Does the 5D Mark iii have a strong AA filter?

The 7D is often criticized for it’s soft image quality, often the blame is attributed to a strong AA filter that creates a blurry quality affecting sharpness and micro contrast. However I can’t help but notice that the sample shot’s for the 5Diii Canon has provided also share a striking resemblance to the sample shot’s of the 7D?

Below is what I mean…

5D Mark iii soft

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To see for yourself, samples can be download here and here.

Apart from the issues with sharpness and micro contrast, from the Canon samples, it also seems like the 5Diii smudges fine detail even at low ISO’s, at high ISO’s the 5Diii seems to obliterate fine detail. This is not what I had in mind with regards to 2 stops of ISO improvement.

Here is a low ISO sample…