Canon 5D Mark III vs T2i/550D Comparison

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Dave Dugdale sent this in a couple of weeks ago (and yes, I'm way behind)… you may be very interested in seeing Dave's comparison… does the Canon Rebel T2i/550D match up to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III? What do you think?

Canon 5D Mark III vs T2i/550D Comparison

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From Dave's post

Before I start shooting with the Canon 5D mark III a lot I wanted to see how it relates to my 2 year old Canon T2i/550D. Several people have been asking me questions if this is something worth the upgrade. Is it really worth $3,000 more?This comparison only has to do with video, Iā€™m really not talking about stills all that much here.Flash1080p MP4720p MP4480p FLV360p FLV360p MP4240p FLVFlash

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  1. If you wanted to be that simple, I suppose you are right but you yourself talked about the ability to change aperture without having to hit two buttons so now we are up to not just one but 2 buttons. You touched on only having to hit one switch for video, now we are up to three buttons. It’s piling up fast. :)

    The full frame sensor gives you a wider shot so that’s another feature. The HDMI is HD while recording and for those who use a monitor a lot it is great for pulling focus and sending out a signal to a director or agency and it does not lag for a full second or two before switching on a DP6. It has a slightly bigger on-camera screen which does help.

    Headphone jack, All-I recording, dual card slots, custom controls, mode lock, dedicated white balance button, weather sealed, time code, rate button to rate certain clips for easier workflow in post. The t2i will overheat way faster than the 5D. I have shot in some pretty hot places and have yet to see that warning light up on the 5D. Superior post sharpening ability. I could go on. :)

    I kept my t2i because I know the video will match up well with my 5D M3 but sometimes you don’t spend money for just “sharpness”, workflow is huge in our industry and saving time in turn makes you a lot more money than the difference in price of these two cameras.

    If you are hobbyist and don’t get paid for your work, get the t2i. If you are a pro and make a living making videos, get the 5D M3. It will make you that money back 10 fold in a short amount of time with the time you will save. Not only that but you will look much cooler holding a 5DM3. :)

  2. Really appreciate the comparison. Run 2 T2is, but get gear-guilt not running a more expensive camera. In editing, largely happy with the T2i footage, like you say – if well lit.

    Will likely still end up with a full-sensor camera one day, just not today…

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