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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: Sep 2, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very low noise at high ISO, live-view, battery performance, sensor cleaning, highlight tone priority, 14-bit, sRAW.
Cons:
AF inconsistency, not full frame, no UDMA write speed, no built-in wireless, RAW files much larger (you'll need more memeory).

Notwithstanding the AF issues (don't insult us pros who actually push our gear to the limit TimesUP - the focusing problems are real and demonstrable), the camera is nonetheless a welcome evolution to the EOS-1D series - albeit a little of the gloss has rubbed off with the recently announced Nikon D3.

For me it's the many little improvements which make it a worthwhile upgrade. The revised menu structure and one-touch operation, the way the camera just feels more responsive in the hand, the 3" screen is useful, flash exposure seems more consistent.

It would have been a perfect 10, but it loses marks for the AF problems and the fact that it is not FF. Apart from that it is highly recommended.


 
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM

85II
Review Date: May 13, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros:
Cons:
Correction to KPV-1Ds' remarks: the original EF 85mm f/1.2 L also had an ultrasonic motor, the remarks below are misleading.