Way back in time there was a great little camera that changed the world, the EOS 5D Mark II was launched nearly four years ago in September 2008. Among the specifications was a simple movie mode that Canon had been requested to include by some of it’s professional users. Following the launch the movie industry saw a great camera with amazing low-light performance, shallow depth of field and lens options they had previously only dreamed of. Wedding photographers across the land rejoiced at the great low-light performance.
Today we have the new EOS 5D Mark III
What a way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the EOS system. A great new camera, but also a ground breaking new flash system with radio control of remote Speedlites, yes radio. To me the camera has most of the things I would want and the key shortcomings of the outgoing model have been addressed in terms of AF and frame rate. I hope that the image quality will surpass my expectations. However for me the biggest change and most important news is a change in the Canon flash system. It looks like the new flash is going to work with the older EX models and provide radio, so maybe I don’t need to dump all my old EX flashes but can start to add new radio ones to the existing colllection. Some will see the radio range being limited to 30m as a shortcoming, but it will surely be a step up from having to be quite picky on flash placement to get 10m range as is the case with the pulsed light system outside.
If you want to find out more then please stop by Canon’s website for press releases, specifications and pictures.
Canon Professional Network – CPN
- EOS 5D Mark III
- Speedlite 600EX-RT
- Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
- Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7
- Brent Stirton, Canon Ambassador on the new EOS 5D Mark III
Canon press information
I’m going to take some time to read the details so that when I am at the Focus on Imaging show this weekend i’ll have specific questions I would like answers to.
Should I buy one?
I’ve never been the greatest fan of the EOS 5D cameras, sure I used them when I worked at the company and since, but something was always missing in terms of AF and frame-rate. For me the lure of the EOS-1Ds Mark III was stronger and while it didn’t have the same low-light abilities it did everything else I wanted for stills. Well now that is fixed – and a whole heap of other things – I’m signed up for an EOS 5D Mark III and some Speedlites as soon as I can get them… 🙂