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Canon 5D Mark III Custom Camera Kit with Canon 16-35mm f2.8L USM Lens ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐📍

May 24, 2013

Creation of a High Quality Digital SLR imaging kit. At the request of our readers, this article discusses the assembly of a modest budget, however, high quality Digital Kit. Periodically (18 months for Cameras, 36 months for Lenses) we turnover all of our photographic equipment.

This article includes our reasoning for selecting the major components, and optional extras that are availble as of mid-Year, 2013. The graphics below are abstracts of the actual order we placed with B&H Photo-Video, 420 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY, 10001, this is one of our favorite and reliable authorized Canon Dealers.

✔ Canon 5D Mark III Camera “Kit” with the Canon 16-35mm f2.8L USM lens. We needed a wider-range zoom for our local needs, therefore, we sold the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS kit lens on eBay to another photographer, and bought Canon 16-35mm f2.8L lens. We intend to add Canon 24-70mm 2.8L and Canon 28-300mm f3.5-f5.6L IS lens to the overall kit later this year. Depending on the timing, if Canon releases a new 100-400mm f4L IS USM lens in 2013 we may add this lens to the kit instead of the 28-300mm L Lens.

✔ To accommodate this requirement of obtaining a wider-zoom lens, the 24-105mm f4L IS lens that was packaged with the 5D3, was sold on eBay for $700 net, to another photographer. With this credit we purchase Canon 16-35mm f2.8L lens for $1,400 which required an additional $700 for this “lens-swap.” This brings the overall Kit price up to $6600.

✔ Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera Kit includes Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF. B&H #CAE5D324105 • Mfr #5260B009. Price: $4,099. 🔷 This camera may be purchased as a kit with the famous 24-105mm IS f/4L lens. The 5D3 body-only now sells for $3,599 and the kit sells for $4,099, (as of 5/24/2013) the lens-cost portion of the kit price is $500. As the 24-105mm lens purchased separately is priced at $1,150, Canon packaging the 5D3 with this kit lens is clearly providing a savings of $650. Conclusion, this 24-105mm lens is an excellent Canon “L’ lens, therefore unless you already own this lens, buy the Kit, and save a real $650. Do not be tempted to buy cheeper after-market lenses; always buy the very Best New Model genuine Canon “L” lenses.

✔ For those that want to buy only the core camera kit containing Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera, here are the components which total about $6,300 as of 5/24/2013:

Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera, (body-only): $3,599.

Canon 16-35mm f2.8L USM lens: $1,499.

Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT $559.

Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D3: $275.

Novoflex Flash Grip Flash Bracket: $195.

Canon LP-E6 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery 3 Packs: $177.00

✔ We have been putting the 5D3 through its paces over the past 8 Weeks.. Canon really performs. The colors with or without flash are beautifully natural. After many weeks of testing and will publish so images and video clips, check back. Its been several months now… We love this Kit.

✔ Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT. B&H #CA600EX • Mfr #5296B002. Price: $559.00 🔷 This is presently Canon’s best shoe-mount flash. Having a $6000 kit, choose the very best flash, as it’s a very important component in candid event photogrphy. Do not be tempted to skimp $200 by buying the “el cheepo” after-market flash. This Canon 600EX flash is large, heavy, but its the best of the best, and has to power to broadcast light using a 200mm telephoto lens.

✔ Canon Speedlite 270EX II USA B&H #CA270EX2 • Mfr #5247B002: Price: $149.00 🔷 This is a valued addition to the kit, as the Canon 5D3 SLR does not have a “pop-up” flash. The 270EX2 is currently the newest model, is ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight 5.5oz, high-performance flash unit, guide number of 72, about twice the power of the pop-up flash of the Canon 7D. Install it onto the 5D3 flash-shoe, and leave it there. If you need flash or fill-flash in out-door settings, simply turn it on, and you are all ready to shoot. If you need more power or for extended shooting, take off the 270EX2 and install the Canon 600EX.

✔ Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip for 5D Mark III Camera B&H #CABGE11 • Mfr #5261B001. Price: $275.00 🔷 Two primary reasons for having this Grip. Firstly, this high quality grip provides for two Batteries to power the camera, raising the 5D3 exposure count to about 1000 shots, unless you are in cold ambient temperatures below say 45˚F, where the shot count will decrease to 600 exposures. Secondly, for capturing images in portrait orientation, this Canon Grip offeres a duplicate of the control dial and buttons. If you desire to shoot candids in “stealth mode” meaning you do not want to draw attention to your shooting, take off the grip, and you will “blend” better as a tourist, rather than a photojournalist.

✔ Sony ECM-CG50 Pro Shotgun Microphone B&H #SOECMCG50BP • Mfr #ECM-CG50BP. Price: $179.00 🔷 The 5D3 is an exceptional High Definition, HDTV video device; a very important component in Videography is Sound. This line of SONY shotgun mics are very directional and effective in shielding away left, right, and rear ambient audio noise. It would be a shame to shoot amazing HDTV video clips, with modest audio.

✔ We added the Sanken WM-1 which is a {$40} fine accustical foam windscreen which slips over the CG50BP shotgun microphone perfectly. The windscreen reduces noise caused by wind and is an ideal solution for outdoor use. For high wind conditions, the Sony ECM-CG50 Pro Shotgun Microphone is packagd with a cat-tail slip-on wind-screen.

