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How's it been for you, the 5D Mk3 owner, so far?

Been bullet-proof for me!
107 (86.3%)
Has had software issues.
7 (5.6%)
Had mechanical issues such as shutter etc.
4 (3.2%)
Took it back as I couldn't trust it.
0 (0%)
Other: Please add your experiences below.
6 (4.8%)

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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2013, 08:03:01 AM »
My previous 5D2 never had any issues, other than feeling cheap on some parts (CF Door, plasticy construction).

Mechanically my 5D3 feels much better.  Just seems like it's built tougher and will last for a long time.  At ~9000 clicks and counting.  And for what it's worth I never did video with either one.

But the 5D3 has locked up twice, pulling the battery brought it back to life.  That was on the old firmware load and nothing has happened since.  But the new load has not been out that long either...
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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #15 on: May 23, 2013, 08:03:01 AM »

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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #16 on: May 23, 2013, 09:18:20 AM »
Absolute no brainer. For £1800, buy now!!! Ive had mine nearly 12 mths without any problems, great camera. Bought for £2500, which was a bargain then.

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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #17 on: May 23, 2013, 09:26:07 AM »
Much better than the mk2.
(The batteriegrip didnt fit well, didnt notice the screw was a bit loose, and suddenly the whole camera didnt respond although it had energy.)

Generally the mk3 feels more solid. Little drawback: bit larger, heavier.


+1.  Once or twice I needed to remove battery to reset the camera.  Otherwise no problems

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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2013, 10:12:43 AM »
My 5D III, pre-ordered before release so it was full price, initially under-exposed all shots by about 2/3 of a stop. It went off to Canon for repair/review, and came back within the week working fine.

Since then, it has very occasionally lost the will to focus, but turning it off and on again has cured that.

No other problems, and a real joy to use - particularly if you like low-light photography. I've certainly never regretted the decision to buy.

I keep it in silent shutter mode most of the time - the quietness is a real benefit. Sitting watching a school play when the official (commercial) photography snaps away with his noisy Nikon that can be heard across the room, and thinking I could do that so much more discretely has been a bitter-sweet experience.

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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2013, 10:31:20 AM »
I've had my 5DMk3 for over a year now and I've only had two problems. One problem was when I was trying to use a Speedlite 580 extII flash with the camera but found out that wasn't so much of a camera problem. I've since got a 600ex and that problem is gone. The other problem I've had is that the ISO button has gotten stuck in the down position. I can still shoot with the camera and it still performs well. I'm going to send it off to CPS to get fixed but other than those two issues the camera has been top notch. I'd say go for it

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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2013, 10:31:44 AM »
I've had my 5Dm3 for a year now. Bulletproof!
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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2013, 11:02:31 AM »
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« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2013, 11:02:31 AM »

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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #22 on: May 23, 2013, 11:46:04 AM »
To be fair, I've had to remove the battery on my 5D2 at least once.


I'm sold. Thanks chaps.




Do you think £1000 for a near mint body with about 6000 actuations is fair? Thinking of just doing a 'Buy It Now' and seeing what happens. A lot of the auctions seem to topping out at that, so it might be a nice easy buy for someone.




I'm in London if anybody on here is interested too. Comes with an aftermarket grip.  8)
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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #23 on: May 23, 2013, 11:54:42 AM »
To be fair, I've had to remove the battery on my 5D2 at least once.


I'm sold. Thanks chaps.




Do you think £1000 for a near mint body with about 6000 actuations is fair? Thinking of just doing a 'Buy It Now' and seeing what happens. A lot of the auctions seem to topping out at that, so it might be a nice easy buy for someone.




I'm in London if anybody on here is interested too. Comes with an aftermarket grip.  8)

With such a clean 5D Mk2, I am curious which new features are prompting an upgrade. I know there are many things improved on the Mk3, but what specifically makes you want to upgrade right now?

