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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: Jan 17, 2008 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Build quality, ergonomics, high iso performance, dynamic range, low light AF performance, and more to discover. 3 stops of flash exposure compensation is nice.
Cons:
Clumsey AF point selection, extra card slot should be for another CF card, not SD.

After years of reading many of these reviews on many different cameras and lenses, I was never interested in posting one myself until my experience with the 1Dmk3. Years ago I was bit by the 1-series bug with my EOS-1s, and the side effects included wanting more L lenses to build the arsenal. I've owned two 20Ds, and a 40D, but they just didn't quench my thirst for a pro-build camera. Though no camera is perfect, this one I still consider the best I have ever used or owned. I had tried one out at the store (a pre blue dot machine), with a 35f1.4L, and after viewing the results at home, saw absolutely no AF issues. I later took a blue dot machine for a test flight, and bought it after reviewing the results on my monitor at home. The following weekend used it for my last wedding of 2007, and it performed flawlessly. AF was bang-on in lower light than I had used my 40D, and the keeper rate was better. On the 40D I couldn't trust the AF points (other than the center, and center-top); all the ones on the sides for holding vertically back focused almost every shot in brighter light than where the 1Dmk3 never missed a mark with any of it's AF points. ISO 3200 is as good as iso 1600 was on the 40D, maybe even better. I do a lot of photography for our church during services (so being flashless is necessary) with my 1Dmk3/70-200f2.8 IS, and this combo is perfect. My 24-70L is now more usable that on the 40D, gaining back some wide angle ability, and using f2.8 on these lenses looks better. Battery life per charge has been great, I've only charged my first battery once, and that was on the 21st of December; it's still going (today is 17 Jan 08). The sensor has only been cleaned once out of the box, and I've been changing lenses in places I chose not to with my 20Ds; I just hate dealing with dust!!! It's EVIL! Though I'm still carefull with how/where I change a lens, the Dust Removal system works great. Choosing other AF points is clumsier than the 20/40Ds, but not enough for me to lower my score below '10'. I have no interest/use in Live View at all. I've tried the AI Servo mode, only because I was curious. I'd never tried it on my 20/40Ds. It was on easy subjects, using 70-200f2.8L with 1.4x, the keeper rate was very high. Some other time I'll test it out in more demanding conditions. Despite Canon's blunder in how they handled the AF issue, both bodies I tried were perfect. Dynamic range is better than the 40D, and I wish Canon would do the same as Nikon in making both card slots for CF cards. After using this camera, it would be very difficult to settle for anything less, and I'm looking forward to getting my 2nd body.....which won't be soon enough!

(haven't even opened the manual yet..... yes, I'm a man, and I can change, if I have too, ...... I guess)


 
Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: Jan 17, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Build quality, ergonomics, high iso performance, dynamic range, low light AF performance, and more to discover. 3 stops of flash exposure compensation is nice. (haven't even opened the manual yet..... yes, I'm a man, and I can change, if I have too, ...... I guess)
Cons:
Clumsey AF point selection, extra card slot should be for another CF card, not SD.

After years of reading many of these reviews on many different cameras and lenses, I was never interested in posting one myself until my experience with the 1Dmk3. Years ago I was bit by the 1-series bug with my EOS-1s, and the side effects included wanting more L lenses to build the arsenal. I've owned two 20Ds, and a 40D, but they just didn't quench my thirst for a pro-build camera. Though no camera is perfect, this one I still consider the best I have ever used or owned. I had tried one out at the store (a pre blue dot machine), with a 35f1.4L, and after viewing the results at home, saw absolutely no AF issues. I later took a blue dot machine for a test flight, and bought it after reviewing the results on my monitor at home. The following weekend used it for my last wedding of 2007, and it performed flawlessly. AF was bang-on in lower light than I had used my 40D, and the keeper rate was better. On the 40D I couldn't trust the AF points (other than the center, and center-top); all the ones on the sides for holding vertically back focused almost every shot in brighter light than where the 1Dmk3 never missed a mark with any of it's AF points. ISO 3200 is as good as iso 1600 was on the 40D, maybe even better. I do a lot of photography for our church during services (so being flashless is necessary) with my 1Dmk3/70-200f2.8 IS, and this combo is perfect. My 24-70L is now more usable that on the 40D, gaining back some wide angle ability, and using f2.8 on these lenses looks better. Battery life per charge has been great, I've only charged my first battery once, and that was on the 21st of December; it's still going (today is 17 Jan 08). The sensor has only been cleaned once out of the box, and I've been changing lenses in places I chose not to with my 20Ds; I just hate dealing with dust!!! It's EVIL! Though I'm still carefull with how/where I change a lens, the Dust Removal system works great. Choosing other AF points is clumsier than the 20/40Ds, but not enough for me to lower my score below '10'. I have no interest/use in Live View at all. I've tried the AI Servo mode, only because I was curious. I'd never tried it on my 20/40Ds. It was on easy subjects, using 70-200f2.8L with 1.4x, the keeper rate was very high. Some other time I'll test it out in more demanding conditions. Despite Canon's blunder in how they handled the AF issue, both bodies I tried were perfect; therefore my score of 10 still stands. I won't base my score on other peoples' experience with the camera, or any complaints I've read elsewhere. Dynamic range is better than the 40D, and I wish Canon would do the same as Nikon in making both card slots for CF cards.


After using this camera, it would be very difficult to settle for anything less, and I'm looking forward to getting my 2nd body.....which won't be soon enough!