Astonishing 5D Mark III

30 07 2012

Hey all,

I got my Canon 5D Mark III back in March in the first pre-order batch and I’ve been amazed ever since I started using it. I’ve always held back on the 5D Mark II because of its lack of speed. I used to shoot a 1D Mark IIN. So last summer, knowing that a Mark II replacement was coming, I bought a 7D to keep me waiting. I must say that the body feels pretty good and it is a very nice camera for speed work and video also. However, I was never satisfied with the image quality of this camera. Above all, I discovered recently that it front focused!!.

So here comes the 5D Mark III! What a perfect camera for my needs. It is small (compared to a 1D series body), fast (relatively), the IQ is awesome (especially with some lenses) and the high ISO is just insane (really!!!).

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 35L f1.4 ISO 8000

I did a wedding early July. As there is still no support for the 5D Mark III within the Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 and Mini TT1 (as of July 2012), I decided to go completely available light, knowing that the Mark III did awesome in earlier events that I did. As you can Imagine, the reception room was pretty low in available light. I had with me the Canons 35L 1.4 and the 85L 1.2, but I wanted a fast shutter speed (who doesn’t?). To be comfortable, I pushed the ISO up to 8000 !!! Really, 8000! Whoever tried that on a Mark IIN or a 7D know what I’m talking about! This high ISO is just impossible to use on these two camera and I guess it is the same for the 5D Mark II. But with this new baby, it is not only possible, but remarkably good for events (I wouldn’t shoot stock at ISO 8000!) Add a little noise reduction in Lightroom 4 (about 30) and the file looks really nice.

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 35L f1.4 ISO 8000

I’m glad I didn’t used flashes at the reception, because it would have killed most of the nice pinkish bluish ambiance. Here are three photos taken during the dinner/party at ISO 8000 so you can judge for yourself.

Thanks!

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon 35L f1.4 ISO 8000

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5 responses

30 07 2012
Northern Pixel Photography

What an amazing camera this is. It really does capture the natural look and feel of the reception when you don’t have to use flash for every shot. We just upgraded from a 7D as well. It’s great to now have the natural light option available when you want it.

15 08 2012
PRAMUDIYA

iso 8k that’s really impressive. nice photos

17 08 2012
plbphoto

PRAMUDIYA, thanks for the kind words!

28 08 2012
Multiblitz Studio Lighting

With the news that PW has some compatibility issues with the 5D Mark III, did you experience any issues?

28 08 2012
plbphoto

Multiblitz Studio Lighting, my PW Flex and Mini don’t work on my 5D3 in Control TL. Actually, they do, but only on the manual channels. However, as of today, August 28 2012, PW posted a comment on their website that they are working really hard on the testing phase prior to the soon to be release of a working beta for Control TL on Canon 5D3. Good news!! http://www.pocketwizard.com/news_events/news/firmware_update_082712/

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