The new firmware enables HDMI output functionality, ideal for professional videographers, as well as improved AF performance for photographers shooting with telephoto lenses.
Following feedback from cinema and TV production professionals, the new firmware includes ‘clean’ HDMI output, enhancing overall video editing and monitoring procedures. Videographers will be able to output high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) without any embedded icons or symbols, from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder using the camera’s HDMI terminal. The new functionality will enable easier editing of data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during production, as well as the option to record to the internal memory card at the same time.
The enhanced features also include . . . read more
Can't really understand the narrow focus or the scope of this comparison, but it is an interesting one, not many people get to have their hands on both these lenses at once :)
"The sharpness tests for this review were carried out using a real-world subject rather than a test chart. Both the Sony RX1 and the Canon EOS 5D Mk III DSLR / Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens were mounted on a sturdy tripod. The camera's self-timer mode was activated to avoid camera-shake. Tonal and colour variances across the crops are due to changes in natural light during the session. Centre sharpness is very good from f/2.8 onwards on both the Sony . . . read more
The 5D Mark III has been called many things, but 'Superstar'? Wow. To live up to that status, Imaging Resource has thrown a whole army of
rabid fans reviewers at its disposal: Roger Slavens, Shawn Barnett, Mike Tomkins, Zig Weidelich and Ellis Vener have all pitched in, the latter using the 20-105mm l f/4.0 IS USM kit lens to shoot the review gallery pics.
"The Canon 5D Mark III is a true "superstar" camera, with impressive capabilities for both still and video shooting. It suits the needs of well-heeled amateurs and working pros equally well, and while its resolution is only very slightly higher than that of the 5D Mark II, the Canon 5D Mark III offers so many improvements over its predecessor that it'll be an easy upgrade decision for many 5D Mark II owners. . . . read more
Martin provides many full frame image (with intact EXIF) samples along with his review.
"What I don't like about Fujifilm are their outrageous advertising claims. Sometimes I almost feel ashamed in my honor as an engineer :-) Firstly, there are the exaggeration in the indicated ISO values, cheating of the auto-exposure at high ISO settings and an Auto-ISO function that is constantly using too low ISO levels. With all these measures, Fuji apparently tries to improve noise performance test results.
Then there are untenable statements on the effects of an anti-alias filter. "... Sensor with a unique, highly randomized, . . . read more
A Lens review by Mr. Leynse :) The lens was tested on a 5D Mark III body, and this is more of a user experience report (a good one) than a technical review:
"The biggest surprise for me is how effective the image stabilization is on this lens. It's so quiet that I can't tell it's working unless I press my ear against it. Combined with the new high-ISO abilities of the 5D MKIII, I can take pictures in light almost too dim to see by. In fact, it was actually hard to find suitably dark scenes to illustrate the lens's IS ability. For the moment, this might be the best low-light lens around. . . . read more
The lens was tested with a Canon 5D Mark III Dslr body:
"So long as you're in focus, sharpness doesn't vary much from perfection, except by f/11, where diffraction softens the image. Hey, sorry to spare you endless boring charts, but with a lens this good, there's nothing to show other than sharp pictures under all conditions. With a lens profile on my Canon 5D Mark III or similar camera, falloff is never visible at any setting. Flare and ghosts are very well controlled, but if you push it, you will get a green dot or two. . . . read more
"I knew why I purchased the Canon 50mm f/1.4 over the 50mm f/1.8; the more rounded (not hexagonal) bokeh, and the slightly better build. That’s a few hundred bucks. The Canon 50mm f/1.2 L is more than four times the price of the 1.4. This is a cost/value factor we often weigh, and I have personally never once been let down by the better glass I’ve purchased, where I have with less-than-the-best. The aperture may be a bit misleading, I don’t consider f/1.2 useful for me, I have a hard time focusing that shallow of depth of field, and while a good camera body like the 1DX or . . . read more
"None of these cameras are speed demons, and while the 5D Mark III is the fastest, the buffer on the Mark III is only a couple RAW files bigger than the 6D. As a result, I wouldn’t really classify either Canon body as a sports body, but both – especially in JPEG only mode – will be good enough to capture some basic action shots of kids running around. The AF system of the 5D Mark III blows away the 6D, so if you are going to shoot moving subjects it’s going to give you the best results over the 6D and D600. . . . read more
We'll remind you that Magic Lantern is available in various versions for the following Canon EOS cameras:
5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 6D, 650D/T41, 550D/T2i, 60D, 600D/T3i, 50D, 500D, and the veteran, 40D. . . . read more
PetaPixel has the story:
"As much as I would like to believe that my process was rigorous, I am having trouble believing that the 6D is significantly better than the Mk III. But I am very confident that it is a low noise camera. You can tell by the lack of noise when you zoom to 100% pixels. As someone who has worked to remove noise from astro images for the past 5-6 years, I am quite familiar with what noise looks like. . . . read more
Since there's no entry in my lexicon for 'camera of the year methodology' will refrain from a rant flood, and pass you on to the article, as the Pop Photo editors explain the why and how of the whole thing:
"2012 proved a truly great year for cameras. In the wake of 2011’s devastating tsunami in Japan and flooding in Thailand, camera manufacturers released nearly two years’ worth of terrific models in 2012, all within a span of eight months.
