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Another 5D3 ISO comparison
« on: March 27, 2012, 05:28:21 AM »
I just took delivery of mine, and whilst it looks to be an awesome camera I really can't say I'm impressed with the ISO improvements over the 1Ds3.

Generally I never shoot above ISO3200...not because I don't want to, but because of the noise level. I was hoping the 5D3 would be of some improvement over the 1Ds3 and in a way it is.
Silent shooting really is almost silent for example. But with all the noise reduction disabled I don't consider the 5D3 to be even 1 stop better in noise handling over the 1ds3:



Note also that the 1Ds3 technically only goes to 1600, the 3200 option is a 'H' mode.

These are all from in camera Jpegs too, to rule out the Raw convertor.
However, the files are much more robust and maleable.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2012, 05:45:19 AM by wockawocka »
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Another 5D3 ISO comparison
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Re: Another 5D3 ISO comparison
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2012, 06:03:06 AM »
As many others already pointed out: Whatever improvements Canon did with the 5D3, they forgot to improve the sensor. The most important element of a camera.


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Re: Another 5D3 ISO comparison
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2012, 07:31:26 AM »
Ok, just went down to the Church in Shoreham to take some test shots inside between the 1ds3, 5D2 and 5D3.

Based solely on IQ (I don't touch video) the 5D3 is essentially a 1Ds3 with higher ISO capabilities.
Versus the 5D2 it's a fair old jump, colours are represented better and more accurately.
Noise still gets nasty beyond 6400 ISO but that's because I never touch noise redution.
The noise that is there is more grain like and less colour based.

The files themselves (jpegs) seem more robust to edit and generally have a smaller file size overall (due to cleaner files).

Dynamic range is certainly stable all the way to ISO6400, on the 5D2 the cost of high ISO would be a fall off in vibrance, not so on the 5D3.

Other than the above, feels great in the hand, changing the zoom buttons...bad Canon, silent shooting is just something you have to hear to be believed.

Overall, a wise purchase if you're going to use it for the 3-4 years between models..but even then I think this model illustrates we are nearing the realms of sensor limits. You know, the IQ isn't what I'd consider a 4 year jump and I very much doubt this will be anything more than a backup for the 1Dx.

The only caveat to the above is that the official, non beta RAW convertor isn't available for Lightroom, which is where I do all my processing. I would rather of shot RAW.
« Last Edit: March 27, 2012, 07:53:39 AM by wockawocka »
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Re: Another 5D3 ISO comparison
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2012, 08:18:47 AM »
Whatever improvements Canon did with the 5D3, they forgot to improve the sensor.
That's a ridiculous thing to say.

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Re: Another 5D3 ISO comparison
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2012, 08:28:13 AM »
Whatever improvements Canon did with the 5D3, they forgot to improve the sensor.
That's a ridiculous thing to say.

Agreed, they've certainly done something..but I think they worked on the old 1Ds3 one.
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Re: Another 5D3 ISO comparison
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2012, 08:28:13 AM »