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  1. Luis Bertos March 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    As soon as I can get some money from my exhibition of paintings, I will do my best to give my girlfriend a camera like this on her birthday … hopefully :)
    Greetings ;)

  2. Dave March 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    “Fully indifferent,” whispered my D3S.

  3. Alan Matthews March 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    When are manufacturers going to put wifi in these things? Would make tethering so much easier.

    • J Dreier March 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

      Thats a $900 add on feature.

      I shoot tethered via wifi with my 5dmkII, but its so inconsistent and unreliable and slow. I’d use USB, but i’ve managed to break the port from previous tethering escapades on set.

      • Alan Matthews March 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

        I know that Canon makes that device. I have only seen it maybe 3 years ago but thought maybe by now technology would have improved enough to make it viable choice over wired.

      • Rick Smoak March 2, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

        The usb port can be replaced by Canon, had mine replaced a while back don’t remember the cost but less than $200 I think. Sign up for CPS ( Canon pro service ) and it will speed up the repair time.

        • dim March 4, 2012 at 1:57 am #

          Use an angled usb cable (like the one that comes with the lacie rikiki hard drive) and tape it to your 5D, it wouldn’t break anymore.
          Use an EYEFI sd card to send the small jpeg to your computer and use the CF card to store them in the 5DMKIII. (now that there is two card in the 5DMKIII)

          Imagination is a go start to find solution. :)

      • Anonymous March 7, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

        There’s a thing called a “Jerk Stopper” you can get that attaches to your strap to prevent damaging the port when you (always) step on the tether.

      • JJ April 1, 2012 at 11:09 am #

        We use the network port on the EFT (wifi bolt on transmitter) and its good for upto a 100 meters. I can’t recall how many times we’ve had the USB port on the body replaced. This allows for direct file transfer to the machine, but no remote control capabilities.

    • Charlie March 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

      Metal construction kills RF.

    • Tim Yang March 4, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

      I couldn’t agree way more! They need to put some wireless tethering in this thing, via bluetooth or something!

  4. Topher Pettit March 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Indifferent. The things I like about the MKIII is the attachable GPS that works with the 1DX and 7D too. The $1K+ difference over buying a MKII right now is not worth anything for someone who mostly shoots architecture and landscapes. More interested in the new flash and maybe picking up another MKII when the price may drop.

  5. Shane Egan March 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    I think with the popularity of the 5D Mk II’s image Canon didn’t want to create a totally new camera. There are some new specs that are going to be very nice that the Mk II didn’t have, but I don’t think this will compete very well against the D800. I can’t see myself buying one any time soon if ever. I shoot with a 7D and will probably upgrade to the new 1DX, not the Mk III. If you really like the legacy of the 5D mk II though and have never shot with a DSLR at least you have a better 5D now.

  6. Rob Acocella March 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    As a 5D Mark II user, I can say I’m not particularly impressed with this. The enhanced AF doesn’t thrill me to the point that I’d spend $1,000 more than I did on my MkII, nor does the HDR mode (though multiple exposure mode is kinda cool, still not a deal-maker)

    I also don’t use SD cards and so the dual slot doesn’t do much for me. I own 1 SD card and it’s in my camcorder.

    The extended ISO range is possibly the only thing that would entice me at all, being that I primarily shoot rock bands in concert/low light situations, however with the glass I’m currently using, and the MkII, I don’t feel that it’s worth upgrading.

    I’ve got no qualms with the current video abilities on my camera, and quite frankly, my AF grid crapped out some time ago and I can only use the center point, which I knowingly work around when needed. I’ll probably just wait to see if the MkII comes down in price as a result of the new model and maybe grab a second body, since my current backup body is my old Rebel XT.

    Overall, not impressed.

    • Dan March 20, 2012 at 4:44 am #

      I have to agree. I put off buying a 5d mk2, waiting to see what would come out on the mk3. I waited a really long time too! But I really don’t see anything that justifies the $1000 premium that Canon wants for it (more like $1500 now as the mk2 is deeply discounted). I’m a Canon shooter and I shoot landscapes and portraits and I think I’ll be switching to the D800 despite the cost of the all the new glass I’ll need.

  7. Jeremy Corbin March 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    I think it will be great for Canon shooters that “need” something beyond the MkII. I’m not surprised by the MP count either… It’s like Canon is confirming that the MP race is finally over and we can get back to just making photos instead of counting pixels. THANK GOD! I, for one, am tired of hearing about “MP-this” and “Great ISO-that.” We supposed to be Photographers, not Statistics Wizards.

    • Anonymous March 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      It’s funny because it always used to be the other way around. Nikon always did more with less and got ridiculed for it Now that Nikon just ripped Canon a new one with the megapixel count, the Canon fanboys are all, “oh you don’t need all of that” Not that I need all of those MPs, I just find it amusing.

      • dennis March 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

        do they (Nikon) make their own sensors now?

        • Jeremy Corbin March 3, 2012 at 9:15 am #

          Nikon might have some in-house development of sensors, but I don’t know if it’s a mass-produced thing. I know that the Nikon D7000 has the exact same sensor as the Pentax K-5… A Sony Manufactured one.

          • Al Mansur March 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

            Agreeed with Jeremy

    • Rob Acocella March 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      Don’t go crapping on the ISO specs. Just because you don’t need it doesn’t mean I don’t. I shoot bands in low-light all the time. I’m allowed 3 songs of their set, and no flash. You ever try shooting people running around in dim red lighting with no flash and hand holding?

      I agree with you on the MP thing, though.

      • Will March 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

        Megapixles on a 35mm sensore are shite after 16-18, Yes I’m a Nikon Guy, Yes I’m a photojournalism student. Sensor size should dictate the megapixles not the user or company… ISO is a wonderful thing. I love the D3s, with a passion, and will love the D4 even more. Would I pay a grand more for the MkIII for auto focus and ISO over the mk II, You bet your ass I would. Do I think I should have to? No. The 5DmkII was under developed. Auto focus and ISO are the only things to worry about when you’re a photojournalist. I’m sorry that I don’t have the 2 seconds of AF search time that the 5DmkII affords, I need AF yesterday.

      • Jeremy Corbin March 3, 2012 at 9:22 am #

        Rob, ISO is a valuable tool, just like it is in film, but one thing that we forget sometimes is that high ISO doesn’t make crappy light better, it just makes it brighter. I do shoot rock clubs from time to time, and I would rather bribe the manager with $40 to let me set up flashes than run high ISO any day. Better Light = Better Pictures.