But our Camera of the Year choice came down to just three real finalists—the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, the Nikon D800, . . . read more
"Not trying to make any point here, I just love cameras and also statistics. So, I copy, pasted, sorted and tallied the data from the "Reuters Full Focus - Best photos of the year 2012" page (look for the link and thread at the top of  http://www.reddit.com/r/photography/) I'm an amateur and I like to absorb what I can from shot data. Here's what I tallied: Camera: Canon 1D Mark III (4), Canon 1D Mark IV (26), Canon 1D X (6), Canon 5D (3), Canon 5D Mark II (19), Canon 5D Mark III (8), Nikon D3, NIKON D3S, Nikon D4, Nikon D7000, Nikon D800, Sony DSC H5, Prime Lenses: 15mm, 16 . . . read more
Confrontative title, but this is fake C.W after all. This post somehow slipped under the radar, but is IS an interesting read nonetheless that raises some valid Q&A. Quoting mostly a statement by photographer Phil Banno:
"I have a 5D mark 3 and my business partner has a D800. It started as a personal preference but the L series canon lenses blast the nikons out the water, so much so my business partner is selling his virtually new D800 to buy a 5D mark 3 (& he’s a Nikon fan). A lot of you rant about high ISO usage but in a church where you aren’t allowed to use flash, the 5D on 5000 ISO with a 70-200mm f2.8 ISM L series 2 has no equal in the D800 arsenal. . . . read more
"The most important change is a card test executed at startup. My 16GB (Kingston 266x) card has problems, and I'm trying to diagnose the issue: maybe it's just my card, or maybe it's related to this. If the test fails on your camera, please report.
There are also a few handy tweaks:
- Histogram and waveform moved to bottom
- New experimental display for focus peaking (extreme sharpness) . . . read more
Still, this being Canon wanting to tie down buyers once again, will have the new firmware ready by April 2013:
Canon (US) Press Release
NEW FIRMWARE UPDATE FOR CANON EOS 5D MARK III DIGITAL SLR CAMERA PROVIDES UNCOMPRESSED HDMI OUTPUT
"As you can tell from the 'Pros' and 'Cons' list at the top of this page we rather liked the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. It is indeed a great camera and for current 5D Mark II users or other owners of Canon full-frame lenses the all-important question 'Should I buy one?' is an easy one to answer. The 5D Mark III is in . . . read more
"The Canon EOS 5D Mark III produces smooth and very detailed photos with no visible noise from ISO 50 all the way up to ISO 800. Photos are still clean at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200, retaining plenty of detail with still very low noise levels. Not surprisingly for a full-frame camera which employs the latest sensor and Canon image processor, photos are still very usable and detailed at ISO 6400 on the EOS 5D Mark III.
