Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera: resources, reviews, comparisons (especially with 1D Mark IV)

5dmk3Update 28/05/2012: added dpreview.com review

Update: 02/05/2012

added some linsk and updated reviews section.

Hi everybody,

I was doing some research about the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III (5DM3, 5D Mk3, 5D Mk III) and thought I share all the helpful and not so helpful resources, reviews, comparisons, discussions and sample images with you. I will list anything I read and leave it to you to decide if it fits your needs or not. ANyway I will feel free to point out articles that I found o be really good and / or helpful. One aspect I was really focused on during my searc hwas a comparison between the 5D Mark II (5DM2) and the 1D Mark IV (1DM4, 1D Mk4, 1D Mk IV) because I own a 5D Mark II and the used 1d MarkIV is in an comparable price range. Comparisons to the Nikon breed e.g. Nikon 3d, Nikon 3Ds, Nikon 4D, Nikon D800, Nikon D700 were no special focus because I am not planning to change brand. Anyway for those undecided wether to buy Nikon or Canon I listed those articles too. Another thing I was really interested in was the autofocus (AF). How does it work compared to the 1D Mark IV, the 5D Mark II and speculatively compared to the Canon EOS 1D X (1DX) as it shares the some amount of AF fields but lacks a second DIGIC 5 processor. Ok let’s get it on!

(I will update the list with dates and will add more the days to come)

Reviews:

23/05/12 dpreview.com – review: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/05/23/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-review-posted

cameralabs.com – detailed review: http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Canon_EOS_5D_Mark_III/

rostovtsev.com – ISO performance and review: http://www.rostovtsev.de/de/blog/canon-5d-mark-3-iso-test-und-raw-files.html

the digital picture – in-depth review: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-DSLR-Camera-Review.aspx

Ryan Brenizer – a wedding photographer’s review: http://www.ryanbrenizer.com/2012/03/a-nikon-users-review-of-the-canon-5d-mark-iii/

camerastuffreview.com: http://www.camerastuffreview.com/en/reviews-en/camera/82-testen/cameratest/canon-cameratest/278-review-canon-5d-mk3

trustedreviews.com – review of my favourite electronics review resource: http://www.trustedreviews.com/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii_Digital-Camera_review

engadget.com: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/22/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-review/

fix-pix.de – german first impression review – Erfahrungsbericht: http://fix-pix.de/2012/04/canon-5d-mark-iii-%E2%80%93-review/

Fred Miranda – hands-on review compared to Nikon D800, landscape photographer’s point of view: http://www.fredmiranda.com/5DIII-D800/

techradar.com – detailed review: http://www.techradar.com/reviews/cameras-and-camcorders/cameras/digital-slrs-hybrids/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-1074186/review

jeffascough.com – pre-production model review: http://blog.jeffascough.com/photographers/2012/03/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-review.html

dxomark.com – hands-on review, comparison, sensor performance: http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Publications/DxOMark-Reviews/Canon-5D-Mark-III-Review/Hands-on-Review

dpreview.com – hand-on PREview: http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canoneos5dmarkiii/ http://photofocus.com/2012/03/26/canon-5d-mk-iii-mini-review/ photofocus mini review

gizmodo.com review for videographers: http://gizmodo.com/5895239/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-review-the-best-dslr-for-shooting-video

digital-photography-school.com review: http://digital-photography-school.com/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-review

29/03/2012 Jessica Strickland (Wedding photog) – review: http://www.jessicarstrickland.com/blog/personal/for-photographers-canon-5d-mark-iii-review/

13/04/2012 krishna mohan photography – review: http://www.drkrishi.com/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-review

20/04/2012 traumflieger.de mega-review (german): http://www.traumflieger.de/desktop/kameras/cam_5d3.php

Comparison:

08/03/2012 examiner.com – 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D4: http://www.examiner.com/article/proof-high-iso-pictures-canon-5d-mark-iii-kills-nikon-d4

21/04/2012 fredmiranda.com – 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800: http://www.fredmiranda.com/5DIII-D800/

29/03/2012 cdtobie’s blog – color comparison 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III: http://cdtobie.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/color-comparison-canon-5d-mark-ll-and-mark-lll/

01/03/2012 dxomark.com comparison 5D Mark II, 1D X, D800:  http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Publications/DxOMark-Reviews/Canon-5D-Mark-III-Review/Comparisons

01/03/2012 mansurovs photography – comparison to Nikon D800: http://mansurovs.com/nikon-d800-vs-canon-5d-mark-iii

03/04/2012 doughbrownphotography.com – Canon 5D Makr III vs. 1D Mark IV high ISO comparison: http://www.dougbrownphotography.com/2012/04/03/canon-5d-mark-iii-vs-1d-mark-iv-high-iso/

Discussions:

RAW samples discussion: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1032&thread=40829181

1D Mark IV compared to 5D Mark III from sports photographers POV: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1032&message=40983314

Resources:

:from the Canon Digital Learning Center:

http://gdlp01.c-wss.com/gds/8/0300007348/01/eos5dmkiii-im-c-en.pdf Canon official manual

http://www.canon.co.uk/Images/EOS_5D_Mark_III_Specification_Sheet-v2_0_tcm14-910228.pdf Canon specifications sheet

http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/1dx_af_pts_article.shtml?categoryId=121 1D X and 5D III AF points and area selection

http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2012/5d3_hdr_capabilities.shtml?categoryId=121 HDR in the 5D Mark III

http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2012/1dx_guidebook.shtml?categoryId=121 1D X AF system guide

http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/1dx_multiple_exposures_article.shtml?categoryId=121 multiple exposure shooting with 5D Mark III and 1D X

http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/1dx_af_precision_crosstype_article.shtml?categoryId=121 high-precision and cross-type AF in 5DM3 and 1Dx

http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/1dx_af_menu_article.shtml?categoryId=121 5D Mark III and 1D X AF menu system

http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/1dx_af_config_article.shtml?categoryId=121 user-friendly AF adjustment with the 5D Mark III and 1D X AF configuration tool

http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2012/5d3_multiple_af_points.shtml using multiple AF points in the 1D X and 5D Mark III

http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2012/5d3_hd_video_features.shtml?categoryId=121 new video features in the 5D Mark III

firmware download: http://usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/professional_cameras/digital_slr_cameras/eos_5d_mark_iii?selectedName=DriversAndSoftware

Sample Images:

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/canon-5d-mkiii/canon-5d-mkiiiTHMB.HTM studio samples full size

http://www.letsgodigital.org/en/32182/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-test/ outdoor samples and ISO comparison

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/04/06/Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-Production-samples-gallery production samples

Articles with links:

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=ebd433168399dd69e893796e360f1710&topic=3962.0

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/cameras/Canon_5d3.html

Videos:

traumflieger.de- 30 min video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAKLdaPglDU&list=UUI_ONHhuSsjUB-aszjpMXhQ&index=1&feature=plcp

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