My EOS 5D Mark III Observations [Updated]

Back on June 25th I posted Should You Buy the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III? about the then new 5D Mark III and made light as to what features were upgraded and added. Well on October 4th I got the opportunity to use the 5D Mark III firsthand during Fleet Week photographing the Blue Angles and the America’s Cup World Series AC-45 series catamarans racing on the San Francisco Bay.

ACWS Fleet Week

I have been using the 5D Mark II for a couple of years, so the overall improvements are very obvious to me. I appreciate the faster frame rate, and the upgrade to the focus system using the 1Dx system with 61 points, 41 cross type points and 5 dual cross type sensors. The AF system is now much more responsive. The new Digic 5+processor is a major upgrade.

Blue Angels 2012 Fleet Week #1This processor is 17 times faster than the Digic 4 in the 5D Mark II and provides the added horsepower to run all these improvements. Besides the speed the new processor gives us a file with less noise at the higher ISO settings.

When opening the files using Adobe Photoshop CS5, the raw files needed very adjustment on exposure and sharpening. This is a testament to the new Digic 5+ processor. I liked the “look” of the photos good sharpness, contrast and exposure.

For someone who wants a full frame body, but the 1Dx is either too bulky or too costly, but wants higher resolution than the new 6D offers, the 5D Mark III represents a great balance of performance and features. The EOS 5D Mark III is available as body only for $3499.95 or a kit which adds the very capable EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for $4299.95 which is a nice savings compared to body and lens individually priced.

Update: Canon just announced a $200 instant rebate on either configuration of the 5D Mark III. This offer is good October 28th through November 24, 2012.ACWS AC-45 Fleet Race #2