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Canon EOS-1Ds MARK-III Digital SLR Camera with 21.1 Megapixel, 1.5x - 10x Zoom and 3" LCD Screen

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About Canon 1Ds

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III redefines the state of the art in no uncertain terms. A new 21.1-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor delivers astounding image quality. Dual "DIGIC III" Image Processors work in tandem to speed up data handling and camera operation, while further refining imaging performance.

Tough, high-durability body and shutter designs, combined with the unique EOS Integrated Cleaning System, set new standards for professional dependability. Cutting-edge features such as a large 3.0-inch LCD monitor with Live View Function, and a fast, precise 45-point AF system makes the EOS-1Ds Mark III powerful and versatile. .

A New Full-Frame Performance Standard The recording area of the sensor is 36 x 24mm, which is equivalent to the full-frame size of the 35mm film format. The tremendous pixel count delivers high-resolution images of exacting precision, with Photoshop file sizes over 60MB for outstanding quality at large print sizes and post-processing cropping flexibility. Despite the higher pixel density, Canon CMOS sensor technology ensures exceptionally low noise and the widest usable ISO range* (from 50 to 3200, using ISO range extension).

Dual DIGIC III Image Processor Developed to maximize performance between the capture and recording stages of digital photography. The latest-generation DIGIC III Image Processor works in concert with Canon's CMOS sensor to achieve even higher levels of performance. The entire electronic system is totally re-designed, giving the camera itsincredible combination of speed and image quality. Digital noise is significantly reduced in shadow areas, and color reproduction issuperior.

Live View Function which makes the LCD monitor a real-time finder. When the Live ViewFunction is enabled, the reflex mirror is locked up and the shutter opens. The image output from the CMOS sensor will be displayed in real time on the LCD monitor with 100 percent coverage. A selectable portion of the image can be magnified by 5x or 10x to aid inprecise manual focusing. Focus, exposure check, composing, and shooting can all be accomplished in this mode. There is also a grid overlay option, perfect for architectural photography.

Weather-Resistant Design Extensive weatherproofing ensures superior reliability, even when shooting in harsh environments.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System Dust that settles on the low-pass filter is removed using ultrasonic vibration. This Self Cleaning Sensor Unit is automatically activated whenever the camera is powered on or off.

Dust that has been missed by the Integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit can also be erased with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.2 or higher

The Canon 1Ds is commonly used for Art, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Photojournalism, Portraits, Sports/action, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Canon 1Ds is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 1Ds is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 1Ds: Easy to use, Excellent image quality, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good battery life, Good image quality, Great picture quality, Large clear LCD, Lightweight/portable, Nice features/settings, Quick start-up time, Quiet, Simple controls, Simple controls/menu, Solid operation, Strong construction and Superior build quality

Canon 1Ds Features

  • Superb image quality: entirely new 21.1 Megapixel Full-Frame Canon CMOS Sensor, Highlight Tone Priority, and 14-bit A/D conversions for outstanding color tones
  • Dual "DIGIC III" Image Processor for excellent image quality and processing speed
  • Live View Function capabilities, displayed on the large 3.0-inch LCD monitor
  • Outstanding durability thanks to a shutter durability-tested to 300,000 cycles, dust- and water-resistant design, and EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • Up to 5 fps, burst rate up to 15 consecutive RAW images or 45 full-resolution JPEGs, and compatible with newest UDMA high-speed CF cards
  • Fast and precise AF system, with 19 high-precision, cross-type AF points with f/2.8 or faster lenses and 26 additional "Assist Points"
  • Compatible with wireless file transmitter WFT-E2A, extensive remote control accessories, and 15 different interchangeable Ec-series focus screens

