The EOS 5D Mark III's Intelligent Viewfinder offers a sharp, bright approximately 100% field of view with an approximate magnification of .71x, a viewing angle of 34.1° and a 21mm eye-point. With a new construction featuring aspherical lens elements, the viewfinder displays less distortions and color aberrations than previous models. It uses a transparent LCD to superimpose a customizable combination of focus points and gridlines directly over the image. The AF status indicator can even be directed to display within or outside of the viewfinders image area. With the intelligent viewfinder, unlike with other cameras, the photographer has the choice of seeing shooting information or looking only at the scene in front of the camera. The ability to effectively erase all shooting data and turn it back on with the touch of a button gives the photographer the opportunity to concentrate simply on looking and composing the photograph without distraction, a great advantage in numerous shooting situations.
A true workhorse!
The Canon 5D Mark III is a excellent camera. Have owned it since November 2012 and enjoyed the camera immensely. The AF system and speed of focus is truly remarkable and 6 FPS makes it possible to capture the images when needed. Amazing pictures in low light! Have been impressed in all situations (portrait, landscape, formal events and sports). Though pricey, you get what you pay for and so much much. Was initially going to purchase the 7D but very glad that I went with the 5D instead. The EF lenses (L series) have made this camera a photographer's dream and one to rival any other full frame camera in its class. This camera is a workhorse and is built for the professional and the amateur enthusiast alike.
June 5, 2013
Great Wild Life Camera
I use my cameras almost exclusively for wild life shots, often deep in the dry, dusty, bush of a country in Africa where little or no technical back up exists. One needs a product in this environment which delivers what it says it can and Canon always does. There is no room for fancy equipment/gizmo's that dazzle you in the shop and then fail you when the chips are down and you really need them... I started off a 400D, then moved onto a 40D. During this period I began to realise what using 'good glass' really meant and upgraded my lens's to a couple of L lens and a 7D body. From there I chose the 5D 111 in order to move into the full frame environment. With an L lens (silver body) this camera will deliver all that the manufacturer says it will. Remember, if you use a lower quality lens, you will not get top quality pictures. Cameras AND lens's both need to be top notch if you want the best quality pictures - and the 5D 111 with the best silver L lens you can afford will give you this. As far as taking this camera into a harsh environment goes, I have the utmost confidence it will always come up to scratch whenever I need it to, and without having to 'baby' it.
I cannot give a review on studio or people photography as I do not do any of this type of work.
In short, I can fully recommend this camera for outdoor wild life work.
May 25, 2013
I upgraded from the Mark II and discovered a new world, as far as video mode and HI ISO performances are concerned. So far, that's the greatest not "very expensive" Video DSRL you can buy. AF in low light conditions, if you're not using a very fast lens, is not reliable at all and the camera has not an AF auxiliary light. Other than that, that's an amazing camera for stills and videos. It's a pity it lacks the AF auxiliary light and a built in flash...
May 20, 2013
What a difference a camera can make!
Upgraded from Canon 50D and WOW what a difference. My 50D was great mind you, but I can tell a difference in my shots. Maybe it's the bigger CMOS or the fact I shelled out so much money for the thing, but I am very happy with the results. Looking forward to trying different lenses. Mine came with the 24-105 that come with the full kit purchase, love it. Just wish video had an automatic settings so I could just point and shoot in a hurry rather than make sure I'm in focus etc... Even though I'm not a pro photo guy, but I sure feel like I could be with this bad boy on my shoulder!
April 30, 2013