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I'm waiting to see what this camera actually DOES, and not just what the specs are.
When Canon launched the C300 there were a ton of RED fanboys screaming that it didn't have 4k resolution, or that it didn't shoot R3DRAW or whatever other spec they read. What they all overlooked is that the camera itself recorded an amazing image, was rock solid dependable, and had a smooth workflow for production. People who should have known better were declaring the RED Scarlet the winner, and that the C300 was DOA. Well.....now we can see that the C300 is actually an incredible camera, especially for documentary and TV production. Point is, don't just judge any camera purely on the specs. Let's see what the 5DIII does.

I agree 100%, people ignored the amazing quality of the footage and all the testimonials from pros that absolutely loved it, but because it wasn't "4k" that means the whole thing is worthless.  People spec race and like to have 1 number that sums up the level of quality in a product, and with cameras there are so many other variables it just isn't fair to judge like that.

Canon didn't really hype this product that much, their users did.  If it was anti-climactic then the you must have had some unreasonable expectations.  Or it could be the fact that we had a spec list before release, so the actually announcement ended up being more of a confirmation than a genuine "surprise" announcement.

I'm a 5DII user and I think the 5DIII is awesome.  Improved video, much better resolution, absolutely killer low-light performance and a bunch of very cool features.  I'm not sure what you were looking for, but it sounds like your biggest issue is with the Megapixels, because the IQ and low-light performance have increased tremendously.  And megapixels aren't everything, I mean being able to crop into an image isn't useful if you don't do it often, so it doesn't really matter to me.  Wait for some real-world testing and do some more research before you start judging stuff solely based on specs.

I personally think the upgrades are stellar, and there are a lot of great features and lot's of small improvements that are collectively awesome.  But if you only look at it like it's got an improved AF and +2FPS faster of course it's going to seem like a bad deal.   

EOS Bodies / Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« on: March 04, 2012, 02:31:21 PM »
That's actually not quite correct.  The wheel still physically moves as it does on the Mark II, but now also includes the touch controls for video.  And Thank God for that, I hate touch sensitive scrolling.  It always makes it hard to select things and would be tough to impossible to use with gloves.

Look at 1:18, doesn't look like the wheel is moving to me.  I know it has that lock switch below it, but it doesn't appear to be engaged. 
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Preview by dpreview.com

Then at 1:31 in this video it refers to the wheel as "touch pad"
EOS 5D Mark III Walkaround COOL!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 03, 2012, 04:29:35 PM »
has anyone heard anywhere if the live view lcd cuts out when you attach an external monitor?
if we don't have clean hdmi, then we better have at least that!
my gh2 from last year has that!

The HDMI is 1080p and remains 1080p while recording, it's only not "clean" in the respect that it still shows the overlays.  I doubt the live view will work at the same time, why would you want to look at that tiny screen if you have it hooked up to a monitor or EVF?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 03, 2012, 04:25:26 PM »
I pre-ordered from a local Canon retailer in Montreal, Camtech Photo. They asked for a $100.00 deposit and said I was the third one on their list, that i would be most likely in the 'first batch'

Hoping that my support of local business will pay off and i won't wait much longer then those who ordered from B&H or Henrys!

What was the price @ Camtech?

It's $3499 pretty much everywhere, Best Buy, Adorama, B&H, my local shop.

Lenses / Re: What's your favorite Canon lens and why?
« on: March 03, 2012, 04:23:04 PM »
So after reading all you comments, I see that one that is mentioned again and again as a top lens is the 35 1.4L. I have a 16-35. Is the image quality on the 35 much better than the 16-35 @ 35 (if you disregard that it is faster?). And finally of the 24 and the 35 which one to choose (I have a 17mm TS for ultra wide angle)?

Dude yes, no comparison.  I have both, and while I love my 16-35mm the 35L is just much much sharper and has much better color rendition and bokeh.  The 24LII is a damn good one too though, but I feel the 35L is a bit more versatile.

A proper 5DII replacement for $2700.

