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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Mar 27, 2014 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $900.00 | Rating: 9 

Pros: great IQ, fast AF, 10fps, incredible battery life, great value for current price
would have liked ISO up to 12800 and 1/3 ISO settings from 3200 to 6400

I come to this battery after shooting a 1Dmk2 and 1Dmk2n for the past 5 years.. I shoot a lot of wildlife including birds in flight, as well as Sports, both indoors and out and under a lot of artificial lighting. I have had this body for 4 months and have shot 10,000 plus shots so far.

My thoughts so far...
1. this has been a very good step up from the 1Dmk2n which is a very capable camera. The Af seems to be faster and more accurate the images seem to be more vibrant, I really like to IQ with this camera. 10 fps vs 8 fps is no big difference for me both are great. The higher ISO capabilities of the mk3 are much better then the mk2n. I feel very comfortable shooting wildlife at ISO 1200 compared to 400 or maybe 640 for the MK2n. Inside sports at 3200 for newsprint is just fine. The LION battery is a huge improvement.

2. This is a specialty camera! for action! It is not full frame and I like the 1.3 crop for the work I do, but it is not for everyone. It is 10mp which will give you beautiful 20 x 30 prints if you nail the shot! But don't expect 24 or 36 mp detail.

3. like all cameras it takes time to learn all the capabilities and fine tune for your needs and abilities. With that said I have 20-30 % more keeper images (nice sharp images) then with my 1Dmk2n, I find that the AF keeps up with sports quite well as well as wildlife. Depending on the circumstances I may get 70 % keepers. My thoughts are the AF is limited more by my abilities. Photographers who claim 80-100 % keeper rates have great technique and have been shooting action for a long time. So be aware that you keeper rate should be really good with this camera and should improve as you learn to fine tune the camera and your technique.

My experience so far has been great here is a link to some shots...all the wildlife in this set are with the MK3[email protected]/sets/72157640321083413/

For under $1000 this is a great value, there were some AF issues with early versions which got this body a very bad rep, those were fixed early on so do a little research on that you should find that you can get an excellent copy of this camera with a lot of life less.

Canon website has info on SN range of affected bodies as well as a list of fixed bodies, not to mention they will still perform the AF fix for free.