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I’ve been reading in various photography forums regarding an issue with the 5D Mark III when used with a Speedlight and its AF Assist beam. Specifically, some folks were claiming that focusing became very sluggish to a point where they were missing shots. While I haven’t noticed a glaring problem to a point of it […]

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I’m not much of a sports photographer. Actually, I’m just not. 🙂 With that said, every year, I go to the USTA National Tennis Center to check out world class Tennis players practicing on the Sunday before the U.S. Open officially begins. It’s free and it’s a great opportunity to check out these players up […]

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  • Adam Richardson - August 27, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    Wow, looks like the 5DIII did awesome! Man I can’t wait to grab mine. Nice job Nick.

There’s been a lot of talk about how the 5D Mark III is no better than the 5D Mark II when it comes to dynamic range and the ability to cleanly recover shadows. Recently I saw a post on one of the online photography forums that did a side by side with the Nikon D800. […]

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  • Adam - May 1, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    Holy Crap! Nice post Nick, and nicely done. Keep up the good work man.

  • Dafydd Hughes - June 14, 2012 - 3:26 am

    Nick – that is a really informative post – thank you.

    I hate the way that 5dii images fall down when trying to drag detail out.

    One trick I like to use when shooting a wedding, is to place a bride in a pool of light, expose for the dress (which is very bright), and then in PP lift the exposure on her face. Almost like under exposing the background and using a ocf to light the subject. However, all too often the latitude offered by the 5dii is just not great enough, and the image all too soon falls apart 🙁

    Once again, thanks for a really useful post.

    I’m going to be in NYC before Xmas, so I may well buy a 5D3 when I am there (much cheaper than the UK).



So the much anticipated 5D Mark III has finally been released and there’s already lots of hoopla surrounding it. I guess everyone’s coming out of the woodwork to blog about it so I guess I’ll join in on the fun. 🙂 I’ve been shooting with two 5D Mark II cameras for the last year. Prior […]

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  • Bjorn - March 30, 2012 - 9:09 am

    Thank’s for the review!
    I’ve had my 5D mkIII for a week now and agree with what you say about it. I would add the second memory card slot that I will use for backup during weddings, just as big an improvement as the AF in my point of view.

  • Nick Nishizaka - March 30, 2012 - 10:18 am

    Ah yes. The dual card slot is indeed a great improvement. I added that in my post. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  • Matt McGuire - April 10, 2012 - 6:24 pm

    Thanks for the review Nick. I really want this camera. Combining the full frame features with the focus of my 7D. I just can’t justify the price since I don’t make a living with my camera.

  • Baltimore Wedding Photographer - April 12, 2012 - 11:06 am

    looks like a great camera. I just cant justify upgrading from the mk2 yet

  • Peter Hanowell - April 17, 2012 - 9:27 am

    Great review, and some neat images! I guess we are all trying to determine if an upgrade is ‘worth it.’

  • scott feierstein - April 24, 2012 - 5:20 pm

    Great review. Shooting my first wedding with the Mark III on saturday. Trying to figure out how to set up the auto focusing. I have one point set and I can move it around. Is that what you did with AI Servo? Thanks again!

  • Nick Nishizaka - April 24, 2012 - 9:30 pm

    That’s how I have mine setup up. Just one point. I have all crosstype AF points enabled and the 5D Mark III is able to track very accurately on any one of those points. So much better than the 5D Mark II!!!

  • John V - April 26, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    Many Thanks for your review Nick. Quick question… the shots of the couple walking down the aisle did you use flash or is that ambient lighting?


    John V.

  • Nick Nishizaka - April 26, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    John, yes, I did use a speedlite on that one. I will point out however since I was in AI Servo mode, there was no AF assist beam to help me out in focusing so it was the 5D Mark III that got the job done. In fact, it’s pretty much been bang on in AI servo.

  • RD - April 26, 2012 - 8:48 pm

    Hi Nick, Any thoughts on the reported “light leak” issue related to the 5DMIII? BTW-Nice pics and thanks for the review!

  • Nick Nishizaka - April 26, 2012 - 11:57 pm

    RD, thanks. I’m afraid I can’t really comment on the “light leak” issue because I simply don’t shoot in conditions where it would even be a factor. I really have no complaints about the 5D Mark III other than the AF point illumination issue I touched on in my review. But I am slowly getting used to that as well.

  • Dmitry - May 1, 2012 - 2:20 am

    Hi, you think that’s impossible to clean 25k on mark ii?

  • Nick Nishizaka - May 1, 2012 - 12:21 pm

    Depends on the scene. Something like what I posted, where everything is dark-ish, the noise will just be more apparent. It also depends on your final product. Smaller prints or web-sized images will be fine. ISO25600 is reserved for absolutely emergencies for me and the only time I’ve used it is just to play around with it to see how noisy it is.

  • Dafydd Hughes - June 14, 2012 - 3:18 am


    Thanks for taking the time and effort to blog about the 5d3.

    I currently use two 5d2s, and am seriously thinking about switching to the 5d3 (but it’s an expensive move 🙁 ).

    Nice to hear that issues like banding are less of a problem. Do you feel that you can push and pull the raw images more than on the 5d2?

    I’ve just spotted your post on shadow recovery – I’ll read that now.

    Thanks again.


  • movers - June 24, 2012 - 10:38 pm

    Great Review ! Very detailed and great samples. Thanks for sharing.

  • Shiv - October 18, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    For a first time DSLR guy, i plan to start with a FF camera. I was thinking on 5D2 when D800 and 5D3 came up. The budget of 5d3 is a bit stretch though i would be able to make it. I may not make money out of the camera at least initially and think i will keep the camera at least for 7-8 years.
    What do you suggest ? Go for 5D2 which with the 24-105 lens is around $2500 or 5d3 which is around $3750.
    What say?

  • nicksan - October 23, 2012 - 11:38 pm

    Shiv, if you are going to keep the camera for that long, I would pick the 5D3 over the 5D2. This way, you’ll have more features to grow into. The biggest improvement is the AF system. No comparison.

  • SHIV - November 17, 2012 - 8:52 am

    Thanks Nick. I went with your advice and got the 5D Mark 3.
    Its just an awesome camera. Now heading for some real action.

  • Paul Liddement - December 28, 2012 - 9:58 am

    Hi, I love your website and what you have done in your review of the 5D Mkiii. You mentioned that you have a NR workflow. I have been working on one but i was never satisfied with it, do you care to share a bit more info on this?

    All the Best, Paul.

  • nicksan - January 5, 2013 - 9:59 am

    Paul, I describe my NR Workflow at http://www.nicknphoto.com/noise-control

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  • Saiju Saidu Muhammed Vaikom - September 3, 2014 - 6:35 am

    Thank’s for the review

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