP
By GaryJP (Apr 7, 2012)

I tried Nex 5 and 7 before deciding to upgrade to 5D MkIII.

I could not disagree more.

2 upvotes
Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Apr 7, 2012)

you know at this level it's more like a race car, you really need to explore its potential.

0 upvotes
Ajay40
By Ajay40 (Apr 7, 2012)

My EPL3 could have replicated all those photos that are there in the gallery now. For the delta better IQ, I am not sure if the bulk, both in cost and size is worth it. To me these kind of cameras are only for professionals, as in for those who earn their living through photography.
@Mtsuoka: Not sure if can be compared to a race car, but yes, it is the kind of camera that can capture race cars that an EPL3 cannot.

1 upvote
kuklukklak
By kuklukklak (Apr 7, 2012)

May be every camera is the same in your hands.

0 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Apr 7, 2012)

@plasnu:
I don't believe ANY FF camera is that much better than an APS-C camera from the same generation. This has been shown in many places.

Where FF beats APS-S or m4/3 etc hands-down is in the area of depth of field. Crop camera simply cannot replicate that.

1 upvote
Robert Hoffman
By Robert Hoffman (Apr 7, 2012)

FF cams have better viewfinders, but the armchair photographers here forgot to mention that.

0 upvotes
Vegasus
By Vegasus (Apr 7, 2012)

I am not worry about the Megapixel and few details. For the price should come with BUILT IN WIFI for easy transferring. That is GOOD!

0 upvotes
FastFisher
By FastFisher (Apr 7, 2012)

Forget the image quality for now.
Korean users are finding what seems like a major design flaw with 5DIII.
Currently light leaks through the top LCD panel and it screws the metering sensor. Therefore if you shoot anything beside manual, your exposure will be incorrect. Test it for yourself and you'll see.

4 upvotes
Mssimo
By Mssimo (Apr 7, 2012)

I test my camera and no leak after 30 secs with LCD on the whole time. I also put a flash light up to the view finder and no leaks. My friends D800 Exploded, check out the D800 forums for pictures. Something inside of it.

3 upvotes
GaryJP
By GaryJP (Apr 7, 2012)

I'm not convinced those Korean users are seeing what they think they are seeing. And it seems a very limited effect. And I've tested at much higher ISOs than they suggest.

Has anyone had ONE photograph affected by it?

Mtsuoka, Fastfisher joined at the height of the Nikon and Canon fanboy wars, claims to be a Canon user, and has not yet had a single good word to say about the newer Canon cameras. Interesting, eh?

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Apr 7, 2012)

undercover for Nikon, interesting.
what's the reward? a refurbished D3100 with kit lens?
good for you, agents.

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GaryJP
By GaryJP (Apr 7, 2012)

The Korean issue is kind of nonsensical, at least until we see it in a working context with an actual subject in front of the camera. Because we don't know if we ARE measuring light.

What we're doing is asking the camera to give us an exposure reading for pitch black. It's nonsensical because even if we DID expose for as long as the camera suggests, we'd still get nothing but black.

So the camera is essentially giving us an upper limit reading that perhaps does NOT relate to a usable exposure.

When you turn the LCD backlight on it's giving us a different upper limit reading but one that STILL probably would not result in an exposure of any kind.

Sometimes these forums would be better served if people stopped photographing the back of lens caps and actually photographed the world out there.

As for potential trolls, I'll just say that, for me, credibility is earned on the basis of an ongoing history of posts, opinions, and - often - images. Not before.

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3 upvotes
3DSimmon
By 3DSimmon (Apr 7, 2012)

I think this is only a problem for North Korean's, as they are only permitted to take picture outside of the country with the lens cap on.

2 upvotes
Khizer
By Khizer (Apr 7, 2012)

Wow! Now that is a big story! I thought the 5DMkIII is weathersealed. Would never have imagined light leaking to the sensor.

0 upvotes
GaryJP
By GaryJP (Apr 7, 2012)

It's a big story for those desperate to make it one.

;-)

2 upvotes
ecologer
By ecologer (Apr 8, 2012)

Seems that there might indeed be a light leak issue:
www.canonrumors.com/2012/04/canon-5d-mark-iii-light-leak/

0 upvotes
NetMage
By NetMage (Apr 9, 2012)

Except the update says it isn't a problem when taking pictures of subjects instead of lens caps:

http://www.canonrumors.com/2012/04/the-light-leak-update/

1 upvote
Drew Saur
By Drew Saur (Apr 7, 2012)

The best technical quality here are taken with the best lenses. Unfortunately many of them were taken with the 24-105 - and not a great copy at that.

