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Got my Canon 5D Mark III today 3/21
Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 1:06 AM on 03.22.12
->> So I was lucky enough to be able to pickup my new 5DMark III today 3/21, a day earlier than the official release, from local retailer Pictureline and so far after playing with it for several hours it is everything I ever wanted.
I plan on moving it into my work kit Friday when I cover the Denver Nuggets/Utah Jazz game for the Associated Press and I will take it with me to Colorado to cover the US Alpine Skiing Championships next week.
I am curious what others are thinking as they arrive.
So far from what I can tell it is everything I have ever wanted in a full frame camera. I have been really impressed with the quality of images, lack of noise at high ISOs and having full frame that shoots six frames a second was one of its main selling points for me.
Recently I have been going against the logic of many sports photographers and have been using the slower (3.9 fps) mark II in my sports work because of the feel of the full frame images and image quality. I also liked having to choose my moments better and not spraying randomly at 8fps. In fact, a lot of the sports images of mine you may have seen on the wire have been from a mark II while two perfectly good 8fps cameras have been sitting at my side.
If this camera really holds up it may become my primary all around work camera.
Like I said before, I would love to hear what everyone is feeling as their camera arrives.
Cheers,
Jimmy
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 3:40 AM on 03.22.12
->> Wow, thanks Jimmy, please keep updating... I am in the same position; I have a Mark II and it was horrible for sports, but with the improvements the MK III may be useable now! Great news, as opposed to the reaction of the Nikon D4. There seems to be quite a disappointment in that body.
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Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | United States | Posted: 7:19 AM on 03.22.12
->> I picked mine up yesterday also. I've never had a 1D series body and I've been using the 5D bodies since they came out.

My first thought was, this thing is fast! The AF, compared to previous 5D series bodies, is amazing and 6fps is plenty fast enough for what I do, but then I'm old and remember getting excited about 5fps in a Canon A1 and hot rodding the old Nikon MD12's with extra power packs for use with FMs.

I used it for a couple of assignments yesterday and was very impressed. I didn't test the high ISO so no opinion on that yet. But it's handling and speed is very impressive and low ISO files are nice.

jack
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John Germ, Photographer
Wadsworth | Oh | USA | Posted: 8:06 AM on 03.22.12
->> Jim - thanks. With the new focus system I'll be interested to hear how the camera performs on the court vs. bright light outdoors. As I'm still using a 1dIII, this has a great potential replacement for me. Keep us posted!
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James Durbin, Photographer
Kirkwood | MO | USA | Posted: 1:17 PM on 03.22.12
->> The 6fps interests me a little, it seems this is the Canon FF camera to own (finally) but I am hesitant to believe that the AF system can be comparable to that of the flagship Mk4 and be able to perform equally in sports or low light settings. Keep us informed and I hope you prove me wrong! If so, I'll be interested in one myself.
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John Froschauer, Photographer
Tacoma | WA | USA | Posted: 4:13 PM on 03.22.12
->> What's the shutter lag, or reaction time vs the 5D Mark II? With the Mark II I don't care so much about the frame rate, but the time the shutter fires vs when you hit the release, I find the Mark II hesitates a bit
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Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 4:19 PM on 03.22.12
->> So far I have not noticed any significant shutter lag and it in fact feels more responsive than the mark II.
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Bryan Rinnert, Photographer, Photo Editor
Kent | OH | United States | Posted: 8:45 PM on 03.22.12
->> I picked up mine today, coming from a 1D mII and a 7D, I'm impressed. The build feels like a smaller 1 series, AF is as responsive as well, though I have to get used to all the customizations and controls of the AF. I would say much better then the 7D which I never have been in love with. I haven't tried it out higher ISO yet, but it look promising. No one seems to have the grip in yet unfortunately, I really hate shooting verticals without one.

It's so nice to have full frame again since I haven't had one since film. My 16-35 feels actually like a real wide angle again.
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 5:39 PM on 03.23.12
->> at 6400 if you have light on the subject very nice quality the shaows can get a luittle noisy af works very well no compliaints after using at 6400 1/125 at f1.2 so very low light conditions
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Kenneth Armstrong, Photographer
Sault Ste Marie | ON | Canada | Posted: 6:04 PM on 03.23.12
->> Had a quick peek at one at the local shop... really really nice. I think I'm going to stick with my O.G. 5D for a little longer... I never really was tempted to get a Mk II because there wasn't really a huge improvement in AF.

The viewfinder was noticeably brighter in the Mk III... by a long shot. Put the same lens on both cameras and the brightness difference was crazy as well as AF speed and lock.