Canon 1Ds Specifications

Product Type
Digital AF/AE SLR
Recording Medium
CF Card Type I and II, SD/SDHC Memory Card (1 slot each), and/or External media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Canon WFT-E2A transmitter), compatible with UDMA-compliant CF cards, and SDHC SD cards
Image Format
1.42 x 0.94 in./36.0 x 24.0mm (full-frame sensor)
Compatible Lenses
Canon EF, TS-E, and MP-E lenses (except EF-S lenses)
Lens Mount
Canon EF mount
Lens Focal Length Conversion Factor
Image Sensor Type
Full-frame, high-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate, CMOS sensor
Approx. 21.10 megapixels
Total Pixels
Approx. 21.90 megapixels
Aspect Ratio
3:2 (Horizontal : Vertical)
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Low-pass Filter
Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Recording Format
DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21): JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording possible. Multiple options for recording images on two memory cards, and onto compatible external USB hard drives (via optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A)
File Size
JPEG/Large: Approx. (TBA) MB (5,616 x 3,744)
JPEG/Medium 1: Approx. (TBA) MB (4,992 x 3,328)
JPEG/Medium 2: Approx. (TBA) MB (4,080 x 2,720)
JPEG/Small: Approx. (TBA) MB (2,784 x 1,856)
RAW: Approx. (TBA) MB (5,616 x 3,744)
sRAW: Approx. (TBA) MB (2,784 x 1,856)
Recording System Folders
Can be manually created by user, and freely selected for subsequent images.
File Numbering
Continuous numbering
Auto reset
Manual reset (the image numbering is reset to 0001, a new folder is created automatically)
Color Space
Selectable between sRGB and Adobe RGB
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, mini-B port. NTSC/PAL for video output
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, five Custom WB settings (1-5), user-set Color Temperature (2,500~10,000K), five Personal White Balance PC-1 to PC-5
Auto White Balance
Auto white balance, taken from imaging sensor
Personal White Balance
White balance bracketing: Three consecutive images, Up to +/- 3 levels in 1-step increments
White balance shift: blue/amber bias and/or magenta/green bias +/- 9 levels; manually set by user
Viewfinder Type
Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism
Approx. 100% horizontally and vertically
0.76x (-1 dpt with 50mm lens at infinity)
Approx. 20mm
Dioptric Adjustment Correction
-3.0 to +1.0 diopter
Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 37:63)
Viewfinder Information
AF (AF points, focus confirmation light, point selection mode, registration), Exposure (metering mode, spot metering area, shutter speed, aperture, manual exposure, AE lock, ISO speed, exposure level, exposure warning), Flash (flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure level), Image (JPEG recording, RAW recording, shots remaining, maximum burst, white balance correction, memory card information), Battery check
Depth-of-Field Preview
Enabled with depth-of-field preview button; possible in Live View Function
Eyepiece Shutter
Auto Focus Type
TTL-AREA-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Point Selection
45-point (19 high-precision cross-type AF points plus 26 Assist AF points)
AF Working Range
EV -1 ~18 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C)
Focusing Modes
Autofocus (One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF), Manual Focus (MF)
Selected AF Point Display
Superimposed in viewfinder and on LCD panel
AF-assist Beam
None. Emitted by EX-series Speedlite or optional ST-E2 Speedlite Transmitter
Metering Modes
63-zone TTL full aperture metering
Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
Partial metering (approx. 8.5% of viewfinder)
Spot metering (approx. 2.4% of viewfinder)
Center spot metering
AF point-linked spot metering (C.Fn. I-7-1)
Multi-spot metering (max. 8 spot metering entries)
Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range
EV 0-20 (ISO 100 at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Method
Program AE (shiftable), Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, E-TTL II program AE (Evaluative flash metering, Averaged flash metering), Manual, Bulb
ISO Speed Range
Equivalent to ISO 100-1600 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments), ISO speed can be expanded to ISO 50 and 3200 (via C.Fn I-3)
Exposure Compensation
Exposure Compensation (user-set): up to +/-3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-half increments
Auto Bracketing (AEB): 3 shots, up to +/- 3 stops, in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments, in all exposure modes. Sequence can be changed via C.Fn I-5
AE Lock
Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual (user-set): By AE lock button in all metering modes
Shutter Type
Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speeds
1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3-, 1/2- or 1-stop increments), X-sync at 1/250 sec. (with EOS dedicated external Speedlites; 1/250 maximum with other shoe-mount flashes, and 1/60th-1/250th with studio strobes)
Shutter Release
Soft-touch electromagnetic release
10 sec. delay, 2 sec. delay
Remote Control
Canon N3 type terminal
EOS External Flash/Dedicated Speedlites
E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites
PC Terminal
Provided; accepts third-party flash units with sync line voltages up to 250V maximum
Drive Modes
Single, silent, high-speed continuous (approx. 5 fps), low-speed continuous (approx. 3 fps), 10- or 2-sec. self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed
Approx. 5 fps (at a shutter speed of 1/(TBA) sec. or faster in all recording modes)
Max. Burst During Continuous Shooting
JPEG: approx. 45 frames
RAW: approx. 15 frames
RAW+JPEG: approx. (TBA) frames (Large/Fine)
Monitor Type
TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Screen Monitor size
3.0 in.
Brightness Control
7 levels provided
Image Display Format
Single image, 4-image index, 9-image index, Jump, AF point, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Brightness or RGB Histogram, Auto rotate, Rotate
Live View Function: view image before shooting on LCD monitor; live histogram and live simulation of exposure level possible with C.Fn IV-16-1
Highlight Alert
In the single image display and (INFO) display, over-exposed highlight areas will blink
Single image, all images in a folder, or all images in the memory card can be protected or cancel the image protection
Erase Modes
Single image, all images in a folder, all images in the memory card or check-marked images can be erased or unprotected.
Direct Printing from the Camera
Possible with compatible PictBridge-enabled printers
Compatible Printers
CP and SELPHY Compact Photo Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge compatible printers (via USB Interface Cable IFC-200U, included with camera kit)
Dust Delete Feature
Via built-in microphone at rear of camera body; activated by pressing recording button on camera. Sound file attached to image file on memory card
Picture Style
Recording Time
Max. 30 sec. per recording
Menu Categories
Custom function/My Menu
LCD Monitor Language
18 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
One dedicated lithium-ion battery pack LP-E4 AC power can be supplied via the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4 (included)
Number of Shots
At 73°F/23°C: Approx. (TBA)
At 32°F/0°C: Approx. (TBA)
The above figures apply when a fully-charged Battery Pack LP-E4 is used
Battery Check
Automatic, displayed in six levels. Precise readout of percentage remaining, shots taken since last charge, calibration recommended, and approx. remaining battery life are displayed with Battery Info menu setting.
Power Saving
Provided. Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 30 min.
Back-up Battery
One CR2025 lithium battery
Operating Temperature Range
Operating Humidity Range
85% or less
6.1 x 6.3 x 3.1 in./156 x 159.6 x 79.9mm (W x H x D)
42.5 oz./1,205g
Canon 1 year limited warranty
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i just got one its amazing if i still had money i would buy it every one shold own one i woud recomend it to a freind cause they are fun


