|1. Shutter: Professionals have to rely on their camera as a workhorse, and the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III has a shutter that tests to an incredible 300,000-shutter-cycle life span. 2. Viewfinder: The bright eye-level pentaprism displays 100% frame coverage with a 0.76x magnification. 3. LCD: The 3.0-inch TFT LCD screen only offers 230K-pixel resolution, which can be zoomed in to 10x for checking focus. There are also two LCD panels—one for image settings and another for tracking functional information like memory card information, file number, wireless connection and image size and quality.
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
ESTIMATED STREET PRICE: List Price: $6,999 (body only)
While many of the features of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III have trickled down to the 5D Mark II, the EOS-1Ds Mark III model still offers photographers professional features and functionality that the 5D Mark II does not. The 1Ds Mark III is the flagship D-SLR of the Canon EOS line, and as such, everything about it is designed to offer top-of-the-line performance, speed and image quality.
While the 5D Mark II has the latest DIGIC 4 image processing, the 1Ds Mark III offers DIGIC III image processing in a dual configuration. Two processors are able to provide the 1Ds Mark III with 185 MBps processing, resulting in a very fast 5 fps continuous shooting and burst rates of up to 18 consecutive RAW images or nearly unlimited high-res JPEGs.
|LIVE VIEW: The 1Ds Mark III includes Live View with image magnification up to 10x. The Live View display is capable of showing status for shutter, exposure, flash, ISO, battery consumption and Picture Style, plus a grid overlay for determining horizon and depth-of-field preview.
GOOD MEMORY: There are two memory card slots in the 1Ds Mark III—one for CompactFlash and another for SD/SDHC card types. This offers your choice of storage medium, as well as extra capacity without the need for card swapping or automatic backups by writing to both cards simultaneously. You even can set separate image quality levels for each card.
PICTURE STYLES: Including six default modes and three user-definable modes, the 1Ds Mark III includes templates with an ideal tone curve, color map and sharpness setting for Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome capture modes.
MASTER COMMANDER: The 1Ds Mark III offers wireless/remote control functionality through optional wireless controllers, including wireless image transfers to computers, hard drives and FTP servers via the optional WFT-E2 wireless transmitter.
The 1Ds Mark III is designed for use in the studio or out, with a body environmentally sealed to protect against dust, dirt and the elements. Rubber O-rings and rubber seals line the controls, buttons and compartments, and when used with rubber-sealed Canon L-series lenses, the lens mount is protected, too. The EOS Integrated Cleaning System also uses ultrasonic vibration on the low-pass filter to remove dust, and a Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit activates when the camera powers on or off.
The 1Ds Mark III has finely detailed 45-point autofocusing (19 cross-type and 26 assist points) compared to 9 autofocus points (1 cross-type and 6 assist points) in the 5D Mark II. The cross-type sensors are able to detect along both horizontal and vertical axes. With the Multi-Selector button (or through the menu), users are able to select a single focal point, all 19 points, or one of two nine-point AF groups. In automatic AF, while determining focus, selected AF points will flash red once focus distance has been metered.
14-bit A/D conversion with 14-bit CR2 RAW files provides top-quality color, tonality and hue. sRAW is also available as a capture mode for smaller files at 5.2 megapixels. Though surpassed by the newer 5D Mark II’s maximum ISO of 25,600, the 1Ds Mark III’s maximum of 3200 is still very good and was exceptional at the time of its release.
Internally, the 5D Mark II includes four levels of high ISO noise reduction, advantageous since the ISO range of the 5D Mark II has been extended from 50-3200 in the 5D (in expanded modes) to 50-25,600 (in expanded modes), the highest to date in Canon’s EOS cameras. The latest DIGIC 4 processor from Canon provides a bump in speed from 3 fps with the 5D to 3.9 fps in the 5D Mark II. Color depth also has been improved—the 5D offered 12-bit A/D conversion, while the 5D Mark II is 14-bit.