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The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III is an engineering tour de force which, true to the EOS-1 legacy, redefines the state of the art in no uncertain terms. An entirely new 21.1-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor delivers astounding image quality and creates new photographic possibilities. 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-make the EOS-1Ds Mark III powerful and versatile. And, of course, the EOS-1Ds Mark III is part of the unparalleled EOS System, which, with more than 50 EF lenses, 15 interchangeable focusing screens, and extensive wireless, remote control and lighting accessories, is the most advanced and powerful digital photography system in the world.

Revolutionary Resolution
Developed and manufactured by Canon specifically for the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR, the camera's new full-size 36 x 24 mm CMOS image sensor offers the highest resolution in its class, and is comprised of approximately 21.1 million effective pixels (5632 x 3750) set at a pitch of 6.4 microns. The user can select any one of six recording formats ranging from 21.0 megapixels in Large JPEG or RAW format, 16.6 or 11.0 megapixels in the two medium JPEG sizes, or 5.2 megapixels in the small JPEG or sRAW formats. In any JPEG format, the user can set one of ten compression rates for each image size. In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half, while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, traditional RAW images.

Dual DIGIC III Image Processors
Fulfilling the ultra-low noise, ultra-high image quality promise of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera requires handling the enormous signal processing requirements of the camera's 21-megapixel resolution and top continuous shooting speed of five fps. To accomplish this, Canon has incorporated two identical DIGIC III imaging engines into the camera for parallel (and hence, faster) signal processing. The CMOS sensor reads out to the dual DIGIC III processors simultaneously in eight channels. DIGIC III is the next generation of Canon's proprietary image processing engine. This technology ensures the fine details and natural colors of images are optimally recorded and, as an added bonus, is responsible for the EOS-1Ds Mark III SLR's high-speed performance, faster signal processing and more efficient energy consumption.

Adding to the improved virtuosity of the images captured by the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera is the camera's 14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process. Able to recognize 16,384 colors per channel (four times the number of colors recognized by the EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLR camera's 12-bit conversion capability), this line-leading model is able to produce images with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colors. Additionally, given the significantly larger image file sizes created by the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera, Canon has provided compatibility with the new Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) compact flash memory card specification, which enables ultra-high-speed data transfer to the card. Utilizing a UDMA compliant card doubles the data transfer speed compared to a conventional memory card, putting the new EOS-1Ds Mark III on par with the 10.1-megapixel EOS-1D Mark III camera, even though the pixel count of this new model is more than twice as large.

Advanced Autofocus Technology
The EOS-1Ds Mark III autofocus system - first introduced earlier this year on the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR - has 45 AF points including 19 high-precision cross-type points and 26 Assist AF points. This new array allows the 19 cross-type points to be divided into groups of nine inner and nine outer focusing points plus a center point, which makes picking an individual focusing point much faster and easier than going through all 45. During manual AF point selection, the AF point area is expandable in two stages via Custom Function control.

At the request of sports and wildlife photographers, a new micro-adjustment feature allows for very fine changes in the AF point of focus for each lens type in use, along with the addition of adjustable focus-tracking sensitivity as another sophisticated new AF feature. Other new components in the AF system include the reconfigured concave submirror and the secondary image formation lens, both products of Canon's vast expertise in optical engineering. Finally, the low-light sensitivity of the new AF sensor has been doubled to EV-1 for superior performance, compared with earlier EOS digital SLRs.

Live View
One of the dynamic innovations incorporated into new EOS Digital SLRs - and optimized for professional shooters on the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR - is Canon's Live View shooting mode which provides photographers with an expanded and exceedingly convenient set of shooting options beyond the conventional SLR through-the-lens viewing. Framing and shooting subjects using the camera's LCD screen affords the shooter the same 100 percent field of view provided by the optical viewfinder - this is a full-frame digital SLR after all - but Live View has the added advantage of allowing the image to be more easily composed on the camera's bright and brilliant 230,000-pixel, three-inch LED screen. Additionally, the LCD-viewed image can be magnified by five or ten times in order to ensure that the shot is optimally focused.

Live View is at its best during tripod shooting, particularly for close-up photography where precise focusing is imperative. As a side benefit, the Live View shooting mode helps to reduce vibration by lifting the reflex mirror out of the optical path well in advance of the exposure, improving image quality at slow shutter speeds. Additionally, as the release time lag is miniscule, even instantaneous movements like a bird taking flight can be readily captured. The shutter charge sound can be delayed and made quieter than normal in Live View mode to avoid spooking wildlife or disturbing people nearby with unwanted camera sounds.

If a user is going to be several feet away from the camera, such as in some studio settings, the EOS-1Ds Mark III can be connected by cable to a computer via its USB 2.0 High-Speed interface. The camera can also be operated remotely at distances up to 492 feet with the assistance of the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A which allows users to view images directly off the camera's sensor in virtually real-time, with the ability to adjust many camera settings quickly and easily.

