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Offline Don T

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If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« on: February 17, 2015, 08:32 PM »
I just got on Ebay tonight and the deal of the day is a brand new EOS 5D III for $1999.99.  I could not pass it up.  Also received $40 Ebay bucks.  Smoking deal.
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Offline Greg M

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2015, 08:54 PM »
That is a sweet deal!  I had a 5D III and loved it.  After I stopped using it for video I sold it and got the 6D.  Didn't need the extra features of the 5D3 any longer and the 6D is slightly better in low light.  Used the extra money to help pay for a lens.

Offline Grasshopper

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2015, 10:17 PM »
Tempting!  I am still loving my 5d mark ii.

One day, I'll fulfill my upgrade-itis…probably the day before they release a mark 4  ;D


What is your lens of choice?

I'd probably say my very favorite is the 85mm f1.2L, followed by the 70-200mm f2.8L, and the 24-70mm f2.8L as a close 3rd.
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Offline Don T

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2015, 11:03 PM »
You only have until August before the mk IV is released.

My go to lense is the 24-70mm 2.8 then the 70-200mm 2.8. The other lense I use a lot is the 10-22mm
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Offline Don T

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2015, 11:04 PM »
This camera blows my plans to get a new bandsaw. The sacrifices we make.
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Offline Grasshopper

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 11:08 PM »
I didn't realize it was a 2015 release.  Wow!

Great kit, I bet the 10-22mm is fun for architecture and landscapes.  I really wanted to get a wide angle lens (I sold my 17-40mm f4 L lens, and wanted the 16-35mm f2.8L, but have held off) What do you like to shoot?

I do mostly candid portraits and some architectural shots.


You only have until August before the mk IV is released.

My go to lense is the 24-70mm 2.8 then the 70-200mm 2.8. The other lense I use a lot is the 10-22mm
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Offline andvari

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2015, 11:10 PM »
You only have until August before the mk IV is released.

Hope this is true. I have a 5D2 and have been planning a long EU tour in October. A 5D4 for this trip would be terrific.
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Offline lovemytoys

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2015, 11:28 PM »
is it gray market model ??i know b&h sell gray market and US models

Offline duburban

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2015, 11:44 PM »
I found a 5d3 on there with lens from a top rated seller for about 2500. Yours was body only, right?
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Offline Don T

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2015, 11:53 PM »
I didn't realize it was a 2015 release.  Wow!

Great kit, I bet the 10-22mm is fun for architecture and landscapes.  I really wanted to get a wide angle lens (I sold my 17-40mm f4 L lens, and wanted the 16-35mm f2.8L, but have held off) What do you like to shoot?

I do mostly candid portraits and some architectural shots.



You only have until August before the mk IV is released.

My go to lense is the 24-70mm 2.8 then the 70-200mm 2.8. The other lense I use a lot is the 10-22mm
I shoot some architectural, landscapes and animals. My wife and I travel quite a bit. When we went to Africa I caught the photography bug. Our guide took us to a bird sanctuary and thought is was great. Took a ton of pictures that trip.
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Offline Don T

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2015, 11:57 PM »
is it gray market model ??i know b&h sell gray market and US models
I thought that but to be honest I don't know. I assumed they are discounting to get rid of stock. I will let you know when i get it.
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Offline Don T

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2015, 11:58 PM »
I found a 5d3 on there with lens from a top rated seller for about 2500. Yours was body only, right?
Yes it is body only. I have several lenses already for my 7D.
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Offline jlt23

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
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Offline RDMuller

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2015, 11:29 AM »
Watch out for gray models in cameras and lenses.  Most of these will not be serviceable in the US by official factory firms.  These devices are becoming increasingly more technical.  I think they are increasingly more reliable, but if you do have problems, old Joe's Fixit Shop is not going to able to handle it.  Canon for one has uniform pricing much like Festool, so oddball prices are usually gray market

Offline Greg M

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2015, 12:25 PM »
Watch out for gray models in cameras and lenses.  Most of these will not be serviceable in the US by official factory firms.  These devices are becoming increasingly more technical.  I think they are increasingly more reliable, but if you do have problems, old Joe's Fixit Shop is not going to able to handle it.  Canon for one has uniform pricing much like Festool, so oddball prices are usually gray market

It's Nikon USA that won't service import or gray. 

Canon not only services it but also honors the full 1 year warranty.  All Canon's bodies come out of the same 1 or 2 factories and Canon USA doesn't care who imported it into the US as long as you have a receipt.

