CanonRumors.com
is currently totally flooded with traffic right now so you may not be able to read the post, but apparently the Canon 5D Mk3‘s “final leak” is here, just 6-7 days before the official announcement.

Everything you’ve hoped and dreamed for is happening.The 61 point flagship AF, the CF+SD dual card slots, …and WITHOUT a crazy megapixel increase, (21->22) so there will probably be a near-1DX improvement in the ISO performance. All this, for (almost) the same price tag as what the 5D mk1 / mk2 originally sold for…At “about” $3500, this camera is going to FLY off the shelves, for years to come.Also, remember, the economy is terrible right now and the Yen vs USD is not in “our” favor, so over the next 2-3 years there could be a gradual drop of $1000 or so.

 

To my (slight) surprise, some are complaining that it’s NOT ENOUGH of an upgrade to justify the $1100 price increase above the currently $2400 5D mk2.WOW.Complain, complain, complain!All I can say is, compared to what else is out on the market, and what the 5D mk3 can offer, I personally see this as an amazing camera, the camera Canon SHOULD have made 3-4 years ago.

If you’re one of those people who just can’t justify $3500 for a 22 megapixel camera when you can get a 21 megapixel camera for $2400, then yeah, you should either get a 5D mk2, or wait 6-12 months to see if Canon does something in the 30-40 megapixel range.I TOTALLY understand that landscape, architectural, and studio etc. photographers may be PERFECTLY happy with their 5D mk2, and might even decide to buy a 2nd or 3rd camera now that the 5D mk3 may push used 5D mk2 prices down a bit….However for the rest of us, mostly low-light wedding / portrait photographers and photojournalists / videographers, this camera is PERFECT!!!And at $3500, well, it’s a SCREAMING DEAL compared to the 1Ds mk3 or the 1DX, neither of which offer THAT much of an advantage for the “average” photographer, even the average PRO.

It’s kinda funny, actually, how this generation is turning out to be the complete opposite of the new Nikon generation.In the past, Canon was the megapixel king and Nikon “focused” on other things.(no pun intended)Now, Nikon is king of the megapixel hill with the 36 megapixel D800, and has a huge “gap” where the aging 12 megapixel D700 sits, while Canon plays it conservative with the 5D mk3 resolution, and goes for broke with every other feature… Well, such is the ebb and flow of each DSLR generation!I’m sure in 12-24 months, the tide will be turning again.

All in all I’d say it looks like Canon is hitting a home run in 2012.Not exactly enough to get ME to switch from Nikon for my personal work, but at least now it is an equal or better option, depending on what youshoot…I konw the rest of the guys here at the studio are going to be chomping at the bit to get their hands on this camera!!

 

Of course, I keep saying “this is the last leak / rumor before the official announcement!” …and yet, we still haven’t even seen any official image leaks, only the African safari test camera image.So maybe in the next few days we’ll see an official product image leak out, I dunno.If that happens we’ll post it here, and I apologize to those of you rare camera geeks who actually dislike rumors and leaks and things!;-)