Summary: This is my second 1D Mark III. The first one I received from Amazon, although beyond the registration number from Canon that had problems, it didn't perform well. Out of 1236 test wildlife photos, only about 30 were in focus. I'm no way in the rank and file of a professional photographer, but those percentages were terribly low. I called Canon's technical support, and they very courteous. But I felt cheated that after spending nearly $4000, the camera had issues.
Summary: This is a hand-on impression and not a detailed review. I used the EOS 1D and the EOS 1d Mark IIN before. In addition, I also own a EOS 30D and a EOS 50D. The first good surprise is that this camera is NOT as heavy as you would expect from this bulky size. This is probably, at least in part, due to the fact that the battery is now smaller. Talking of the battery, it's a new generation battery and charger.
Summary: I purchased the Canon 1D Mark III about 1 year ago from Amazon for $4300.00. I liked the feel of the camera and the battery worked great, but the images it took were nowhere near the quality they should have been. The Al Servo focus was absolutely terrible, it couldn't hardly take a clear picture of a flying bird. My 40D worked better for moving objects. Then Canon announced the recall on the Mark III, I sent the camera in, they paid shipping, both ways. WOW!!
Summary: After reading bad reviews on the focus problems with this camera I waited a while to pull the trigger. I shoot sports, equestrian (some indoors), and stage dance. I bought this camera for low light useage, and the superior focus speed. I have not been dissapointed. I use 3200iso when necessary without any worries. My mark3 came from Canon with the latest firmware update already installed. The battery life is incredible, shot 1700 images and still had 40% left.
Summary: Overall this camera is amazing. The only problem is the focus problems that are well documented elsewhere. The mirror fix and firmware upgrade from Canon helped, but there is still a tendency for focus to drift when shooting rapid fire. However, under low light there is not any camera that even comes close to it for quality.
Summary: I had semi-switched from Nikon to Canon with the purchase of this camera. Despite reports over focusing issues, I haven't had any real problems with it. The frame rate and high ISO on it is phenomenal. Anyone whose wanting a pro-caliber camera, this unit and the Nikon D3 are, in my opinion, ought to be the top 2 choices.
Summary: SYNOPSIS I have had this camera for two months and LOVE it! The build quality, colour "truth", speed between frames, and ability to set custom features is remarkable. I am disappointed with the AI Servo reliability but relieved to see that there is a hardware fix. WHAT I HAD Previously I had a Digital Rebel (300D - I know, I know, it's an older camera fraught with slowness and poor colour reliability but I had great lenses and the Rebel served me well) and had used a...
Cannon EOS-1D Mark III - The best digital camera Ive come accross
5 July 2009
Excerpt: In my prestegious efforts to find the best digital cameras on the market, i found many contenders for best, but after alot of research, i concluded that this was the best, and here is why. My old camera is seeing the best of my cupboard nowadays, now that this is within arms reach; I take it everywhere i go and has earned a place in my backpack along with my phone and wallet as the 10.1 mega pixel monster unleashes it's flash with a hearty tone which I find irresistible.