1 upvote
Dianoda
By Dianoda (Apr 7, 2012)

edit: NVM, old news. Apparently I was living under a rock for the past week or so.

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copajaus
By copajaus (Apr 7, 2012)

I personally don't see significant differences in image quality between this 5D mk3 and my 1Ds mk3; with today's post processing, anything is possible.
I will not pay the asking price for that body unless I am desperate for some basic video capabilities and money is no object. To me this is a $2500 camera, not $3500. I am afraid to say but at around the 3K + mark, it looks like you get more for your money with a D800... and I have been using Canon since 1979...!!!
I am pretty sure Canon will launch a new camera with (I am hoping...):
- 35 Mega pixels +
- Decent auto focus, as good as my 1ds is perfect, 5D Mark 1 was NOT GOOD AT AUTO FOCUSING.
- Sealed body without the integrated motor drive such as the 1ds to save weight, may be like a 1V or similar
- Decent HIGH ISO Quality (Picture quality is subjective though).
- Less VIDEO functionality which only appeal to a certain market. I want a camera for STILLS NOT VIDEOS, if I want a VIDEO I buy a VIDEO CAMERA...!!!

3 upvotes
nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Apr 7, 2012)

hehe, it seems that you want a D800.

0 upvotes
Josh152
By Josh152 (Apr 7, 2012)

Such a camera from Canon would probably be $4000 for the body.

0 upvotes
JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Apr 7, 2012)

Canon could throw their 120 Mpx sensor into a body and just win that stupid war. Isn't it interesting that neither Canon nor Nikon bother with excessive megapixel counts in their 1D X and D4 bodies? What does that tell you?

If it is a $2500 camera to you, wait until the price drops to that level.

0 upvotes
copajaus
By copajaus (Apr 7, 2012)

The problem is, nobody will ever win, it becomes a computer war, more processing = more features... if your work flow can cope with big files why not...?
So what it is worth to you is like putting a price on technology not art... always keeping in mind that photography is about vision, not camera.

1 upvote
Ruy Penalva
By Ruy Penalva (Apr 7, 2012)

It seems that above 12 megapixels all great cameras brands are levelled. Now what decides are: video quality, lens quality, fastness, and the photographer. All other resources like high ISO, low noise etc, are software derived, not a true optical phenomenon. There is not a metareality to be shown by any camera. In fact, all cameras already show many things our eyes is not witnessing.

1 upvote
zodiacfml
By zodiacfml (Apr 7, 2012)

If these things bore you then get a Sigma camera.

0 upvotes
steve88
By steve88 (Apr 7, 2012)

I've been shooting with a 7D for a little over a year and want to go FF so I can get better low-light/high ISO performance for indoor sports. Some of the sample 5D3 images I've seen so far from current owners and photography review sites have been fabulous but these samples here don't look all that impressive.

I'm going to just wait until the "full and complete" reviews come out from DPR and other sites before I make up my mind.

2 upvotes
mmcfine
By mmcfine (Apr 7, 2012)

I agree with the comments. there is really no difference today in this price point and the sample photos are irrelevant. It's more about the lens and the photographer. The X-Pro seems like the logical move.

1 upvote
Jim Radcliffe
By Jim Radcliffe (Apr 7, 2012)

I sold all of my Canon gear5D & 5D MKII along with all the L glass due to the bulk and the weight involved. I loved the IQ of the 5D and the only reason I sold it all was that I did not need a workout every time I wanted to go out and shoot. I agree the X-Pro1 is looking good... I'm not an action shooter and the X-Pro1 is not for that crowd.. but the IQ is very good and the high ISO performance is quite amazing.

1 upvote
louie c
By louie c (Apr 7, 2012)

I'm on the fence and I really want to love the X-Pro1 but how can you argue with Canon's ongoing dominance in the professional field? I find it remarkable that you sold all your L-Glass and 5D FF cameras while considering a X-Pro1, I'm intrigued...

0 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Apr 7, 2012)

@Jim Radcliffe:
There are many crop cameras out there. X-pro1 is NOT the only one out there. Most are lighter than the 5D2/5D3/D800. Maybe you should have started with a crop camera, then you won't be whining about weight now. :) The fact that you are not an action shooter makes the choice of picking a decent crop-camera even easier.

