For $500 it better be the best battery grip ever made, seriously. But yeah I'm pretty sure it's rear-loading like the 5DII grip, and is better built.
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I am OK with the price but would be over the moon if they threw in the battery grip.
Funny thing is, when many of us thought it would be $3000 or more, we were told we were out of our mind.
I am no soothsayer, but not surprised by the price of the 5D MK III, nor the capabilities, and pretty much exactly what I expected to slightly higher... I was thinking more at $3299
Conversely, had the 5D MK III come in at $2700 I would have been surprised. Still would not have had buyer regret, because no matter what, I would have gotten at least 6 months in with the MK II.
But to the point, I think there is a direct relationship between price/expectation and whether people are happy or not with the announcement
the new pricing policy of canon is over control. canon 5d mark ll 3500 e canon 24-70 f2.8 ll 2300 e
nikon d800 2900 e nikon 24-70 f2.8 1500 e
canon 3500+2300=5800 e
nikon 2900+1500=4400 e 5800-4400= 1400e with extra 100e you can buy the nikon 14-24 f2.8 a great lense that canon has not!!. nikon d800 36mp,auto focus to f8,crop mode 1.2 and 1.5 and better qualite body. bye bye canon.
@Axilrod I take back my previous comments. You're absolutely right. +1 to you.
Does it really make sense that they would release a sub part product after waiting 4 years? I guess we'll have to wait and see
so, when you say the hdmi out mirrors whats on the screen, does that mean the lcd screen on the camera stayed on when you had an external monitor attached??? like you could see both at once? that would be a big revaluation if so and what a lot of people are waiting to hear, tell me its true!!!
Just checked the Canon USA Refurbished Store. They have dropped the price of the refurbished 5D II to $1,759.20.
i've read other reviews though that specifically say the wheel now does both. plus he was controlling video volume levels, exactly what the touch sensitiviy was added for.
but think about this: if the wheel is purely touch sensitive, why does it have those grippy teeth on it still? if it was touch only wouldn't you think they'd take those off? teeth don't make sense when you're using a touch wheel that's supposed to be easy to slide your finger around.
I am OP. This is my argument: We, as consumers, are collectively indifferent. some want this, and some want that.
The 1dX addresses High ISO performance issues. We also have the existing 1D4 (16 MP) that is impressive in high ISO. And it is a wonderful camera from all I have seen, read, and heard.
Okay, so since the 5dII came out nearly 4 years ago, Canon has added 1MP, better ISO performance, similar video features, same metering, 2 frames per second, and "pro" AF. All of this for $500 more-- 4 years later.
I know I am leaving out some specs--what dual card slots that many sub-FF cameras already have? I just don't see why anyone would pay $1,500 MORE for these upgrades. And yes, the 5dII can be found for $2,000 flat.
A major mistake on the price. Is this camera so good it warrants a launch price double the high street price of the previous model, and 25% more expensive than the D800? Somehow I doubt it, the improvements seem very incremental over the MkII, and while that camera sold in massive numbers I'll stick my neck out and say that this one won't.
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.