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Accessories for the Canon 5D Mark III

By Charlotte Lowrie

Getting a great camera like the Canon 5D Mark III is the first step in building a camera system that moves easily among the different subjects that you routinely photograph. But you also need to round out the system with accessories--either by upgrading existing accessories or getting the new ones that are compatible with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

Here are some of the accessories that I use with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. My photography is primarily nature and portraiture, so the following accessories are biased toward those kinds of subjects.

My Top Recommendations for the EOS 5D Mark III

The Canon EOS 5D
Mark III
Field Guide, of course.

Spare battery

SanDisk SD card

SanDisk SDXC card

Canon BG-E11
Battery Grip

EF 100mm f/2.8L IS
Macro lens

Canon EF 24-70mm
f/2.8L IS USM lens

Canon EF 70-200mm
f/2.8L IS II lens

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II.
A wish-list item.

Canon Speedlite EX-RT

Canon Speedlite
Transmitter ST-E3-RT

Gitzo Carbon Fiber

I'm also intrigued by the newest Canon prime lens, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. While the majority of photographers carry zoom lenses, I am a prime lens fan for their great sharpness and light weight. And this 40mm prime is a good focal length for portraits, street shooting locally or while traveling, and for still life and product shooting. This diminutive lens is only 1-inch long, and at $199, it's one of Canon's most affordable lenses. It also features 7 blades, so the bokeh should be pleasing. This lens is also optimized for video shooting on the new Rebel T4i with what smooth, quiet focusing. The EF 40mm STM is definitely worth a test drive on the 5D Mark III.

I've used the new Speedlite 600 EX-RT with and without the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT and both are exceptional performers. As I have time, I'll write a separate article on these two system components. The radio control is amazing since you can place the flash unit out of site of the camera, for example, behind a store product display, and fire it using the ST-E3-RT without a hiccup. I plan to begin selling my 500 EX Speedlites to help finance new 600 EX-RT units.

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About the author: Charlotte Lowrie is an award-winning freelance journalist and photographer based in Seattle. She is the author of 17 photography books, numerous magazine articles, and she teaches photography classes at BetterPhoto.com.

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