Its seems like the 5D Mk III News is all over the board... One week its definately not over 18MP, the next its it seems like 30MP... with news like this its hard to either get excited or upset over this cameras potnetial specs...
We should think of what this camera should be and wait for more credible specs to be released.
Please be realistic about what the 5D is actually meant to do. And the market it is intended to address.
The purpose of the 5D Mrk III is not:
- to be a great professional landscape camera
- to be a sports camera
- to make large prints similar to 4â€ x 5â€ + film
The market for a 5D Mrk III is for:
- photo-journalist type work
- wedding/event photographers
- walk around FF camera (landscape enthusiasts)
- indie videographers
- making most photos less than 16â€ x 20â€
Landscaper Shooters who keep saying this is so popular.. please be realistic.
A real â€œproâ€ landscape photographer would be using medium or large format:
either 4â€ x 5â€ or 8â€ x 10â€ film (which is very affordable compared to digital a system),
a $12k+ Hasselblad cam system or $9,995 penta 645D. Im sure pentax and hasslblad arehaving a hard to meeting the demand for these cameras!
I respectfully disagree with much of your post. I am a "pro" land photog and a "pro" arch photog and have used everything from LF Film to LF Digital to a D3x (begrudgingly) and my preferred camera to take out is my 5d2. It's "good enough" to make the savings in cost and the savings in weight worth leaving those other behemoths in the studio.
Could it be improved? Absolutely! Most of what I shoot (architecture) requires a LF Dig Cam, but with the new 17mm TSE I could practically stop using the LF Dig. I'd certainly like to. The only thing that stops me is that my clients demand more resolution. My landscape work, demands more resolution. I want the next 5D iteration to be more than "good enough" both in ISO and MP. AF would be nice, but I can't say it's important to me.
I can't honestly see how the 5d2, or coming 5d3, ever became so valuable to wedding/sports/journalist shooters. It's just not the camera for that and never was. The 7D I can see.
So what's my fantasy? All full frame...
- 45MP - with 1Dx specs
- 18MP - 1Dx
- 35MP - 5D3/3D - 2 + Stops in ISO - Could care less about AF
- 18MP - 7D2/6D - Full Frame, 2 + Stops in ISO
I completely agree with you. But I am also an Interiors / Arch / Landscape Pro.
I don't need a fast camera just a bit more resolution would be great. I crop to 4x5 so I always lose a bit.
Maybe less noise with long exposures. ISO 25 would be a nice feature as well.