I still do not have any significant information (from retailers) about the rumored recall/stock delay of the EOS 5D Mark III, while it seems confirmed that new batches of the Mark III have a different top LCD cover (may it have to do with the leaking issue?). However, given the fact that Canon now officially recognizes the light-leaking issue I reported about, we should soon hear something more about. In the mean time, don’t get too much worried about these issues, at least not as long as you are not shooting with mounted lens caps :-). At least the problem with the EOS 5D Mark III RAW files should be resolved by a new version of DPP that is ready for download. But then: It seems that Canon is not the only company that has problems with its recent products! Nikon’s D800 is exploding, and has problems with tethering, colors and memory cards. And while we are waiting for (Canon-)news, why not have a look at the latest EOS 5D Mark III reviews…?
Let’s start down-under with photoreview. They conclude with this advice:
Buy this camera if:
– You want a large-sensor DSLR that’s capable of professional performance but has a smaller, lighter form factor than the professional cameras.
– You will take full advantage of the many user-adjustable controls this camera offers.
– You want to record video clips that meet professional editing standards in addition to taking still photos.
– You’re a wedding or news photographer or photojournalist.
Don’t buy this camera if:
– You only have EF-S lenses.
– You’re a point-and-press photographer. (What a waste to ignore the array of functions provided by this camera!)
– You require faster continuous shooting speeds than 6 frames/second.
– You need ‘uncompressed’ video output from the HDMI port.
Next, it’s photographyblog that provides an exhaustive analysis of the 5D Mark III. And they write: While the 22 megapixel sensor doesn’t sound like a big improvement on the 5D Mark II’s 21 megapixels, in conjunction with the Digic 5+ processor it results in seriously impressive low-light performance, with an almost noise-free range of ISO 50-6400 and perfectly usable 12800 and 25600 settings. The video side of things is also greatly improved, with a more accessible interface, manual exposure, better control of sound and cutting-edge compression rates. Sample images are also provided. I liked that the review points out that the EOS 5D Mark III is a very good all-purpose camera.
Another review at cameralabs basically confirms that the 5D Mark III is an excellent all-rounder, that easily adapts to many different settings. In the conclusion they write: The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is a very satisfying all-round DSLR. It feels tough, handles quickly and delivers great-looking photos and video. Canon has pretty much addressed all the complaints of the Mark II and also included all the nice extras commonly offered by Nikon, like 100% viewfinder coverage, twin card slots, deep bracketing and an AF system packed with points.