Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Canon 5D Mark III!

It’s been a long time coming and I’ve been saving my pennies for several years.  I bought the Canon 50D a few years back, literally weeks before the 7D was announced.  I stuck with the 50D and it served me well for many years, but “Full Frame” continued calling and I decided to wait for the Mark II’s successor instead of investing in the current version.

The camera absolutely rocks – I’m blown away by the image quality in general.  The few pics I’ve taken thus far have been really impressive, but it’s the ISO capability that really will change my photography.  The other night when I was out taking photos, I was able to use ISO 3200 without breaking a sweat.  For my 50D this was unheard of – ISO 800 was noticeable and 1600 was getting a bit rough.  Now I can take cleaner low light images without introducing blur.

I took a few pics of the camera – one of the features you can see below is a little button on the top of the control dial.  This needs to be pushed down while you switch modes (for example going from Aperture to Manual).  It prevents the dial from shifting while it’s in your bag, which I find useful because this happened on a pretty regular basis with my 50D.

The focus capability is the big piece of technology that has been completely revamped on the camera.  It now has 61 auto-focus points (the 50D had 9) and the options available to me are staggering.  There is an entire menu system available to tweak the AF, particularly for tracking objects in motion and variations on sensitivity as you can see below.

I’m not one to really write reviews – there are plenty of great reviews out there on the 5D Mark III but I will try to do an ISO test in the future.  I was thinking it also might be interesting to write a little post on how I took these photos; some basic off-camera flash knowledge and a light tent can work wonders for product shots like these but I’ll write about that another day.

I leave you with a great joke that was sent to me on email, unfortunately I don’t know the originator of this so can’t give credit but it made me chuckle.  I think it’s written more for the smartphone syndrome that many of us have but if I’m honest with myself they’ve nailed me on the Mark III as well!

Begin joke that I didn’t write and take no credit for 🙂

With the holiday shopping season officially under way, millions of consumers
proceeded to their nearest commercial centers this week in hopes of acquiring
the latest, and therefore most desirable, personal device.

“The new device is an improvement over the old device, making it more
attractive for purchase by all Americans,” said Thomas Wakefield, a
spokesperson for the large conglomerate that manufactures the new device.
“The old device is no longer sufficient. Consumers should no longer have
any use or longing for the old device.”

Added Wakefield,
“The new device will retail for $395.”

Able to remain operational for longer periods of time and occupy a
demonstrably smaller three-dimensional space, the new device is so advanced
when compared to the old device that it makes the old device appear much older
than it actually is. However, the new device is reportedly not so radically
different as to cause confusion or unwanted anxiety among those familiar with
the feel of the old device.

“Its higher price indicates to me that it is superior, and that not
everyone will be able to afford it, which only makes me want to possess it
more,” said Tim Sturges, owner of the old device, which he obtained 18
months ago when it was still the new device. “I feel a strong urge to
purchase the new device. Owning the new device will please me and improve my
daily life.”

“It’s difficult to remember how I ever found enjoyment in my old
device,” Sturges continued. “It is no longer appealing to the
eye.”

In addition to aesthetic and technological enhancements, manufacturers claim
the new device comes equipped with a wide range of desirable features,
including fewer buttons for pressing down and holding; a new wire for
connecting to larger, less-portable devices; and fewer device-related errors
and frustrations.

The new device will also be available in blue.

“Not only will I be able to perform tasks faster than before, but my
new device will also inform those around me that I am a successful individual
who is up on the latest trends,” said Rebecca Hodge, whose executive job
allowed her to line up for several hours in the middle of the day in order to
obtain the previously unavailable item. “Its attractiveness and
considerable value are, by extension, my attractiveness and considerable
value.”

Consumer Robert Larson agreed.

“I’m going to take my new device wherever I go,” said Larson,
holding the expensive item directly in the eyeline of several reporters.
“That way no one on the street, inside the elevator, or at my place of
business will ever mistake me for the sort of individual who does not own the
new device.”

Added Larson, “The new device brings me satisfaction.”

Despite the visible excitement among most consumers, some claimed to be
exercising caution, choosing instead to sit back and wait for a newer version
of the new device to be released before making a purchase.

“True, it appeals to my most basic insecurities, but this new device
will ultimately be replaced by a newer device, rendering it completely
undesirable and utterly repellent to my personal tastes,”
device-enthusiast Ryan Janosch said. “Also, I should start saving my money
for the next latest device, which will replace the newer new device a couple
months after that.”

End joke 🙂