So many similarities with Canon 1d X in terms of sensor and video codec, that buyers of the Canon ID X are going to feel overcharged by Canon once again. Owning both I can say there are a few things I miss on the 5d III. First you'll need about 4 more batteries in the 5d, they drain fast in liveview mode. If you have big hands you'll miss the bigger grip of the 1d series, so an extra battery pack will make it more familiar. But less weight is nice, especially if you plan on using a jib or hexacopter. Lightness is also a plus especially if you need to lug around back up cameras on commercial jobs. Don't go out in the rain with this camera, in that respect it is not a Pro camera. It also does not truthfully have the "feel" of a Canon Pro series camera. But your paying less than half for something that functionally is very close. The HDR spits out a good jpeg approximation quickly, so you can adjust the bracket there and then, and saves the 3 images as RAW for work later. Cannot speak about AF as only use manual prime lenses. Firmware update promised by Canon in April 2013 for clean(ish) HTML video out at 4:2:2 will really up the video quality. For video, hold off on buying many CF cards, put the money into an external recorder with built in monitor. Large Canon bayonet mount will let you use a whole lot of new sharp/sharp old lenses with adapters. Cannot speak of 5d III chromatic aberation problem software fix available on this camera as I got rid of my canon lenses, in my opinion they're just so bad at the edges on wide zooms. If you own Canon wide zooms with lousy edges this fix feature may be worth the price of not replacing the glass. There is really very, very little to complain about in the 5d, except that the CF access on the edge of the camera is a bit fiddly. If you can still get the special purchase price at Walmart, get the camera now. If you can't afford it now, save up until you can. Buying lesser models to save money is foolish when you're offered almost a 1d X at half the price.
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