Last Saturday was the first time in years that I did not grab a 5D Mark II to shoot an event. It was a little sad to leave my trusty old friends behind, but very exciting to replace them with a couple of the new 5D Mark III bodies. Was there a little apprehension shooting with a new camera, sporting a different focus system, different user interface, new buttons, and new modes? Heck yeah. But like any good photographer, I spent some time with the camera in the days leading up to the Bat Mitzvah and even brought the manual with me.
I had a good laugh, thinking about the family meeting their photographer as he reads the manual to his new camera. That probably would not instill a whole lot of confidence in them. :) But I brought it just in case.
So...how did it go, you ask? Well...I can tell you that it was an amazing first run.
Lets start with the new focus system. I have yet to learn it inside and out, but I did find that it was dead on. I had very few images that were not tack sharp. I did notice that the center focus point, which always lit up on the Mark II when it achieved focus, did not always light up on the Mark III. I may have to call my friends at Canon to find out what this is all about. But, regardless, it was focusing where I wanted and worked great.
After a very long day (7:30am until 1:30am) with almost no down time, and 2200 images captured, I would have to say that I am thrilled with the new cameras. Sure, I know that the camera is just a tool that we use to create our art, but having the best tools available really does make a difference!