I’ve decided to renew my surf photography efforts this year, using the new Canon 5D Mark III camera as the workhorse. I am having my surf housing retooled to work with this camera, along with the 15mm fisheye and 16-35mm f/2.8 zoom, and will have it fitted with flash capability so I can shoot in the twilight hours (hopefully) when there is some sunrise or sunset color in the sky. My experience with shooting surf is that frame rate is vitally important. In other words, being able to capture 6 or 8 frames in that one second of peak action is crucial, compared to, say, just 2 or 3 frames. My best luck in the past was with the Canon 1D Mark II N, shooting 8 frames per second, but the files were on the small side and do not support the large printing I want to accomplish. I’m gambling that the frame rate of the 5D Mark III, with its 6 frames per second, along with the full frame file size will make it a potent tool for shooting surf in the water.

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