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Pro quality, but totally overpriced now

In a nutshell: Used for wildlife and scenic work in all conditions and geographic locations, and the Mk.III really fits the bill. Image quality is exellent from the 21MP RAW files, and seriously- you can crop the image and end up with a high res file suitable for demanding stock libraries. I found the upper useable ISO limit to be 800, even with the DPP software or Photoshop adjustment. AF is much better than prosumer models and Mk.II, - not in terms of frames/sec - but in terms of respon...

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In a nutshell: Used for wildlife and scenic work in all conditions and geographic locations, and the Mk.III really fits the bill. Image quality is exellent from the 21MP RAW files, and seriously- you can crop the image and end up with a high res file suitable for demanding stock libraries. I found the upper useable ISO limit to be 800, even with the DPP software or Photoshop adjustment. AF is much better than prosumer models and Mk.II, - not in terms of frames/sec - but in terms of responsiveness and being able to tailor to your specific needs Battery life is excellent compared to earlier models -almost a factor of 2X for the way I shoot Dust and moisture sealing and the general feel of a solid chunky camera give the camera a serious edge. However, with the price of the 5 Mk.II and the Sony 24 MP camera now less than half the current price of the MK.III - how much is a built in vertical grip and better sealing worth? I bought the camera during a (substantial) temporary price reduction, and it is still not worth the price. Only buy this camera if you need the robustness - otherwise buy the 5 Mk.II.

