I know what you're thinking. I am too: "Oh no, a camera test with no story!" Sorry, I had to. I mostly shoot video on the Canon Cinema EOS C300 now, but while I was traveling recently I didn't take it. I took the 5D Mark 3 with me, mostly for stills. While traveling (and shortly after I returned home) I also shot a few seconds here and there of video with no planning at all, just to test. The subjects were at least interesting, so I figured I'd share them. And of note - most are wide angle shots where these cameras tend NOT to do so well. (The last shot is a face, which aside from CS6's warp stabilizer malfunction looks pretty nice; and where these cameras can shine.)

There's NO story here, just a sharing of some shots.

Camera - 5D Mark III
Lenses - Mostly the 24-105 F4L IS.
Music - Sara Barellies - Yellow

So what do I think? Well, I am very, very impressed with this camera as a stills camera. There's easily 2 more stops of useful range (noise wise), without loss of detail. I can shoot in ISO 6400 now where on the 5D Mark II the same noise and quality would be seen at ISO 1600 (and ISO 400 on a 60D, for example). It's quite stunning, actually, what you can shoot with this camera. The new 60+ point autofocus is amazingly good too. I have gone from maybe 25% keepers to 75%, and it tracks very well, and in low light.

There are more improvements but that's the gist of it, essentially for stills.

For video, well, you are seeing here nearly the entirety of video I have ever shot with it, crazy pans (rolling shutter tests) and all. I purchased the 5D3 as a stills camera, and I'll only be using it as a backup to the C300 and perhaps as a B cam for close up shots. Maybe I'll use it when that creamy full-frame look is necessary as well. So it follows then that I needed to test it a wee bit to see how it looked.

These shots were all handheld. I used a cheap LCW fader filter on them. I shot in a neutral picture profile as I had nothing else loaded on the camera. I applied Adobe CS6's Warp Stabilizer to all shots. Notice it failed on the last shot as the camera moved vertically too much (it was a big move) but I wanted you to see how Warp Stabilizer can look when it's pushed too far so I left the shot in as is.

I lightly color corrected in Colorista II to maximize contrast, adding some saturation, and applied a vignette here and there with Magic Bullet Looks. That's all.

The Boston shot was at 2X telephoto on a very cold day so there was some heat distortion.

Oh there is one more thing - I added sharpening in post. I shot at zero sharpening but added anywhere from 15-35 sharpening in Premiere Pro CS6 in the edit. Sometimes this sharpening works well. Sometimes it's too much. In general I can say you can get away with using it without too false-looking of an image but it's not an amazing solution to what is generally a soft-looking camera (video-wise).

Is the softness bad? Not necessarily. the 5D2 was as soft (but riddled with Moire, which you will rarely see in these shots, if at all). Some people like that kind of soft, analog looking image. It can look quite filmic on faces in particular. It has it's place, and I probably will use it at some point especially for faces. But for the rest, and for flexibility, the C300 has my vote.

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