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Canon 5D Mark III

Ergonomics and Usability

These days, DSLRs have ample resolution and generally high image quality. While I have strong preferences for certain aspects of image quality, for many users the ergonomics will outweigh other factors, simply as a practical matter for the way one prefers to shoot, for size/weight, etc.

With a new camera (5D Mark III in this case), I start using it to see if it makes my shooting more efficient (or not) than the previous model (5D Mark II). And whether the “feel” is right. That is so important in a camera, perhaps as important as most everything else these days. Which is why a camera like the Leica M9, despite all its other frustrations, remains an enjoyable and efficient way to work in many situations— the feature set is straightforward and limited in scope.

Every reviewer has a perspective, but to offer that clearly and without hedging or mincing words is perhaps the most valuable way to describe a camera to a prospective user of that camera. I am not a features nerd, I just want a solid and reliable tool.

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Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
  • Save money by choosing the right lens for your needs the first time, particularly some of the new Sigma Art lenses vs Nikon and Canon.
  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
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  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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