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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
A 35mm that equals medium format

Parish Kohanim

Parish Kohanim

Parish Kohanim

Never before have I been so excited about using a new camera as much as I am about the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III. The first time I pressed the shutter it was like driving a Maserati sports car-it was so smooth and quiet. This camera really is a "work of art," a quantum leap above and beyond any digital camera that I have ever used.

There are so many new and great features in this camera that I could write several pages about it, but I'll try to mention the ones that are most useful and important to me.

The camera's resolution is 21.1 megapixels-wow! I produce and sell very large prints (some as large as four feet) at my Fine Art Gallery, and the size of the files from this camera are a dream come true. Additionally, this advantage is useful for my commercial assignments, which require very large file sizes as well (e.g., for billboards and large poster usage), I don't need to use expensive medium-format digital camera backs any longer.

The five FPS (frames-per-second) full-frame continuous shooting is very useful for commercial and fashion work. I am presently working on a coffee-table book of Cirque du Soleil performers. All the images in this book are "frozen moments" shot with high-duration strobe (1/7,500 to 1/10,000 second). I have no trouble shooting as fast as I need to with this camera.

The autofocus has been improved in the 1Ds Mark III: there are now 19 cross-type sensors and 26 focus-assist points, which makes focusing much easier.

I also love the new viewfinder. It's brighter and larger, enabling me to shoot in low-light conditions with ease-much better than before.

Another of the features in this camera that I like is the Integrated Sensor Cleaning System. This is activated anytime the camera is turned on or off. This feature has eliminated the extensive amount of time retouching the dust spots on images-therefore saving me a lot of time sitting at the computer doing mindless tasks.

The highlight tone top priority is a feature that I find useful in situations when I'm photographing a model wearing a white dress or a wedding gown in a sunlit situation.

The large 3-inch LCD screen with Live View is really helpful. When I'm shooting on location, there are occasions when I'm not able to shoot tethered with a laptop. This large-size LCD, in conjunction with the histogram feature, is extremely helpful to get my exposures exactly right.

The noise level has been dramatically improved at ISO 400 up to 800 as well.

Getting a 14-bit-depth-resolution image makes the image quality so superior, better than any digital 35mm I have ever shot with before. My files are 120MB at 16-bit uncompressed.

After processing the images, I catch myself continuously repeating, "These images look like they've been shot with a 4x5 camera." The resolution and color fidelity is so amazing.

I no longer use filters in front of my camera to create special effects. If I'm looking to get a warm or cool effect, I simply dial the color temperature and voila! It's there instantly.

The wireless file transmitter (WFT-E2) is a major upgraded feature that I really like. This feature frees me so I can move around my subjects, models, and sets-enabling me to get many diverse angles and perspectives.

These are just a few out of many more features that have elevated my photography to a higher level and have saved so much time that used to be spent sitting in front of the computer-letting me concentrate on creating more images.

What would I like to see in a future generation of this camera? Only one thing: a small roller ball to allow me to quickly place and lock my focusing square point anywhere on the image in the viewfinder.

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

  • 21.1MP resolution
  • Full-frame Canon CMOS image sensor
  • Dual "Digic III" image processors
  • 45-point AF system
  • 3-inch LCD with Live View
  • Compatible with over 50 Canon EF lenses, 15 interchangeable focusing screens, wireless remote control, and lighting accessories.
  • Dual media card slots: CompactFlash and SD/SDHC
  • Records images in JPEG, JPEG+Raw, and Raw (Canon CR2) formats
  • Metering range from ISO 100 to 1600, expandable to ISO 50 and 3200
  • Shutter speeds 1/8000 sec to 30 seconds, x-sync at 1/250 sec
  • Continuous shooting speed of 5 frames per second
  • Max burst of 56 frames in JPEG, 12 frames RAW