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Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Sep 12, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 6 

Pros: A nice refresh, but perhaps too much moved for those who work twins. Very nice menu but then more things are menu only accessible to make room for the big screen. New battery is a winner.
The focus is just a joke, Canon have had problems in all their 1D class machines but the MK3 seems to have collected them all and enhanced them all. I have no tracking, no noticeable improvement in low light or low contrast, soft focus is normal, but this thing jumps anywhere. LCD screen is bad ~ it is bigger and easier to see but it's bad out of the box, unable to determine the correct exposure and the colours are unbelievably horrific. The AWB has a blue cast in daylight. I own the 1D, 1DMKII, 2x 1DMKIIn now an MK3

A nice upgrade if it worked correctly. There are many improvements which will become second nature soon enough but it just highlights the bad ergonomics previously employed by Canon.

Possibly the worst improvement is the rear LCD review screen, it is dreadful. It is easier to see in daylight and the menus is bright and clear but as for reviewing the images it can, so far, only be used as an aid to composition as it is proving impossible to judge the exposure and people look blown out when in fact they are not, it's extremely difficult to ignore this and make adjustment that ruin the picture.

I would not actually class this camera as an upgrade, Canon don't think so either, it a natural progression for anyone retiring their beloved MKIIn after a hard working life, it is not the new nirvana and working pros may completely dismiss this offering as it only reintroduces all the old 1D series problems and concentrates them in one shell. Wait for the N version, for those who know, it's the 1DMKII syndrome again, only worse.

Sad to say, I'm not impressed. It works OK, but I'll not be buying two of them, like I did with the 1DMKIIn ~ IMO the MKIIn is STILL the beast.

My opinion as of September 13th 2007 after one week ownership. My opinion may change, Canon may fix this thing, and pig might actually fly.

Have a nice day.

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Review Date: Apr 28, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

Pros: Light, good AF to true Macro, no focus extension, that's really neat.
Can be difficult to actually get ~ presumably due to it's high demand

Was just totally blown away by this lens, had heard the rave reviews but did not believe them.

This is one fine piece of machinery, I am really surprised at the quality, sharpness and accurate AF ~ even on my humble 350D ~ had seen pics taken with this combo but suspected a rat ~ no so, I see the light, this lens is just fantastic.

And don't believe this hogwash on EBay where the older ones are worth $1,000 plus ~ they are not.

Canon EOS 1D Mark II N

Review Date: Dec 5, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Fantastic AF, I love that big screen, did not think I would but I do.
Flash has let me down badly

Fantastic AF, I'm coming from the 1D & MKII already so this is important. The AF in servo mode no longer moves with static subjects in anticipation of movement. My tracking tests show a noticeable improvement over the previous 1D series.

This has led to sharper JPEGs and is a significant improvement, IMO the reported extra sharpness is coming in part at least from more accurate AF. I have noticed a little improvement in low light acquisition too, a little, but itís there.

I love that big screen, did not think I would but I do. The zoom is pretty neat but Iíve turned off auto rotate and am experimenting with the zoom to focus point in review. Interesting little feature.

My major gripe currently is the flash. Itís pretty much all over the place and Iíve been practicing my FEL techniques which I have not done since the 10D. Either my sample is scrambled or itís a new camera issue needing a firmware soon, is open to discussion.

Iím not yet taken with the picture styles, they seem a nice idea but I suspect some of my flash issues arise here.

I donít like the way the camera stays active with the CF door open as the camera selects the next card immediately if two are installed. The instructions say to turn off the camera, but hey, I change fast at times and Iíve been used to a quick yank out and slap in. This can also be seen as an improvement and is a small point, personally Iíd like to be able to custom select this function.

MKII owners may consider this a reasonable upgrade, particularly those of you who may have the Ďsofterí versions and shoot in JPEG mostly.