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Canon 5D Mark III

Canon should have given this camera a different name. By adding the label "Mark III" a lot of people automatically associate this camera with its "predecessor", the 5D Mark II. From the outside, yes, there is quite a bit of a resemblance but from the inside it is a completely different camera. Just based on the name, a lot Canon users started to complain that this camera is what should have been 3.5 years ago. Needless to say, I don't share that opinion. Canon didn't have this autofocus technology back then.

The Canon bashing continued ad nauseum on internet fora for a few months after the camera became available. Discussions and mostly complaints ranged from not having enough dynamic range, banding or noise in the shadow areas and of course, not enough resolution. Are the complaints justified? Well, for my personal use, this camera performs perfectly fine. It has been always my skill that limits my photography and for sure not the camera. I am always for improving my technique and the art of capturing images, however.

What's there to like about the camera? First, the autofocus system; it is simply awesome and very responsive. It has 41 cross-type autofocus points and together with the horizontal-sensitive autofocus points, there are 61 points in total. They are spread nicely, covering more of the viewfinder than any Canon camera up to this point. The new flagship Canon camera, the 1DX has a similar autofocus system but tweaked to perform even better, faster and more sensitive than that built into the Canon 5D Mark III.

How about the image quality? At 22.3MP, the improvement in resolution is minor. Seriously, an increase of a single MP over the 5D Mark II or the 1Ds Mark III is hardly worth mentioning. However, the actual image quality seems to be better in a more way than just the single MP increase indicates. The noise level has also been lowered and somehow, the files from this camera seem to be more robust than those coming from the 5D Mark II.

I have had and used quite a few Canon DSLR cameras, including the professional-grade bodies, such as 1Ds Mark I through III and 1D Mark II through IV, which were more expensive than this camera. I have not been so enthusiastic about any camera than with the 5D Mark III. So, for sure, it is not because of the price and not because it is a new camera, but there are a lot of features built into this Canon 5D Mark III that I simply love and tremendously enjoy, with all its drawbacks, real or perceived. Enough so and it makes me want to go out, be creative and take pictures. This is not a review of the camera but just a blurb about this, in my honest opinion, a great camera. Is it the best camera out there? No, not really but what is?

Yes, the AF of this camera is superb but is this camera capable of capturing action shots? I had the chance to shoot wildlife during a 3-week trip to South Georgia and Falkland Islands. I came back impressed with its AF performance as it can be seen in images towards the end of this gallery. The limitation? At 6FPS, it may not be sufficient for sport actions and may not give you sufficient peak actions but for my purposes, this camera is more than just adequate. It strikes a perfect (well, almost) balance between image quality and AF speed. Yes, I realize that this is just my subjective opinion, of course.

This gallery consists of real life and not test images captured with the camera. I will be updating this gallery on a regular basis by adding more images either as new captures or existing files that will be processed on a later date. Since this is currently my favorite camera, this has become pretty much a catch-all gallery for the time being. Thank you for visiting and feel free to post your thought or comment on the image or on the gallery directly, please.

Yellow Crown Heron
Yellow Crown Heron
Portrait 1
Portrait 1
Portrait 2
Portrait 2
Cropped for pixel peepers
Cropped for pixel peepers
Larger Crop from full size Image for pixel peepers
Larger Crop from full size Image for pixel peepers
Portrait of a Native American Warrior
Portrait of a Native American Warrior
Native American Feather Decoration
Native American Feather Decoration
Native American Wolfman
Native American Wolfman
Red Rose
Red Rose
The Moor in B&W
The Moor in B&W
The Moor
The Moor
Air Fairy - One of the Fantastikals
Air Fairy - One of the Fantastikals
Inside the Venetian
Inside the Venetian
Tagged!
Tagged!
Tagged each other
Tagged each other
Tagged again!
Tagged again!
Las Vegas
Las Vegas
Portrait 3
Portrait 3
Young Native American Warrior
Young Native American Warrior
Tarantula
Tarantula
Crop of Tarantula image
Crop of Tarantula image
Portrait 4
Portrait 4
Young Cowgirl
Young Cowgirl
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Walt Disney Concert Hall before sunrise
Walt Disney Concert Hall before sunrise
No Straight Lines Here
No Straight Lines Here
Queen Mary and Long Beach Lighthouse
Queen Mary and Long Beach Lighthouse
Gorgeous Sunrise at Mesa Arch
Gorgeous Sunrise at Mesa Arch
Lift-off of Dawn Patrol
Lift-off of Dawn Patrol
Mass Ascension of Hot Air Balloons - What a View!
Mass Ascension of Hot Air Balloons - What a View!
More Hot Air Balloons
More Hot Air Balloons
A Salute to Our Firefighters
A Salute to Our Firefighters
Balcony House - Mesa Verde
Balcony House - Mesa Verde
Cliff Palace - Mesa Verde
Cliff Palace - Mesa Verde
Splashes of Fall Colors
Splashes of Fall Colors
Sunset and Fall Colors
Sunset and Fall Colors
Train from Durango to Silverton
Train from Durango to Silverton
Train from Durango to Silverton
Train from Durango to Silverton
Delicate Arch at Sunset
Delicate Arch at Sunset
A Ship Wreck
A Ship Wreck
Bizarre Cloud Formation and Looming Dust Storm
Bizarre Cloud Formation and Looming Dust Storm
A Quick Snap Before the Major Dust Storm
A Quick Snap Before the Major Dust Storm
Early in the Morning....
Early in the Morning....
Not a Good Location for Coming Ashore
Not a Good Location for Coming Ashore
Penguin Colony
Penguin Colony
Penguin March
Penguin March
Simply Breathtaking!
Simply Breathtaking!
Get Out of My Way!
Get Out of My Way!
Carrying Nest Material
Carrying Nest Material
Splash!
Splash!
Bridge Over Lake Austin
Bridge Over Lake Austin
Juvenile White Egret
Juvenile White Egret
Sashimi - Delicious Art
Sashimi - Delicious Art
Sashimi/Sushi - Hamachi Kama
Sashimi/Sushi - Hamachi Kama
Hamachi Toro
Hamachi Toro
Aji Sashimi - Pretty and Delicious Art
Aji Sashimi - Pretty and Delicious Art
Solange Merentier During Venice Mask Carnival 2013
Solange Merentier During Venice Mask Carnival 2013
Manarola - One of the Cinque Terre
Manarola - One of the Cinque Terre
Captured from Ponte Accademia
Captured from Ponte Accademia
Firenze/Florence at Dusk
Firenze/Florence at Dusk
Anna Garusi During Venice Mask Carnival 2013
Anna Garusi During Venice Mask Carnival 2013
Frischa Putri Yulisa
Frischa Putri Yulisa
Learning how to weave tikar (=mat)
Learning how to weave "tikar" (=mat)
On the way to the Pura (Temple)
On the way to the Pura (Temple)
One Last Glance...
One Last Glance...
Stefvanie - High Key Rendition
Stefvanie - High Key Rendition
Stefvanie
Stefvanie
Stefvanie
Stefvanie
Life in a Small Village of West Java
Life in a Small Village of West Java
Life in a Small Village of West Java
Life in a Small Village of West Java
Kelsey Akemi Hogan
Kelsey Akemi Hogan
Angel
Angel
Kelsey Akemi Hogan
Kelsey Akemi Hogan
Rosie
Rosie
Melisa in Balloon Dress
Melisa in Balloon Dress
Melisa in Balloon Dress
Melisa in Balloon Dress
McKenna
McKenna
Remains of Glacial Ice - Buffeted by Waves and Wind
Remains of Glacial Ice - Buffeted by Waves and Wind
Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson