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To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« on: July 29, 2013, 12:48:09 AM »
Hi

I finally have the option of going full frame and a one off chance of buying a 5d iii.

I've been following the rumors on this site. If I buy now will I be kicking myself next year for not waiting for the rumoured new canon bodies or do those of you with more experience think the 5D is unlikey to be bettered for the price.

I know it would take a crystal ball to know for sure but I would value your opinions.


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To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2013, 02:04:34 AM »
As the saying goes, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. You will never have a camera, as long as you keep waiting for the next best thing, as there will always be something new to replace it. That being said, go for the MkIII, I love it, it's a great camera.

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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2013, 02:06:17 AM »
Well, besides the 75MP 1D that will maybe come out next year I think that Canons FF lineup is rather complete, so I don't really think that you will have to "kick yourself".

If you want FF you can never go wrong with the 5DIII I think. I own it since about one year and it excels no matter what i throw at it.

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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2013, 02:31:46 AM »
If you dont need more Megapixels, the 5D III is a near perfect Camera. Buy it. Dont see why you should kick yourself when new products are going to be announced next year. Theres will always be something better at one time.

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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2013, 03:26:49 AM »
+1 for for buying it and never looking back.  With a 5DIII and a 24-70L II bolted to it, you'll have a combo that will remove ANY doubt about equipment limitations (unless you're doing something specific like sports).   What's ironic is that, when I carry that combo, I feel like the equipment isn't even there...that it's just my eye & brain & my subject.

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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2013, 04:54:59 AM »
Buy depending on your budget and requirements then forget everything else.  Easy to say but difficult to adhere to.  :D

Just make sure you've got enough budget for your type of shooting.  That said, here's a list of all possible expenses.  Please ignore if you already know about them.  I've listed them because it's just not the body anyway that's important.

1.  Lens (UWA, Wide, Macro, Portraits, Tele).  I need all of them... :(
2.  Lighting equipment (minimum requirement: 1 flash).  I've got 2 bags full of it... - 2 flash, 1 LED, reflectors, umbrella, stands, etc...  I'm using beginner strobist stuffs. 
3.  Filters (Polarizers, UV, GND, ND, Reverse GND).  Again, I have all of them because I'm shooting landscape also as my past time.
4.  Camera body.  This is the last but important requirement.  Depending if you shoot sports, landscapes, macro, portraits, choose your camera body.  e.g., 5D3 may be better in IQ than 1DIV but definitely, 1DIV or 1D3 are better than 5D3 for sports or birding given enough light.  6D might be better for low light static photography.

That said, I'm still using 500D (planning to upgrade to a 6D body later) for hobby and a 5D2 for official things (events shooting, hopefully my boss upgrade it to 5D3.  He said I don't need it.   :'( ).
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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2013, 05:01:49 AM »
Always always always get the 5Diii
5Diii, 1Dsiii, 60D, 500D, EX580, loads of crappy flash guns... 28mm 1.8, Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art, 50mm 1.4, 100mm macro 2.8, 24-105mm 4L, 70-200mm 2.8L, lensbaby composer...

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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2013, 05:01:49 AM »

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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2013, 05:15:00 AM »
well i have the mark 2 and for some time after the announcement of mark 3 i was hesitant about the upgrade. a month later a friend of mine got the mark 3 and i got to play with it. given the fact that im a landscape photographer, the only perk the mark 3 could give me over the older model is it's slightly better performance at high ISO. i could care less about the new AF or slightly better weather sealing (although given the amount of threads opened about failed weathersealing on mark 3's, i dont think it's nearly as good as advertised).

i think your purchase should heavily depend on the kind of shooter you are. i would highly recommend the mark 3 to any all around serious amateur that would benefit from both the good iso performance as well as the new AF and speedy burst rate. today several of my friends own it (4 to be exact), 3 of them have families and they cant get enough of this camera when shooting their kids in dynamic environment. the 4th is a landscape and macro photographer like me who upgraded from 7D

right now, the only thing holding me back from switching to D800E is the fact i'm heavily invested in lenses. i would rather wait and see what canon comes up with next year, for now my mark 2 fits my needs almost perfectly ( i could benefit from some of mark 3 advantages but i dont think the upgrade is worth the price differential for me)

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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2013, 06:35:14 AM »
Depends on your preferencies in photography.
If money isn't an issue: 5D3
If you are on a budget: 6D

The high ISO performance of the 6D might be slightly better due to the lower MPs.

Anyway, for me as an entusiast amateur the 5D3 is THE allround camera matching all I need it for. An 1Dx for some better high ISO IQ at very low light is absolutely off budget for me and not justifiable as an amateur, even if I had the funds for it. But that's my two cents. I don't even hesitate to take pictures at very low light and ISO 51k. See sample below... No PS. Processed in DPP, some NR, some slight and basic adjustments.

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Settings: 1/25 ƒ/3.2 ISO 51200 50 mm
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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #9 on: July 29, 2013, 07:22:38 AM »
until you can afford the 5d miii   get a film camera...fun and cheap..great image...I have both

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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #10 on: July 29, 2013, 07:49:15 AM »
until you can afford the 5d miii   get a film camera...fun and cheap..great image...I have both

good advice up here...but how about this recent post by CR guy?

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=16133.0
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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #11 on: July 29, 2013, 08:20:51 AM »
Is this #98 in the Just for fun thread?

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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #12 on: July 29, 2013, 12:15:46 PM »
Best time to buy a camera is always about 3-5 years from now.   ;D

Get the camera you can afford at the time you need one.  Don't worry about what the best camera is, worry about what is the best camera for YOU and your photographic style.
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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #13 on: July 29, 2013, 03:23:22 PM »
Best time to buy a camera is always about 3-5 years from now.   ;D

Get the camera you can afford at the time you need one.  Don't worry about what the best camera is, worry about what is the best camera for YOU and your photographic style.
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Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2013, 03:51:44 PM »
Sometimes I think the 5dii is more than I needed.  First, I look back at the high iso noise levels on my old pre-5diii photos and remember why I wanted it.  Then I take a few pictures, look at the output, and know why I got it.

If you can afford it, do it.
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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2013, 03:51:44 PM »