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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Sep 8, 2011 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,750.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: High quality files; need little pp. Fast accurate autofocusing. Accurate metering. Built like a tank, solid, weatherproof. Easy to operate controls - much better ergonomics than the pro level Nikons.
Expensive. Smallish crop viewfinder. Wish it was a full frame camera or at least Canon used magnification in the viewfinder like Nikon.

Mine is a blue dot version and I've never had any problems with the autofocus. You do have settings and adjustments that can greatly change how the autofocus works, so be careful. The camera just handles like a dream. Autofocus is amazing, especially in low light and the meter is spot on. Shot a rapidly moving subject that is zig zagging and the camera will lock on and hold autofocus. Try that with the Mark IV and you'll quickly discover that Canon dumbed the autofocus down and it can't handle erratically moving subjects. This is where the Mark III simply shines along with superior low light focus.

It has features galore and can be highly customized. The detail in the raw images make you feel like you have 12 mp's, not 10. I've never found a need to shoot higher than 3,200 ISO, but images at 6,400 are very usable with light noise reduction.

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM

Review Date: Oct 17, 2010 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 3 

Pros: Decent reach, stabilized
Poor construction, soft pictures at all focal lengths.

This was given to me as a gift so I don't know how much it costs. I used it on two different Canon cameras, film and digital with the same results. Pictures were soft at all focal lengths and apertures. I traded it for the 70-300 IS consumer lens and the results were very noticeable. If you are looking for an affordable midrange consumer Canon lens then get the 70-300 IS. It has one L glass element and is a surprisingly sharp lens. I can't recommend the 75-300 for any reason as the pictures are so bad its a total waste of money.