To Upgrade or Not To Upgrade, part 1: 5D Mark III vs 5D Mark II


It’s a month and a half that the EOS 5D Mark III has been announced, and a lot of people is questioning if they should upgrade from their actual cameras. In this post I try to compare the Mark III with its predecessor, the EOS 5D Mark II, and to outline the main differences between the two cameras. In the second part (in a few days, hopefully) I will compare the 5d Mark III with the EOS 7D.

The EOS 5D Mark III is a completely redesigned camera (also in its internal assembling), with a new AF-system (the most advanced available on a DLSR), a sensor that has one megabyte more resolution than the Mark II and a new CPU. Let’s first see the core specifications:

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Canon stopping EOS 5D Mark III shipment (?) – UPDATE

UPDATE 5: thedigitalpicture is reporting that Canon USA will not stop shipment of the EOS 5D Mark III. No sources are named.

UPDATE 4: This was posted in the clubsnap forum and then reported by canonrumors, apparently the answer of Canon Singapore to a concerned customer: With reference to your question on whether Canon Singapore will recall the EOS 5D MK III due to the light leak issue, we wish to inform you that we will not. However we will contact you later this month to rectify this issue. Please leave us your contact number for our Service team to contact you.

UPDATE 3: Things are getting worse. Canon France, asked by focus-numerique (Google translated), says that: Canon states that all cases seem to be unaffected and that ultimately the problem is marginal. For now, the 5D Mark III deliveries are slowed in France in order to check current inventory. The distribution is expected to resume a normal pace in the month of May.

UPDATE 2: Adorama, Amazon and B&H all have the EOS 5D Mark III out of stock and available only for pre-order. Don’t know if this is related to the supposed hardware problems of the Mark III, but at least it is a strange coincidence. Quoting Adorama: This item is currently out of stock and on backorder. Please note: You can order this now and have us ship it as soon as it arrives. We will not charge your card for any backordered items, until it is ready to actually ship.

UPDATE: Changed the title since techradar is reportingCanon UK has said that shipping of the 5D Mark III has temporarily stopped while it investigates problems with the top LCD causing exposure issues. Following techradar, the Canon UK spokesperson could not say when shipping will resume.

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[DEAL OVER] Canon EOS 60D with 18-135mm IS & 55-250mm IS and Case $1200

eBay deal by authorized seller beachcamera: EOS 60D and EF-S 18-135mm IS and EF-S 55-250mm IS lenses plus a case for the cam for $1,199 (click here to check it). These kind of deals may last a a few days or maybe longer, depends on demand and number of items. Click here to see the latest 60D pics uploaded to Flickr. The EOS 60D core specs are:

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The EOS 5D Mark III light-leaking problem – An analysis

These are not rumors, but a logical analysis of the possible scenarios related to the light-leaking issue that some customer experience on their EOS 5D Mark III bodies. I reported about this issue, in short: metering gets altered by light leaking trough the top LCD panel of the camera. Canon’s official statementIn extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change as a result of the AE sensor’s detection of light from the LCD panel. Unfortunately, this seems to happen with both the backlight of the LCD panel and strong direct sunlight hitting the panel. Next, we heard that some new batches of the 5D Mark III had a different top LCD panel cover than previous ones. And then there are rumors that the EOS 5D Mark III could be recalled by Canon. So, what is going on? How will Canon fix the problem? I try to outline different scenarios. Again, not new rumors I heard but my very own analysis of the issue.

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