Felt great in the hands.
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Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 2:07 AM on 03.24.12
->> I just shot the Denver Nuggets/Utah Jazz game tonight for the AP with it. The files were amazing to work with and the focus was very fast and consistant. Overall, one of the best cameras I have ever used.
However, one major problem. I would tag my images in camera as the game progressed (I am editing on deadline and getting to look at my tagged images first helps me get them out quicker) BUT MAJOR BUTT, once downloaded into photomechanic the information stating it was tagged did not transfer. Major pain in the ass having to quickly scroll through my whole take to find my images while the clock is ticking.
Lastly, I can't wait until the vertical grip comes out. I twice went to shoot and there was no shutter release where I am used to one being.
And an esteemed colleague made the observation I looked like a "p#@*^" without the grip on my camera.
If I get tagging issue fixed, this will become my primary camera.
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Travis Morisse, Photographer
Hutchinson | KS | USA | Posted: 2:38 AM on 03.24.12
->> Jim, just looked at some of the photos you posted to AP from the Jazz/Nuggets game they look great. Just curious what your settings were.
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Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 2:45 AM on 03.24.12
->> The close up action was shot with it. I shot those at 3200 iso, 1/640 at f3.2 and 3600 kelvin.
The across the court stuff was a 5d mark2 or 7d and the remote frames were with a 7d on pocket wizards.
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Jim Cowsert, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 9:53 AM on 03.24.12
->> Jim...I hope your "esteemed colleague" ate his words when he saw your images after the game. I picked my 5DIII up last Tuesday and have only played with it a few times so far. But so far I've been very happy too. The outer focus points, at least in one shot mode seem to be right on the spot and it really locks in focus in low light.
I'm skipping the grip for now, since I mainly wanted this for my corporate/portraits work, but may have to add it later if it turns out to be good for sports.
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Jim Cowsert, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 10:02 AM on 03.24.12
->> Jim...BTW, is that an Australian Shepard in your avatar photo? I have a mix Australian/Shelty and looks just like yours. Very smart dogs and great pets!
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Kenneth Armstrong, Photographer
Sault Ste Marie | ON | Canada | Posted: 10:15 AM on 03.24.12
->> I imagine the problem of the tagged images not coming over to Photomechanic will be left to Camera Bits to fix with an update, you might want to shoot them a quick email.
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Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 12:18 PM on 03.24.12
->> Thanks guys! I just sent an email off to camera bits to see if they have a fix on their side. I will let you know what I hear.
Cheers,
Jimmy
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Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 12:24 PM on 03.24.12
->> And Jim, yes that is Gizmo my Australian Shepherd. Regretfully he passed away a couple years ago. He was the smartest most loving dog in the history of the world. He was my best friend.
Now I have a blue heeler named Chica that is just as loving in her own way.
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Trevor Brown, Photographer, Assistant
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 2:27 PM on 03.24.12
->> I've been playing with mine today and this camera so far is money. Files are very clean and the focus is dead on and snappy. One really handy feature they've added is the ability to configure the depth of field preview button to temporarily switch the AF from servo to single shot (or vice versa depending on which AF mode you've set on the camera). It's quite handy. Maybe this feature has been available on the Mark IV...if it has, I haven't found it.

The camera is heavier than a mark II. But it feels like a much better construction. Sealed better, grips are nicer.....feels much better in your hands.

The shutter is a little louder than a Mark II.

It's definitely an upgrade and so far I am very pleased with it.
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Kent Nishimura, Student/Intern, Photographer
Honolulu | HI | USA | Posted: 8:28 PM on 03.24.12
->> hows everyone handling the raw files? I haven't been able to open RAW files in ACR yet...im running PS CS5.1 and ACR 6.6
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Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 2:03 AM on 03.25.12
->> Still waiting to hear back. It is the weekend. But I do suspect it is just that the camera is so new that the tagging is just not supported by photomechanic yet. Coupled with the fact the raw files are not supported as of yet in CS5 or the new cs6 beta trial I just updated.
Still an absolutely awesome camera.
For the time being I have found a work around for tagging. I am using the in camera rating system and organizing my edit in PM by the rating. To make this easier I have set the camera to only allow a one star rating. From the one star ratings I can do a second edit with color class and the pick my final choices with another color class selection.
Hope software is updated soon.
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Svein Ove Ekornesvaag, Photographer
Aalesund | Møre og Romsdal | Norway | Posted: 8:20 AM on 03.25.12
->> I guess using Canon's Digital Photo Professional for RAW files would be a good choice while waiting for new ACR.
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Trevor Brown, Photographer, Assistant
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 8:56 AM on 03.25.12
->> I've just been using Canon's DPP software to convert the RAW files.
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Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | United States | Posted: 12:18 PM on 03.25.12
->> I'm opening raw files with Photoshop 5.1 and ACR 6.7 (RC), the release candidate of Adobe Camera Raw. It's working fine. For Lightroom I'm using the Digital Negative Converter 6.7 (RC) to convert the CR2 files to DNG. That adds an extra, very time consuming, step which is probably not ideal on deadline.
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Joel Kowsky, Photographer, Assistant
Chicago | IL | United States | Posted: 1:01 AM on 03.27.12
->> Voice tags.

That's the one thing, in my personal opinion, that this camera is missing.