Offline Don T

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2015, 12:35 PM »
I believe that Adorama and B&H Photo sell gray market also. They carry the warranty.  They do have a 30 day return policy so if I can't register it on the Canon web site I will promptly return it.
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Offline them700project

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #16 on: February 25, 2015, 10:10 AM »
I believe the price drop is in relation to this summers new high megapixel options. Ive had this camera for a year and a half now and still love it.

Offline Don T

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2015, 01:36 PM »
Update on this camera deal.  I did have to pay $300 more to get a so called USA version.  Basically it the old bait and switch but even $2200 is still a good deal.  It will be delivered tomorrow.

He said he sells over seas, he probably does the same thing to them to get the extra money.
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Offline jaguar36

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2015, 03:21 PM »
Keep in mind the 10-22mm won't work on the full frame 5D.  There are still lots of indy shops that will service a gray market camera, often for cheaper than Canon charges.   That being said, I still perfer the US versions.

Offline Greg M

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #19 on: February 25, 2015, 06:24 PM »
I still perfer the US versions.

Why?  There's absolutely NO difference.

Offline Don T

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2015, 06:55 PM »
Well I received the camera a day early and it is a US version. Can't wait to try it out.
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Offline Greg M

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #21 on: February 25, 2015, 07:23 PM »
Well I received the camera a day early and it is a US version. Can't wait to try it out.

You're going to love it especially if you like shooting low light without a flash or if you shoot video.  Of coarse it's a great camera under other conditions but it really shines at those 2 things.

Offline Baremeg55

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2015, 06:23 PM »
I guess I will just struggle and get by on my EOS70D.....  Still have a few tools I think I can cram into my shop.....

Offline Dogberryjr

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2015, 06:28 PM »
Shouldn't Festool people be using Leicas?  ;)

Offline JCLP

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2015, 08:50 PM »
Canon what's that?  Nikon all the way. Only kidding. Great buy and enjoy the camera. Been a Nikonian for life. I have a D3S looking to upgrade to the D4S but as someone said, it will tap into the Festool budget.

Offline Don T

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #25 on: March 11, 2015, 12:53 AM »
Yep this definitely changed my plans for tool buying this year. Oh well last was a good tool year this is good photography year.
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Offline Dan C

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2015, 11:59 PM »
That 5DIII is a bad beast.  I love mine and would not be without it.  I bought a grey market near release and it went to CPS for a CLA and they did it comp without issues.  They usually service them as if they were a full US version.  I would not hesitate, and am waiting for a deal on the 7DII as a backup.

Offline Reiska

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #27 on: March 14, 2015, 03:35 PM »
Still happy with my mark 2... Maybe I'll upgrade to a 5Ds once they go through a price drop or two, but as a hobbyist can't justify every release or either Canon nor Festool.
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Offline Greg M

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #28 on: March 14, 2015, 04:36 PM »
Still happy with my mark 2... Maybe I'll upgrade to a 5Ds once they go through a price drop or two, but as a hobbyist can't justify every release or either Canon nor Festool.

There was a relatively small jump from the 5D to the 5DII but there was a significant jump between the 5DII and the 5DIII.  Of coarse if you're not shooting video or low light still shots then the jump to the III wasn't that much.

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #29 on: March 15, 2015, 08:22 AM »
I don't do video at all (most likely because it sucks on 5Dm2) and my main stuff is family shots outside in available light and some landscape shots of sunrises and sunsets so can't really say too low-light. I can get along inside with available light in most situations with my trusty 50mm/f1.4 just fine and elsewhere I'm a happy camper with my 24-70mm/F4L.

If I ever find the time to actually go out and hike I might want to upgrade to a 5Ds for the extra MP for landscapes, but other than that I don't feel the immediate need to upgrade.

What I'm really waiting for is someone to produce a high quality full-frame low-light mirrorless super compact monster with a high quality collapsible 24-70mm f/2.8 lens so I can sell off all of my Canon bulky kit and actually own something that I would bother carrying with me every day rather than on special occasions only.

If Fuji just got their act together and mated a Sony A7R sensor with a X-E2 sized body and a lens the size of a m4/3 Olympys 14-42 Zuiko that would be a winner or if Sony came out with a RX2 with a high quality collapsible 24-70 lens that's still pocketable I'd be a happy camper. (providing that the price would drop too)
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Offline sanangelo

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #30 on: October 03, 2015, 12:09 AM »
I see the price is now 1899 on eBay.