    • Jim March 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm #


    • bert March 25, 2012 at 3:59 am #

      More MP’s IS better. It sounds silly, but with more sensors you can always grab better detail at the same MPixel resulting file. Look at Nokia’s 41mpixel phone. Sounds dumb, but it is working! Don’t forget that due to the Bayer pattern, 36 pixels is in fact 12 mpixels per colour! An iPad 3 is 9 megapixel if we count like cameras.
      36 mpixel means smoother bokeh curves, better diagonals, less rough edges on weird colour transitions. You can always decide to output at 5D resolution! I think we will move to 1 billion pixel sensors with very smart on chip processing that allows gapless resolution choices in the future.

  8. Mike March 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I want it, mostly as a still camera. It’s like a 1DS in a smaller, lighter body. But I can’t afford it, so whatever. I’ll probably pick up a 5DM2 when they hit $1200 on the used market.

    • Anonymous March 4, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

      if your waiting on picking a 5dii up for 1200,get ready for some long nights. it will be a least 2 years before it hit that price.

  9. Chris March 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    Honestly, as a Canon user, I am a little disappointed with this release. The hype and added cost doesn’t add up to the few new features. There is virtually no difference between 21.1 and 22.3 megapixels, and the added AF points don’t justify the added cost. Although, from what I have seen from reviews so far, it does have fantastic ISO performance. But then, ask yourself, is it worth the added $1500, compared the the 5DmkII?

    • Chris March 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      On a side note, I would have preferred an update to the 7D.

    • Steve March 3, 2012 at 9:56 am #

      Considering it has the AF of the 1DX, the cost increase is probably justified. A few wedding photogs I work with are getting on for the AF performance and slight increase in ISO performance. Then, the MKII is a fantastic second body and the can get rid of their old 5d classics. that 20MP spot is usually perfect–files sizes aren’t ridiculous (like they will be on the d800) but it is very easy to make large prints even after some cropping (a necessary evil at times).

      Just my $.02

    • Harv March 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

      I’m not convinced with the price being so high but ISO and AF is not the only changes, the new Processor is a beast and with a better processor means better video quality. The GH2 proves a cameras processing power is extremely important.

  10. Tasso March 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Nothing groundbreaking. Borrrring.

  11. Harald Voglhuber March 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    This specs looks quite promising to me and in fact I hoped that the D800 will basically be a D4 without battery grip ;-) Well let’s see how D800 and MK III will compare in higher ISO range. I’m still not sure what to do with 36 MP at least for 99% of my customers. D4 is to expensive to be an option and I’m not sure if I’ll use the D800 just in “crop mode” most of the time. Maybe Nikon will move the D400 to FX.

    Cheers, Harry

    • bert March 25, 2012 at 3:50 am #

      - Just put it at 20mpixel or 9mpixel. All 36 mpixels are used to create an even smoother JPEG and RAW file
      – The high iso is better on the D800. Don’t be fooled by grain and marketed values (Canon mentioning native 25600 instead of D800’s 6400). If you process the RAW right, the D800 gives a more pleasant high-iso image with much more details visible. It has a little more grain, but grain on 12800 is not a bad thing. No DXO mark on the 5D yet, but I’ll estimate 2600 points on the high iso of the Canon.

  12. Keith Woodhall March 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    Supposedly the ISO performance at 25,600 is comparable to the mark 2 at ISO 6400. This and the new autofocus features may make this a concert/event shooters dream camera! Although, i still shoot the original 5D full time and LOVE it.

    • Kevin March 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      Only if it can focus in low light better than every previous Canon.

  13. Eric March 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    I really like the camera and the upgrades, but the price is a little steep, I just don’t think that it justifies a $1000 price hike, maby a few hundred but not that much, overall though I am very excited to see this camera in action!

  14. Shane Parker March 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I can’t wait to receive mine. It solves just about every gripe I’ve had with the 5DII (although, I don’t use video)

    Thank GOD they didn’t play the MP-race. I’d far rather have low-light performance than high MP… larger pixels make me happier than more MP.

    ’nuff said.

    • Daniel Cormier March 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

      I couldn’t agree more. I’m very much looking forward to receiving mine.

    • Derek Anson March 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

      Completely agree! The majority of my images end up as 10 x 8″ prints and I never print above 16×12″… The 21MP I have at the moment is more than enough.

  15. JD Closser March 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    I am very disappointed. Canon needs a dedicated studio camera with photography being the main focus. I have been shooting canon for only 7 years but with this release have decided that all of my future investments will go to a different format. Sure I will keep my old 5d and glass for scouting or just to walk around the city but I will not be buying anymore glass or bodies until something breakthrough comes out. I would much rather invest in a used back and some killer H or LS glass. Just my two cents

    • Kevin March 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm #


  16. MIchal Pecek March 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    I was looking forward to 5D M3 for last 6 months! But for that price they would have to cover it in gold….. Sorry no. If I feel in the near future that I need DSLR with video capability I will buy used 5D mark2. Until then my 50D will be enough. Good luck Canon in competing with D800.

  17. Martin Knorr March 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

    I think it’s a very good and reasonable upgrade to the Mk II. For me the new AF is one of the key features. But will I upgrade right away? No. Because I’m on a budget and still love my Mk II. I think with this upgrade Canon has made everybody happy: current Mk II owners won’t see their camera “degraded” too much and future Mk III owners will still appreciate the upgrades and love the hell out of this camera.
    I’m actually happy Canon is not going into Megapixel craziness here and kept it pretty much the same but went for higher fps. What I still cannot understand: Dual CF and SD Memory Slot? Why, Canon, why did you do that? Makes no sense to me. Dual CF would be something else entirely – but I guess space constraints wouldn’t allow for that. And I actually do miss an Ethernet port after seeing it in the 1Dx.

    tldr: Great update, but I’ll stick to my 5D Mk II for another year or so.

  18. Pitocas Cepeda Lopes March 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    I like this new version but the lack of Clean uncompressed HDMI output it`s Sad if canon upgrade the firmware to give filmmakers the clean uncompressed HDMI the camera will be perfect.
    But for me the bigger problem is the fact of American`s can buy the camera body for $3500 (2,651.08€) and we European have to buy the camera for 3500€ ($4621.34) it`s unfair we have to pay $1121.34 more for the same camera.

    P.S. Chase i follow some of your work, i`m a big fan

    • ckuhn April 26, 2012 at 8:30 am #

      Your absolutely right on this Pitocas, also unfair is computers/laptops and the price of petro/gasoline. USA around $398 gallon in California, what is the price in your part of the world?

  19. Nick March 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    It’s as much a full-frame 7d (with some features from the 1DX) from a design standpoint as it is an upgraded 5dmk2. The form factor, the layout – it’s essentially a bigger 7dmk2.

