|Canon 1Ds Mark III with magnesium alloy
First thing we notice about the Canon EOS -1Ds Mark III is that the camera has lost weight compared to its predecessor. Partially this is achieved because of its new battery; we'll get back to that later, but also by using a magnesium alloy. It makes an exceptionally strong body, with a not too heavy weight. The weight in itself doesn’t bother me that much. Actually it is quite nice to feel something solid in your hands. It gives a stable feeling. But when you're walking around carrying the camera or on a trip, the weight might start bothering you, certainly with some top lenses in the bag. It all tallies up to a few kilos.
Command dial for adjusting exposure correction
The Canon 1DS Mark III camera has a perfect hand-fit. Any which way you shoot, horizontally as well as vertically you'll find everything within reach. Operation is almost identical to that of its predecessor which makes things easy. The command dial on the back of the EOS is the most characterizing feature. It is standard set for adjusting exposure correction but you can dedicate a new setting to it. A large amount of buttons is programmable. So if someone takes my Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III in his hands to shoot with it, he wouldn't be able to do it just like that. I always adjust a camera like this completely to my manner of working. And that is, among other things, what makes a camera a professional one.
LCD monitor of the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark 3
When you look at the back of the camera, you can't get around the large 3 inch monitor. To create room for this huge screen, many buttons have been relocated. It takes time to find them, but it certainly isn't for the worst. The LCD monitor is of excellent quality but stays a tad behind in relation to the resolution big competitor Nikon offer. It's not only the size of the screen that matters but also the amount of pixels. Not that you'd have anything to complain about because for example the viewing angle is perfect. Still it is an issue for Canon to keep working on.
Menu navigation with the joystick
We are familiar with the tiny joystick right above the large command dial for we have seen it on other EOS models. A handy aid to quickly navigate through the menu or for example to change the focus points. I do find the stick on the small side though and that makes operation somewhat difficult at times; with gloves on for instance. Furthermore the ocular is standing out. It extends to the back just as it does on all EOS-1 models. It is easily accessible for your eye which is quite important. And your nose will not touch the LCD so easily which is convenient and prevents the LCD from getting dirty.
|WiFi module and GPS functionality
To the left a screwed on cover is placed. Behind the cover the connection for the new WiFi module is found similar to what we have seen on the EOS-1D Mark III. Besides wireless transfer of images, you can also connect an external hard drive to it or a GPS receiver. I do find it a real pity that you have to purchase an expensive WiFi module for the GPS functionality. It would have been so much better to be able connecting the GPS straight to the camera. GPS is getting used more frequently by professional photographers. Most certainly by nature and landscape photographers that belong to the typical target group for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. An option for the next EOS generation perhaps?
Canon EOS-1DS Mark III buttons
If you've been working with the Canon EOS-1 right from the beginning, you might have some trouble getting used to the new button division on top of the EOS-1Ds camera. Canon have said goodbye to the necessity of pressing two buttons at the same time. The operation is now a lot more like the EOS 5D operation for example. It does take time getting used to and it might be a bit bothersome when you want to keep on using the old Mark II besides the Mark III. But then, every change takes time to get used to. We'd call it a small hindrance.