I am new here and have my first question
Is the 5D Mark iii a considerable enough upgrade from the 5D Mark ii?
Considering purchasing a 5D Mark iii and currently I own the 5D Mark ii. So basically I have the money and plenty of great lenses so I would like to upgrade to the 5D Mark iii but I wondering if it is worth the money and is it worth upgrading. I have my opinoins but I would like to hear others on this topic. Going from a 5D Mark ii to a 5D Mark iii will I really be gaining that much? And lastly is it worth it?
Thank you everyone
Hello and welcome!
This is also my first post but I think I can contribute with a relevant answer because I have both these two cameras and a 7D.
As some others already said, it depends on what you shoot. From my experience, if you shoot mainly landscapes you could save your money for a couple of awesome lenses because you will see no real gain from the Mark III. Canon 5D Mark II is also a great camera for such a purpose.
Now, if you shoot anything in fast motion which requires a fast burst, a reliable focus and high ISO performance (indoor sports) , there is no doubt about that, go for the Mark III.
If you shoot anything in fast motion which requires a fast burst, a reliable focus, there is no need for high ISO performance but you need the reach of a cropped sensor (like bird photography), a Canon 7D would do the job quite well.
For anything else (weddings, portraits,kids, etc), especially shot in low light conditions, the Canon 5D Mark III would be the best choice because of the great autofocus capabilities.
Frankly I don`t believe that the Mark III has an extra stop gain at high ISO compared to the Mark II; maybe half of stop. I do a lot of indoor sports photography (soccer and basketball) and I can tell you that using the right lens for the job is more important than buying a new camera.IF
they are in focus (please not the IF:)), my photos taken with the Mark II camera and the Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 lens at ISO 3200 look better than the ones taken with the Mark III at ISO 6400 and f/2.8 with Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 Mark II IS.
Yes, the first lens is a prime while the second one is a zoom but that is an awesome quality zoom.
The focusing system on those two cameras cannot be compared; Mark II is primitive while Mark III is simply unbelievable.
I would suggest to rent the Mark III for a couple of days or a week and then you`ll see if it makes any difference for your kind of photography.