Canon EOS 5D Mark III announced


Last Thursday I reserved some time in my agenda to visit my local dealer Art & Craft for a presentation on the Canon EOS 1Dx and not to my surprise, they had the new 5D Mark III with them for a demo.

From a technical point of view, I have a healthy interest in the 1Dx but my wallet isn’t. So I focused all my attention on a possible follow-up for my Canon EOS 5D Mark II. (preview here on dpreview)

Holding the camera feels very good, slightly better than the Mark II. Maybe linked to the fact that they mounted the new Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II, gives the camera a very good balance, I’m used to the EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS. The Mark III comes with a new battery grip that contains an additional joystick, but it’s good to know that the ‘old’ batteries can be used in the new Mark III.

I was drawn to investigate the differences between the Mark II & the Mark III. First to notice is the shape, less square, more rounded shape reminds me of the 7D. I love the lock that is now available on the wheel, buttons on top (in front of the LCD, that shows now more information) are more appart. The dialling wheel on the back is now touch sensitive, perfect for video work and for silent operation. The snow silent mode is impressive and should have no influence on the speed (so they say, although I doubt ;-) )

The Mark III can make multi-exposures up to 9 and even has a HDR mode, that allows you to even keep the original recordings, but is limited to 3, Canon, what are you thinking. This is a pure software, what is holding them to support more exposures, like 3, 5, 7, 9, something Nikon has been doing for years in their cameras.

I see a new button to start video recording and that same button activate live view, thanks 7D. It does not have an articulated backLCD. Here is a list of most new features:

  • 22MP full frame CMOS sensor

  • ISO 100-25600 standard, 50-102,800 expanded

  • 6 fps continuous shooting

  • Shutter rated to 150,000 frames

  • 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic

  • 61 point AF system

  • 63 zone iFCL metering system

  • 100% viewfinder coverage

  • 1040k dot 3:2 LCD

  • Dual card slots for CF and SD

opinion Philip Bloom on his website, and now (mar 22, 2012) writes about his First 48 hours

feedback from Chuck Westfall on Canon Rumors

thoughts of Vincent Laforet on his blog

Hands-on with the Mark III on EOSHD

First View by Bert Stephani

First review on Canon5Dtips.com

Canon 5D mark 3 vs. mark 2 – High ISO noise test on Camera5D.com

First Thoughts by Ron Mart

 

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