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Should I return my new EOS 5D Mark III? – (no, you shouldn’t)

This is the main question that’s raising among new 5D Mark III owners – together with the question if you should cancel your pre-orders. The answer is: no!

First, the light-leaking issue we reported about is nothing that you should be really worried about. It’s not influencing your pics in a way that could make them useless – not in a real-world setting (i.e. >90% of what you will do with a camera). It only, if ever, shows up in extreme settings, like night shots. It’s annoying, that’s true, but if it should be a real issue Canon will react accordingly. But then: you are not shooting with a mounted lens-cap, right? :-)

Second, don’t get scared by the rumors saying that Canon is recalling the 5D Mark III. It is just a rumor, and we need some official announcement by Canon before taking for granted that there is some real and limiting problem with the 5D Mark III. Canon recalled the 1D Mark III (I am not sure about the exact model) body in the past, and it wasn’t too much annoying for customers. If Canon decides that the 5D Mark III has a serious hardware problem, it will not left its customers out in the rain.

The 5D Mark III is an amazing camera and I have lots of reports of users who are more than satisfied by its performance (the AF is simply outstanding, and ISO performance is great too – not to mention the video-capabilities). More in one of the next posts.

EOS 5D Mark III price check (click on shop name): Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA

For a list of shops that have the 5D Mark III in stock click here.

See the latest 5D Mark III pics uploaded to Flickr (click here).

Have a nice day, or night – wherever you are.



  • Jascek Wise

    Well what can you do, you just spent a fortune on a nothing new, just a little better that previous camera. What a HUGE dissapointment from canon. No 60p, no excellent 1080p, no high slow mo, guys are you serious ? Sony nex 5, sony a37 all this low budget cameras have 60p and this thing for 3500 euros does not ? well than say what you want but the low light performence and iso is not at all worth these amount of money. Full frame yes, but i cant wait to see sony’s FF how they’ll beat the crap out of canon.I think Canon is becoming one of the corporation we hate for not being something revolutionary and bringing new inventions like sony, like apple and panasonic, who cares about 4k when TVs and projectors are out of most of ours budgets. Canon we will not please you toMAKE JUST SIMPLE HIGH FPS FULLHD REAL 1080p and not this kind of shit. We’ll just buy something else from others. I am sorry , but i am so pissed, dissapointed and feeling sorry for those who doesn’t see it.

    Live long and prosper !

    • Eduardo

      I totally agree with the last post. Even before there was this light leak issue, soft video issue, DPP software issue. I was disappointed with this camera and Canon.

      I understand it has better focusing and better iso performance. I shoot in a studio with my Mark II 90% of the time. So do I need better focusing, perhaps to track a moving subject? No! I shoot mostly in the 50 to 400 iso range. Do I need better iso performance? No!

      What I could use is more mega pixels for finer retouching and cropping. What did canon offer? 1 MP more than the Mark II. Sad.

      • Frank

        I basically agree with you, except for the resolution issue. Given your setting the AF of the 5D Mark II will be for sure good enough, and high ISO performance shouldn’t also be a limiting factor. But the new 22MP sensor gets you far more resolution than you may think. Have a look at this D800 vs 5D3 comparison (and to other post I made about the 5D3). The 5D3 has an amazing detail resolution, and it is not that much behind the, say, D800 than I thought.

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