    As primarily a wedding photog and portraitist I’m really excited for the faster and more accurate AF. This upgrade is clutch since the 5dmk2 used the same AF as the original 5d. Making it 8 years old. The difficulty focusing in low-light left me cursing Canon more often than not. Ridiculous for the amount of $ they were asking.

    I’m truly happy to see that we’ve stopped chasing megapixels. Canon has finally chosen quality over quantity.

    The video functionality is slightly better, but then again – this is primarily a still camera. I’m amazed at the people who bitch and moan about not having the best of both worlds. Since when has any product done multiple things incredibly well?

    It’s an incremental upgrade, some things are better. Nothing (as far as I can tell) is worse. It will be worth the money for those that want a lot of the functionality and quality of the 1DX but don’t want to spend $7k to get it.

    • Will March 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm #


  20. Tim March 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    As a wedding photographer, this is *exactly the camera I have been waiting for. Let’s hope it lives up to the specs!

  21. Mark March 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I have to say I am not over the moon with the price increase. That said I am liking what I see and maybe I can stop hearing people bitch about how bad the AF is on the 5D. It is funny to see the locking mode dial listed as a new feature as all my EOS film cameras had this. I am looking forward to getting one up to my eye and checking out the new viewfinder with the LCD overlay that could be useful. I was hoping for some expansion in the ISO but on the low end I would love native ISO 50 or even 25 but alas everyone seems to be chasing shooing in the dark. Funny enough the thing I am most excited about is the addition of a second multi controller on the vertical grip.

  22. Kyle Pearce March 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    Of course I haven’t had my hands on one either. This I do not understand since I am incredibly talented and a loyal Canon shooter. My only explanation is that unlike some people (Chase Jarvis) I have not been blessed with boyish good looks and model hair. Chase seems like the kind of guy that can take a joke, I hope so. Back to the subject.

    Improvement to the AF system. this was really needed from the mark II. In the II it is quite frustrating.
    Improved processor, always a good thing.
    Dual card slots.
    Uses the same battery as the mark II, hope it uses the same grip.

    I don’t really have any dislikes but most of the other things just don’t excite me. The resolution isn’t that much different and I the extra 2.1 fps doesn’t matter to me. I also can’t see using built in HDR. Some of the other improvements, screen res, better tonal range and the higher ISO I will have to see for myself. Personally I would like a lower ISO. I am just starting to get into motion so can’t speak much to that but I am sure that those folks would love to have 1080 at 60p.

    Overall, I think they made some steps in the right direction but I won’t be on the pre order list. I can see one in my bag one day but I am going to bet that that there will be rebates or a price drop when the response is pretty indifferent.

    • Steve March 3, 2012 at 9:59 am #

      Grip won’t be the same, saw it listed as almost $500 somewhere. Maybe Canon finally changed the design of thier grips to get rid of that stupid column. Yes, it makes changing batteries easy (having both in the grip), but for packing, it’s nice to easily take the grips off of your bodies and stack them n a bag for efficiency.

      • Larry March 8, 2012 at 10:58 am #

        It’s a battery grip and Canon holds us hostage by forcing users into purchasing them. They, slightly, change the design and then jack up the price. Shame on you Canon!

        Also the price increase on the 5D mk3 is ludicrous. Once again, Shame on you Canon!

        • ckuhn April 26, 2012 at 8:34 am #

          I finally switched from Canon grips to Vello grips. They work great at less than 1/2 the price. Check them out.

  23. Ant March 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    It’s a potentially very interesting camera. 22mp is enough I think and if high ISO performance really is as good as the specs indicate it would be a good do-all camera. The question in my head though is whether this is going to take sales from the 1DX. Whilst Nikon went for two vastly different approaches with their ff cameras, Canon’s aren’t a million miles away from each other spec wise. I suspect neither approach will blow the other out of the water.

  24. Stuart Key March 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    £3000 in the UK… don’t think so.

    If it had WiFi internally, dual CF slots (not one CF + one SD), a significantly better screen rather than a tweak, and maybe if it proves to genuinely offer a higher dynamic range than the mark2… then maybe it’s worth £800-£1,000 more than the mark2.

    Biggest problem is that so many mark2 users won’t upgrade, meaning that the used prices for mark2’s will stay high!

  25. Tyler March 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    I feel like the 5D MKIII, is designed to be a little brother to the C300. It is definitely geared towards videographers, as a still shooter I’m not sure how I feel about this, I haven’t seen enough upgrades to connivence me to spend the $3500 to upgrade. Now if a firmware update comes out and we can control the Iso of individual pixels across the sensor to have complete control over our dynamic range that would be amazing.

  26. Kevin Fulton March 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Definitely seems to be more of an “evolutionary” product rather than a “revolutionary” product. After the Mk2 was released there wasn’t too many specs to improve on. It seems like everything has been tightened up. Shooting is a little fast, compatibility for newer accessories and video improvements (which I’m guessing was one of the key focuses, judging by the dual memory slots and extra frame rates). From a pure photography standpoint the Mk2 was so good that IMO there wasn’t that much further to go. I’m sure it’s a huge leap for a videographer though.

    • Alan Matthews March 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

      Now sounds like a great time to get a MarkII (yes sadly I only have the 5D and missed the whole MarkII revolution) and wait for the next revolutionary edition.

  27. WestCoastJim March 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Obviously, Canon has put great effort into both the C300 and the D1X. This lesser 5D mk III is a nice update and lots of peeps will be half pleased. What I’m wondering about is the “real” update body for the 1Ds mk lll. Canon clearly has a new camera body planned for that D3x killer position. And if Nikon or their vendor Sony hasn’t changed their shared hidtory we will see a D4x. So where is it? The 1Ds mk lV????
    Enquiring minds and all.
    Regardless I’ve preordered the lot. Business is business.

    And boy is it a effing pain to compose rational thought on this iPhone…

  28. John Wright March 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    I think it’s quite a nice update from the Mark 2. But I think some people were expecting revolutionary not evolutionary. The resolution of the Mark 2 is fine for my needs, so I am quite content with 22mp in the Mark 3. I’ll be upgrading for the couple stops better low light performance (very nice for indoor wedding shots), better auto focus, more auto-bracketing options and faster frame rate.

    • Kevin March 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      I’m sure there were people expecting revolutionary but that’s the same with any product release. I think the rest of us were realistically expecting more than just slight evolution with revolutionary sized pricing.

  29. Charlie March 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    The better performance at higher ISO ratings seems to be the only compelling reason I’d consider upgrading. New processor is nice and I’m always for improved auto focus. But I’ve had such great results with the Mark II I don’t see enough of a leap to justify an upgrade, at least on paper. To me, that’s a little disappointing.