Ditch the 61 AF points for 11 good ones
Ditch the HDR and multiple frames
Ditch all but the basic video modes
Keep the 5DIII sensor and electronics
Sell for $2500-$2700

I'd pre-order (and pay) for one yesterday and wait 3 months to get it.
So you're pretty much suggesting that they should have just released the 5D Mark II all over again with a 5DIII badge on it?  How is that a "proper replacement?"  You can't suggest that the 5DIII is improper just because it's out of your price range....

I mean really, you are pretty much describing a 5DII, all the things you suggest that they should ditch are almost all of the new features of the 5DIII.  So go buy a 5DII, it's way less than $2700!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DX still to come?
« on: March 03, 2012, 04:12:00 PM »

The rumors went on Canon's announcement of the C400 I think where they promo'd a concept camera. (that at the time looked like a rebadged 1DX just do they could put something on display).

I think you meant C300, not trying to be a dick just didn't want people to see it and get confused.  But yes, they are making a cinema dslr and that will definitely have more MP than the 5DIII.  I doubt that they are going to call it the 5DX though, as it's going to be part of the cinema EOS line. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« on: March 03, 2012, 04:10:28 PM »
There are little, subtle changes in the camera that I think will make $3500 seem even more reasonable.  The click wheel on the back is actually fixed, and touch sensitive, which I thought was really cool.  Not super high-tech or anything, but definitely cool.  Vibration/silent mode is very useful for me, I can't wait to shoot some Astro time lapses with it, can't wait to see what this sensor is capable of "seeing."

EOS Bodies / Re: 5dIII battery grip
« on: March 03, 2012, 04:05:27 PM »
I may have to get a 3rd party grip, and I'm not the type to say something is overpriced, but $500 for a battery grip is kind of ridiculous....It's not any bigger than other grips, it doesn't use different batteries, it appears that the only difference is the joystick.  The joystick is cool, but not for $300 more than a normal grip.  I wish they had one without the joystick for $200.

EOS Bodies / Re: Videographers happy with 5D Mark III?
« on: March 02, 2012, 08:44:23 PM »
Actually the HDMI out is 1080p and remains 1080p during recording, it just still has overlays so it's not technically clean.  Also I read it has a bitrate of 91mbps!  But that's a variable bitrate so what you get depends on what you're shooting.

And they said the moire/rolling shutter is much improved but still not completely eliminated.  I wish they would hurry up and ship already!

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Is the 5DM3 better for video?
« on: March 02, 2012, 08:20:05 PM »
""The video bitrate is a very high 91Mbit* in 1080p ALL-I mode. That is well beyond broadcast standard AVC Intra 50." 8)

EOS Bodies / Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« on: March 02, 2012, 05:15:42 PM »
Woah ok now I was cool with the price of the 5DIII, but $490 for a friggin battery grip?  Have they lost their minds?!

EOS Bodies / Re: Hugely Disappointed In 5D III Price
« on: March 02, 2012, 04:59:52 PM »
well this is what i call a mass suicide, and i thought that the tech on the D800 was old, lmao look at the metering system on this beauty, no AF on video, black spots(a la 5dmk2), omfg no clean uncompressed hdmi out, wasn't this thing suppose to be a cinema minded kind of HDSLR king, so why the ___ this options aren't there? omg the video from the D800 is crap compared to Canon's but c'mon, at least a proper face lift to justify the price hype madness that is going on at Canon, Jesus this is not Olympus with it's bloated company, this is Canon men i use to have them since i was 15 yo.

Sure I'm a little disappointed about no clean HDMI, but it's better than a 480p signal.  I don't think AF for video is realistic with interchangeable lenses, it would be a costly feature that would increase the price even more and considering some people will never use the video feature it would just be a waste.  And no, it wasn't supposed to be the HDSLR king of cinema or whatever, the Cinema DSLR is. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: No Focusing Screens for 5D MIII?
« on: March 02, 2012, 01:17:38 PM »
Did they actually say there wouldn't be any focusing screens for it or that it couldn't use them?  It may just be too early for them to have shown up in stores....

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