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#1 FF1024


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Posted 16 October 2013 - 06:56 PM

Anyone have any feedback from using the mark ii vs the mark iii? Thinking of upgrading.

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Posted 16 October 2013 - 09:07 PM

I did the upgrade, IQ wise, not a huge diff, but usability of the body, the fantastic AF...I have no regrets.  It's a true shooter's dream.




p.s.  I waited a year before I upgraded...

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:24 AM

i held off upgrading for quite a while.  I figured that the changes didn't warrant an upgrade.  However, once I did upgrade I wondered why I didn't do so earlier.  As Stewart says the camera is a dream to use.  Focusing is fabulous.  IQ wise, I found that it is a pleasant incremental improvement.  Overall it is a wonderful camera and I don't think you would regret the upgrade.

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 04:27 AM

Anyone have any feedback from using the mark ii vs the mark iii? Thinking of upgrading.

I have had two Mark IIs before finally making my decision for Mark III.

Mark II is an incrementally improved over Mark I but the build quality, dust in OVF and on sensor remained the same. I happened to have a Sony A850 which is in many ways better than Mark II


However, Mark III changes everything. It has much better build quality, lightening fast AF and is a great gear for shooting underwater. 

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 11:24 AM

I was kind of slow to embrace this camera, only because I was so happy with the combination of the Canon MKIV and 1DsMKIII that fit into my same SEACAM housing.  I liked the combination of full frame and 1.3 crop, and wasn't sure I wanted to go back to full frame only.  However, the image quality and color rendition and ergonomics of this camera are so good, I'm glad to have now nearly fully migrated.  If I need an ultra-fast motor drive I'll still go to the MKIV, or maybe use it for marine mammals or big sharks that work well with the 8-15 Canon fisheye zoom.  But, the 5DMKIII is a step up in both AF and IQ.  The IQ in the 1DsMKIII is still pretty remarkable for the age of the camera, but the speed of writing to buffer is another huge advantage to 5DMKIII.  I just came back from the Solomons shooting only the 5DMkIII UW, and was very pleased.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:40 AM

I shot the Mk II since it first came out. Nice camera, but not too great of autofocus (especially in low light).


When the Mk III came out, I went and tried one. AWESOME.  The AF points were expanded, the low light ability is fantastic (I love a lot of macro with snoots, and this camera fills the bill).

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 01:25 PM

dpaustex, which housing are you using for your Mark iii?  I saw that you were selling the Ikelite housing and wondered what you upgraded to.  I am thinking about trying a Hugyfot or going with Aquatica.  I already have some Aquatica housings which are great, but I have heard really good things about the Hugyfots as well.

Edited by diverdoug1, 12 April 2014 - 07:38 AM.

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 02:13 AM

If you want to upgrade - then you should upgrade to Canon 6D instead of 5d Mark III - in my opinion it has better price value and better low light sensivity!


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Posted 05 August 2014 - 03:53 PM

Hi all,
Chiming in a bit late on this thread... I moved from a Canon 550D (S&S housing) to the 5Dmk3 with the Hugyfot housing recently.
Regarding the camera, I confirmed what the others said earlier, the autofocus is extremely fast and manage to lock-in accurately in very low light and with fast moving critters. The IQ is really good IMHO, but then again I moved from the 550D so not sure how it compares to the 5Dmk2. I am also very happy with the video mode, and find it very easy to switch back/forth from shooting to recording. In that regard, it is quite cumbersome to set the manual white balance, which is a bit of a drawback as I usually do that many times when recording videos during multilevel dives. The programmable shooting modes are a great feature, I recorded a setting for macro, wide-angle, and video and I end up only using these ones in the last couple of months.
I am very happy with the Hugyfot housing for the 5Dmk3. First the people at Hugyfot EU and the local dealer in Australia were very helpful during my decision process, they answered promptly lots of my emails, giving details and options for what I wanted to get. So even before buying the housing I was already very pleased with the manufacturer and local dealer support for the product. The housing itself feels sturdy, I like the fact that the vacuum leak detector is included by default (so no extra $$ to add it) and given the price of the camera and attached lens I feel less nervous when getting in the water. The housing controls are at the same position as one the camera's body, I know some people like housing which ergonomic re-routed controls, but I prefer to have them in their original place as this is what I am used to when using the camera out of the water. The entire setup is a bit heavy out of the water when doing shore dives with long walks, but I guess that would be the same with most other housings for this camera.
If you would like to look as some samples from my 5Dmk3 + Hugyfot setup:
- here is a video I recorded last month with the Canon 8-15mm Fisheye:
- photos with the Canon 100mm Macro: http://inbetweendive...ry?s=2014-05-10
- photos with the Canon 16-35mm Wide Angle: http://inbetweendive...ry?s=2014-07-27

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Posted 14 August 2014 - 09:58 AM

Hi Thierry !


What ports are you using with the 8-15, 16-35 and 100mm ? Have you been happy with the optical quality of the ports?


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Posted 07 September 2014 - 06:25 AM

Hi everyone! I recently made the decision to upgrade to the Canon 5D as my current camera, the Olympus E-330 is now (way) out of date. I was wondering is anyone has any suggestions on lenses to get. I was thinking of starting off with the basics of a standard zoom, fisheye, and macro. Of these I was looking at the 24-105mm thats comes with the camera/lens kit, 15mm fisheye, and 50mm compact macro. Curious to see what other UW photographers think since with all the choices, I am since Olympus had a much limited selection when I bought the camera. 



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Posted 07 September 2014 - 11:06 AM

Hi Shelle,

If I was going to house a 5D MK III today I'd start with the Canon 8-15mm L fisheye zoom and a 100mm L macro lens.  If I still had any money left over I'd find a way to pick up the new 16-35mm f/4L.  




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Posted 07 September 2014 - 04:48 PM

Thanks for your input Steve! I was eyeing up the 8-15mm zoom fisheye and the 16-35mm as well. I guess I am on the right track then. Just trying to figure out the most bang for my buck.