  30. Dennis March 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    It’s the update almost all the 5D mk II users were waiting for: finally a real AF system, weather sealing and a decent burst rate, we even got (as it’s said) two more f-stops compared to the 5D mk II. And I’m glad that Canon didn’t go for the big megapixels – it’s just not necessary for most of us and if you really need more pixels then go and get a Hasselblad or some PhaseOne digiback.

    Pricing is steep indeed but it’s not really a surprise if you remember the days when the 5D mk II was released. It will drop when those mk II models are out of stock so wait until the end of the year and the price might drop even below $ 3.000.

    For me it’s all I wanted. Of course, a second CF slot would have been better than that SD slot but except of that: I’m fine with it. It’s a buy!

    • Anonymous March 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

      YOU SAID IT, it’s what everyone cry about with 5d11 and canon went off the reviews. they build the 5diii from all the canon shooters and now i hate reading all the negative crap about what canon didn’t or what should have been done.what more does everyone want ,you got better IQ,AF,ISO,BUILD,WEATHER SEAL,100 VIEW,DEPTH BUTTON MOVED,MORE FPS,AND MORE. How can people say it’s not that much of and upgrade,and there disappointed.

      And for all the Nikon fan boys out there comparing the d800 to the 5diii before the show has started,you better hope your not trying to find a used d700 next year, 36 mp not going to have the low iso performance.

  31. nsiltane March 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I think the mkIII is a true improvement. Autofocus was by far the biggest issue on 5DmkII. Let’s hope that this finally enables shooting moving objects as well :) It’ll be interesting to see how this compares with D800, especially considering low light performance.
    I just wonder when we’ll see some proper 10- or 12-bit video codec like ProRes on a DSLR. H.264 is good for distribution but really can’t deliver the depth needed for post production. RED Scarlet is pushing in from the other direction, though.

  32. Randell John March 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I’m not really impressed, I thought Canon would have added a second CF card slot and not SD. Way too pricy at the moment and I’ll be sticking with my 5D Mkii’s. for the time being at least.

    • dim March 4, 2012 at 2:05 am #

      SD is a direct link in a mac book pro, I like it that way!

  33. Paul March 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    I must say that I am disappointed with the direction Canon is taking for my type of photography. I am currently using the Canon 1Ds Mark III and prior to that the 1Ds Mark II and the 1Ds. I primarily shoot Landscape/Nature and Architecture and I have been looking forward to some upgraded features and more/better MP’s. With the current offerings there is not a reasonable upgrade path for me. I will be looking into the Nikon D800 or a medium format option in the future. Maybe even a forthcoming Sony?

  34. Erwan March 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Some nice upgrades, but quite disapointed that there isnt 60fps at 1080p…

    • Anonymous March 4, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

      This is what i hate, this is a camera not a video recorder,They make your tool by many company’s called HD video recorder.

  35. peter in Cleveland March 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    This camera is good. It’s what it suppose to be at it’s price points.

    For all those pixel addicts out there who view Pixel Count as the sole metric for judging whether a camera is worthy or not: Here’s your chance to eat crow and just realize that for most people, anything over 10mp, is ‘enough’. (I’m NOT saying I want a LOW pixel count; I just know what is the Min I need)

    Canon is just going the way Nikon gone with the D700. Even BEFORE the D700, Canon used this belief on their G series. From the G9’s 12mp, to their G10, G11, G12’s 10mp.

    Low pixel count on an equal size sensor = better performance in low light.

    Canon’s G10 dropped to 10mp. Nikon’s D700 was 12mp with Super Natural, Alien technology low light performance. Canon, in my opinion, is just working on image quality now that the industry has ended it’s pixel count race.

    Look at the computer industry. There is a conscious effort by Win computer makers to NOT advertise mhz/ghz in for their core. For the common folks, internet, movie streaming, typing a email, 2.6ghz doesn’t feel any different than a 3.2ghz.

    In photography, a 5×5 image made from a 14mp doesn’t feel must different from an 18mp. A 22mp image in a 4×6 doesn’t feel any different than 18mp in a 4×6.

    Last point, again, this is my opinion. For Canon users who felt Canon ‘betrayed them’ for offering a 22mp and 500.00 more over the Nikon D800’s 36mp and 2,999.00 price:

    Canon did not ‘betray’ you. You (no one specific) may think “the Digic5 sensor can push a million 22mp images per second through it’s system; but, isn’t it?”

    Simple answer: Why should it? For the price point, the 5dm3 “is what it’s suppose to be”. The moment Canon does that, it will skew the market place. It will cannibalize sales of their upper end models. It will require a faster mem card writer than what’s on the market. It will skew the pricing upward.

    I believe, the pro/serious enthusiast market has plateau with the D800/5dm3. Anything else beyond these models will be smaller incremental upgrades. The only way there will be a huge upgrade for a D900/5dm4 is that there is some physics/chemistry/material break through…such as a quantum sensor, similar to quantum computing.

    (allow me to indulge my ass a bit, I love science and speculative fiction)
    Quantum sensor, like film but even better. Instead of ‘molecular’ “pixel” on a piece of celluloid (film neg/pos), with it’s ‘infinite’ pixels (because it’s molecular chemistry, film that is); a quantum sensor can have truly INFINITE resolution and can employ interferometer (such as telescopes).

    INTERFEROMETER can feed a crap load of metadata with each image. That metadata can be many gigs. This metadata will contain 3d space information…and WITHOUT any specialized equipment, can create a true 3D image all in your consumer level camera.

    Interferometer info from quantum sensors, it’s individual pixels can “see around” slight curves of a 3d subject. The 3Ding is only the surface of what a Quantum Sensor can do. It could be the most practical; the other use of quantum sensors are mostly used in science/engineering applications.

    Newton would need to change his pants after contemplating the above possibilities.

  36. James Erin de Juaregui March 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    Ha! Photo nerd is the perfect phrase for these conversations. Shooting stills at weddings or other events, this will be great. Finally a pro level AF and even better lowlight performance. For other areas of photography, sure it isn’t a “game changer”, but shouldn’t you be happy about that? It means that the MkII will be sold at a great price, and/or you won’t feel the need to upgrade your gear right away. I don’t feel the need to upgrade my film cameras every three years, so it is nice not to feel that way about the 5D. As for the D800 vs the 5DmkIII, well… You’re just being a photo nerd.

  37. Daniel Cormier March 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    I’m really looking forward to getting mine. My one gripe is that while it’s nice that it does have two memory card slots, having them be two different form factors is inconvenient. I don’t even own any SD cards.