4 upvotes
Jim Radcliffe
By Jim Radcliffe (Apr 7, 2012)

@louie c I sold the Canon gear over a year ago before the X-Pro1 was even announced. I bought a Pentax K5 for a number of reasons and have no regrets. I used the 5D MK I & MKII for concert work more than anything else. I have found the K5 to work just as well and the Ltd. Primes are wonderful.

I am considering the X-Pro 1 as an additional camera.

0 upvotes
Jim Radcliffe
By Jim Radcliffe (Apr 7, 2012)

@ Photo Nuts Not whining at all. It was a well thought out decision to leave the 5D and L glass. You might wish to visit my website at http://www.boxedlight.com there you will find that I am well aware of the cameras that are "out there".. I have owned or do own many of them.

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louie c
By louie c (Apr 7, 2012)

@Jim Radcliffe That is fascinating, but great! The K-5 was a very nice camera when I had my hands on one for a weekend, but I couldn't say that the 5D MKII with a 50 1.8 didn't beat the IQ, there were shadows and skintones that looked much better on the 5D, but these were not critical tests, just gut feelings. What LTD primes do you have from Pentax? Would you recommend third party primes for the K5?

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Jim Radcliffe
By Jim Radcliffe (Apr 7, 2012)

@ Louie C:
I have the 31mm, 43mm, 77mm, 35mm, DA* 16-50 & DA* 50-135mm. I have only Pentax lenses for the K5. All of those together, including the K5 body take up much less space and weigh less than my Canon gear did. No regrets for leaving Canon.

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mmcfine
By mmcfine (Apr 7, 2012)

Thanks Jim
I used to own a Pentax and moved to Canon 7D. just saw your gallery website. Impressive.

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Jim Radcliffe
By Jim Radcliffe (Apr 7, 2012)

@mmcfine Www.boxedlight.com. And click on the K5 section.

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mmcfine
By mmcfine (Apr 7, 2012)

just looked at some photos. amazing. I use Lightroom 3 for post and seems I will have to deep farther on how to get that great balance of saturation and contrast.
Cheers from down under.

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thejohnnerparty
By thejohnnerparty (Apr 7, 2012)

I was also very intrigued by the X Pro1. It does however have a few quirks - always active aperture blades, slow auto focus in low light & manual focus by wire. They are not show stoppers, but off putting. BUT the image quality is incredible when focused.

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Petka
By Petka (Apr 7, 2012)

Not much sense comparing X-Pro1 to 5Diii and D800, they are totally different meant for different tasks. IQ can be compared, of course, but mostly only out of curiosity. There is no "better camera" among these three. Doing away with a DSLR kit and getting X-Pro1 is either a mistake, or it was a mistake to get DSLR in the first place, for the shooting style in question. What I do understand is acquiring both systems, for different assignments and aesthetic feeling. A bit like having both power tools and Japanese wood working tools in your tool chest in the garage.

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Jim Radcliffe
By Jim Radcliffe (Apr 7, 2012)

@Petka: Exactly, cameras are tools, not a religion. I use my DSLR for certain work and my M4/3 for other. Sometimes I only use something like the Leica D-Lux 4 when I want a pocketable camera with me. The main thing is that I always have a camera with me.

Anyone who has ever relied on one paint brush quickly learns of their error.

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GaryJP
By GaryJP (Apr 7, 2012)

Well, I have to say that having put up with Fuji's contemptible handling of the X10 debacle, I have zero faith in their commitment to professional imaging, and I will never buy another Fuji product as long as I live.

Including the X Pro-1.

Fuji HK still has no plans to fix the X10.

I've had major disagreements with Canon. but they've always struck me as committed to great images.

3 upvotes
Jim Radcliffe
By Jim Radcliffe (Apr 7, 2012)

@ GaryJP
While I agree that Fuji did not handle the X10 Orb issue properly, I must also say that the X10 was/is an amazing little camera. The only thing that spoiled it were the orbs and that is the only reason I returned mine. Everything else about the X10 was way better than the competition.

So far, everything I have seen from the X-Pro1 is better than anything I have seen from the X100 and more than a few cropped sensor DSLR cameras.

The only negative I am aware of with the X-Pro1 is the lens chatter. A camera should be seen and not heard.

