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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Canon EOS 5D Mark III - The First Signs

Taking advantage of the arrival in stores of the first copies of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III have kidnapped one of them for a couple of days by 24-70 mm f2.8L II lens. Our goal: to test the performance of full-format CMOS and 22 Megapixel and a first look at their renovated autofocus system. Despite the brevity of this intense cohabitation did not want to miss the opportunity to tackle the brand new Nikon D800 full frame EOS against, who also walked QUESABESDE.COM office.
Fortunately, Canon EOS 5D Mark III has not waited for so long as the EOS-1D X. Just 20 days after this Canon, the first units of this full-size SLR has begun to reach the windows of the country. Thanks to the cooperation of Casanova Photo QUESABESDE.COM was tinkering with one of these cameras for a couple of days and collect a first galleries of samples that can give a good indication of its performance.
Because at the moment and we talked a lot about the aesthetic and technical innovations that housed this new body canon, now comes the time to focus on results from their tormentor, with particular attention to the chapter high sensitivity. One area in which, on paper at least, the Mark III promises to stand out.
Although the ideal would be mounted on the camera is the new (and somewhat 'expensive, many players complain) Canon 24-70 mm f2.8L II, we were able to get this test. Instead, we had to make do with the original version of this zoom light, which is however also a good tandem with the new EOS.
Same management, the new details 

Dimensions very similar to its predecessor, the fact is that in his hands, the EOS 5D Mark III quickly convinced. Overall we thought it best to trim topped by a more solid and professional details. In addition to confirming the first impressions that we had to fiddle with a pre-production model a couple of weeks ago, yes there are some noteworthy details.

The display not only grows to provide a 100% coverage, but also achieves the points of brightness. In fact, after placing the eye in the eyepiece of the SLR and the Nikon D800, Canon model is slightly different in terms of brightness.
Note very well for the rear screen, which grows in size (3.2 inches) and resolution, as well wager a 03:02 format useful for the revision of the catch. Get used to high quality screen, this deserves to get into that category of monitors, that images appear better than they really are. Aware, then, the disappointment when it comes time to play shots on the computer screen.
The huge dial-a classic rear Canon or "Q" to gain access the quick menu also seem to be very successful. Interestingly, also the detail that the small button "ISO" is indistinguishable to the touch, making it possible to change this value, without necessarily separating the observer's eye.
Everything perfect? Of course not. Without going any further, the power button on the right side tend to look and not under the dial. And the management of the focus detection mode (this option has a separate menu) is not very agile. In fact, the camera menus require infinite good configuration session and review of all options before getting to work.
Plan already squeamish, the level of messages through the viewfinder is too invasive, and most disappear shortly before the photo.

Moderation in the number of megapixel brings an interesting increase in speed camera shooting. Which for many may seem a minor detail, but strengthens the polyvalent DNA EOS 5D. Without doubt an incentive for many professionals.

With a top speed of 6 frames per second, or significantly affect the use-card we have seen, according to the duration of the cadence. Thus, high-end CompactFlash (SanDisk Extreme Pro, to be exact), shot in JPEG and RAW is an unlimited number of remains of about 20 consecutive shots and then fell sharply, but without stopping. If you combine both formats, this figure drops to just a dozen, but the camera also fails to block.
However, with a class of SD Card 10 digit suffer. Shooting in JPEG format on a high-speed runs after about 60 shots. Same thing occurs in RAW before arriving in two weeks of frames and the simultaneous recording of both formats can be reached only after 6 consecutive images.
In addition to different rates of recovery, the EOS 5D Mark III also offers silent shooting mode (single or burst) that considerably dampen the noise of the mirror and shutter.
Autofocus is another of the protagonists of this renewal. The new system of 61 points is certainly very effective and agile, and just like with the Nikon D800 is only in very low light scenes, where we can find a problem, both bodies that show very similar performance.
Although so far there has been no time to stop and check the operation of the monitoring strategy (another of the strengths of the EOS 5D Mark III and his brother, the EOS-1D X), first impressions are positive. In other words, nothing to do with the system of focus seen limping slightly on the EOS 5D Mark III, the critical goal of most crop SLR.
22 million points 
Although many expected a huge step forward in resolving this full-format SLR, Canon surprised to rest for a 22 megapixel CMOS only. A figure-smaller enough compared with 21 million points of the previous generation or D800-36 to remove the lens and check their behavior.

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