Excerpt: With the exception of medium-format digital backs, nothing comes close to the 21.1-megapixel EOS-1DS Mk III in terms of resolution. Aimed at pros looking for the ultimate image quality in a compact body and boasting a full-frame sensor, it’s a versatile and highly capable model. Daniel Lezano discovers if it’s worth its £8,000 price tag Handling & ease of use: This heavyweight beast is made to keep going even when it's treated roughly.
Conclusion: Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR camera Canon started from scratch with the Mark III. And that is obvious with the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. It is much more than a Mark II with a new image sensor. There has been thorough thought about the whole camera and the entire structure has been altered without making the photographer used to working with a Canon EOS-1 lose his way. A huge achievement and it shows what the Canon design department is capable of.
Excerpt: What does it take to be the best? In comparing DSLRs, the answer is incredible image quality and performance. Especially for pros, it also takes a nearly unbreakable camera body, long-lasting battery, and a wide range of accessories to ensure that you don't miss the critical shot. Is all of this worth $8,000 (street) for the camera body alone? Canon hopes that enough pros will think so once they discover the capabilities of its new 21.1MP EOS-1Ds Mark III.
Conclusion: The EOS 1Ds Mark III is a remarkable display of engineering prowess. Do you need a weatherproofed camera that is strong enough to drive nails while producing the world's best image quality? If so, the 1Ds is a bargain. If not, the Canon EOS 5D , ( compare prices ) ( review ) is a better value. I never wanted a 1Ds. Now I do. But probably I'll wait for the revision of the EOS 5D.
Conclusion: First an apology; the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III arrived in our office well over eight months ago (when we were 'between studios') and, though we've been using it regularly every since, the avalanche of digital SLRs that arrived in January caused this review to be bumped down the queue so often that it started to develop a persecution complex.
Pros: Significant upgrade to the Mark II that improves almost every area of performance without 'reinventing the wheel', Better ISO button placement, new joystick, new AF point selection method, ISO in the viewfinder; all help faster more intuitive operation and mean you less often have to take your eye away from the viewfinder., Superb resolution and pixel level detail, noticeably better than the Mark II (especially in JPEG) - simply stunning output when used at low ISOs w...
Cons: Edge softness / chromatic aberrations with wide angle lenses, needs good glass, Overall softness that means images need more sharpening than you might expect; we'd prefer an even lighter Low Pass Filter., No autofocus of any kind in live view mode, No built-in wireless flash (needs ST-E2 transmitter), Mirror up implementation still far from ideal, Higher resolution screen would be nice, As would the ability to select any of the AF points, not just the 19 'primary' poi...
Canon EOS-1DS Mark III Professional 21.1 Megapixel SLR
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25 March 2008
Excerpt: The Canon EOS-IDS Mark III is a SLR camera for professionals. Combined with discounts, and favors due me, it still cost around $8,000. The digital compatible lenses are not included in the purchase price. There is a video cable, USB cable, lens cap and neck strap. The selling feature any professional looks for in a SLR is sturdiness and pristine pictures. This SLR camera is ready for any camera shoot.
Excerpt: Like other professional DSLRs, notably previous EOS 1Ds models and Nikon's D2x/D3, the EOS 1Ds Mk III is much taller than the average digital SLR. A big, fat battery housing sits in the base of the body, and this also allows space for an additional, vertical shutter release.
Conclusion: 2. Autofocus speed and accuracy including servo tracking are significantly improved in the Mark III camera. If you shoot action, the Mark III will give you more keepers than the Mark II. 3. Speed of image processing and file writing are blazingly fast with the Mark III. You can fire a burst of exposures, and they are almost instantly available to review. Buffer clears rapidly. This is a major improvement over the Mark II 4.