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Official White House photographer Pete Souza posts Canon EOS 5D Mark III picture to Flickr (updated)  
Sunday, June 24, 2012 | by Rob Galbraith
The great majority of photographs captured of U.S. president Barack Obama, by his official photographer Pete Souza, have been taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. The same is true of other members of the White House photo team; the all-Canon crew have used mainly that camera, the EOS 5D or the EOS-1Ds Mark III since Obama took office in January 2009. Late last week, Souza signaled that he has recently been giving the EOS 5D Mark III a whirl, when a picture shot with Canon's new 22.12 million image pixel digital SLR showed up in the White House's Flickr photostream.

For the picture, which was taken on June 21, 2012 inside the White House's Roosevelt Room, Souza set the 5D Mark III to ISO 1600, 1/125 and f/3.2. On the front of the camera was Souza's most-used lens, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L. (Scanning the EXIF info for his White House work over the last couple of years, it's obvious he favours this lens over all others, and prefers fast-aperture primes over zooms generally.)

The picture is below. Click on it to see a 1280-pixel version, or view the 4096-pixel "Original" size on Flickr. Since the improved high ISO image quality of the 5D Mark III, and its impressively-quiet Silent Shooting mode, would seem to make it a step up from the 5D Mark II for the task of unobtrusively covering the president, we anticipate seeing more of Souza's photographs shot with the new camera in the months ahead.

Face to Face: U.S. President Barack Obama drops by a meeting between National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz of Israel, third from left, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, June 21, 2012. Taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III + EF 35mm f/1.4L, ISO 1600, 1/125, f/3.2. Click to enlarge. View a higher-resolution version here (Photo by Pete Souza/The White House)

The White House's photostream on Flickr is comprised of over 4100 pictures snapped by official photographers Souza, Lawrence Jackson, David Lienemann, Chuck Kennedy, Samantha Appleton (who has since left her position at the White House) and Sonya N. Hebert (who replaced Appleton earlier this year) of both Barack and Michelle Obama, U.S. vice president Joe Biden as well as the general goings-on at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. The collection is overflowing with strong moments, both large and small. Most have been uploaded to Flickr at a resolution of about 11.2-megapixels, including one of the most-viewed photos ever to appear on the site.

Back in March 2012, another photo by Souza and shot with the 5D Mark III made it to Flickr.

Update, June 28, 2012: The latest White House upload to Flickr is another 5D Mark III photo shot by Souza.

Revision History
June 24, 2012: Corrected a headline error, incorporated a reference to an earlier 5D Mark III photo by Souza and added David Lienemann to the list of White House photographers.
June 28, 2012: Added a new link to a 5D Mark III photo by Souza on Flickr.
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