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Mannypr
By Mannypr (Apr 7, 2012)

The fact that there isn't any specific feature in these photos to make them different from others is in reality a good thing as that might be because of it's neutrality . That being said the fact that many find these pics to be not very different from other less expensive options just tells us the high image quality manufacturers have been able to give their costumers in their less expensive options . As pertains to image quality the line between the expensive and less expensive cameras is getting very thin and the law of diminishing returns is starting to show it's face.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (Apr 7, 2012)

The real problem with the 5DIII is that it offers very little extra over the 5DII, but has a price like it offers much more than it does. I mean for practical purposes the 5DIII has the exact same IQ as the 5DII. $3,500 seems steep for a few software tweaks and a new AF module. Especially with the price 5DII's are going for and even more so when you consider the used market. For most photographers the 5DII is a much better value for the money. The exception being those that need the better AF and they are getting ripped off for it.

The 5DIII is an excellent camera, it just costs too much for what it is. If it was $2,500 no one would be complaining except for those longing for more megapixels.

10 upvotes
Jim Radcliffe
By Jim Radcliffe (Apr 7, 2012)

Totally agree.. it is overpriced and does not deliver much than the MKII for the money. Faster AF was never a requirement for me. Weather sealing would be a nice touch as would focus peaking for legacy MF lenses.

2 upvotes
photo nuts
By photo nuts (Apr 7, 2012)

It's not about features vs cost. Have you guys thought about currency exchange? The rising Yen is cutting into the profits of Japanese companies. You may say the D800 is cheaper... but that's depending on location. Where I live, the D800 costs US$100 MORE than the 5D3.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (Apr 7, 2012)

@photo nuts

If it was currency exchange, why haven't the prices of lenses and other bodies went up? IF the exchange rate is so bad they had to charge that much for so little then how could Nikon charge the same or less for so much more? If it is really that bad both Canon and Nikon have to be selling many things at a loss on the U.S. market.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (Apr 7, 2012)

Also while it is true inflation has made the dollar worth a lot less the fact is that U.S. wages haven't been keeping up with the inflation for years. What this means is that for consumers it is same as if there was no inflation and Canon just raised the price.

See from the consumers perspective the dollar's value hasn't changed because their wages have stayed largely the same. So they have the same amount of money even though it isn't really worth as much. So to them this reduction of value is hidden and from their perspective prices are just going up.

All this means that the consumers perception of how many dollars a particular product is worth is still based on what the dollar was worth like 5 years ago since to them the money supply has appeared to stay the same.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Apr 7, 2012)

@Josh152:
But the prices of lenses and bodies DID increase for Nikon, Canon and especially Sony. See here, for example:
http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/the-lens-price-increase-in-usa-is-real/

I agree with your argument from a consumer's perspective. :) But I am trying to see it from the manufacturer's point of view. The profits of many Japanese companies have taken a big hit because of the rising yen, and there's no way anyone can deny that.

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GaryJP
By GaryJP (Apr 7, 2012)

Some of us didn't buy the MkII but planned to go from 5D classic straight to MkIII.

We are in heaven. Particularly if we also need video.

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MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (Apr 7, 2012)

The problem is that Canon came out with too little too late. If a 5D2+ arrived last year with Digic 5+ and class-leading AF (same sensor) people would've embraced it. Or maybe they would have still complained. Regardless, this is a nice piece of hardware.

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Jan from UK
By Jan from UK (Apr 7, 2012)

Having used my Canon 5D Mk3 as it should be used, I find it a revelation. It is superb. I bought the 10D when it first came out, then added the 40D, 5D Mk2 (two years ago) and the 7D. This camera puts all the others in the shade. The focus system is a world beater. When Canon bring out their 'Big Bertha' rival to the D800, that will be great too. Far too many photographers are 'snap shooters' who haven't got a clue. This is rather sad, because these sort seem to make the most noise about any camera brought out. Mark Wallace of Adorama TV (found on YouTube) is exactly right about this camera. It has the 'WOW' factor, in use!!

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louie c
By louie c (Apr 7, 2012)

I hear many complaining that it isn't worth the extra $ for what it offers over the MKII. I watched the Mark Wallace review and was left hype about getting one, but the price just makes me feel that I'm going to put so much expectation on this device, that I'm bound to be disappointed.

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Guidenet
By Guidenet (Apr 7, 2012)

I also watched the Mark Wallace review on Adorama TV. I felt the review was typical marketing hype saturated with phrases like "WOW factor" and such. Whether it puts your other cameras in the shade is personal opinion only.