    • dim March 4, 2012 at 2:10 am #

      SD card is an access to macbook pro immediately,
      you can have eyefi card (=>wifi!),
      if you forget your cards, sd card are available everywhere, everywhere!
      there is an protecting lock on a sd card.


  38. Peter March 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    No peeking, no clean full-res HDMI out, no crop mode for video. It’s deliberately crippled for marketing reasons. To me that communicates the message that Canon as a company is run by accountants, not people who want to bring us the best camera they can, and that makes me reluctant to invest in their products. If the video quality of the new Nikons holds up, the only advantage Canon will have is that many filmmakers have invested in Canon lenses. Video on the new Nikons doesn’t seem to be 100% perfect either, but they are on the right track.

    As a stills camera, sure, this is wonderful. But really, improved high ISO performance and better focusing in lowlight is all that I would ever have asked for over the 5d MK II, and the MK III seems to deliver in these areas. Digital is now at a point where only ISO performance warrants a camera upgrade, and only for people who shoot a lot in low light. It’s not like we need more resolution (except maybe for things like fashion editorials, but that’s mostly a medium format market anyway).

    As great as Canon is, I primarily use Nikon equipment, though, since I like it better in terms of ergonomics and since the superior AF was important to me since I shoot a lot of dance, but I do use a 5D for certain jobs from time to time.

    I don’t like the CF/SD slot though, I’d rather have dual CF. I’m not going to keep around two different types of cards. I have a CF-SD slot on my D300s, and I don’t ever use the SD slot for that reason. Besides, the smaller size and fragility of SD cards makes them a less convenient format for professional use. Especially with gloves on, it is much easier to handle CF cards than SD cards.

    • dim March 4, 2012 at 2:17 am #

      sd card a directly readable in some macbook pro (sd slot)
      sd card have a lock to prevent erasing
      sd card exist in eyefi (access to wifi)
      sd card are available everywhere, everywhere (if you forget your card wallet at home!)


  39. Sean Cook March 2, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    A vast, vast upgrade from the 5D mark II. The biggest issue it always had was that it didn’t have a functional AF system. So, I’ve already preordered mine. But it’s a little frustrating that you charge $500 more for your D800, like you’ve invented some revolutionary combination of resolution, low-light, speed, and video, when Nikon already invented that. Not to mention that Sony will undoubtedly release an A99 with the exact same specs, double the speed, AF in video, and charge $2500. Just saying, charging more doesn’t actually make your stuff better.

    But, finally having a functional Auto-ISO will make this camera worthwhile.

  40. CMDVisuals March 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I planned on buying that thing as soon as it would be available for about 2 years now. Unfortunately, the price is way beyond what I expected. Gotta wait some more time. Even Nikon is more affordable with their d800 – and that one has the very same af of the d4, not just “the main parts” from it.

  41. Ted Vieira March 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Just chiming in here…. I think it looks like a wonderful camera. I love my 5D Mark II and was, of course, interested in seeing what was going to happen with the Mark III.

    To me it seems like a very practical update. Some good new features. The AF isn’t a big deal to me. I’ve always only used the center focus point – focus/recompose method. I don’t see that ever changing. Better high ISO function is ALWAYS a great thing, so that’s cool.

    Am I going to buy this camera? No. At least not now. I’m so happy with my 5d2 that the $1000 price bump keeps me from getting excited about the Mark III.

    Maybe I’m too used to Apples method. They continue to update and move forward with their products, but their prices don’t really go up or down. You’ll pay roughly the same for your next iMac, but you’ll just get a lot more computer for the same money as you spent for your last one. Kind of wish Canon embraced this model.

  42. Derek Anson March 2, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I’m a wedding photographer and currently use the Canon 5D2 and 7D, both are fantastic. The only change I really wanted was the AF capability of the 7D added to the 5D2. The increased high ISO performance and dual card slots is the icing on the cake. On paper at least, this looks to be THE camera for wedding photographers and in my opinion a solid upgrade to an already fantastic camera.

    Regarding the dual card slots, Jeff Ascough makes a good point… “Dual CF’s would mean an increase in body size and better card management on the photographer’s part if the cards are used for backup.” I completely agree.

    I’m pleased the pixel count stayed pretty much the same as the 5D2 and hopefully file sizes? I normally shoot around 1500 images per wedding and the thought of these files being any bigger than they currently are is not something I was looking forward to, thank you Canon ;)

  43. stevo March 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm #

    Canon.. guys comon! this is a midcycle update not a new model. Most of us have lived and worked around the crap autofocus and fragile body and other quirks, but despite moaning about those we continue to love the mkII and know how it can make spectacular images with care. – and importantly at a great price.

    Now all the quipes of the mkII have been addressed with this camera and at a notably more expensive price, its too little too late. Especially after the lower end prosumer 7D had much better features and autofocus, then the 1Dx we were expecting nothing less in those terms. So an improvement and jump that gets us excited would have to be 32-36MP, less s/n ratio, 16bit images and uncompressed video out on top.

    Now Nikon just managed most of that that out of the blue.. how, and their autofocus just works brilliantly and cameras feel much more sturdy and tactile. Also top end lenses are cheaper than L’s.

    I for one are really confused at who this is aimed at now? the hi-end stills shooters – studio/ location design and advertising like myself? No- i can still happily work with my mkII to get the same size and Q results.
    hi-end wedding shooters – maybe if they have worn out their mkIIs and hav some spare cash for an expensive replacement, rather than now buying up discounted mkII stock as backups.
    Press guys – well unless ur just a student or emerging freelancer ur going to get the 1DX its that simple as it needs to be v quick and robust.
    Now photo students and video indie guys – well these were the people that bought them in droves and were an unexpected, I estimate 35% of the market for the mkII. So guess what .. they have now blown that market out and sales in mkIIs new and secondhand will rocket since the price will be cut due to the mkIII. OUCH!
    Is a student, freelancer, indie or business going to spend £3000 or £1380 (current Hdewcameras price) on a new 21-22Mp stills or video camera – £1380 is the answer – as it does the same as MkIII but doesnt operate quite as well. I guess you would have to be a very quick tempered erreatic shooter thats a bit carless with equipment that wouldnt mind spending £3000 on a replacement. And i guess if you were that type of shooter you would have swapped to Nikon a long time ago to enjoy the quickness and solidness of their cameras.
    However I think a lot of small & medium video companies will update their mkII to this for the sound monitoring and better video resampling although I have heard from fellow video producers that they will be buying the D800 as they already legacy nikkor nice glass that they using on 5D mkIIs.
    So this camera will really split the crowd, I imagine no 5D mkII owner will be really rushing out to buy it straightaway, maybe if their current mkII breaks in the next 6 months, but many will decide to go (back) to nikon and many will have older nikkor lenses lying around to help them jump.

