Your Questions About Canon 5d Mark Iii

James asks…

Canon EOS 5D Mark II OR Nikon D3?

After months of research and comparisons, I was all set to purchase a Nikon D3, but I was just informed of the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It’s cheaper than the D3, has an amazing 21.1 mpx AND high-def movie mode. My purpose is for outdoor travel photography and photojournalism. Any experts here can cite the pros and cons of each camera? Of course I would much rather have the new Nikon D3X or the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, but I don’t have that kind of money, so its seems the second best options are the Canon EOS 5D Mark II or Nikon D3. All your opinions, expertise and feedback are valued, thank you!!!
Please tell me WHY, in detail, and kindly offer me your expertise. Thank you.
Thanks for all your feedback thus far. As for the occasional ig’nant “beginner” remarks, apparently those people haven’t taken the time to read my profile, heh :)

admin answers:

You will find lots of evidence in publications and online reviews (and the answers here) of the following:

** Nikon’s high-end range of cameras have technically superior sensor technology for high-ISO shooting.**

I am not sure if your eyes will tell the difference at ISO 800.

Pretty sure that nobody could be sure about whether a shot was taken on a Canon or a Nikon at ISO 400 or below, with their eyes.

Shooting at high ISO above 400 is the last resort for exposure adjustment when the goal is clear, crisp photography. So you have to consider whether you will need to use ISOs higher than 400 often to get the shots that you want (are you shooting action in low light, or long telephoto lenses 200mm and longer?). Otherwise, the cure is longer shutter speed, wider aperture, or a tripod/image stabilization.

Nikon provides better value dollar for dollar in their camera body technology.

Canon has a much more extensive range of camera lenses and add-ons (both from Canon and from third parties).

I would only consider these top end cameras (D3, D3x, 5D Mark II, and 1Ds Mark III) if I were being provided equipment by an employer for a gig… Perhaps to go shoot wildlife or to do studio photography.

If it were wildlife, I would go with the Nikon D3(x) because the high ISO will benefit shooting distant or moving objects in uncontrolled lighting situations.

If it were studio shooting with controlled lighting, or product shots, I would put the cameras back on par because high ISO does not matter in this environment.

If I were talking walk-about photos and candids in uncontrolled lighting situations, I would get a D90 with an 18-200 VR, or an XSi with a 24-105mm IS.

If I were shooting weddings, i would use those same cameras as backups to either a D300 or a 50D with a prime lens around 100mm.

I hope that you get the information you need to make your decision.

Joseph asks…

Which Canon DSLR is better to get and why? The 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV or or the 5D Mark II.?

Please speak from use, not just from looking at the price.

admin answers:

Speaking from experience, there’s no reason to pick the 5D Mark II when placed against the 1Ds Mark III and 1D Mark IV. Size is 5D’s only advantage over the other two, but if your travelling can accommodate cameras in the size of the other two, then 5D has nothing to show.

Of the top of my head I would suggest 1Ds Mark III for its speed and in-camera image processing, but 1D Mark IV has a slightly better sensor (I think, not entirely sure, it’s just my opinion). So if you’re a RAW person, 1D Mark IV has a slight advantage.

Thomas asks…

What Nikon DSLR cameras are comparable to Canon’s DLSRs?

Can someone explain Nikon’s line of DSLRs in comparison to Canon‘s? What Nikons would be comparable to Canon‘s 1Ds, 1D, 5D, 10-50D, Rebel (300-500D), and Rebel XS (1000D) series?

What do more or less zeros mean in the model name (Nikon D5000 vs Nikon D300S vs Nikon D90 vs Nikon D3)? It seems that for Canon, the less zeros means it’s more professional. How does it work for Nikon, i.e. which models are entry level and which are professional?

I really just want to find a list somewhere that spells it out. Like…

Basic entry-level (newest to oldest):
Canon 1000D (Rebel XS) = Nikon ________

Entry level (newest to oldest):
Canon 500D = Nikon D5000?
Canon 450D = Nikon D60?
Canon 400D = Nikon _______
Canon 350D = Nikon _______
Canon 300D = Nikon _______

Mid Range (newest to oldest):
Canon 50D = Nikon ______
Canon 40D = Nikon ______
Canon 30D = Nikon ______
Canon 20D = Nikon ______
Canon 10D = Nikon ______

Compact Professional (newest to oldest):
Canon 5D Mark II = Nikon ______
Canon 5D = Nikon ______

Full-size professional (newest to oldest):
Canon 1D Mark III = Nikon _____
Canon 1D Mark II = Nikon ______
Canon 1D = Nikon _____

Really freaking expensive full-size professional (newest to oldest):
Canon 1Ds Mark III = Nikon _____
Canon 1Ds Mark II = Nikon _____
Canon 1Ds = Nikon _____

Just fill in the blanks and I’ll give you 10 points! Bonus if you actually explain some of the differences…

admin answers:

You can do it all yourself here by doing side by side comparisons
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sidebyside.asp

Carol asks…

What professional DSLR camera should I purchase?

I can’t decide between the

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III or

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

I’m looking into taking pictures for stock photography websites, as well as doing wedding/amateur work.
Slightly Amused, you’re an idiot.

admin answers:

If you are doing amateur work then why buy a “professional” camera…..

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