That said, I think the new 5D MKIII is a superb camera with some really nice new features, especially the new auto-focus system. It's still just a tool though and requires a photographer to operate it.

I think Canon did overprice the new camera. Perceived upgrades over the MKII are just not there to garner $1000 USD, IMO and that seems to be the stickler for Canon owners. There just was not a revelation of improvements to justify the increase in price. It doesn't matter one bit what the Yen is doing. You still have perception to deal with, and that’s the perception.

Nikon, on the other hand, loaded on the improvements and raised the price only marginally over the D700. Again, there’s a perceived value there.

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Josh152
By Josh152 (Apr 7, 2012)

I agree about the Mark Wallace review. In fact every Adorama TV. "review" I have seen as been nothing more than a thinly veiled promo peace for the gear they were "reviewing."

1 upvote
Mannypr
By Mannypr (Apr 7, 2012)

It seems that high iso shoots use very agresive noise reduction as they lack substantial detail and sharpness compared with iso 100

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Dennishh
By Dennishh (Apr 7, 2012)

Looks no better than 5DMK2 can do. Just another incremental upgrade from Canon that's not worth the money. Jumping to Nikon or Sony.

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louie c
By louie c (Apr 7, 2012)

This is where first time buyers like me are so very confused... FOR PHOTOGRAPHY not video, is it worth it? OR is the MKII more camera than a newb would ever need? If you do go Nikon is it the D800 why? If Sony are you waiting for the A99 or whatever the next FF is, and if so why? I would like to FF, I just like the shooting experience and the top lenses belong to FF cameras

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FastFisher
By FastFisher (Apr 7, 2012)

I've been using Canon for about 10 years now. If you don't have any Canon lens why bother... Seriously...

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louie c
By louie c (Apr 7, 2012)

So FastFisher is not upgrading? What would you do if you had saved your pennies and had been waiting for the last 2 years to get the best value from a brand new system? Considering you felt you needed a wide-angle zoom, tele-zoom (70-200) and a couple of flashes, modifiers, etc... Also, did not want to upgrade for the next 3-5 years

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Ah Pek
By Ah Pek (Apr 7, 2012)

Never ceases to amaze me how people can make statements like "the pics aren't any better than 5D2!". They still think what makes an image special is the camera. These people think they can perceive a difference without a 100% side by side comparison! LOL!

4 upvotes
SG09
By SG09 (Apr 7, 2012)

What about people who already know how to make good images. Can they talk about the pics if they are better than 5D2 or not?

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thejohnnerparty
By thejohnnerparty (Apr 6, 2012)

I can appreciate some of the opinions expressed here, but I say they might be a tad over stated. I think the quality is quite good, but can probably had with cheaper equipment. But no matter. My question is "How easy was to get those photos?" If WB, AF, exposure and overall handling were all straight forward then the camera might be worth it. ..... I've been looking to buy a new camera, all beit a lesser one than this class of camera, and it has been difficult. Almost every camera that I've looked has something that you have to work around - very disappointing.

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Guidenet
By Guidenet (Apr 7, 2012)

I get the impression you're wanting a camera to get it all right for you where you don't have to work at creating the image. That's not going to happen. I think there are very few work-arounds on most cameras today. They attempt to do too much for you and that is the problem.

On problem with reviews and such about cameras like this one is that the serious owner of such a camera and lenses is not going to use a lot of the features. They will do it themselves. If you shoot RAW, virtually none of the Jpeg engine features are used. White balance, sharpening, contrast and everything else is left for later.

Shoot in manual exposure mode and think about all the features that pertain to that which aren't used. So, now you're down to frame rates, megapixels, dim light ability, ease of handling and AF speed and accuracy along with a few other things.

What it boils down to is that 75% of most reviews and features don't mean much to the targeted photographer.

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thejohnnerparty
By thejohnnerparty (Apr 7, 2012)

You might be right, but what I was getting at is that if the camera does it's job, then there would be less post processing and more time for taking pics. ;-)

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Ivanaker
By Ivanaker (Apr 7, 2012)

If camera can get it right by itself we would only need to consider composition, which really is the only important thing in photography. White balance - its great that we could edit it if we want to, but just imagine if 97% of your pics is just the way you want them, in jpg, out of the camera.
Most cameras today have great auto things, like autofocus, and autoexposure. A and S modes are also autoexposure bcs camera sets exposure by itself also, you just set A or S. You can manualy focus, but most ppl have 99.99% pictures autofocused and autoexposed, so tell me, why woul white balance be any different.

