The newly designed 61-Point High Density Reticular AF features an Offset Array Sensor (with staggering AF point arrangement) to deliver greater accuracy, no matter the situation. It offers multi-zone wide-area AF for better tracking, has 5 central dual cross-type points (f/2.8 diagonal), 21 central cross-type points (f/5.6 horizontal & vertical) and 20 outer cross-type points (f/4.0 horizontal), and is sensitive in extremely low-light situations (EV-2 for a central point with a f/2.8 lens). With the new firmware update installed, cross-type autofocusing with the center AF point is possible even when the maximum aperture of a Canon EF lens/extender combination becomes as small as f/8. If AF point expansion is selected with an f/8 maximum aperture lens/extender combination, the four AF points surrounding the center point will act as AF assist points. AF points above and below the center will be sensitive to vertical contrast, while points to the left and right will be sensitive to horizontal contrast.
The EOS 5D Mark III has a dedicated AF menu tab, so AF can be controlled without having to go through custom function menus. It also has 6 AF point selection methods (Spot, Single Point, Single + Adjacent 4 Points, Single + Adjacent 8 Points, Zone Selection, and Automatic AF Point Selection), plus a dedicated AF configuration tool for control of AI Servo AF III tracking parameters (tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration tracking, and AF point auto switching).
Image Quality is Paramount
Image Quality is not all about sensor megapixel size, there are many subjective factors to consider. This is difficult to describe in words, so best if I just say there is a very special quality to the images from this sensor, especially of people. People have almost an "ethereal" look to them, from small children to adults. The skin tones are some of the best I have ever seen in a digital camera. I absolutely love the "silent" shutter and the way the camera feels in my hands. Canon put some kind of special material on the body, so that you have just the right "grip" on the camera. The autofocus variables are simply top-notch, but there is a "learning curve" to what this camera can do with the autofocus. HDR is a blast, so is the Multi-exposure. I have a slight shutter delay on the maximum image HDR setting; but this might be due to my CF card. Future firmware updates may help this issue.
April 26, 2014
Best Purchase Ever
The simple truth is you get what you pay for. The 1DX is supposed to be the best of the best in Canon DSLR bodies. The reality of it is the 5DMark III is very close. I use my 5D, purchased in 2013, for all of my photography with exception of when shooting at air shows or birding, in which case I fall back on my 7D and attach a 400mm f5.6 lens. The 100-400 is close, and a great useful zoom lens, but the native 400 is sharper. If you want sharpe pictures with the 5D Mark III, buy lens that are of equal quality, such as the 16-35L, 70-200L f2.8 II, and one of the 24-70’s. My standard lens is a 24-105L I bought with the 7D and it’s a very nice lens. Hope this helps you. PS: Your camera needs to know the digital profile of you lens and you need to learn to set you camera settings correctly to get good results with either of these camera. If you want to just point and shoot you are paying too much. Buy a camera Canon with lots of built in settings instead.
April 17, 2014
It's good camera but the price is too high, easy to use, slow start-up time and the battery has short life :(
April 6, 2014
I bought this camera back in December of 2013 and I have never been more satisfied. From Family functions, to on the job use, all who gaze upon the images produced with this camera are left in awe and admiration. Combined with Canons L-lenses your images with the 5D mark III will leave everyone in awe! You will not regret purchasing this piece of awesome!
March 16, 2014