5DMk3 or Congratulation to all Canonistas! / by Fuad Babayev

First of all today is a great day for all Canonistas! Yes! Yes! Yes! Canon finally made it! They finally announced a brand new 5D Mark III!!! Hallelujah! What's new in the camera? Ok, let's see... Canon EOS 5D Mark III key specifications

22MP full frame CMOS sensor ISO 100-25600 standard, 50-102,800 expanded 6 fps continuous shooting Shutter rated to 150,000 frames 1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic 61 point AF system 63 zone iFCL metering system 100% viewfinder coverage 1040k dot 3:2 LCD Dual card slots for CF and SD

Impressive isn't it? But wait a minute ... 22 megapixels? Correct me if I'm wrong but  did they add only 1 (ONE) megapixel to the sensor? Yes they did. 5DMk2 has 21 megapixel sensor. Can someone tell me WHY? Why did they do this? I mean 5DMk2 is a wonderful camera, it has awesome quality and I think it was fine not to change the count of megapixels, they had to make too many things better in this camera and the count of pixels looks like a clear marketing step in the rat-race between the ones with the red ring and the ones with the gold one (hope you know what I mean). While Nikon skyrocketed with 36 MP on D800, Canon is still on 22 MP. Deja vu? Maybe. Years ago Nikon made D3, D700 and D3s only 12 megapixels on FX sensor. Why? Picture quality, low light performance, fps. Now it looks like Canon learned its lesson and while both nikonians and canonistas are waiting for D800 and 5DMk3 it is very hard to say who will win in this never-ending race. But let's go back to Mark3. They did hell of a job and it looks like this camera will be much much better than it's predecessor. Let's compare only a few main features of these brothers.

1. 6 fps vs. 3.9 fps oh Mk2 2. 61 point AF vs. 9 3. 61 zone metering system vs. 35 zones on Mk2 3. 100% viewfinder vs. 98% 4. Dual card slot 5. ISO 100-25600 standard vs. 100-6400 (6400 on paper, because Mk2 is able to produce a normal picture with the ISO not higher than 3200)

Well, all I can say is Bravo Canon! They did a great camera, once again!


With all that said I'm not trying to compare Nikon and Canon here! Many people asking me one question: which one is better? Canon or Nikon? And there is another one: Why are you shooting Nikon? Want me to answer both? Here you are!

Both Nikon and Canon make fantastic cameras! Each of these cameras are awesome, some people prefer BMW over Merc (actually I do), some people like Canon's ergonomics, for some Nikon is more comfortable to use. It is not the camera that makes the picture, it is you who make it! Why am I shooting Nikon? Few reasons:

1. I like the ergonomics 2. I'm dying for Nikon shutter sound! 3. I Like how Nikon produces the picture, details etc. 4. I cannot afford Leica M9

:) I love shooting with wide lens, so picture of the day is "LittleBig" and was shot with my Nikon D7000 and my all time favorite Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 prime.