canon 5d mark iii: game changer / by Maranie Staab

well, I'm out my right arm and my proverbial first born child, but my canon 5d mark iii arrived today and i think i just may be in love.

i am not usually one to post about purchases or the like, but after having finally talked myself into biting the bullet i can't help but share. following the very solid advice from friends and fellow photographers I have spent the past year investing first in glass (i.e. spending money on quality lenses before upgrading the camera body) and have been fortunate enough to be able to acquire the 24-70mm/2.8, the 70-200mm/2.8 and the 50mm/1.4 lenses. with these three lenses in my bag i felt as though i was finally ready to begin considering an upgrade to my camera body. 

there is rarely a "perfect" time to make such a purchase, but with an impending (photography centered) trip to uganda and a valid credit card it only took a week and change to convince myself that now was as good as a time as ever to take the plunge. so, last week, with the final push given by a good friend and fellow photog i clicked "buy" and the deed was done. as is always the case with such a purchase, i immediately felt a rush of relief and excitement; i was already happier than a kid on christmas morning and i hadn't even yet received my new "toy." 

i picked the box up from fedex earlier today and have admittedly spent much of the day in complete awe of this incredible camera. it's hard to articulate just how much of an upgrade this is from my previous camera body. i was previously shooting on a crop sensor 550d and using several very nice lenses; not a bad camera or setup at all, but between the full frame sensor, incredible ISO capabilities, and unmatched image quality the 5d miii is simply a game changer.

i look forward to spending the time between now and departure working towards familiarizing myself with this machine; in just a few short days i will be taking it with me to africa and (hopefully) justifying every penny spent by being able to capture images that tell the stories of those we work with, encounter and serve.