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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

1DmkIII
Review Date: Jun 3, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,495.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Lighter weight, better layout of controls, tremendous high-ISO capabilities, better colors and processing with the dual digic processors, great review screen, faster rapid fire ability, lighter and longer lasting batteries, different focusing points, consolidated and completely better Customized Functions, Overall a joy to use.
Cons:
Radically different layout if switching from 1D MkII, (but only takes a day or two to get used to the logiclly better layout). Price up slightly from previous models. Different batteries than my MkII, so I can't swap out on location. Still too new to have RAW drivers for Aperture, Lightroom, or CS2. (but worth the wait).

I am coming from a 1D MkII, not the "N", so there will be a more dramatic difference in screen size, etc. for my review comparison than those that went to the N. I skipped that upgrade.

I purchased mine a few days ago on a trip to Alaska and cannot say enough good about this model. I was hesitant to change from my MkII which has served me well for the last few years. I had a 20D as a backup camera. The first thing you notice (other than the ginormous screen) is the control layout. Although a lot different than the MkII, if fixes most of my MkII pet peeves. No longer do you need to use two hands and three fingers to change the ISO!!!! On touch with your trigger finger on the conveniently located ISO button and it is activated -- a quick turn of the tiny wheel and a gentl press on the shutter button to set up your shot and go, go, go!!! Why so much about the ISO?? You will be constantly changing it as you train yourself to push the ISO further than you ever have before! I am constantly surprised how good pictures taken at 1600 and even 3200 look on my 17" PowerBook. Haven't tried 6400 yet, but I am THRILLED with pictures taken inside our cruise ship at 1600 and 3200. The colors are great and lighting works fine. I was using a 16-35, shooting at f8 to get better room depth, and everyone I've shown them to could not believe they were at such high ISO's.

As mentioned, the battery change is double edged - they are lighter by just under half a pound and supposedly last longer (only have about 800 on my first charge, but still showing full bar). However, they are not interchangeable with my 1D MkII, so using the MkII as my backup, I'll need to carry a couple of those batteries as well. Oh well - progress, eh? I'm assuming that the new 1DsMkIII (whenever it is released) will use this new battery and I can pack lighter again.

Having the 20D did keep my memory banks used to using the back wheel in combination with the top wheel, so it was not a tough transition. I have since given my 20D to my brother now that I have two "pro-bodies" to use.

This was an unexpected purchase when it became available to me, but after the first download and viewing, I have absolutely NO REGRETS!

You won't either!