|Large and clear viewfinder
The Canon 1Ds Mark III is an excellent camera to work with. And that begins the moment you look through the viewfinder. It is remarkably large and clear, partially thanks to the full-frame image sensor. On top of that the viewfinder offers 100% coverage, so what you see through it, you also get on your picture. I really don't understand why this is not standard yet for D-SLR cameras with a smaller sensor. The information rendered in the viewfinder is extensive and clear. Also the light metering system in use is shown in the viewfinder just as on the EOS-1D Mark III. Finally there is hardly anything left to wish for on this matter.
Canon 1Ds Mark III Focus points
The viewfinder also shows the focus points. The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III has been equipped with the similar AF system as the 1D Mark III. The occasional focus problems of the latter camera did not move on to the 1Ds, at least; I did not experience them in practice. The amount of cross sensors has been increased considerably which is a most welcoming improvement. Cross sensors are sensitive in two directions which makes you achieve a faster and better result. Unfortunately it is at the cost of a number of focus points. You can now choose less of them, namely 'only' 19. The others are so-called assistance points. They are active but you cannot select them. That is annoying when you want to focus on an eye in between two focus points. You have to turn the camera a tad more than usual which does not add to precise focusing. And with the enormous resolution everything is visible afterwards!
Live View functionality
Thanks to the large viewfinder focusing manually is easy too. It is even more precise with Live View but the object should stand still in that case. The Live View function is rather limited as far as speed is concerned. Live View lets you enlarge the image so that you can check sharpness and depth of field precisely. Prior to using AF when using Live View, the mirror has to be folded down. That takes time so Live View is not exactly suitable for action photography. But then again, that is not the target group. I have used Live View for product photography, connected to a computer and panning.
|In particular for landscape photography Live View came in very handy because the gridlines let you set the horizon straight and when the camera is placed on a tripod on a high level, you don’t need a stool or anything for framing. When using the tripod it was extremely useful to be able to see the settings on the large screen on the back where as usually they would appear on the top LCD monitor. It seemed a superfluous function to me at first, but I am completely convinced now.
Adjusting camera settings
I got used to the new position of the buttons in no-time. Once I found my way around, I didn't have to take my eye away from the viewfinder when adjusting most settings. I really appreciated that. And moreover, I changed nearly every button that was available for changing in a short time. What's more, you can store all the settings on an SD format memory card. This enables you to save a number of settings for various situations. Or if you have to share the camera with more than one photographer, like in some press agencies or studios, you can use your own settings again without having to go through the entire menu again.
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Menu
The menu is well structured and you can place a number of menu items on a personal tab page which ensures easy access to the most frequently used subjects. It sounds somewhat silly but in practice this is very pleasant for the professional photographer. You can also make your own white balance through the menu and you don't have to take a picture first with the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. You can now directly point the camera to a white piece of paper, press the shutter button and voila, the white balance is made. Finally it happens as it is supposed to happen.