Some cameras seem just destined for glory and the EOS 5D Mark II was one of them. It was hugely popular with still photographers, but arguably made even more impact on the video world where it was seemingly the only D-SLR any self-respecting cinematographer or documentary maker would be seen using. And, of course, it was indeed a fi ne piece of machinery without, to be honest, any serious competition for the duration of its model life.

Things are going to be a bit different for the EOS 5D Mark III because Nikon has been studying the video-enabled D-SLR very hard and, as a result, it has come up with the D800 as a direct competitor and, although more expensive, the equally accomplished – in HDV terms – D4. Of course, the ‘familiarity factor’ will ensure many users who are comfortable with the Mark II will hardly need to think twice about up-grading to the Mark III, but even lens mount loyalties don’t exist in video-making where you’re as likely to see Nikkor fast primes on a 5D as Canon’s own optics (manual focus and diaphragm control being the prerequisite so using all-mechanical mount adaptors isn’t a problem at all).

Thank-you for looking up aour review of the Canon EOS 5D MKIII. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages originally printed in the Jan Feb 2012 issue
You can download it here: Canon EOS 5D MKIII Review.pdf