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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Review

Digital camera review overview
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Introduction
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Camera
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Control
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Adjustments
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Storage and Energy
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Test-images
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Test-images
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Camera
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Conclusion

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Review conclusion

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR camera
Canon started from scratch with the Mark III. And that is obvious with the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. It is much more than a Mark II with a new image sensor. There has been thorough thought about the whole camera and the entire structure has been altered without making the photographer used to working with a Canon EOS-1 lose his way. A huge achievement and it shows what the Canon design department is capable of.

Good quality DSLR camera housing
Just like all top models the EOS-1Ds is a massive DSLR camera. Solid, weatherproof and capable of taking rough treatment. It is very obvious that this is a camera for the demanding professional photographer. Although an incredible number of amateurs will also purchase the 1Ds Mark III that will be for status mainly. This is not bad though because you are allowed to be proud when you're able to shoot with a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III.

Setting possibilities with the Canon 1Ds Mark III
It is not a DSLR camera that you take out of the box and start working with and assume that everything is perfect. The EOS-1Ds simply offers too many possibilities to set the camera to your own preferences. And you should because then it really becomes your camera and you will be in charge instead of the other way around. You have to remember that a camera, even if it is an EOS-1Ds Mark III is just a tool. A tool that helps you to shoot the ultimate picture.

Massive dynamic range & High contrasts
The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III offers you every possibility to capture the ultimate picture. The resolution is outstanding and you will be amazed as to what detail is captured in the picture. Also thanks to the massive dynamic range. High contrasts are captured without a problem, moreover at low ISO sensitivities. If you want to shoot at environmental light, the camera won't disappoint you. Noise is not a problem anymore, although there is still some improvement possible in the highest ISO level. As far as quality is concerned, I think we are reaching the top.

Canon SLR camera operation
Also operation has improved on the Mark III. Dust doesn't stand a chance thanks to the dust reduction and that is just as well with a resolution this high. Live View is pleasant to work with; even the professional photographer will appreciate it. Sometimes photographers tend to rely on the old trusty way. You just have to try it out to be convinced. It doesn't work for all types of photography but for many it does.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Improvements
The new division of the buttons, the large monitor, the more compact battery and the decrease in weight are all excellent improvements. What I regret is the fact that you have less control over the auto focus field that is actually used and that you have to purchase a costly module in order to be able to use GPS. I had to almost search to come up with some criticism. Other than these there is not really one thing worth arguing about.

Canon 1Ds Mark III - Absolutely a top camera
And yes, I know that Nikon has crept up or already surpassed the EOS-1Ds Mark III as far as noise is concerned and that there will be a camera on the market soon with even more pixels on a full-frame. These are only challenging Canon to improve the 1Ds even further and we should be happy with competitors digging into Canon's heels. Otherwise it would be too easy for Canon and there would be absolutely no competition which would be bad for the consumer. We can't deny the fact that the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III is currently one of the best high resolution D-SLR cameras that you can get. I'd say; go for it, capture some nice shots and enjoy everything the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III produces. You won't regret it. Absolutely top of the top!

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"During the EOS Safari 2007 in Kenya I had the opportunity to work with the new Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III professional digital SLR camera for a few days. I mainly used the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III DSLR in combination with the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM and the EF 16-35mmf/2.8L USM lenses. The 400mm range with a full format image sensor like the one on the Canon 1Ds Mark III is the minimum to capture animals the size of rhinos and lions in close-up. In combination with the built-in lens stabilizer, higher ISO, a fast shutter speed and the almost indispensable 'rice bag' for necessary support, it is a joy to shoot and the 1Ds Mark 3 is undoubtedly fantastic to work with."

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UDMA support
Unlike its faster brother, the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III does offer UDMA support. It was about time Canon started to support this standard to be blunt. Thanks to UDMA writing pictures to a memory card is carried out a lot faster. And because you're able to insert two cards in the camera, you can decide where to store your pictures. You can shoot until one card runs out of space and automatically move on to the next card. Or you can choose to store on both cards at the same time. Or you can store in RAW on the one card and in JPEG on the other. And you can also copy pictures from one memory card to the other. There are many possibilities to choose from.

Shooting photos in RAW or sRAW format
You need to have sufficient memory at your disposal when using the Canon EOS-1Ds and even more so if you shoot with full resolution in RAW format. If you don't need full resolution but still want to work in RAW, Canon offers sRAW (small RAW). You get a quarter of the resolution so 5.2 Megapixels. For many types of photography this amount will suffice. For instance for capturing reception pictures at a wedding or a portrait for a newspaper. You have the advantage of full-frame and a solid camera. Fortunately Adobe Camera RAW also supports sRAW nowadays. This doesn't mean that Digital Photo Professional, the included Canon program, is bad. Not at all and in my opinion it‘s even unrecognized. Anyway, whatever format you'll work with your memory will fill up fast. The table below shows how many pictures fit on a 2GB card.

Considering a 2GB storage capacity
Resolution RAW - 5616 x 3744 pixels - 25.0MB - 75 pictures
Resolution RAW + L - 25.0 + 6.4MB - 54 pictures
Resolution RAW + M1 - 25.0 + 5.2MB - 57 pictures
Resolution RAW + M2 - 25.0 + 3.9MB - 60 pictures
Resolution RAW + S - 25.0 + 2.2MB - 64 pictures

Resolution sRAW - 2784 x 1856 pixels - 14.5MB - 130 pictures
Resolution sRAW + L - 14.5 + 6.4MB - 82 pictures
Resolution sRAW + M1 - 14.5 + 5.2MB - 90 pictures
Resolution sRAW + M2 - 14.5 + 3.9MB - 97 pictures
Resolution sRAW + S - 14.5 + 2.2MB - 100 pictures

Resolution L - 5616 x 3744 pixels - 6.4MB - 290 pictures
Resolution M1 - 4992 x 3328 pixels - 5.2MB - 350 pictures
Resolution M2 - 4080 x 2720 pixels - 3.9MB - 470 pictures
Resolution S - 2784 x 1856 pixels - 2.2MB - 840 pictures

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