    Interestingly one website/forum spoke to a Canon rep before the release and vaguely said that canon was not gong to release a massive MP version next but if they felt customer feedback was wanting one, then they could respond with a very impressive product. So canon may well be holding back or still developing a monster 36-45MP that would be the reported 5Dx or 3D later in the year, and especially since they have developed new autofocus, Digic 5 processors and better build quality – then that would truly be a killer camera for the next 3-4 years . What will be the 7D mkII next year .?!

    i’m severely hoping that Canon havent been asleep or misguided thinking the 5D mkIII is the best one yet and 22mp is fine, and more that its a interim update to keep consumers happy(er) for the moment. Then they will kick nikons ass with quality v soon.
    Otherwise in 6 months if nothing on the horizon them myself and many other long term professional canon uses will sell their glass and jump to NIKON.
    And a last word – mentally high ISO low noise.. who cares , I wouldnt do a job over 1600 ISO, who actually uses this regularly to warrant the R&D into it? 90% is shot on ISO 100, 200 or 400 or 160 and 320 if your being a purist.
    Just give photographers 16bit optional, 30MP very low noise at 25-160 and current noise at 200-2400 and then let everyone admire the quality this camera could produce- for years. .And 5pfs is perfectly acceptable for most people apart from press people needing 8+pfs will buy the 1Dx or Nikon.

  44. D March 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

    As a still camera, it’s a dream come true. As a video camera, besides the uncompressed HDMI output, what else do you want? Shoot raw video? If the 5Dmkii was good enough to shoot Act of Valor, then mk3 will be even better, now with new compression algorithm, etc.

    Pixel count.. C300 is 8mega pixels. 8. Eight. If that’s good enough for a 50ft screen, then what the hell is there to complain about? It’s not just one extra mega pixel, it’s 22 completely different mega pixels. Please keep that in mind.

    Am I blown away? My jaw is not on the ground for sure. But I pre-ordered this thing in a heartbeat. It fixes pretty much all of the problems I have with my 5Dmk2.

  45. Ed March 2, 2012 at 6:37 pm #

    A bit disappointed, especially with the price.

  46. Jim March 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    I like the Nikons shiney shutter button.

  47. Nate Perkes March 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    When you compare it to the 5d2, the price seems steep for not a ton of upgrades, but when you see the 5d3 as basically a MINI 1DX…then I think the price is a steal! The only major thing it’s missing from the 1Dx is the 12 FPS, which I never shoot on continuous anyways, so that doesn’t even matter to me.

    I am one of the weird ones that are actually totally happy about this camera release. I currently shoot with a Nikon D3s, and will be switching over for two of these bodies. I have always wanted a SMALLER body full frame camera that has the perfect MP count, great ISO, great video, and great auto focus. I waited for Nikon to release theirs and they thoroughly disappointed me with their 36 mp D800 (for me at least. I think it’s a stellar camera if you shoot only studio or landscapes…which I do neither). I would literally say my ONLY disappointment with the 5D3, is the the lack of 60fps at 1080p. To me, Canon dropped the ball there. That would have been a great way to actually say “We’ve stepped up our game with the video”. Just my two cents.

    • Opatije March 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

      I absolutely agree with and share the same opinion. I’m currently using Nikon bodies and will be switching to 5D Mark III. The release of D800 has not excited my at all. Dealing with such large files requires a lot of computing power and patience. Canon has created a well-rounded camera and an update to the old AF system has been great.

  48. Geoff March 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    Lots of objective (not) opinions here. Let me add my own subjective opinion to the mix then.
    We’re going on specs and details the most of us, and a few sample images.
    To my mind, it’s an excellent upgrade, with the fixes and improvements in the right areas. Who needs 36MP really?
    The price is my only issue, and that’s only because in the US it’s going to be $3499 (which at today’s exchange rates equates with $AU3260). But Canon Australia intend to sell this camera at $4399!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s an $1100 premium for shipping the camera from Japan to Australia instead of the US… WTF!!!

    I like the look of the camera, think it’s got pretty much everything I’d want from a DSLR, but the price.

  49. David Heiman March 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Why did they put the locking mode dial on it!!! Have it on the 60D and absolutely hate it!! Otherwise the camera is a pretty big achievement I saw a few pics from the press conference release and it looks great in low light and the 6 fps is a pretty big update to the only 3 fps previously seen on the mark II.

  50. juan muino March 3, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    I’m a Canon user, and for me THIS camera is the game changer…I’m moving over to Nikon. I have waited for a major upgrade to my 5d mkII’s but there are only a few things that get me excited about the MK III.

    • Chris March 4, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      I don’t think that will solve your problems…

    • Anonymous March 5, 2012 at 12:06 am #

      That will be the yellow door,make sure you close it.

  51. Lion March 3, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    Waiting for the price to drop :-)

  52. Tebogo March 3, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    I shoot with Canon 5D MKII and love it, anyway I`m going to talk about the 5D MKIII….I read Chuck Westfall blog for the first time I didn`t know about the guy until you refereed to him in your post. Why is he so mad at Nikon users. What`s up with this Nikon and Canon stupid war. Both makers make good cameras you won`t go wrong with any of the systems. I think is good competition to drive both manufactures to develop good machines that only benefit us photographers or video makers. I love Canon big time but don`t like the immature and ugly language style Chuck uses. He can debate and voice out his dissatisfaction in a more civil way.

    • matt March 30, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      It’s not Chuck Westfall, It’s a FAKE chuck westfall. It’s a humor/parody site.

  53. Alen March 3, 2012 at 1:34 am #

    freaking hell i cant believe what im reading here.
    why would you ever debate about things like this?no really,why?
    i shoot with 400D 10 mp body and i can bet i am 10 times better and 10 times worst photographer then people with any other camera…what im trying to say is:
    -you sound like two car nerds who are debating is Audi or BMW.
    this is not car festival, these machines(cameras) make art…grab one that you can and stop crying make freaking photos already.

    cheers you tech nerds :P.

  54. Telmo March 3, 2012 at 1:48 am #

    Everyone said enough… I think the next big thing is to add DNG output files and the ability to load ACR LR Presets into the camera.

  55. Rooz March 3, 2012 at 2:03 am #

    I had a play around with it at Oslo’s Photo Expo yesterday and the 5D3 felt solid. At the same expo they were selling the 5D2 for a third of 5D3 price. Even Canon guy agreed that the 5D3 was not worth 3 times.

