Friday, March 30, 2012

What are your favorite 5D Mark III and 600EX-RT features?

The Canon 5D Mark III is now available. Click here to read about this awesome digital SLR. (Mine just arrived this week and I am working on a post.)



Canon also announced the Speedlite 600EX-RT (above) and the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT (below).


Click here to read an article by Canon's Rudy Winston about the new radio – yes friends, radio – wireless flash system. Thanks for the great article Rudy!

Click here for more 600EX-RT info.

I am gathering "My favorite features" comments – for both the camera and flash system – here on my blog. Please leave your in the Comments section - so I can easily track. Juan Pons and I will share your comments on the DPE Podcast. Please leave your real name.

Explore the light,
Rick

16 comments:

bikejohn said...

I am really excited with the low light performance. I got my Mark 3 last night and took some pictures of my dog at 12,800 iso. Wow.

http://bit.ly/cJDumr

losta said...

The in Camera HDR, I played around with that last weekend on a photowalk.

JohnH said...

Absolutely the improved low light autofocus. Everything else is icing on the cake.

Ingo Meckmann said...

- The new Autofocus system. When comparing the Mark II with the Mark III it's like upgrading from a Nokia 8110 to an iPhone 4S
- The faster 6 FPS
- The ISO performance - especially in the mid-range of 800-3200.
- The same battery/charger as the Mark II - it saves me some money
- The new power switch
- The mode dial lock

Richard Bitting said...

Probably the new autofocus system but I'm also very glad they didn't try to push more megapixels onto the sensor and went for better low light performance instead.

SebastjanV said...

Not really a whole lot different from Mark II. It's a lot more expensive, but why? Well they did upgrade the FPS, ISO and some other neatly features. Don't really understand the mode dial lock… I mean how can you accidently turn your mode, you would have to be really clumsy.

In my opinion 5D should go with higher megapixel count as Nikon D800 even though some people complain about that as the files are too large. Well that's what 5D, D800 and cameras like these should be made for - high resolution, quality images and not making thousands of low quality snapshots. And even if you want to do snapshots with it you can just turn down the quality of the image to fewer megapixels.

When it comes down to buying it, I definitely would… if I had the money. It improved on video, as you can now monitor and change the sound during the shooting and the noise performance is so good at high ISOs. Just those two specs and the new focus system makes it worth it.

-Sebastjan

whutchins1 said...

A sensible 22 megapixels, improved AF, Low Light Performance, 6 FPS and choice of 2,3,5 or 7 shot AEB!

Rick Sammon said...

Here are a few comments from Google+
Eric Wong - Auto focus function ....it's much better than Mark ll
Yesterday 9:43 AM
John Paul Caponigro - Auto brackets in increments of 5 and 7 (not just 3) - finally!
Yesterday 9:47 AM
+3

Barry Robinson - Nice camera, I could just about afford a 550D, but I like it. It's only 18MP, but the way I figure it when i upgrade I'll be able to use all the lenses [I hope]. Kind of new to Digital SLR's....
Yesterday 9:48 AM
Lisa Osta - The in Camera HDR, I played around with that last weekend on a photowalk.
Yesterday 9:51 AM
Miika Sandberg - Price, definately. I can afford only dreaming of buying it.
Yesterday 9:55 AM
+1

Barry Robinson - I've seen brilliant pictures taken on a compact 8MP pocket camera :)
Yesterday 9:56 AM
+1

Kevin Halliburton - My favorite feature is the pressure it puts on the Mark II price point and the Nikon engineers. ;-)
Yesterday 10:20 AM
+1

Manuel Elepano - I can give you my LEAST favorite...... that I don't have one.
Yesterday 11:57 AM
+1

Nancy Lehrer - AF
Yesterday 12:26 PM
Elliott Bee - I just got it yesterday. Will get back to you in a while. I upgraded from a 20D. I have a lot to learn!
Yesterday 12:49 PM
Gilberto Graciliano - talk the talk, 5D III is certainly the best
Yesterday 4:07 PM
Shawn Hamilton - Hmm good question
Like---new focus system
---improved high iso quality
---headphone jack
dislikes

Rick Sammon said...

