I have been Canon customer since my first ESO 100, love all my lenses, own an ailing, abused 5D (my wrong) and a T2i. Now, I am in a dilemma and cannot decide for the 5D3. Some may say: “Fork out the dough, grab, shoot, and stop bother us with your moaning”. Fine. Some others may gently share some of their thoughts.
Well, it looks like the last four models released (or soon to be) by Canon are specialized cams. And specialized tools are for specialists, not really for the mere-mortals-hobbyists or whatever you call them. Here's the list:
1Dc in which C is for Cinema: way above my league.
1Dx in which X is for eXtreme: badass machine good for London-OG high velocity as well as Afghanistan super-heat, above my league.
60Da in which A is for Astrophotography: sure a desirable cam for star/nebula-spotters but not my cup of tea.
And now: 5D3 or 5Dω ? Indeed, the more I read about it, the more it seems to me to be a 5Dω in which ω is for Wedding. A great camera for that. That means a tool you don’t mind paying 3,800 bucks (incl. tax) for because it will pay for itself with the awesome wed photos it will produce. Frankly, Canon should have spelled the name correctly with a 90° clockwise twist. Like for the 60Da, there wouldn’t be any fuss.
All this is until the competition boldly showed the way and made possible what was impossible just 2 years ago. I don’t care the D800. But. Technology seems to be on high gear again. Within a year we might see Uberpix cameras with pixel binning or whatever, with high-ISO/DR/res and a cold beer. If so, although built like a tank to last a decade, the 5Dω might become older before its due time. Fair enough for the pros: it will be already paid for by the wedding photos. At that price point however, it’ll become heavier and heavier in the bag of the hobbyist. And don't forget: that's when hobbyists buy in drones, that price can be made reasonable.
So, I feel like handcuffed to a chair with a 5D3 in front of me. It looks at me with its big eye and tells me: “I’m not for you, buddy” … The wait is not over yet. Damn …