  56. Simon March 3, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    I honestly really don’t think it’s worth £3000. It feels like it’ll soon be reduced from that. For that same amount of money I could get a Mark 2 half the price and a very good, almost professional video camera. The ISO performance is meant to be really good though and a major improvement but still is that really worth that much more extra? Other than that, not having 1080 at 60fps isn’t exactly a deal breaker. Plus, 6 fps continuous shooting isn’t exactly amazing either although better than Nikons latest which I personally thought was shocking. Lastly I can imagine some photographer snobs turning their noses up at it but where’s the adjustable LCD screen? Or is that simply not allowed on full frame cameras because professionals deem it unprofessional for some unknown reason? I call it bloody handy and for that price I should at least have the option! Seems as though the perfect camera is yet to be made… I’ll continue with my 600D for the time being but both Nikon and Canon haven’t impressed me with their flagship full frame cameras this year.

  57. Simon March 3, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Oh and “rate” my photos… seriously?

  58. Nick Girard March 3, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    Wow, that’s a bit costly for the upgrades that it boasts. But hopefully this will drive the cost of the 5D MK II down and I will buy a second body :)

  59. Tim Roper March 3, 2012 at 8:36 am #

    Over the last couple of years, so many people seemed to be calling for an end to the pixel count marketing wars, and wanting Canon and Nikon to concentrate on making existing resolutions better. It seems that is what Canon are attempting here, and yet we’re back to a lot of the resolution talk.

    If the 5D Mk3 truly is a leap forward in high ISO and in tone gradation, I’ll be looking forward to buying one when my Mk2 needs replacing. The way the Mk2 handles tones (especially half tones) is why I decided on it, and if that only gets better with the Mk3 it’ll be a better tool for me.

    I also like the ergonomics of the 7D much better (from handling in the store), and it looks like the Mk3 is now more like it in that respect, which is great.

  60. dbltapp March 3, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    This was to be my upgrade from the original 5D, which is still a great studio/location camera – it just doesn’t do sports. But the price (75% increase over 5D) simply isn’t justified for the increased fps. As technology and manufacturing processes improve, aren’t devices like this supposed to be progressively less expensive?

  61. Sandy March 3, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    I placed my pre-order Thursday night, so yes, I’m very excited about this camera. For me the big missing feature is a pop-up flash. Otherwise, I’m thrilled there isn’t a higher MP count and I’m really looking forward to seeing the higher ISOs in action.

  62. Adebanji March 3, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    I have a 5d mk II. I am happy with it. Rather buy some L glass to compliment my mk II than get the mk III

    • Anonymous March 5, 2012 at 12:12 am #

      Good choice,glass is most important ,body not going anywhere,just going to get cheaper.

  63. Josh Kline March 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    As a professional with a diverse group of clients spanning editorial, commercial and wedding this camera hits almost all the right marks. If Canon is right (and the samples on dpreview seem to confirm) 2 extra stops of low noise performance in jpeg mode. This is huge for me and my event and wedding work. I shoot the Mark 2 at 3200iso regularly. It allows me to expose for the beautiful ambient light and add flash by bouncing. With two extra stops I can shoot 12,800 iso with great results. The focusing system on the 5D was probably its’ biggest weakness and that seems to be solved. I am very glad that Canon decided to add professional level focusing to the 5D series. I also shoot video and the improvements are all very welcome. The big miss is the HDMI out not being full spec like Nikon, I am not sure if there is an engineering reason for this? The increased speed makes this camera perfect for everything except the fastest sports action. Canon also has finally caught up with Nikon on their CA in camera fixes, it still isn’t as good but it is a welcome addition. I am also very hopeful that the new intra frame codec will be better for fast moving subjects and compression issues. Canon claims to have reduced moire and other video problems common with DSLR video- we will see how much this is true. I also welcome the HDR modes, if they work as well as promised they give the photographer a great tool in camera. I am not informed enough to completely understand the resolution versus noise issue. According to some (like DXO) resolution on a given sensor size does not reduce the low light ability of a given camera. They argue that once downsized for a given size the affect of increased starting resolution will not affect the amount of given noise present. Clearly Nikon has decided they can put 36MP on a 35mm size sensor for the D800, I find it interesting though that the D4 was limited to 16. Is this more about speed performance or noise? I suspect it is a little of both. For myself 22MP is more than enough for anything. I do like the idea of 36MP only because it would allow for very aggressive image cropping. I will be very interested to see DXO and others really test these cameras (D800, 5D 3). I have no doubts they are both going to deliver incredible results. The most interesting thing for me will be an examination of the noise properties. As Chase has simply said it isn’t about the camera. The 5d Mark 3 will just give talented photographers a bit more the work with. I continue to be amazed at the progression of digital technology it is exciting to see how far we have come and even more exciting to think what the future may hold.

    • guru March 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Exactly. This Camera will have D4 ISO performanse with more pixels, the same AF, better video with almost half the price. It is not comparing to D800 at all, and that is the problem….for Nikon :) NIkon thinks that if 5DMKII spanked D700 in only one spec – more pixels, they could make FF with APS-C sized pixels and it will work :) They are like Google to Apple, just trailing behind and copying their moves :)

  64. joushikijin March 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    It does not matter, even if Nikon would make better cameras then Canon. Because Nikon has a limited range of lenses. There goes the argument that all Nikon lenses can be used and Canon changed the lens mount but everyone being honest to themselves knows that many Nikon lenses work only 100% on certain nikon bodes, just like Canon. I do not like DSLR’s since they only serve the purpose to run and gun and have a very limited place in photography. But if I spend my money on anything big black and obscene, it would be a Canon Mark III with a 50mm f/1.2 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS.

  65. Leon March 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    So glad I made the investment on the 5DMKII. Nothing special here and my camera should last me a VERY long time.

  66. Jared March 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    It has all the upgrades I would like; especially the improved autofocus (I wish the points were spread out farther from the center).

    Even though CF is a superior memory format, things are moving toward SD cards, and the dual card slots will help with the transition.

    The only downside is that the price has increased. I would like decent autofocus (and other improved functions), but won’t be upgrading immediately, because of the increased price.

  67. Danny March 4, 2012 at 1:35 am #

    This seems to be a refinement just like the Nikon D300 to D300s but the price doesn’t really justify that comparing it to the D800. Canon fans seem to be saying what Nikon shooters were saying years ago about the pixel race. I thought the 5D mark II was crap in handling but produced quality images. Depending on which brand you’ve invested in glass on, I think you get a sweet deal with either the D800 or 5D mark III if you can spend the money on it. Honestly all the numbers just make people argue over the dumbest things. I felt 12-16 megapixels was a sweet spot for DSLRs. (back story: Used to shoot Nikon, switched to Canon recently as a financial decision. I still think Nikon’s are better handling.)

