Ive gone from the Canon 20D to the Canon5D to the 5dmk2 and recently made the decision to upgrade to the Canon5dmk3. Both of my 5Dmk2 shutter lives were over the 150,000 “clicks” from Canon so I used that to justify my upgrade. I sent in the 5d2 for service as I am going to keep one of them for backup and to second shoot.
I have reviewed things before like the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 v2 lens HERE. Once again this review doesn’t contain any charts and scientific mathematical optical graphs comparing the 5dmk2 to the 5dmk3. But I do have real world (for me) tests.
Ive had 5 sessions with the new 5DMK3…here is MY mini review with 5 images (edited in LR and CS6)
1) Focus is light years better than mk2. Canon finally got it right. My 50mm 1.2 that I never use because of poor performance with my mk2 (even after sending it in to Canon to have them calibrate it together) is now spot on. You can pick your focus point with your zoom or primes at IT NAILS IT. Using the dials I can pick the tiny red square where I want it to focus on my portraits and guess what? It nails it! No more trying to lock focus at 2.8 or wider then recomposing, zooming in, trying it again, over and over. Although it is a hard habit to break from 4 years with the 5dmk2s. But I finally feel confident when the shutter clicks (which is probably how most Nikon users already feel).
2) The camera seems “faster”.The shutter makes a more “confident” sound without being louder… and is quicker. Sounds like a “quiet” machine gun that the other cameras (like Nikon) must sound like when shooting multishot.
3)The screen is gorgeous, bright, and HUGE. The magnification with one press takes you right into a zoom. No more plus, plus,plus,plus,plus to look at eyes then minus,minus,minus,minus,minus to back out. It looks amazing and clear…even outdoors in bright sun at the beach. Its like going from a 13inch laptop screen to a 30inch monitor. The only thing that it a hard habit to break is Canon moved the magnifying glass to the other side of the camera so I keep pressing the wrong button with my thumb to magnify. It is now on the left which will take some time getting used to.
4)The 70-200 firing INTO direct sun at sunset was a little slow to focus and had a little difficulty. The primes 85 and 50 did not. The 85 is my go to lens for my portrait work so I don’t see that being to much of an issue for me. Also the 24mm 1.2 L performed amazing with the 5d3 as it had some of the same problems on the 5d2 as the 50mm 1.2 did.
5) The “cloudy” WB setting in RAW (which is what I usually shoot under for nice skin tones) comes out a little too “orange” with the 5d3. I went back to AWB. I can adjust in LR if needed or I may just set it myself in camera slightly cooler than 5500K. But it is noticeable to me.I am trilled with the camera at this point. The focus issue is worth the upgrade to me. The images are gorgeous…just like the 5d2. I really didn’t expect to see a HUGE difference in the quality of the final image. For me and my workflow it is the ease of use and speed that I GET those images that is a huge plus for me.
*I think you have two choices: Trade to the Nikon system OR get the 5d3 to stay with Canon. I have shot with Nikon before. It feels like that when shooting with the 5d3-fast, confident, spot on focus. Everything else is the beautiful images that canon users have learned to love and the fast prime lenses love this camera as well.