Canon EOS 5D Mark III has been talk of the town, of late. No doubt, it is one out the best offering by Canon to date. At the same time, there are a lot comparison with the counterpart by Nikon, the D800. We have seen many news about this model, from how good it is, to the light leak issue it has. There are plenty of reviews carried out by plenty of photographers, if not photography site around the world. Here, however, is where I will share what I personally think of the latest offering by Canon.
I had a couple of chances to handle EOS 5D Mark III (5DM3 hereon). I was pretty impressed with the performance overall, of which I shall detail out in a bit later.
One of the strength which is often highlighted on 5DM3 is the ISO performance. Canon has improved, if not revamped the whole ISO performance on 5D M3. The other notable improvement over Mark II was the focusing points.
During one of my recent assignment, I thought it was a good opportunity to test out how good the ISO can really go. My friend, Kelvin was generous enough to allow me to snap a few shots with his new camera. I mounted EF 50mm f/1.4 USM to test out high I can go with the ISO in such low light setting.
5Dm3 didn’t disappoint at all. When I checked back the image on the screen panel, the image was really clean. Initially, I played safe, only toying the ISO between 3200 and 8000. then later, I convinced myself to go all the way
The in-camera RAW processing for 5Dm3 is superb. For shooters who need to get the images right away (with no time to do post processing), 5Dm3 could be the right answer. For example, if I were covering an event, and my editor needs my images to reach his email right at the end of the event, I could grab the JPEGs out from the CF, and straight away work it to the email without worrying the post. The AWB functions pretty accurate in most condition.
Some other new features introduced to this camera includes the HDR processing within the camera, multiple exposure functions, and etc. On movie recording part, it also gives more control over the video recording. Videographers will be thrilled to have those add ons.
It is kind of late for me to get this entry up, as 5Dm3 is out on the street for couple of months already. Nevertheless, I still wish to share my thought here. At the price of USD3,500 (or MYR10k+), in my opinion, it isn’t the affordable Full-frame like what 5D or 5D Mark 2 was made to be. With all the new features (the new AF system, the ISO performance etc), it has become one of the best performing camera in the professional range.
I shoot a lot of wedding, portrait, event and conferences, and some commercial jobs (products and interior/architecture), I don’t have the need to shoot beyond ISO6400 at most of the time. It would be rare for me to do so. Where as other features such as HDR processing, I almost never use those. And I don’t see myself using that just yet. I mean, for sure it’s handy, but I also can do without that function.
On the other hand, I somehow think it’s good that Canon doesn’t bump up the resolution beyond 30+ megapixel. It would be chaos if I were to cover event with such huge file size clogging my CF card. (I have made a habit to shoot in RAW for all occasion now)
So the bottom line is, I love the little things they have added onto this camera, but I feel that I can live without many of those. I really hope Canon can come up with another full frame, probably ‘entry leve’ full frame, maybe pricing around USD2000 -2500? (or MYR 6,000-MYR8,000). I do have strong reasons why they would, and they should. I am sure there are plenty like me who are on tighter budget, and would be thrilled to shoot with a full frame machine.
Canon, I do hope to hear some good news in your upcoming announcement in the coming quarter.