  68. Kurt March 4, 2012 at 8:54 am #

    Considering the 5DII can be purchased for $2000 right now the new 5DIII is not justifiable. It will be a hard sell against the D800 which is $500 less! I use a 7D which is fine for my needs but I was hoping to pick up the new 5DIII until I read the spec list. Not impressed. I like that they changed the ergonomics to that of the 7D and some other little upgrades but that’s not enough for me to pay $3500. Maybe if the price drops below $3000 I’ll be interested again…

  69. lolaxfick March 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    What a disappointment..

  70. Marcus Bailey March 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    I think the problem with the new 5d MKIII is simply that is has so much to live up to after the MKII. I mean whether you have a foot in the Canon or Nikon camp the Mk II is a pretty amazing camera and great bang for buck. I am in the Canon camp and have been for a long time. My only issues with the 5d Mk II have been the focus and the sync speed with strobes. So yes they have addressed the focus issue, given us 1 more mega pixel and an increased ISO… but I can’t help feeling a bit flat about it. The Mk III just has no real WOW ingredient. Talking to other photographers they kind of feel the same. Canon don’t seem to be taking an approach that gives us a clear separation as to which camera for your area of photography ( 1 size does not fit all and never will), whereas Nikon do with their latest releases. So no I won’t be rushing out to buy the Mk III, but I will be having a close look at the new 600ex flash units!

  71. Michael Oliveri March 4, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Disappointment is an understatement!

  72. Chris Bishow March 4, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    Not really sure what everyone was expecting here, but Canon did exactly what I wanted them to do with this update. Focus system of the 1DX, 6 fps, and a way to tether without wires. (SD)
    I’ve used the 5D MkII for everything except action, and I will continue to do exactly that with the MkIII. I’ll skip the 1DX however, and stick with the 1D mkIV for the heavy lifting.

  73. Andy March 4, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

    Best thing is it will reduce the price of the MkII… and the MkI :)

  74. Ian March 5, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    Nothing like a bit of new camera tech to get the photo geeks foaming at the mouth. However the Canon, Nikon war is soooo tired and boring.

    The new 5D looks a nice bit of kit. I’m in the market for a new camera as the 1DS is getting a little tired and could do with retirement to the back-up body. I was thinking of the 1DX but the 5D MKIII seems to pretty much hit the mark for what I need. I’ll certainly take a closer look at the 2 before making a purchase.

    That I think is the point – buy a camera that suits you. No need to begin hating on a new bit of tech simply because it doesn’t fit your requirements.

    Calm down people.

  75. Sebastien D'Amour March 5, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    I have been a Canon user since 2006. I have been shooting with the 5DII since it’s first day on the market. (I am now running on my fourth body of the 5DII). I love how they have addressed some weaknesses that the 5DII has and made them better in the 5DIII. I love the fact that they didn’t change the battery! There isn’t enough lithium in this world :D Will test out the AF once available since the AF of my 1DIV is less capable in low light then my 5DII. (central point of course)

    I have one major issue with the 5DIII which will probably kill the purchase for me. The first thing I do on a brand new camera (5DII, 1DIV are my latest) is swap the focusing screen for the precision screen (S). That detail is important to me since I shoot weddings and events with a full bag of 1.2-1.4 glass.

  76. Richard March 5, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    OK I’ve read most of the posts so far and to boil it down and sum up

    People like the:
    MP count (no more MP wars)
    AF performance increases
    ISO improvements
    and the FPS

    the dual CF, SD card slots (Why SD I don’t know a single pro that uses SD cards, so now they all have to go out and buy SD’s to use the slot…….”Click” ahhhh Now I know why!! I wonder how much Canon got paid to put that card slot in)
    THE PRICE?!?!? Its about 1000 of whatever currency you are using too expensive
    and thats about it

    As someone who works in the photo industry I see which cameras a lot of people use and the 5D mkii was used 80% of the time (with Medium format taking 18% and various others including Nikon the other 2%)
    Will they all upgrade? Yes eventually
    Would they upgrade right now if the price was better? YES and more would join them too

    The 5D mkiii will be my next camera (assuming nothing better comes out like a full frame 1DX etc)

  77. Moritz March 5, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    a nice camera overall but in my opinion the price tag is a bit to high and makes it fit to well in the middle of the 5d2 and the upcoming 1dx. feels like canon could have gone better on the 5d3 but had to hold back to not be better than the 1dx


  78. Micha Posthumus March 5, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I like the specs! Hopefully after a couple of months the price will go down.

  79. Max Louis Miller March 6, 2012 at 7:26 am #

    I too have had my fingers crossed for the 1080P and now know I will have to wait far too long before I can expect it from Canon. I wanted to ask, Does any decent DSLR manufacture offer a model that supports 1080P at 60P or perhaps a even comparable priced Video Camera? I’ve tried doing a little bit of research but simply don’t have the time to suss out what would be a good purchase before buying the first thing i find. Any comments from anyone would be helpful.

  80. ADAM March 7, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    pierdolcie się jebani frajeży…możecie obciągnąć patyka,bo zaden z was kutasy nie umi :) pstrykać

  81. Erik van E. March 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    As a Zeiss+5dmk2 user this doesnt excite me much… the focusing screen can not be swapped, only with unofficial 3rd party screens. The autofocus isnt usefull for me since zeiss stuff is Manual.

    the ISO performance is the only thing that is interesting for me right now and that is not worth 3499 euro’s.

    I think that if I had a lot of AF gear I would be more excited.

  82. Corey4hoto March 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I will sell my left eye for the new Canon 5D Mark III and i will give both big toes for the 1D X the Nikon Killer

  83. Zoran March 12, 2012 at 2:01 am #

    I was lucky and i put my hands on new MkIII.

    I am not impressed so much that I would change my MKII instantly. Canon make some good improvements in video, ISO and finaly we have 100% preview at one button.

  84. torontocorporatephotos March 12, 2012 at 10:39 am #

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    yes it can do little better autofocus and High fps which is 6 …..
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  85. Andrew March 14, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

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    As for the dual card slots, why on earth use SD, a right put off for me. I won’t be buying a MK IIIeven if the price came down to 5D MkII prices.
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  94. Richard Koconis April 2, 2012 at 10:47 am #

    Finally. Now I can load up on the 5D MKII’s. Hopefully there will still be a few left for a little while.

  95. E.P. Scott April 4, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    This update is basically worthless. The Nikon line is worthless. I own Canon gear with some great glass. I will be the first to admit that Sony is the future. The innovation that Sony brings to the table at the price point they do will make them the new “Apple”. No one wants to admit that their investment in their current gear has been rendered obsolete by the folks that brought us the “Walkman”.

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