I am thinking about jumping on this deal and selling my 1Ds Mark iii.  I love my 1Ds but I am thinking the AF and high ISO may makeup for it not being a 1D body.

Anybody else on here still using the 5d mark iii?

Offline ScotF

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #31 on: October 03, 2015, 12:35 AM »
I have one and it is a great camera...one of many bodies. It is not a 1D in build, but it is light weight and takes awesome pics. I plan on getting the new 1DX when it is released next year, assuming the rumors hold true.

Offline sanangelo

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #32 on: October 03, 2015, 10:00 AM »
If i had the cash for a 1DX I would go for that quick.  I am not sure how much better the 1DX mark II can be over the mark I.  I guess higher ISO and a little better dynamic range.  I don't think the megapixel would go up much for the 1d body.  Time will tell I guess

Offline ScotF

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2015, 10:53 AM »
I think that the focusing will be better. It is awesome on the new 7D.

Offline Don T

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #34 on: October 03, 2015, 06:41 PM »
The 5DIII is a very nice camera. I've been on holiday and had the opportunity to shoot around 800 pictures. Very happy with the camera performance.
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Offline Cheese

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #35 on: October 04, 2015, 04:25 PM »

What I'm really waiting for is someone to produce a high quality full-frame low-light mirrorless super compact monster with a high quality collapsible 24-70mm f/2.8 lens so I can sell off all of my Canon bulky kit and actually own something that I would bother carrying with me every day rather than on special occasions only.

If Fuji just got their act together and mated a Sony A7R sensor with a X-E2 sized body and a lens the size of a m4/3 Olympys 14-42 Zuiko that would be a winner or if Sony came out with a RX2 with a high quality collapsible 24-70 lens that's still pocketable I'd be a happy camper. (providing that the price would drop too)

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #36 on: October 05, 2015, 01:14 AM »
Thanks @Cheese,

Oddly enough probably today the walk-around camera I would go for if I was going on a casual trip would be the new Sony RX100 mk IV (http://www.kenrockwell.com/sony/rx100-mk-iv.htm), but I cringe at its price point for a point-and-shoot nevertheless.

I'm also following the Sony a7rII with a hawk eye as a possible replacement to my aging 5D mark  II, but I'm not totally convinced on how well the adapted Canon lenses would work on this one as I have way too much money stuck in L-lenses to just dump them. Also the A7 body + Canon lenses will still not make a portable camera =(

Maybe mounted with an Canon EF40 f/2.8 STM it would be smallish, but not with a 24-70 f/2.8... ;-P

Currently noticing that I'm taking my wife's Nikon 1 AW out more often than my Canon even though the Nikon with its dive proof kit lens and weather sealing isn't exactly small either. Just being lazy I guess.
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Offline sanangelo

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #37 on: October 30, 2015, 08:04 PM »
Well I got my new 5d Mark iii in this week.  Its a great camera but I would call it only a little better then the 1Ds mark iii I am going to sale.  I think the IQ is about the same or a little better with the 1DSiii.  The High ISO is better on the 5Diii but at a cost in a bunch more money.

I think it will match up with my 1D IV great.

Offline Don T

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Re: If you are in the market for a Canon EOS 5D III
« Reply #38 on: October 30, 2015, 10:18 PM »
Thanks @Cheese,

Oddly enough probably today the walk-around camera I would go for if I was going on a casual trip would be the new Sony RX100 mk IV (http://www.kenrockwell.com/sony/rx100-mk-iv.htm), but I cringe at its price point for a point-and-shoot nevertheless.

I'm also following the Sony a7rII with a hawk eye as a possible replacement to my aging 5D mark  II, but I'm not totally convinced on how well the adapted Canon lenses would work on this one as I have way too much money stuck in L-lenses to just dump them. Also the A7 body + Canon lenses will still not make a portable camera =(

Maybe mounted with an Canon EF40 f/2.8 STM it would be smallish, but not with a 24-70 f/2.8... ;-P

Currently noticing that I'm taking my wife's Nikon 1 AW out more often than my Canon even though the Nikon with its dive proof kit lens and weather sealing isn't exactly small either. Just being lazy I guess.
My last holiday I carried my 7D and 5DIII. I actually liked that because I had my 70-200 on the 7D and 24-70 on the 5D. Great combo for me.
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