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The 5D Mark 3

So this fabled legend of a camera line was continued recently with the announcement of the 5D Mark 3!

Honestly this camera has a lot to live up to. Think back to when the 5DMkII came out and everyone started adopting it both as a lightweight alternative to the 1D and the 1Ds. Indie filmmakers loved it because it became the pioneer and the standard for all HDSLRs to come and PJourns and photographers in general loved it too because it was so much smaller than either of the 1Ds while still offering the full frame.

This time Canon has got some tight competition in the form of the D800 which was announced not too long ago either. Here’s how the two match-up

Image from PC Mag

Quite evidently, the first thing that jumps out at everyone (or at least to most of us Singaporeans) is that the D800 is cheaper. Quite a bit cheaper too. And it has more megapixels. I consider this a terrible thing because 36 megapixels on a full frame is going to be a heck lot of noise compared to the D700. HDSLR people would love it though, they get their high quality video as do the studio photographers. Thankfully the D700 is not being phased out or discontinued, it is merely being complemented.

There was a comment posted somewhere on the interwebs that I loved. While the 5DMk3 is the replacement of the Mk2 (like it or not), the D700 and the D800 complement each other. The former can be used for street or concert photography that call for minimalistic portability with minimal noise while the latter can be used for filming adverts or doing high quality shoots. Many have also praised the D800 for it’s new features (as it came out earlier than the canon and hence appeared to outdo it).

However, in the end I don’t really think there’s any great motivator for anyone from either party to jump ship (not when lenses cost so much more) and while these are both great new cameras, there isn’t any definite impetus to swap over to them unless you happen to need a new Pro DSLR.

I was considering for a while upgrading my old taped up D90 to the D800 but 36mp is really way too much for me, if I were to do a jump it would be to the D700, which would cost less too. In the end, it’s all about getting what you need and not just chasing after something because it’s ‘new’.

Happy shooting!


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