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
Most Liked Positive Review
After 16 months of use, the 1Ds Mark III has proven to be a superb camera. Image quality is remarkably good and the build quality is without peer. The awkward AF point selector aside, the controls are well placed and intuitive, which makes this camera much easier to use than its predecessor. Start up time is fast and processing time is reasonable, given the huge size of the files. The menu design is vastly improved and the battery life is nothing short of amazing. I have a spare battery for m...View full Review
After 16 months of use, the 1Ds Mark III has proven to be a superb camera. Image quality is remarkably good and the build quality is without peer. The awkward AF point selector aside, the controls are well placed and intuitive, which makes this camera much easier to use than its predecessor. Start up time is fast and processing time is reasonable, given the huge size of the files. The menu design is vastly improved and the battery life is nothing short of amazing. I have a spare battery for my 1D series cameras and have yet to use it, even when shooting all day long with IS in cold weather. This camera also performs extremely well in inclimate weather; I have shot outdoor sports in the driving rain with no protection whatsoever and it never fogged or stalled. Other than weight, cost and the AF selector, I have been completely satisfied with the performance of this camera and would recommend it to any serious photographer.
Most Liked Negative Review
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 responsiv...View full Review
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
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!
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.
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. =)
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 just love this camera. Eventhough it is very expensive, it's worthy it. Especially the color tone is great
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!!
Fast shutter speed,sequential shot speed,and high ISO good for night sporting events.
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!
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.
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.