I ask partially because the idea of a used Mk2 always seems to work its way into my camera upgrade thoughts, and it would be interesting to know.
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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2013, 12:10:18 PM »
To be fair, I've had to remove the battery on my 5D2 at least once.


I'm sold. Thanks chaps.




Do you think £1000 for a near mint body with about 6000 actuations is fair? Thinking of just doing a 'Buy It Now' and seeing what happens. A lot of the auctions seem to topping out at that, so it might be a nice easy buy for someone.




I'm in London if anybody on here is interested too. Comes with an aftermarket grip.  8)

With such a clean 5D Mk2, I am curious which new features are prompting an upgrade. I know there are many things improved on the Mk3, but what specifically makes you want to upgrade right now?

I ask partially because the idea of a used Mk2 always seems to work its way into my camera upgrade thoughts, and it would be interesting to know.


Basically, the AF. The 5D2 is more than usable for most stuff, but I do the occasional action shoot too. I always seem to end up doing low light too, so the extra headroom the new sensor gives will be more than useful.

I was blown away by the low light capability of the 5D2 after coming from a 30D so I'm looking forward to the Mk3.

The only other cameras that would tempt me are the 1DX (too expensive), and the D800 (wrong system).

I genuinely think that the original price of the Mk3 was way too much. Yeah, it's better that the Mk2, but it's not DOUBLE the camera the Mk2 is. So I don't see how they could charge £3000 while you could pick up a new 5D2 for around £1500 at the time.


£1850 is more realistic, so I think it's time to jump.




My Mk2 has been flawless, but it's just not a Mk3.
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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2013, 01:50:45 PM »
Mine came in the first shipment to the US. The only minor thing I have noticed is that the toggle between Live View and Video mode is much harder to move now than when new. Anyone else notice this and if so did you care enough to have Canon look at it?
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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #26 on: May 23, 2013, 01:55:21 PM »
My 5D III, pre-ordered before release so it was full price, initially under-exposed all shots by about 2/3 of a stop. It went off to Canon for repair/review, and came back within the week working fine.

Since then, it has very occasionally lost the will to focus, but turning it off and on again has cured that.

No other problems, and a real joy to use - particularly if you like low-light photography. I've certainly never regretted the decision to buy.

I keep it in silent shutter mode most of the time - the quietness is a real benefit. Sitting watching a school play when the official (commercial) photography snaps away with his noisy Nikon that can be heard across the room, and thinking I could do that so much more discretely has been a bitter-sweet experience.

Interesting that you say the exposure was under by 2/3rds of a stop - I also feel mine under-exposes too often by about that much but usually put that down to never picking the right metering for the subject! Joking aside, I've been taking pics for probably 30yrs so should've learnt about exposure by now and yet I feel the need to over-expose by half or 2/3rds of a stop almost all the time. I suppose this isn't a vast amount but it does make me frown at times. I wonder if Canon tweaked a software parameter or made a hardware adjustment. Any clues?

Anyone else concerned by their 5D3's metering? (I don't need anyone to tell us all to buy a 1DX instead, yawn.)

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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2013, 02:19:23 PM »
So far seems solid - 1yr , feels so much more solid & responsive than mkII and exposure is spot on compared to mkII which always underexposed..

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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2013, 02:50:21 PM »
To be fair, I've had to remove the battery on my 5D2 at least once.
I'm sold. Thanks chaps
Do you think £1000 for a near mint body with about 6000 actuations is fair? Thinking of just doing a 'Buy It Now' and seeing what happens. A lot of the auctions seem to topping out at that, so it might be a nice easy buy for someone.


I'm in London if anybody on here is interested too. Comes with an aftermarket grip.  8)


Harry: you're right with the value on e bay UK. Mint mk2's with box are going for between £1020 and £1100. But my experience with e bay is things like this tend not to sell at 'top book price' if that's the price they are initially set at. I'd go for auction with plenty of close up photos of it.

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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2013, 04:05:51 PM »
I got my 5D III from 1st patch and still running with original firmware - SOLID -
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Re: Canon 5D Mk3 Reliability
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