A missing Con in the Canon 5d III's review: absence of an onboard flash

Started May 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
Skip M Veteran Member • Posts: 7,174
Re: A missing Con in the Canon 5d III's review: absence of an onboard flash

AC1 wrote:

Skip M wrote:

AC1 wrote:

GaryJP wrote:

AC1 wrote:

It's a strange world when something being missing/ommitted/removed from the spec is regarded as enhancing the professional status of the gadget!

Would you like it to make coffee too? Someone, somewhere would want it.

If it isn't a factor for some of us, it is not a con for us, and to label it as one in a review would be stupid. If you want a flash there are lots of other models.

Disagree. The minute that a feature (or lack of it) is a con in the mind of even one potential purchaser, then it should become a con. Unless that person is clearly a lunatic with idiotic expectations. But I think we can rule that out given it is a feature that appears on other similar options. And obviously I am not alone, there are plenty of potential 5D3 purchasers who will regard it as a con - several of them can be heard here.

So yes I think it is a con. It might not be a show-stopper but it is still a con.

Yes you are right there is an alternative but it requires you to carry around an external flash 'just in case'. In some situations it would be a hassle. And it could make you think "Mmmmm, I would take my 5D3 with me but just in case I need easy no-hassle flash, I'd better take my 7D instead". In other words the 5D3 might get left at home instead of used for shooting. And whichever way you look at that, it has to be a con for some people.

So, since the 7D shoots 8fps and the 1Dx 12-14, should the "low" fps of the 5D3 be considered a "con?" Because, by your own logic, it is. Several very rational people have complained about 6fps on the 5D3, some even going so far as to call it "crippled."
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Well I think that's a matter of degree. To call the fps performance of the 5d3 "crippled" is extreme in my view. It has decent continuous shoot performance, just not as fast as required for some purposes perhaps.

But with the built-in flash it's more binary. It just in't there. It's not like it has some falsh but not as much or as good as others. It's just not there. Which as can be seen here, IS an issue for some people. But not for others.

Like I said in another thread, this 'con' wouldn't stop me buying a 5D3. But it might stop me selling my 7D.

Out of curiosity, what lenses do you have? Do 77mm front element lenses block the flash on the 7D? Because they do on my 60D, or at least the 16-35 does. I'm just wondering if the 7D has a taller flash extension than the 60D.
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