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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Review

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Reader Score: 8.00 (out of 10)
Review (Summary): "It is always exciting to hear that your most-used piece of photography kit is being replaced with a new and improved model - as was the case for me with the announcement of the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III. The 1Ds III is Canon's ultra-high-end DSLR, delivering top-of-the-line image quality from a top-of-the-line shooting system matched to a top-of-the-line physical structure. ...

I like the colors produced by the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III better than those from the 1Ds II. The 1Ds III colors are slightly more vibrant with richer midtones. ...

One of the great features of a full frame DSLR is the large viewfinder. The viewfinder on Canon's 1Ds line has always been really nice. The 1Ds III goes one step better by increasing the VF size and magnification of the image seen in it (from .70x to .76x). It is big, bright and beautiful. ..."

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LetsGoDigital 9.50  04-07-08 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "... Besides upgrading to the concept of the 1D Mark II, naturally the image sensor is the main improvement of the 1Ds Mark III. It's a full-frame sensor again but this time it offers the impressive amount of 21 Megapixels. Canon tiptoed into the resolution class where currently middle format cameras rule. ...

... 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...."

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Imaging-Resource 7.33  08-24-07 Read Full Review
Preview (Summary): "The full-frame digital SLR megapixel race has a new champion: the 21.1-megapixel Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III. In this case, the only other contender in the race is Canon's own 16.7-megapixel 1Ds Mark II. While most serious photographers don't need more than 8 to 12 megapixels, there is a set of pro photographers who need every last bit of detail a camera can give them. ...

The 1Ds Mark III also has most of what was introduced on the 1D Mark III, including the body, button, and menu layout; the 45-point Autofocus system with 19 precision cross-type points; a 3-inch LCD; Live View mode, with some of the same enhancements now offered on the EOS 40D; and compatibility with the existing WFT-E2A 802.11b/g Wireless File Transmitter. ...

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DPReview 6.78  08-24-07 Read Full Review
Review (Summary): "Three years since the last EOS-1Ds, the Mark II, the Mark III pushes digital SLR resolution over the twenty megapixel barrier with specifically twenty-one-point-one million pixels (5616 x 3744) on its 36 x 24 mm (full 35 mm frame) sensor. Canon also claims to have increased the 'light gathering efficiency' of the sensor by reducing the amount of (wasted) space between micro lenses, hence despite the resolution increase the Mark III still provides sensitivity up to ISO 3200 (with boost enabled). ...

... there's no doubt that the Mark III sets the standard for digital SLR resolution and significantly narrows the gap between '35mm format' and 'medium format' digital cameras, it is also undoubtedly a niche product that will, by now, have been bought (or earmarked for purchase) by pretty much everyone who is ever likely to hand over the best part of $8000 for one...."

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