Here are a few comments from FaceBook:

Dene Wessling the HDR inbuilt i think
Yesterday at 9:44am · Like
Dene Wessling ‎Rick Sammon did you see the photo from David wiser with the HDR with a ghost figure removed from shot look interesting was due to someone walking into shot
Yesterday at 9:45am · Like
Dene Wessling ziser
Yesterday at 9:45am · Like
Peter Marin That's a difficult question to answer, as all the features are awesome and well implemented. Canon has gone over and above what I expected delivering the Mk3, IMO. I have both previous models, love them all.....my Mk3 is a universe ahead of my awesome Mk2 which is stellar anyway.
Yesterday at 9:49am · Like · 1
Joe Paul I'll let you know when I finally get my 5DMkIII, hopefully Monday.
Yesterday at 9:54am · Like
Honza Jílek I was shooting a lot with the new 5D and next to great AF I loved to have a possibility to shoot more than 3 frames in bracketing. Unfortunately that is all ... :(
Yesterday at 10:46am · Like
Dyan Wijesooria ‎Rick.....send me one over and tell you all about it! :)))
Yesterday at 11:10am · Like
Doug Hagadorn ‎2 things are at the top for me, the high iso and the ability to AEB up to 7 shots. Love both features, but the whole camera is a stand out!
Yesterday at 11:42am · Like
Jack Nevitt Still waiting for mine.....
Yesterday at 1:35pm · Like
Linda Pedersen Sigh...
Yesterday at 1:44pm · Like · 1
Bill Hutchins A sensible 22 megapixels, improved AF, low light performance, 6 FPS and choice of 2,3,5 or 7 shot AEB!
19 hours ago · Like

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Ben C said...

Favorite 5DIII feature without a doubt, the new AF.

That they've kept it at a relatively low 22MP was nice too. Never thought I'd ever be calling 22MP "low". =p I already have too many hard drives to juggle around.

Oh, and thank you Canon for keeping the same battery as the 5D2. That almost makes up for the $800 original price diff between the two. =p

PhotoshopIsland said...

The low light performance is very good. In camera HDR is interesting but have not worked with it enough. Number focusing points and speed of focusing is very much improved - I'm feeling much better about using auto focus over my 5D Mark II.

Sandrino said...

The best feature(s) of 5dMkIII: It is what the "5dMKII" should of been!

- The new Autofocus system. It is ABOUT TIME!!!!! Really CANON that long to get AF working right.

- The faster 6 FPS...8 FPS would be more with today times

- The ISO performance and color range. Right on time.

- The same battery/charger as the Mark II cause it should of been a Mark II.

- The new power switch - Yeah

- The mode dial lock - standard wow finally.

Now what would of been instrumental and leading the industry and worthy of MarkIII status...

- Have the Mark III come with a built-in Speedlite Transmitter for the new 600EX-RT flash.

- RAW video!!!!!

Then it would be worth the $$$$ Canon is asking.

Glorified Monkey said...

With the good ISO performance, it is almost like there is no need for a flash except for extreme low light or pitch black situation.

The new AF system is nice, but it takes time to get used to using all those AF points. I mainly shoot landscape when I travel, so it really isn't that much of a different from 9pt or 19pt.

Terry Babij said...

There are several things that are enticing me to look at augmenting my tools for capture.

1: The low light sensitivity will help with the live concert (Orchestral) work I do. I love my 7D however all my reading makes me think this is not just a small step forward.

2: The even quieter shutter would also be a blessing for concerts.

3: The in camera HDR sounds interesting. Even better if 5 or 7 images can be used, per the comments from JPC.

I am planning a trip to build on my body of work and have been debating if I should go with the latest equipment or add a second 7D. The travel will be 12 time zones away I do think this will help provide more capabilities. It is still the eyes and gray matter behind the viewfinder that makes the image.

Richard Bitting said...

Several things impress me, first better low light performance with reduced noise so that it's actually usable, second the SD and CF card slots so you can put JPG on the SD while doing RAW on the CD, and third, the improved autofocus system that by all accounts is fast and accurate.

Terry Babij said...

There are several things that are enticing me to look at augmenting my tools for capture.

1: The low light sensitivity will help with the live concert (Orchestral) work I do. I love my 7D however all my reading makes me think this is not just a small step forward.

2: The even quieter shutter would also be a blessing for concerts.

3: The in camera HDR sounds interesting. Even better if 5 or 7 images can be used, per the comments from JPC.

I am planning a trip to build on my body of work and have been debating if I should go with the latest equipment or add a second 7D. The travel will be 12 time zones away I do think this will help provide more capabilities. It is still the eyes and gray matter behind the viewfinder that makes the image.