- Canon EOS 5D Mark III 22.3 MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera 24-105mm Lens Kit
- Canon EF 50mm F/1.8 II Standard Auto Focus Lens
- 2x Sandisk 64GB Ultra SDXC Card
- LP-E6 Battery for Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 7D and 60D
-52mm Multicoated UV Protective Filter--offers lens protection & clearer pictures
- 77mm UV Protective Filter
- Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag - DP5500
First I have to say that I'm not a Nikon Fan Boy - I shot with Nikon, recently moved to Canon and like it better. Now with that disclosure...
It seems that the price on the MK III is dropping pretty fast. It's been out 3 months and I've seen it on sale for $3150 from Microcenter (damn the taxes in CA), Beach Camera had the 5D kit with 580EX II Flash for $4200 - basically a free flash and just today I watched a brand new kit sell on eBay auctions for $3950.
I think Canon users are sending a message - A. we want more megapixels i.e. Nikon's D800 and B. we aren't paying $1500 for more focal points, a modernized focusing system and a couple stops of ISO.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if Canon matches Nikon's pricing of $3000 sooner than later. I'm starting to think Canon is purposely trying to create scarcity of their MK III camera just to make it look like it's competitive with the D800.
With that said. The hunt continues for a good price on the MK III = sub $3000.
It seems that the price on the MK III is dropping pretty fast. It's been out 3 months and I've seen it on sale for $3150 from Microcenter (damn the taxes in CA), Beach Camera had the 5D kit with 580EX II Flash for $4200 - basically a free flash and just today I watched a brand new kit sell on eBay auctions for $3950...
Are you sure that Microcenter deal wasn't bogus? I got the impression that Canon shut that down and no one got that deal. I think it gives a good idea of where prices will settle out when the newness wears off though. It's pretty clear that Canon is holding dealers' feet to the fire to keep that $3499 price the norm.
I don't know that I care for more megapixels. I might if Canons could do the center of the frame crop trick using EF-S lenses like Nikon can, but Canons can't because the EF-S lenses would get hit by the mirror on the full frame cameras.
The extra data just fills up your hard drive and memory cards. I can't remember the last time one of my photos ended up on a billboard (i.e., never), and that's about the only reason I can think of that I would need 36 megapixels - and then only if people stood really close to the billboard to examine the shot. It might be nice to have if your lenses can resolve enough detail for you to crop tiny sections out of a bad picture to make good ones, but hopefully I can compose well enough that I don't need to do that.
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