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Canon EOS 5D MK III Field Test

Canon EOS 5D MK III Field Test Using Canon EF 24-105 f4 L IS Lens

I took the Canon 5D MK III and the EF 24-105 for a test drive last week. I tested the camera in different light conditions with different settings. Overall I am very pleased with Canon EOS 5D MK III field test results.

The Canon 5D MK III performed very well in variety of hard conditions, as I was trying to push it to its limits! There are four different categories that I performed the test, Indoor, Outdoor, Metering Modes, Focusing system, and Auto White Balance. Here we are the first Canon EOS 5D MK III field test result.

Disclaimer:

All the pictures are taken Handheld, in Raw format to test the Dynamic Range, Auto White Balance, and Manual Exposure using Canon EF 24-105 f4 L IS. I have used High ISO in indoor photos and ISO 400 for Outdoor pictures. The Image Stabilizer was activated in all photos. All images are converted to JPG in Adobe Lightroom with no colour correction.

Canon EOS 5D MK III Field Test

Canon EOS 5D MK III Field Test
Canon Eos 5D Mark III and Canon EF 24-105 a Versatile Lens and body package for all kind of photography

Canon EOS 5D MK III Field Test

Indoor Photography

In indoor photography Canon 5D preforms unbelievably well. The focusing is fast and Accurate, even in very low light situations. I shot this photo at ISO 6400 and the noise level is minimum.

ISO 6400

Even at ISO 6400 the noise level is minimum
Even at ISO 6400 the noise level is minimum

Although the light was very dim (that I had to use ISO 2000 in this photo), the camera precisely focused very fast on the focusing point.

ISO 2000

Canon 5D MK III can focus precisely even in low light conditions.
Canon 5D MK III can focus precisely even in low light conditions.

The test result shows that the Canon 5D MK III is a perfect camera for indoor photography (such as Sports, Wedding, or Event Photography).

Outdoor Photography

Metering Modes:

a-Evaluative Metering

I am not a big fun of multi-segmented metering (in Canon terms “Evaluative) as it always clipped the highlights, but Canon’s new algorithm of evaluative metering is very impressing. It does maintain the highlight as much as possible. Here is the photo in evaluative mode.

Canon Evaluative Metering Mode

New Canon's Evaluative Metering mode Maintains the highlights.
New Canon's Evaluative Metering mode Maintains the highlights.

I also used evaluative metering for this picture and just opened up the Shadows in Lightroom.

Canon Evaluative Metering Mode

Evaluative mode maintained the highlights and I just opened up the shadows in Lightroom.
Evaluative mode maintained the highlights and I just opened up the shadows in Lightroom.

b-Spot Metering

Spot Metering works as it is supposed to work. I didn’t have any issues of over or under exposure using spot metering.

Canon Spot Metering Mode

Spot Metering Mode is the best for contrasty scene to ;rock the exposure for the main subject.
Spot Metering Mode is the best for contrasty scene to ;rock the exposure for the main subject.

Focusing System:

Canon EOS 5D MK III has a very sophisticated focusing system. I really appreciate the dedicated Focusing Menu and Function Keys. Changing the focusing points is now very intuitive and easy. I shot these photos using Single Shot Mode

Canon Single Shot Focusing Mode

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When it comes to moving subjects, it is always a good idea to use AI or AI Servo. I really enjoyed the speed and accuracy of Canon AI Servo focusing mode. It tracks the subject and maintains the focusing.

Canon AI Servo Focusing Mode

Using AI Servo, keep Focusing on moving subject is very easy
Using AI Servo, keep Focusing on moving subject is very easy
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Auto White Balance

New Canon Auto White Balance is incredibly pleasant. I did not adjust the White Balance in these photos. I shot these photos in shade. Usually cameras produce a very cold colour cast in this situation but Canon did a good job. The colours are very warm and pleasing.

Auto White Balance In Canon 5D MK III

Canon 5D MK III Auto White Balance provides warm and pleasing colour
Canon 5D MK III Auto White Balance provides warm and pleasing colour
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That is all for now. You can try the new Canon 5D MK III and new Canon EF 24-105 for yourself. Just contact us to rent the camera and lens.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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