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You can pre-order the Canon 5D Mark III from Amazon here, and probably get it as fast or faster than anywhere else. Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body)

Canon USA has announced the 5D Mark III, the successor to the camera that can be credited with starting the DSLR revolution. This camera has been hotly anticipated and many thought it would be released around the 3 year timeframe last fall. (The 5D Mark II was introduced in Fall 2008).

Looking over the specs, this is a pretty nice upgrade, but due to the rabid fan base who hoped for more than this unit delivers, there will no doubt be some disappointment that it doesn’t contain certain anticipated features. The one that catches my attention is the lack of a clean HDMI output (at this time), which some, myself included, would like to use with higher quality external recorders. Now it should be noted that external recorder workflow certainly would add bulk to the camera so for the most extreme run-n-gun scenarios it’s not always suitable, but still, the option would be nice! Maybe with a firmware update?

It remains to be seen what they’ve done to improve moiré, but I think they’ll do it via more advanced electronic processing on the Digic 5+ CPU vs. engineering an optical-low-pass filter tuned for 1080p video in front of the sensor which would need to be moved out of the way when shooting high rez stills. Nevertheless this seems like a pretty nice bump in the overall performance of the camera. I look forward to getting my hands on one, and checking out some of the online reviews and comparisons. I wanna see some moiré torture tests! Cobblestone streets maybe?

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 2, 2012 – On the 25th anniversary of its world-renowned EOS System, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce its latest model, the new EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera. Positioned between the extremely popular EOS 5D Mark II and Canon’s top-of-the-line professional EOS-1D X model, the EOS 5D Mark III delivers superb image quality, thanks to a new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, a high-performance DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor, a 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System and six frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting speed. Building upon the trailblazing success of the EOS 5D Mark II, the EOS 5D Mark III also incorporates enhanced video features for professionals in the fields of cinematography, television production and documentary filmmaking, including better noise reduction, longer recording times and a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring. The EOS 5D Mark III is Canon’s answer to hundreds of thousands of advanced amateurs and emerging professionals looking for a compact, high-quality camera system to help them achieve their artistic vision, whether it be through still or video imagery. The EOS 5D Mark III introduction coincides with Canon’s 25th anniversary celebration of the EOS camera system. Canon’s award-winning EOS system first debuted in March of 1987 with the introduction of the EOS 650 SLR camera and three EF lenses.

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EOS 5D Mark III Video: The Legacy Continues

The EOS 5D Mark II blazed the trail for EOS cameras and Canon to enter the professional video and cinema markets, paving the way for Canon’s recent introduction of the Cinema EOS system of cameras and lenses. Now, the EOS 5D Mark III continues Canon’s commitment to these new markets with new and requested features from cinematographers, television production professionals and independent filmmakers. This new model captures 1080p Full HD video at 24p (23.976), 25p, and 30p (29.97) fps; 720p HD recording at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps; and SD recording at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps, giving cinematographers and videographers more flexibility and options for video capture.

The EOS 5D Mark III includes new H.264 video compression formats to simplify and speed up post-production work: intraframe (ALL-I) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data storage efficiency, giving professionals options to help achieve their ideal workflow. Like the EOS-1D X, the 5D Mark III also includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing video footage from multiple cameras and separate audio recordings to be synced together in post production.

The new full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor have enhanced the camera’s image processing performance over the 5D Mark II, significantly reducing moir‚ and color artifacts in scenes with horizontal lines. The video footage produced will exhibit less moir‚ than seen in previous DSLR models, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. Accommodating documentary filmmakers, and event videographers using EOS DSLR cameras, the 5D Mark III includes the ability to record video continuously up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files. Long-form filmmakers will enjoy the camera’s automatic file splitting in combination with the extended memory capacity offered by dual card slots.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III also includes manual audio level control with 64 levels, adjustable both before and during movie recording. There is also an automatic audio level setting, or sound recording can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input. Notably, the EOS 5D Mark III is the first EOS Digital SLR to feature a built-in headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring during video capture.

The full Canon press release can be found here.

Pre order: Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (Body)

Engadget recently posted this news, and since it’s taking place in Hollywood, and it’s from Canon, I think we can safely assume that this is going to be some sort of camera product directed at our industry, and that makes it worthy of posting here.

 click the image to link to the Engadget post.

Billed as an historic global announcement, I gotta believe this is more than a new 5D Mark III or some such. Although, in hindsight, the Canon video DSLRs sure have had a big impact on our industry. Perhaps this could be some new large sensor camcorder, maybe with RAW recording, maybe 4k, who really knows… Just thought I’d get it on the radar. All we know for sure is Canon is announcing something they consider historic on November 3rd in Hollywood.

Let’s not forget to factor Canon’s recent digital cinema PL-mount lens announcements (thanks Adam Oas for the nudge)!

I admit this is far from comprehensive, but I still find it interesting. A bunch of Boston area shooters got together for an informal look at how lenses of different costs (ranging from $450-$18K) looked on the same camera (a Panasonic AF-100) in the same scene. Here’s the unscientific results.


There’s also a Behind-The-Scenes piece. Enjoy!

Here’s a link to Benjamin Eckstein’s blog with the full write up.

I’ve been using a really cool new app for iOS devices called Acquire For Photoshop. It’s a really simple idea, elegantly executed.

You know those cool, but often pricey Eye-Fi cards you can buy for your digital camera, that transmit photos you’ve to your computer over Wifi? Well, think of that same concept for your iOS device.

Acquire For Photoshop allows you to snap a photo on your iOS device and immediately transmit it into Photoshop CS 5 or later for further cropping, retouching, whatever. It is a simple idea and it just works. Created by Flying Car Inc. Just $1.99 in the iTunes store.

Disclosure: I was provided with reviewer’s access to this app a week or so before it was released. I have known one of the developers, Brian Maffitt, for years, and consider him a friend. Having said that, friendship does not guarantee a positive review. Most importantly: I have no financial relationship with this whatsoever.

Zacuto has posted Episode 2 of their most excellent “Great Camera Shootout” for 2011 series. If you want to be educated on how the range of digital camera acquisition options stack up and compare in a series of excruciatingly well-designed tests, this is really a great resource.

Dim the lights, enable HD, and fullscreen it.

Click the image below to view on the Zacuto site:
Cam Shootout
And in case you missed part one, make sure you start here:
Cam shootout 1

Zacuto has posted Episode 2 of their most excellent “Great Camera Shootout” for 2011 series. If you want to be educated on how the range of digital camera acquisition options stack up and compare in a series of excruciatingly well-designed tests, this is the place.
Click the image below to view on the Zacuto site:

Cam Shootout

And in case you missed part one, make sure you start here:
Cam shootout 1