This is an awesome upgrade from the Mark II and I can't wait to really start to put it through it's paces in the coming months.
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Joshua Prezant, Photographer
North Miami Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 9:44 AM on 03.27.12
->> There is no voice tag? With the built in audio stuff with the video, how could they have left this out? This feature has saved my behind on several occasions when I did not have a pen and paper and needed an ID for a cutline. IS there a workaround other then swtiching to video mode and recording something new?
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Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 1:02 PM on 03.27.12
->> Downloaded the Adobe Labs cr.2 raw converter for CS5 and it works like a charm.
Shooting the US Alpine Ski Championships 3/28 to 4/1 in Winter Park, Colorado for the AP with it in my kit.
I hope it does well in full sun on bright snow. I imagine it will.
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N. Scott Trimble, Photo Editor
Kirkland | wa | USA | Posted: 2:14 PM on 03.27.12
->> Joshua, its a different mechanism I think for the voice tag. in a pinch, I suppose you could just shoot video, and, in a transfer, just dump the video portion and retain the audio.
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Philip Johnson, Photographer
Garland | TX | USA | Posted: 2:30 PM on 03.27.12
->> Joshua, does your smartphone allow recording? I don't know if it will be easier then pen and paper, but it's a thought.
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Trevor Brown, Photographer, Assistant
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 11:49 PM on 03.27.12
->> Voice tagging has always been a feature that only 1D bodies have. Canon has to leave SOME things off the lower level bodies to make the 1D the flagship. It's that simple. While the 1DX and the 5D3 have the same AF systems, only the 1D uses RGB sensor data in conjunction with the AF system for better tracking. The 5D3 only uses data from the AF system.

Yes, I agree it's a simple feature to add. But nobody would buy 1D bodies if it had all the same features as a 5D.
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Nigel Farrow, Photographer
Suffolk | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 9:53 AM on 03.30.12
->> Jim, just noticed that the new beta for PhotoMechanic includes "Improved support for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III"

Doesn't give any more information but hopefully it resolves the tagging issue.
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Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 7:28 PM on 03.30.12
->> Thanks Nick! I will download now!
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Jim Urquhart, Photographer
Salt Lake City | UT | USA | Posted: 9:11 PM on 03.30.12
->> I just tried the new PM beta and it still does not support tagging from the camera.
Ugh.
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Jim Cowsert, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 9:31 AM on 04.01.12
->> I shot a local girls BB tournament yesterday, the lighting was pretty bad under mercury vapor lights and was uneven across the court. My settings were Av in AI servo with the 4 surrounding focus points active at ISO 3200. Tracking was fast and spot on, I used my 70-200 and my 24-105. My second camera was my MkIV and the 5D seemed quicker and tracked better.
If this camera is a preview of the 1Dx then the 1Dx is going to be really nice.
Here's my smugmug gallery from the game:
http://tinyurl.com/7vspb22
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 10:05 AM on 04.01.12
->> Jim Cowsert, it looks as though you were using a fill-flash for these girls BB shots... important information you left out. Great use of fill-flash, files look great, but these are not showing us what the camera can do in ambient light under the conditions you describe.
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Juerg Schreiter, Photographer
Fort Lauderdale | FL | USA | Posted: 10:34 AM on 04.01.12
->> Does the mk III now have a locking mode dial ... or do you still have to check if it got changed every time up pick it up??
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Jim Cowsert, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 11:15 AM on 04.01.12
->> Phil...no flash at all...just the mercury vapor lights and natural light coming in from a window on the corner of the court.
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Jim Cowsert, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 11:22 AM on 04.01.12
->> Juerg...yes it's a locking mode dial. Also most of the shots were with the 5DIII from page 3 on in the gallery. The first few pages are with the 1DIV.
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John Germ, Photographer
Wadsworth | Oh | USA | Posted: 3:16 PM on 04.01.12
->> ISO 3200, f3.2 and 1/1000 has to be the brightest HS gym there is. I'm luck if ISO 3200, f2.8 and 1/400 works. Nice shots to be sure. But if that lighting constitutes "pretty bad" I'll gladly switch. :)
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Jim Cowsert, Photographer
Dallas | TX | USA | Posted: 3:58 PM on 04.01.12
->> As I said earlier the light was all over the place...had a little help with some natural light from a window at my corner, but down court some of the light was 1/500 at ISO 4000...and it didn't miss a beat.
Anyway....I'm happy with the 5DIII, that's what counts.
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Jack Kurtz, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | United States | Posted: 8:54 PM on 04.01.12
->> Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate is out, includes support for 5D Mark III raw files. About a 500MB download from the Adobe site.
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Garrett Cortese, Photographer, Photo Editor
Orlando | FL | USA | Posted: 11:38 AM on 04.06.12
->> I just posted to my blog with some initial impressions on the 5D Mark III. If you want a spoiler, those initial impressions are good. Very, very good, actually. In my opinion this really is one hell of a camera.
http://garrettcortese.com/?p=941
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