Viewing Display
Easy to read, even in outdoor conditions such as bright sunlight, the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera features a three-inch, 230,000-pixel wide angle LCD display screen. The TFT color liquid-crystal monitor features seven user-settable brightness levels and a wide, 140-degree viewing angle, both horizontally and vertically. An added advantage of the large, three-inch display size is the ability to utilize a larger font size for text, making it easier to read setting and menu options on the screen.

Canon extends its ease-of-reading policy to the EOS-1Ds Mark III's viewfinder as well. Bright and clear with zero distortion and a 100 percent picture coverage and a magnification factor of .75x, it is the finest viewfinder ever placed in an EOS camera.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Another first for a professional digital SLR of this caliber is Canon's complete dust management solution, called the EOS Integrated Cleaning System. The new CMOS image sensor is designed with a lightweight infrared absorption glass cover that vibrates for 3.5 seconds when the camera is turned on or off. This brief delay can be cancelled immediately upon start-up by pressing the shutter button half way. Dust that has been shaken or blown loose of the sensor is trapped by adhesive surfaces surrounding the sensor unit housing, preventing the problematic particles from reattaching themselves to the filter when the camera moves.

Like its sibling, the EOS-1D Mark III, the shutter of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera carries a durability rating of 300,000 cycles and, though it generates less dust, it still charges itself three times during the manual cleaning process so that dust is shaken off the shutter curtains as well. This cleaning system uses very little battery power and can be turned off in the custom function menu.

The second part of the dust management system is a software solution that maps the location of any spots that may remain on the sensor. The mapped information is saved as Dust Delete Data and attached to the image file. Subsequently, the offending dust information is subtracted from the final image during post processing, using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.

Rock Solid Reliability
The entire body of the EOS-1Ds Mark III, including its internal chassis and mirror box, is made of an advanced magnesium alloy for exceptional strength and rigidity. Comprehensive weatherproofing at 76 locations on the camera body ensures superior reliability, even when shooting in harsh environments. Together with the 300,000-cycle shutter durability rating, these features result in a camera that, even though it is six ounces lighter than the EOS-1Ds Mark II, can truly withstand even the most severe shooting conditions.

Improved Software
Among the most valuable features of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR is its compatibility with Canon's new Picture Style Editor 1.0 software. With PSE, photographers can personalize the look of their photographs by inputting their own preferred image processing parameters, including custom tone curves. The EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions of Canon's powerful software applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.2 and EOS Utility 2.2, which support the camera's Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up workflow. Particularly noteworthy in DPP 3.2 is a new Lens Aberration Correction Function that corrects various image defects such as chromatic aberration, color blur, vignetting and distortion. Initially, the Lens Aberration Correction Function will support images captured by the EOS-1Ds Mark III and 11 other EOS Digital SLRs using any of 29 individual EF and EF-S lenses. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 6.0 and ImageBrowser 6.0 for easy browsing, viewing, printing and archiving with compatible computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.9 stars
(based on 16 reviews)
100% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Easy to use(4), Excellent in low light(4), Fast shutter speed(4), Good battery life(4), Great resolution(4)
Cons:
None i can find(3)
Best Uses:
Art(9), Documentary(6), Fun(6), Outdoors(4), Photojournalism(8)
Describe Yourself:
Enthusiast(6), Professional(8)
 
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
By Peter the PhotographerVerified Reviewer from wilmington, NC on 3/28/2009
Pros:
Easy to Use, Excellent in Low Light, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Great Zoom, Nice Features and Settings
Cons:
FPS Speed
Best Uses:
Everyday Photos, Outdoors, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

Overall this is my favorite camera i own it works great and the quality is unbelievable. The only down side is the FPS speed but this is due to the 21.1 meagapixel quality which a slow FPS is expected. This is why i bought my Nikon D300.

 
rock solid camera
By yushi nakamura from michigan, usa on 9/16/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
None i can find
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

this is the king of all cameras. rock solid, build to outlast anything. you cant go wrong with it. has the best quality pictures. the picture quality will blow your mind. i went through few slr's this is the best one ever. it went through snow, rain, sand i droped it around 20 times while traveling still works great. if you have the money get it, you will see the difference.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Spectacular Camera
By DavidVerified Purchaser from Stafford, VA on 9/2/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

Slightly lighter than the Mark II, the Mark III has all the same great features plus a much better control layout. Functions that take two actions on the Mark II require only one on the Mark III. The larger LCD makes the menus very easy to read and the live view function is useful in awkward macro shots. The battery lasts forever; I've had one through 4 or 5 days of continuous use and more than 3,000 photos witout recharging. You can see some of the photos I've taken with it at[@]

 
The Canon 1DS Mark III is incredible
By GaryVerified Purchaser from Westminster, CA on 8/18/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

I use the Mark iii for low light rock performances in night clubs, as well as nature and general family photos. It performs beyond my expectations. I have yet to find an environment or situation that over challenged the camera. By all means, save up and get one.

