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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: Aug 9, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: This camera could have been named EOS 2D for all its enhancements over the 1DXX series. I'm not a pro and don't even shoot hundreds of frames a week. But having an excess investment in Canon both film and digital for years as an amateur, including from the original 1D, 1D2, etc., the 1D3 is more than an incremental jump in the series. The high-ISO performance and battery improvements are alone enough to have given this machine a new model name. Lastly, the ability to make micro-focus compensation for up to 20 pieces of glass IN THE CAMERA is just --- well, what can I say. I saved the useful life of my EF 50mm f/1.4 with this feature!!
Cons:
AI-static is a non-issue. Brief diddling with AI-servo has given some 'tossers' but not enough that I'm calling my lawyer.

Sure, it would be keen if this cam cost half as much, weighed half as much, did everything but brush our teeth and tuck us in. We all said the same about computers back in mid-eighties.

Finally, I have shot stuff at ISO 6400 that is totally useful for record purposes. A year ago such a sensitivity rating by any vendor would be just, 'yeah, right!'

Don M