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Canon EOS 50D

Review Date: Oct 22, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,250.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Great LCD, super quiet shutter, AF system seems to work well in combination with DIGIC 4, Magnesium Alloy body, AF in Live View, Fast fps for a 15mpix camera.
Still not a fan of Canon's Add-on grips. They feel cheap compared to the rest of the body. Noise levels are good, but I was hoping for a little better. Current Raw processors (minus DPP) don't handle color rendition (particularly skin tones) very well (at this point in time).

I have shot about 500 frames with the body so far. Mainly at sporting events (hockey and football). I have FW 1.0.1 and have not experienced any of the err99 that have been talked about. Overall, I really like the body. I bought it to compliment my MKIII for sports and give me a little more effective reach when needed. It has not disappointed me yet. I would like for the high ISO files to be a bit less noisy, but they print exceptionally well, clean up easily and comparing 100% crops at 10mpix vs. 15mpix isn't a true test due to magnification differences. Comparing similarly rez'd images shows that the ISO performance is actually quite good. I think people get a bit too preoccupied with 100% zoom down to pixel levels. In print, these files will look exceptional.

I think it's definitely a fine camera that will serve well for those that don't require full frame or 1D specs.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Sep 29, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,499.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fast, significant improvement in ISO performance. I am a real fan of the new button layout as well. Live view is nice (particularly when tethered). Battery life is stellar
LCD Sharpness, joystick cannot select AF point, Canon's lack of response to AF complaints.

By all accounts, my copy seems to be working fine. I am using the MKIII nearly every weekend for weddings along side my 5D. My servo and single-shot have both been working well.

I find the LCD to not be as sharp as I would expect. The 5D LCD is much sharper and easier to judge focus when zoomed in. I do get the occasional series of OOF shots in servo...but I blame that on technique at this point. Typically, my results improve throughout the session.

All in all, compared to my Mark IIN, I am very pleased with the results I am seeing. Since I predominately shoot in high ISO environments, my IQ has increased significantly.