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May 20, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Client: Photo Pro Magazine
Location: London Road Stadium, Peterborough

 

Recently I had the opportunity to indulge in not one, but two of my passions - photography and football! As part of a feature for Photo Professional magazine, I was among the first journalists in the UK to get my sweaty hands on the new Canon EOS 5D MkIII.

The 5D Mk3 has been long overdue. Don't get me wrong, the 5D2 is, for most photographers, all the camera you will ever need, but this fantastic bit of kit falls down when it comes to action. A lazy autofocus and an even slower frames per second rate meant that the 5D2 was suitable more for landscape and wedding photographers.

Fast forward to the new mark three and things have changed! A brand new autofocus system has opened this camera up to a whole new sector of potential customers and with the frames per second rate increasing too, the 5D3 is a serious contender for 'togs who may be weighing up swapping their 1D or 7D.

My venue for the test was a Championship football game between Peterborough and West Ham. As it was an evening game, the dodgy floodlights of London Road also tested the low light capabilities of the 5D3 and its vast ISO range.


I won't spoil things, so if you want to read my findings then head down to the shops and buy the latest copy - it's a cracking read! However, I will say that, while the 5D3 is quite a bit more expensive than the 5D2, its performance will blow your mind. I can't sign off without also mentioning that West Ham won the game 2-0!


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