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« on: November 02, 2015, 07:15 »
I have been shooting 5ds for years. I have to say the performance on the MIII has me thinking about a switch to another brand. Studio performance is fine, but I am not happy with outside focus, contrast and low light grain. I just can understand what is going on. In some cases my 60D does better than the MIII. Just wondering if anyone else is seeing the same or if the nut behind the camera needs adjustment?

I am thinking about a mirrorless full frame, any ideas?


« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2015, 07:19 »
I'm sorry to hear that.  I used in the past a 60D but then I passed and am very happy with my new 6D which is half of price of MKIII.

« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2015, 10:46 »
Earlier this year I sold off all my Canon gear. I'd been a faithful Canon user since the 620. That's about the first EOS camera they made. I went to Panasonic MFT and couldn't be happier. There is always a tradeoff in photography but the gains I get from the Panasonic far outweigh those I do without.

« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2015, 11:16 »
I would suggest looking into the Sony A7R II. Keep your Canon lenses and get a Metabones adapter for the lenses. Downside of the Sony is the battery life which is not good, other than that it's a good camera, at least as good as the Nikon D810.


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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2015, 13:18 »
I'd agree with Firewall. I have a 5DMII, D800, and a Sony A7R. The 5DMII seems to have similar image quality to the 5DIII and mine has weird chunky crosshatch noise patterns in low light and shadows when they're adjusted even a little bit. The D800 and A7R shadows are cleaner with a fine grain and don't have weird patterns. The D800 is great but if you want mirrorless I'd suggest the A7RII. My A7R is great but the A7RII has a lot of improvements that would probably go great with your Canon lenses with an adapter. Especially focus seems to have a major improvement.

One thing I can say about the Sony's is I'm surprised with focus accuracy in just about any lighting conditions. At night taking a picture of a city skyline my NEX-7 and A7R don't hunt much, almost always focus lock, and the pictures are almost always in focus. In similar lighting my 5D hunts constantly and fails to lock. The D800 does much better but same problem as the 5D. Plus the D800 seems to show a focus lock when it didn't actually get focus which is really annoying. And the D800 liveview quality is pretty bad. A7R LCD liveview and even viewfinder are pretty good. The A7R battery life isn't great but I bought a few spares. But comparing apples to apples if you left any DSLR with the live view on for a few hours it would drain batteries pretty quickly too.

I'm still holding on to my Nikon and Canon stuff a bit longer. I still use the D800 occasionally. The 5DMII I literally haven't used in a couple years. I jump back and forth between brands but I haven't regretted going with Sony.

« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2015, 13:24 »
I have been shooting 5ds for years.

I had to read this a few times, you know Canon 5DS is a camera model? :D

« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2015, 08:46 »
I totally agree with you.

At studio, the 5D MKIII is perfect.
Outdoors... very noisy and I have many dificulties in nailing the focus.
I have a 24-70 2.8 (1st version) which I'm thinking to sell and buy the 2nd version... because the 24.70 is a very soft lens.
And no, is not problem from my camera or this particular lens because I've tested another and then the 2 on a 6d body and the results were the same...  :(

« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2015, 11:09 »
I have been shooting 5ds for years.

I had to read this a few times, you know Canon 5DS is a camera model? :D
"s" is for plural.   Perry must have used different models of 5d.

« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2015, 12:33 »
I have a 5DMII but jumped the III to the 5Dsr which I love. It appears to work better in low light and I love the large files for the fine art land and seascape I do. Mostly I shoot other stuff at the 28 mp size and not the 50 mp due to the slower workflow and the 28 is great for most things. The LCD is large and clear for me. I have not compared it to other cameras so dunno how it measures up but pretty happy with it.


« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2015, 14:21 »
...not happy with outside focus, contrast and low light grain. I just can understand what is going on. In some cases my 60D does better than the MIII.

A bit off topic as i use Nikon but i have the same problems with 24mp Nikons. I changed two in the last year both 24mp and the focus is soft when using the viefinder. It's better with live view. Also the Scene settings work better on Live View. I didn't have these problems on 12mp cameras. I checked the forums and it seems that a lot of people complain about focus on 24mp cameras both Canon and Nikon. They suggest shooting Live View but that is really not ideal for me.


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