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...
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 ey...
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 transmit...
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.
Excerpt: The super-honcho of DSLRs at 21.1 megapixels, this baby rivals monstrously pricier medium-format digitals in resolution and pummels them with its portability and ease of use. Dual Digic III processors handle the massive load of data collected by the full-frame CMOS sensor, and the resulting images...
Pros: Customizable one-touch menus. Outstanding battery life. Biggest, brightest viewfinder on the market. Internal sensor-cleaning system for speck-free pics.
Cons: No HDMI output. Top speed of five frames per second is pokey for the price. Eight grand for a digital camera? Tough to justify to your spouse.
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.
Excerpt: The first big news in what is promising to be a busy week for camera announcements comes from Canon, who today introduced two new digital SLRs, two new lenses, and a total of six new PowerShot models.
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.
Canon EOS-1DS Mark III Professional 21.1 Megapixel SLR
Personal Electronics buzz
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.
Summary: Canon has done it again with the 1Ds Mk III and I expect that studios across the globe will be ordering them as a matter of course, just for the high resolution. In use it’s a workhorse, and what it lacks in grace and beauty is made up for with its strength and results and what results!
Pros: High resolution, full frame, low noise, solid build, speed of AF
Cons: Manual focus live view, low-res LCD, artisan design
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.
Excerpt: I have to tell you that I have in my hands right now what I consider is the finest camera I've ever had the pleasure to use in more than 40 years of taking photographs, the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III.