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Guidenet
By Guidenet (Apr 7, 2012)

This is the part your not understanding. You can't Xerox life. You can't get it Right in the camera. There is no correct white balance. You are creating an image. It can't be what you saw. What you see might be different from what I see. Quit trying to capture pretty things. There's no art in that and it's impossible anyway. You end up with boring snapshots.

You have to visualize what you want to create. Set it up. Capture the best you can towards that end in the camera. Then you process that image to bring it alive, to create what you visualized from the start.

If you just wander around looking for compelling images, you will not succeed. They don't exist really in nature. Life consists of 3 dimensional views which includes sound, smell, and movement through time. Try to catch that, you end up with boring 2D attempts. You have to create your own compelling images with what you have which includes your camera and digital darkroom.

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Ivanaker
By Ivanaker (Apr 8, 2012)

@Guidenet
If you shoot what you have to, if thats your job (sports, meetings, wedings...) what you said dont apply. and if you are an artist you shoot on medium or 4x5, 8x10 format film, and not 5d mark whatever.
for a guy whose job is to make 1000 pics on wedding day straight in the camera white balance, saturation, contrast are good things.

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FastFisher
By FastFisher (Apr 6, 2012)

What's with so many blown highlight @ ISO 100 ?

So is it really better than my 5Dc which came out about 7 years ago ?

Where is the richness in tone I am seeing from the competing product ?

Where is the realism in color I am seeing from the competing product ?

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MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (Apr 6, 2012)

Nice images and colors. That said there is nothing to distinguish the 5D3 from, say, the new X Pro 1 or a K5 in <these>images. Of course the 5D3 will surely blow away those cameras as a complete package - AF, lens options, etc.

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marike6
By marike6 (Apr 7, 2012)

Take a look at some of the shallow DOF portraits, i.e. bearded gentleman, and look at the bokeh and you'll have at least one distinguishing feature of a FF sensor vs. APS-C. Add wides are actually wides i.e. the 17-40 f4 L doesn't turn into a standard zoom as it does on a crop sensor camera, to your list.

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nicolaiecostel
By nicolaiecostel (Apr 6, 2012)

Great performance from the canon, finaly canon 5D users will not be able to blame the camera for anything anymore.

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Mtsuoka
By Mtsuoka (Apr 7, 2012)

Ken Rockbuster complaints about the AF system blocking his view in the VF

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AnHund
By AnHund (Apr 8, 2012)

Ken Rockbuster is a waste of time.

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diforbes
By diforbes (Apr 6, 2012)

Geez, what do you people want? How about appraising the high-ISO images? They look pretty good to me.

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WalterPaisley
By WalterPaisley (Apr 6, 2012)

Sorry, you're so right.
Everyone toe the line!
;)

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mellieha
By mellieha (Apr 6, 2012)

I kind of agree with the last two opinions below . I just got the EOS 5 D MK III and have given it a "reasonable small shooting test" and besides the obvious advantages like faster shooting mode etc the end results seem no better or different than say the 5D MK II. An idea here, perhaps some quick and highly professional operational tips about the 5D MK III would be more informative and a better way to go here? Thanks.

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WalterPaisley
By WalterPaisley (Apr 6, 2012)

Excellent comments. After all, shouldn't we all be expecting sample shots from high end mfrs to be at least competent? What's being evaluated here, equipment or jpg processing algorithms?

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Greg VdB
By Greg VdB (Apr 6, 2012)

Nice pictures! But with the image quality of basically *all* dslr's at such a high level now (definitely those in the price class of a 5D MarkIII) I kinda wonder if there still is any value to sample galleries like this one...

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Jim Radcliffe
By Jim Radcliffe (Apr 6, 2012)

I used Canon gear for 10 years, starting with the D30 and ending with the 5D MKII a year or so ago. I have to say that I really see nothing outstanding in any way with these photos. They look like they could have been taken with almost any camera. There is no signature, nothing special to my eye.

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Notnard
By Notnard (Apr 8, 2012)

Exactlly. A camera is a camera is a camera.

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00112233
By 00112233 (Apr 8, 2012)

Agreed! There has come a time in camera technology where good photographs taken with best DSLR of each brand on the market do not make a difference. So why bother to buy the most expensive? After all is all up to the photographer to take a good picture, not up to the camera.

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HowaboutRAW
By HowaboutRAW (Apr 6, 2012)

Great, are there some raws for download somewhere?

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