✔ Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3.0x for 3.2″ Screens B&H #ZAZFINDPRO33 • Mfr #Z-FIND-PRO332. Price: $369.00 🔷 Another component add-on to the 5D3 for Videogrphy. This device-package has a bracket that mounts under the camera using the camerfas tri-pod screw terminal. The bracket is used to hold the Zacuto Finder, firmly to the camera’s rear 3.2″ LCD display. This view-finder gives the photographer an eye-cup and focal device to see with incredible detail whatevere is displayed on the rear-display. Nothing screams “amateur” louder than a photographer holding his 5D3 at arm’s length, visualizing the video being displayed on the rear display. With this view-finder, the camera is softly held onto your head with eye-cup, offering a third point of steadying the camerea. At arms length, the camera and lens are very shakey at best. This view-finder really transforms your 5D3 into a high quality Video Camera. Pop the view-finder off the bracket, and you have one of the best Still Image cameras. Adding this device adds 10% to the cost of the kit, but doubles the imaging capabilities.

✔ Zacuto Z-Finder 3.2″ Mount Frame for Small DSLR Cameras from Zacuto is a frame for DSLR camera bodies with 3.2″ LCD screens, when also using a battery grip, ($99.75 optionl extra). The 3.2″ Z-Finder aircraft aluminum frame must be used in conjunction with the DSLR Gorilla Plate, included with all Pro Z-finders. The frame attaches to the Gorilla Plate with two included thumb screws and then the Gorilla plate is attached to the bottom of your camera. The frame has a rubber coating on the back which stays against the LCD screen with pressure, without damaging the camera body or leaving any residue. The other side of the frame provides a snap-on connection between it and the Z-Finder. The Z-Finder snaps into the frame and can quickly snap off for going between video and photos. To release the frame from your camera, you can un-do the thumb screws and slide the frame off. This frame can also attach to a Zacuto DSLR Baseplate. Fits DSLR with 3.2″ LCD & Battery Grip. This frame is designed for use with DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D Mark III and Nikon D800 with an attached battery grip.

✔ Novoflex Flash Grip Flash Bracket with Strap & Ballhead B&H #NOFB • Mfr #FLASH GRIFF: Price: $195.99. Novoflex is a high quality grip-flash-bracket. I mound this to the Camera, and leave it there all the time, with the foam covered shaft to the left-side of the camera. I usually screw another foam covered shaft onto the right side of the bracket, as the base place is 1/4″ threaded on both ends; this gives camera good griping and left-right-bottom protection from dings due to the elements out on job-sites. On top of this Flash Grip Bracket is a male 1/4″ threaded post for holding the SONY microphone, as the 270EX flash is mounted onto the camera’s flash-shoe.

✔ Canon LP-E6 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1800mAh) B&H #CALPE6 • Mfr #3347B001. Qty: 3Price: $59.00. Item Total: $177.00 🔷 As the battery grip houses 2 Canon liOn batteries, the camera is packaged with one; adding 3 more gives us two set of 2 batteries for the grip, capable of shooting 2000 shots and images withjout having to worry about charging. Note, do NOT buy/use non-Canon LiON batteries. If after-market batteries are used in your new Canon 5D3, and the batteries fail, cause damaging pulse power, leak, or explode in the camera, your Canon Camera Warrenty is VOID. Saving $25/battery sounds intuitively good… but this may Void your Canon 1-year Camera Warrenty.

✔ Vello Bounce Dome (Diffuser) for Canon 270EX/270EX II Speedlight B&H #VEBDC270 • Mfr #BD-C270 Qty: 1: Price: $10.50. ✔ Sto-Fen OM-ET Omni-Bounce for Canon 600EX-RT B&H #STOBC600EXRT • Mfr #OM-ET Qty: 1 Price: $9.99 🔷 These items are translucent-opaque polyethlene covers that slip onto the Canon Speedlits offering a very pleasing diffusion of flash light. A $10 item that makes for professional looking soft-flash images.

✔ Energizer AA Lithium Batteries (4 Pack) B&H #ENAALA4 • Mfr #EA91BP-4 Qty: 2: Price: $7.00. Item Total: $14.00. Many are not aware of this Lithium AA batteries, not rechargable. Although they cost $1.75 each, they have 700% of the power of any other AA Alkaline battery. For example, for the SONY mic, above, the specs state 200 hours operation (or 40 five-hour day shoots) with standard alkaline AA batteries; using these Lithium batteries the useful life is extended to 1400 hours, (or 280 five-hour shoots). Similar enhanced power performance for both the Canon speedlites, 7x the number of flashes, less battery changing while on the job-site.

✔ Canon LC-E6 Battery Charger B&H #CALCE6 • Mfr #3348B001. Price: $54.95 🔷 With a 4 Lion Battery kit, having this 2nd charger makes it possible to charge a pair of these batteries at one time; The Camera comes with this same charger.

✔ General Brand Gaffer Cloth Tape – Matte Black (2.0″ x 30 yds) B&H #GBGT30B • Mfr #001UPCG230MBLA1. Price: $14.49 🔷 Wondering what’s with the Gaffer’s tape. We fully test the entire kit once it arrives; if there are any returns, we want anything that need replacement, replaced; once we are good with the Camera kit, I carefully apply this non-reflective tape on many of the Camera’s surfaces, to protect the camera’s body from potential “nicks and sacratches” with normal use. This same tape is applied to the lens-shade of the Lens, and onto the body of the 600EX flash, to prevent scuffing and scratching of the poly-carbonite enclosure.

Equipment Total: 🔷$5,860.41. Next Day Air Shipping: 🔷 $139.30. Total Delivered Price: 🔷 $5,999.71

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