PREVIEW ROUNDUP: Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III
Excuse me as I wipe the drool from the computer.
Canon’s 5D Mark II SLR camera debuted four years ago and changed the game. The much-anticipated follow-up, the 5D Mark III, is coming at the end of March. Over the past few days, the media has finally gotten their hands on the new camera.
Here’s a wrap up of what they’re saying…..
Physically, this camera feels quite similar to the 5D Mark II, but Canon has added some refinements from the EOS 7D — the power switch has been moved up to the control dial on the top, there’s a dedicated video capture / Live View button, and a new multi-function button (for controlling features like the AE lock or one-touch RAW / JPEG settings) sits up near the shutter button. There’s also a new 3.2-inch display on the back, which is identical to that of the 1D X and contains 1,040,000 dots. The viewfinder has also been been upgraded — it now offers 100 percent coverage with a .71x magnification factor, up from the already-respectable 98 percent coverage found in the Mark II.
A number of new accessories were announced along with the camera. The Speedlite 600EX-RT, which can be used with any E-TTL EOS camera, is an on camera flash that can act as a wireless master for off-camera slave strobes. It has a bult-in radio that supports two-way transmission, eliminating the need for accessory radio attachments. The strobe can control up to 15 other 600EX-RT units, and boasts an effective operating range of just under 100 feet. It is also backwards compatible with the optical Wireless E-TTL system, so shooters who already have an investment in Canon Speedlites aren’t left out in the cold. It will ship at the end of this month, priced at $629.99.
The Canon 5D Mark III launches later this month. It’ll cost $3,499. When we happen to get our hands on one, we’ll be sure to share our experience!