Brown-Eared Bulbul Takes Flight

Canon EOS 5D Mark III – First Few Photos

OK, so I picked up my Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera just before lunch today, and I took some lenses into Shinjuku with me, with the intention of doing a bit of shooting in the afternoon.

NOTE: I released a full review of the 5D Mark III a few days after this post. See here.

I’ll follow up in the next few days, with more photos and some first impressions, but one thing I will say right now is that the new auto-focus system is worth the cost of the upgrade all by itself. Almost all of the 500+ frames I shot of these birds today, granted, mostly using One Shot, were tack sharp, right where I wanted it to be. Far less hit and miss than its predecessor, the Mark II.

For now, here is my best shot from today. Maximize your browser (larger than 1280px at least) and click on the images to view them larger than below. The second image is a 100% crop if viewed with the browser wide enough.

Brown-Eared Bulbul Takes Flight

Shot with the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III – There’s about a 3% crop on the top and right side of this, for artistic reasons, but that’s all I’ve done to this image.

Browned-Eared Bulbul Takes Flight 100% Crop

Browned-Eared Bulbul Takes Flight 100% Crop

By the way, these were shot with a 300mm F2.8 lens with the 1.4X Extender III fitted.

The above two images were shot at ISO 400, 1/1000 at f/5.6. The next image was shot at ISO 2000, 1/1000 at f/4.5 and it’s as clean as ISO 400 on my 1Ds Mark III, and probably comparable to ISO 640-ish, on my old 5D Mark II.

Brown-eared Bulbul at ISO 2000

Brown-eared Bulbul at ISO 2000

And again, here’s a 100% crop of the birds face.

Brown-eared Bulbul at ISO 2000 - 100% Crop

Brown-eared Bulbul at ISO 2000 – 100% Crop

I’ll update this post soon or add a link to a new post with more information very soon…

See Ya!

See Ya!

 NOTE: I released a full review of the 5D Mark III a few days after this post. See here.

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  • RonC
    Posted at 00:12h, 23 March Reply

    That’s great news Martin. Glad to hear your initial experience has been great. I pre-ordered mine a few weeks ago. I’m just waiting for the shipping notice.


    Very anxious in South Florida 🙂

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 00:30h, 23 March Reply

      Hi Ron,

      I really like this camera. The only thing I’m still unhappy with is the software. DPP is crap, and the other supporting software is almost as bad. I wish Canon would spend their software R&D dollars on enabling Adobe and Apple to integrate better, rather than trying and failing miserably to do it themselves. Otherwise, the 5D III is a total winner!


  • Dan
    Posted at 05:04h, 23 March Reply

    Wow (from a Nikon shooter)

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