Canon 5D Mark III: what the pros think
Landscape photographer Jeff Morgan tells us:
“As my EOS 5D Mark II is well worn, the introduction of the Canon 5D Mark III is welcome indeed. But I’m not sure it has made my new purchase decision any easier.
The EOS 5D Mark II is nice middle ground between the entry-level and the full-pro models, and at about £1600 today, it represents really good value. The new Canon 5D Mark III at £3000 RRP seems to have migrated upward toward the EOS 1D X flagship product.
“Yes, the EOS 5D Mark III inherits its 61-point AF system as well as its new DIGIC 5+ chip, and the sensor makes use of the same gapless micro-lenses technology.”
“The percentage difference between 18 and 22 megapixels is almost meaningless except that the EOS 1D X gets almost a one-stop advantage over the Canon 5D Mark III in terms of high ISO performance,” Jeff adds. “The improvement in weatherproofing and build strength is welcome as that’s the principal shortcoming of my 5D Mark II.”
“The electronic level is a feature on both new Canon DSLRs, as is a 100% viewfinder and the 3.2in clearview screen – all good improvements. I would have loved the screen to be articulated to make it easier when shooting at ground level, though.
“The new Canon 5D Mark III is a real upgrade in terms of AF and 6fps, so if you shoot landscapes or people as well as nature or sports and only want one camera body, this is the model for you. However, you could buy a new 5D Mark II *and* a Canon 7D and still have about £300 change left over, compared to the Canon 5D Mark III price tag of £3000 – and they still capture great images now as they did when introduced.”
Professional landscape photographer
Canon Cameras: Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon 7D