Reviewed by 42 customers


Pristine Pre-owned Body!


I use this body pimarily for landscape shots. It was rated by Adorama as an E+, but that was a extremely conservative. I can't imagine it being in better condition without being new. If I have a complaint about this body, it is the LCD screen (the only reason for the 4* rating). They improved the screen on the 1D Mark IV, one of which I also own. Other than that, I have NO complaints!


Great Camera


This is my second mkiii body. You will really love the clean files this camera produces. Would be nice to have had a larger buffer but for landscapes its fantastic and I normally don't need that anyway.


Awesome pro DSLR for the price!


This was a purchase upgrade from my 5DmkII after shooting with it for nearly 2 years. Even though I enjoyed the images I was creating with the 5DmII, especially at ISO 3200, the advantages to shoot with a 1Ds mkIII were quite overwhelming for the price; the 45AF points and improved focusing system alone was worth the upgrade! I was a bit skeptical at first about Adorama's "condition" ratings because it's subjective, but I figure I had nothing to loose with their generous return policy if I wasn't satisfied. This particular 1Ds was given a E+ rating and included the original box & accessories - when I received the camera, the first thing I did was look closely at its physical & operational condition. I was very impressed & pleased with this camera's condition after doing some test shots and several shoots with it! The only thing Adorama is not able to provide with these used 1D series cameras they sell is the shutter count, but that's fine (CPS membership comes in handy for this). Overall, I am very happy with my purchase experience with Adorama and upgrading to a pro series camera. It's always good to know what your getting upfront with your hard-earned cash so purchasing through Adorama makes better sense to me. =)


Still a great choice for a full frame


While not being the newest, this camera is still one of the best full frame offering out there. The AF system is very fast and accurate even in low light and from the standpoint of ruggedness, its a 1 series body. Pretty much indestructible.


I recommend to buy this product


I just love this camera. Eventhough it is very expensive, it's worthy it. Especially the color tone is great

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


To Buy or Not toBuy? 1DS MARK III


I bought this Camera to upgrade from the 1DS Mark II, the quality of the camera and images are about the same. The 3 inch screen, extra image quality, and low light ability, and compatibility to 64 bit Windows OS are some of my reasons for the upgrade. overall -- you would think that the quality of the images produced would be better than the 1DS Mark II? that is not the case, the 1DS Mark II is probably one of the best cameras Today even though its been out since late 2004. I am sure that when the 1DS Mark IV comes out that I will still be amazed at the Images produced from the 1DS Mark II and 1DS Mark III. Just because you put more pixels on a sensor doesn't mean you can visually see it!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best I have used


Fast shutter speed,sequential shot speed,and high ISO good for night sporting events.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Camera


I really do love this camera..The images if taken in proper sunlight are outstanding. That being said, I will not use this body in any kind of low light situation..I'll use my mkiv..But side by side in nice sunlight their is no comparison. the 1ds is just lovely..The battery life is excellent. When I have this camera in my hands I find myself "looking" for the best possible shot..and shooting less frames overall, but wow!! the results are always so much more satisfying. What a camera!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best Camera I've Purchased!


I'm owned from the 1DS up to this one. Currently still have the MarkII which I seldom use. I love the image quality and large LCD which is why I purchased the Mark III. When I shoot low light in the studio I have to keep one modeling light on or it doesn't focus quickly other than that I love this camera.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Superb professional performer


Perfect camera for historical architecture photography (in our case, Romanesque and Gothic churches in France and Spain). Highest quality 35mm DSLR coupled with L-series lenses (especially 17 and 24mm tilt-shift) means stunning images for print production. The build quality is unmatched in my experience, and the resultant weight of the camera is no issue since we shoot with tripods.


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