 
Not like others
By DiaVerified Reviewer from Jerusalem,Israel on 8/13/2008
Pros:
Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time
Best Uses:
Art, Fun
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

I Like it and all canon products

 
"I would buy this product again"
By bethVerified Purchaser from denver on 8/11/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
2 steps for manual focus
Best Uses:
Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

Great quality, great autofocus, great resolution, great auto white balance.
Not so great: two steps to use manual focus points, heavy, image tracking focus circle only focuses on nearest object and doesn't work well for sports.

 
Mind Blowing
By Johnny BravoVerified Purchaser from Los Angeles CA on 8/4/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

I'm primarily a wildlife/bird shooter. This camera is just stunning. I've owned just about all the Canon DSLR cameras--when you first pull up an image from this on it's just 'GASP'. Unbelievable image quality.

 
Absolutely marvelous
By spicykorean11Verified Purchaser from los angeles , ca on 7/29/2008
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

Fast start up great focusing excellendt picture quality being used for brochures and replacing some med format backs

[0 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
Best Camera I've ever had
By JRVerified Purchaser from San Diego, California on 7/28/2008
Pros:
Comfortable Controls, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

This camera has great image quality. Excellent in dark environment with little noise at high ISO. I have dropped this camera on rock and lava, been sprayed by saltwater and rained on in Papua New Guinea rain forests... never a problem. Outstanding camera without a doubt state of the art.

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
The Best of the Best!
By Photo Tour AlaskaVerified Reviewer from Soldotna, Alaska on 1/19/2008
Pros:
Comfortable Controls, Full Frame Sensor, High Res files, Quiet, Strong Construction
Cons:
Cost, Exposed LCD
Best Uses:
Landscape, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

The best DSLR on the market! Add in the large amount of superior L glass lenses and you have the Best and most Logical choice for a Professional Grade Full Frame DSLR. Its the Perfect big brother power house to the wonderful 1D Mark III. Files are native at 18x12 at 300dpi!!! Got to love those 21.1 MP and the wonderful AF system.

 
Canon did it over again
By GabrielVerified Reviewer from Mexico on 12/26/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Excellent high light cont, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
None i can find
Best Uses:
Art, Landscape
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

Much better control in the high light than the Ds M2, easy to use is the best camera in the market

[1 of 1 customers found this review helpful]

 
This Canon blew me away
By The Decent ExposureVerified Reviewer from Ct on 11/18/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time
Best Uses:
Art, Documentary, Photojournalism
Describe Yourself:
Hobbyist/Enthusiast, Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

This camera is good for any situation. The fast reaction and high resolution allows you to photograph anything at any speed. The only use I wouldn't recommend it for is home/family just because of it's size and price . This is a true professional camera. I thought the Mark II was as good as it got but this new addition to the series has raised the bar on all cameras.

 
EOS 1Ds what a camera
By DELROBVerified Reviewer from Wanaque, NJ on 11/8/2007
Pros:
Bright LCD, Comfortable Controls, Quiet, Small Lag Time, Strong Construction
Cons:
Exposed LCD
Best Uses:
Art, Fun, Photojournalism, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

one of the most user friendly cameras out there. easy to view screen quiet and very functional for any occasion. If you are just starting out this camera maybe a little to advanced but is worth getting to advance your talents.

[1 of 3 customers found this review helpful]

 
best camera in the world!
By CO the PRO from Honolulu, Hawaii on 9/30/2007
Pros:
Amazing, Easy to Use, Excellent in Low Light, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings, Rugged
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Outdoors, Sports/Action, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Professional, Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

21 megapixels! =0
The BEST there is

[1 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

 
Is the best camera that comes to the mar
By HCantuVerified Reviewer from Hidalgo, TX on 9/26/2007
Pros:
Easy to Use, Excellent in Low Light, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings, Perfect, Rugged
Cons:
None i can find
Best Uses:
Family uses, Home, Office, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual user, Family photo lover, Getting started, Hobbyist/Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

Is a perfect to preserve the family history

[2 of 6 customers found this review helpful]

 
Bammmmmmm!!!!!!! Best Digital SLR Ever
By Motogp2010Verified Reviewer from Seatte, WA on 9/22/2007
Pros:
Easy to Use, Excellent in Low Light, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good sized screen, Great Resolution, Nice Features and Settings, Rugged
Best Uses:
Outdoors, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Canon Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Digital SLR Camera (Body Only):

I love this camera, everything you needed, well except the lens

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