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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

1dsmk3
Review Date: Feb 7, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $7,999.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: I've just had the 1DsMKIII camera for a week. I've had a 1DMKII for the last three years. There is only a shallow learning curve compared to the 1DMKII(as opposed to a steeper learning curve from the 5D for another reviewer). So far, I've had no problems, the focus is spot-on with my 70-200 L IS, 24-70 L, and 85 1.2 L MKI. I also shot some bald eagles with my 500 f4 L IS and the images revealed amazing detail and sharpness even with BIF, and even though this camera wasn't meant for that, it does give a great deal of croppability when you can't get as close to the wildlife as you'd like, and you can leave the bird slightly smaller in the frame and leave room for wing spread if the birds takes flight from a perch and still have enough resolution for a great print. The battery was excellent and I suspect the first reviewer has some difficulty with camera or battery. I took 1900 pictures in 20 degree F weather(on 2 sec review, no liveview, AI servo AF) and the battery still showed full. The buffer filled up a little fast when I was birding, but 12 RAW and 5fps wasn't bad, and with 3-5 frame bursts at frequent intervals only saturated the buffer twice. This camera is lighter than my 1dMKII. I shot the 500 handheld for a number of shots, although it's a handfull. I haven't checked the viewfinder allignment(known problem on sev. forums) with the liveview in a controlled fashion, but did not notice horizons being off, but I can't speak to that definitively. Spectacular landscapes with the 24L. I mostly do senior pics and weddings, and this camera is somewhat overkill for weddings, but some of the bridal portraits are inspiring. I'm debating on a 16-35mm 2.8 II vs a Nikon 14-24 with adapter to go really wide. File sizes are very large. I have a Buffalo 1.5 terabyte raid 1, so storage won't be a problem for a little while. Lightroom and photoshop handle the files fine but slows them down some(1:1 previews in lightroom were very slow). Transfer from 8GB delkin 305x UDMA(holds ~330) card with Delkin cardbus 32 udma is fast. Colors are accurate. There is a "kinda" 3d or wow effect with pics. This camera is a dream for me. It's built like a tank and performs flawlessly. I've rambled on enough. Will know more after a little more time with the camera.
Cons:
Almost nothing. Usual: price(ouch) and no MLU button, but I'll probably die before we see the latter(Why would Canon want to be so difficult on such an easily accomplished thing?). You can place MLU on "my menu" where it's fairly quick to get to. The sensor cleaner is a little annoying(3 sec on startup and shutdown) but is overridden by any button so you can shoot immediately and you can turn it off by menu item.