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Multiple exposures

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers a multi-exposure mode that is easily accessible via the 'Creative Photo' button to the left of the camera's LCD monitor. It allows you to blend between 2 and 9 exposures in one single images. You've got the option to only save the end result or all images including raw files, so you've got the option to composition the images again in post-processing, using customized blending parameters.

You can either select an image that is already on your memory card and then take one or more shots to combine it with, or you can take all shots to composition in one go. You cannot blend two or more images that are already saved on the card.

The EOS 5D Mark III's multiple exposure mode offers a variety of parameters. You can blend between 2 and 9 images and have a choice of four different blending modes.

The samples below demonstrate the blending modes available for the Canon 5D Mark III's multiple exposure mode. Image 1 was taken and saved on the memory card. We then took four pictures of the same scene (Image 2) and each time used a different blending mode - Additive, Average, Bright and Dark.

Image 1
Image 2

Picture Styles

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers six Picture Style color response presets, shown in the table below.


These presets can be applied prior to image capture via the Q-menu or the Picture Style button, or when converting a raw file in-camera. There is also an 'Auto' setting which automatically picks the best style for a given scene and three user definable settings.

Within each of the Picture Control options you can make adjustments to sharpness, contrast, saturation and hue settings.

In-camera raw conversion

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III comes with a fairly comprehensive in-camera raw conversion mode. You can pick any raw file on the memory card and modify the following parameters: brightness, white balance, picture style, ALO, noise reduction, image quality and size, color space, vignetting correction, CA correction and distortion correction. The latter can only be applied to images this way as it is not available while taking an image. Once you've selected your settings the new image is saved onto the card.

The 5D Mark III's in-camera raw conversion offers a comprehensive set of parameters.
The image above was converted with the EOS 5D Mark III's in-camera raw conversion. On the left you can see the out-of-camera JPEG, taken at default settings. For the right image we converted the raw file and in the process changed the Picture Style to Monochrome, increased contrast, applied a Green filter and added a Sepia tint.

Silent shooting

For 'noise-sensitive' situations the Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers various silent shooting modes. In these modes the Canon's shutter sound is significantly quieter than in the standard mode which is, compared to for example the Nikon D800, not particularly loud anyway. The more silent shutter actuation is achieved by slowing down the shutter and mirror reflex action and as a downside there is a slight increase in shutter lag and viewfinder blackout time.

Silent shooting modes are available in the menu for live view shooting... ...and in the Q-menu or via the drive mode button in standard shooting mode.

In Standard shooting mode you can select the 'Silent single' and 'Silent continuous mode' via the drive mode button or the Q-menu. The latter mode captures images at the same rate as the 'Continuous Lo' mode - 3 frames per sec. Below you can download MP3 sound files of the Silent and Standard continuous shooting modes.

Continuous Lo shooting mode - download .mp3 (68KB) here
Continuous Silent shooting mode - download .mp3 (79KB) here

When shooting in live view the sound generated by pressing the shutter button is quieter as the mirror does not need to be moved but in addition you have a choice between two LV silent shooting modes which can be set in the LV-tab of the shooting menu.

In Mode 1 the shutter sound is only marginally quieter but the camera shoots in the drive-mode that is currently set, i.e. you can shoot at 6 frames per second in 'Continuous Hi'. In Mode 2 you can suspend any further camera operation after an image has been taken by keeping the shutter button pressed. In a very quiet shooting situations you can therefore keep the button pressed until ambient noise increases and the camera sounds will be less noticeable.

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Total comments: 6
By Rob728 (2 days ago)

I have just bought a 5d mkii, and when doing a comparison test (nothing scientific) against my 50d I find that the 5d3 seems to under expose by upto 1stop, is this normal?

By schutzaphoto (1 month ago)

I work in Nyc as a fashion photographer and I have to say the the 5d series are the most used cameras out side of medium format cameras .Ive been shooting with the mark 3 for over a year after shooting with the mark 2 for 2 years great both great cameras. You can see the shots I've taken with it on my website hope it helps!!

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Cyrus the Great
By Cyrus the Great (2 months ago)

Nikon D800 is clear winer over 5D iii in every things. Nikon has much sharper lens.
don't know why some people buy Canon???!!!!!

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R D Carver
By R D Carver (2 months ago)

'Some people' buy Canon because they earn their living using a camera. Oh man, you should see those forests of white and red-ringed lenses in the pro pit at every major sporting, media and news event! 'Some people' are winning the major competitions, filling the fashion and nature magazines and filming box office busting movies with Canon. "Nikon has much sharper lens" Which lens exactly? Give a photographer a Canon 5D MKIII and an EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS II USM Lens and he can take on the world. Nikon is good, Canon is good why get tribal? it is so petty and amateur. At work I can pick up a Nikon/Sony D800 body or a Cannon 5D MKIII. I prefer the Cannon because I don't like the white balance on the Nikon. Others are happy to use the Nikon, but the die hard Nikon enthusiasts are disappointed that Sony make the sensors for Nikon. In comes Sony in comes the green tinged white balance.

By WillieG (1 month ago)

No cameras white balance is perfectly neutral. That's why we have the ability to manually change it on the camera and even fine tune on some of the higher end models. Nikon cameras do run slightly toward the cool side, but they can always be fine-tuned to be neutral in-camera. Canon cameras have always leaned towards the orange color tint. Luckily for Canon the end result is a slightly warmer image that many photographers like the looks of. Few pros would buy a camera that couldn't be made to produce true colors. And that forest of white lenses has been thinning out quite a bit since the advent of the Nikon D3. I'm one die-hard Nikon enthusiast who's ecstatic with Sony sensors. No other brand can even match their dynamic range.

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By mufflon (3 months ago)

thx for putting the Shadow noise test in your review. it was time to show that quite big difference.

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