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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: May 31, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,500.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Af improvement in low light. Af points well distributed and easy to assign. Additional stop of sensitivity. More customization options. Great LCD. Improved JPG. Refined and easy to use. What Canon says this camera does, it does very well. Everything about the camera is quick, quick, quick.
Cons:
Multicontroller could be better physically and in software assignment. No MLU. Wifi not integrated in the large body. English manual not clear, and often technically incorrect in exact phrasing of specifics. Still can't name custom groups of settings. Buffer size with high ISO noise reduction may be too small. (Although with real action shooting, it's difficult to catch the red write light on, much less hit the buffer limit)

A significant but still incremental improvement in Canon's high speed camera. 'Refined' is the term that continually comes to mind. For the experienced digital photographer it's not only the finest action camera ever produced, it's simple and a pleasure to use. The camera is very quick doing everything. It's always ready. Perhaps to the point of making it clear that the photographer has become the slow one in the 'relationship'.

 
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM

ef70-300_45-56doisu
Review Date: Feb 11, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated

 
Pros: Length of lens
Cons:
Less than perfect light reduces IQ, Costly in terms of price and image quality compared to the Canon alternative

Carefully review the specs of this lens compared to the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS before purchase. Is the 1.5 inch reduced length of this DO lens worth twice the price and lower image quality compared to the newer 70-300? That is the buying decision.