At ISO 12,800, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III starts to get a little grainy but the camera does well in suppressing noise and artifacts while still keeping plenty of details in photos. Photos taken at this setting still make for very good large prints, especially when taken in decent lighting. At ISO 25,600, photos become noisier and less detailed but photo quality is still usable right out of the camera and it will clean up nicely when shot in RAW and post-processed on your computer. . . . read more
Roger Cicala frm LensRentals com investigates and explains:
"Let me say it here first: I knew this was going to be the fix since the first time I took one apart: Canon has this very cool black tape they used to cover circuit boards (I’m assuming . . . read more
Lots of fixes added, some will make dudes and dudettes from the Samoan Islands and Finland especially happy:
Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.
1. Supports a new accessory, GPS receiver GP-E2. . . . read more
There's been a lot of debate about the methodology and logic of DXO mark, but all serious debaters agree on the facts that is it meticoulosly carried out, and includes a fair bit of science. So, the score is Nikon D800, 95 points, Canon 5D Mark III, 81 points.
The difference is staggering to say the least, and the fact that the Nikon is a good $500 cheaper just adds salt to the wounds. Oh, and there's more troubling news: . . . read more
Ken's reviews are as always filled with flamboyancy, superlatives sometimes weird, but always extensive and comprehensive:
"The 5D Mark III's AF system is that is about ten times more complicated than earlier cameras. Now it will take you . . . read more
"The Canon EOS 5D Mark III betters the 5D Mark II 3.9 fps frame rating by 50%, turning in a reasonable 6 fps frame rate. To accommodate the faster frame rate and to improve AF performance, the 5D III has a new, better-stabilized, mirror mechanism utilizing two independent motors (one drives the mirror and a second drives the shutter). . . . read more
This reviewer, as all other ones, has a major gripe with the 5D Mark III, and you've probably guessed it:
"Where the Canon EOS 5D Mark II scored highly on originality with its relatively new ability to shoot full HD video, the Mark III is a rather more incremental upgrade that won't perhaps grab the attention in quite the same way, but which nevertheless has resulted in a more . . . read more
This big and richly illustrated PDF book should also work for 5D Mark III owners since the AF systems are very similar between those two cameras:
"This guide offers a wealth of information about different possible settings and when to apply them. It explores the basic characteristics of . . . read more
Coming from a wedding photographer with 5D mark II experience, this review is a good read for working professionals: . . . read more
"The autofocus has been beefed up significantly in the MK III and frankly it’s about time. The 61 point AF on the new MK III is identical to the 1DX except that it does not include face detection. (Boo!) It’s fast, reliable and much easier to customize than the MK II’s AF. I cannot stress enough how much I like this new AF. If I had to decide on upgrading to this camera and money wasn’t a factor, I’d do it on the basis of the new autofocus alone. . . . read more
This is a bit awkward, but we got two respected sites with opposite views of the video capabilities of the mark III. On one hand the Gizmodo dubs it 'The Best DSLR for Shooting Video', and with all the new goodies added to the mark II, it sounds legit. But, Eos HD, almost short of trashes it, noticing almost no real improvements since the Mark II, still mediocre codecs, and for some reason compares it to a Toyota. . . . read more
"We've shot a range of subjects under different lighting types and light levels to see how the latest 22MP performs. These shots were taken using a pre-production camera running final firmware, so may not be 100% representative of final image quality (though Canon allowing us to publish them suggests they're not far off). We're expecting a production-standard camera and will be adding studio test shots next week."
And as always, the 'what's new' part is pretty much identical to the latest Lightroom release. No its NOT, we got the Canon 5D Mark III included here! Is that a pitch fork toting mob yelling 'what about us X-Pro1 users' on its way to San Jose? Anyway, both Adobe and Fujifilm have expressed commitment to X-Pro1 proper support in Lightroom, so, no worries. Maybe the delay is because of the overly complex sensor Fuji uses, or a bug that won't go away? Don't think of the white orbs thing though, . . . read more
Well, that came early. DC Watch from the land of the rising sun has posted the first real world images taken with a Mark III body, albeit at a reduced resolution. Also, the essential ISO train that will stir a boat load of heated discussions (Spoiler: worse than many had expected), and a seemingly endless picture stream of the 5D mark III and its accesories in various poses. This must be the Japanese equivalent to camera voyerism. :) . . . read more