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EOS 1D Mark III Highlights
New 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor Excellence in digital photography starts at the imaging sensor. Canons uniquely advanced in-house sensor design and manufacturing capabilities are a major reason why EOS Digital SLR cameras consistently deliver state-of-the-art imaging performance.
The EOS-1D Mark III features a newly developed 10.1 megapixel Canon CMOS sensor. It fulfills the primary functions of an imaging sensor -- sensitive, accurate, extremely low noise capture of image data -- with unprecedented competence. Its APS-H size sensor results in a 1.3 lens conversion factor, a format that EOS-1D series photographers are familiar with. Moreover, it incorporates Canons latest CMOS engineering advances that significantly reduce digital noise -- especially in shadow areas -- and expand the useful ISO range.
Exceptionally wide ISO range Combining the superb image capture capabilities of the new sensor with advanced Dual DIGIC III Image Processors, the EOS-1D Mark III offers the widest ISO range of any digital SLR in the world (as of February 2007). The standard range of 100 - 3200 can be extended to a remarkable 50 - 6400.* More importantly, the low-noise performance at high ISO settings makes the entire range usable in real-world shooting situations. * Standard output sensitivity. Recommended exposure index.
14-bit A/D converters Whereas earlier EOS digital cameras used 12-bit A/D (Analog-to-Digital) converters, the EOS-1D Mark III employs new 14-bit converters to process the output of the imaging sensor. This ensures smoother tonal transitions and more natural gradations. RAW images are recorded at 14 bits so that the full range of tones captured by the sensor are available in 16-bit TIFF images.
EOS Integrated Cleaning System Canons advanced EOS Integrated Cleaning System uses both mechanical and software methods to effectively deal with dust accumulation on the imaging sensor.
Second, by photographing a plain white subject at infinity focus, the photographer can acquire data identifying the position of any remaining dust particles. The data are appended to the image file and can be used by Digital Photo Professional (DPP) 3.0 software to automatically erase dust spots. Photographers who must change lenses in dusty environments will find this unique system a tremendous time saver as it reduces the need for camera servicing as well as time spent at the computer manually touching up images.
Highlight Tone Priority is a win-win proposition for professional photographers of nearly all disciplines. A sports photographer shooting white baseball uniforms in bright sunlight stands to benefit as much as a nature photographer shooting winter snow scenes or a wedding photographer seeking to preserve detail in the brides dress.
Unprecedented Shutter Durability The EOS-1D Mark III features an improved heavy-duty shutter that has been durability tested to 300,000 cycles -- the highest ever in an SLR (as of February 2007). The camera thus provides long service life and inspires the all-important confidence that comes from the knowledge that the shutter will perform on demand.
Weather-resistant design Extensive weatherproofing ensures superior reliability, even when shooting in harsh environments. Rubber gaskets are used at nearly every joint and seam -- including around the battery compartment cover, memory card door, and flash shoe -- to keep out moisture and dust.
Totally redesigned viewfinder with 100-percent coverage The viewfinder is all-important in an SLR camera. It is the photographers window to the world, and, as such, must provide all the information necessary to successfully capture the "decisive moment." The EOS-1D Mark III viewfinder incorporates an entirely new optical system developed by Canon. It employs a larger pentaprism for higher viewfinder magnification, providing a bigger, brighter, sharper view of the world. The viewfinder provides full 100-percent coverage, which means what you see is what you get -- no more, no less. In other words, the view in the finder precisely matches the captured image area. Thats not the case with most DSLR cameras, where the captured image area is larger than what is represented in the finder. The finder also features a high eyepoint design for easier viewing of the entire image and information area. (Dioptric adjustment from -3 to +1 is included, as is an eyepiece shutter with gray high-visibility blades).
Moreover, the EOS-1D Mark III features a sophisticated Live View shooting mode, which makes the 3.0-inch LCD monitor a real-time finder. When the Live View mode is enabled, the reflex mirror is locked up and the shutter opened. The image output from the CMOS sensor will be displayed in real time on the LCD monitor at 100-percent coverage. A selectable portion of the image can be magnified by 5x or 10x to aid in precise manual focusing. Focus, exposure check, composing, and shooting can all be accomplished in this mode. Live View is convenient for tripod-mounted shooting, macro work, and other situations in which it is a physical strain to keep the eye at the viewfinder. The Live View image can also be displayed on a TV monitor, which is ideal for showing images as they are composed to clients and portrait subjects.
New Lithium-ion battery system An entirely new lightweight, powerful lithium-ion rechargeable battery system was developed exclusively for the EOS-1D Mark III. The LCD panel now provides an accurate reading of power percentage shots remaining taken since last charge, and whether the battery should be reconditioned. This takes much of the guesswork out of battery management.
Flexible, customizable AF coverage The 26 additional Assist points can be used to expand the coverage area of any manually selected primary AF point. An Assist point can be added to either side of a selected AF point, or a ring of six AF points can be activated around a manually selected point. Assist points can be added to any of the 19 selectable primary AF points. Moreover, Assist points can be used in not only the AI Servo AF mode but also the One-Shot AF mode.
More flexibility: AF micro-adjustment Unprecedented control for the critical pro shooter. If the user ever wants to make a fine adjustment for front- or back-focusing, it can now be done in-camera. The EOS-1D Mark III even allows up to 20 separate adjustments to be entered for individual lenses, with or without a tele extender.
Separate AF processing unit The EOS-1D Mark III uses an entirely separate AF processing unit, dedicated solely to AF operations, including driving the lens. This dedicated CPU design performs AF computations three times faster than with the previous EOS-1D Mark II N. The faster AF detection and computation make it possible for the 1D Mark III to achieve its remarkably fast continuous shooting speed with full AI Servo tracking.
Superior control over AF performance Overall, the new AF system is better able to detect and react to a grossly out-of-focus image: the lens is more quickly driven to proper focus. In addition, important new Custom Function control over AF gives the professional photographer numerous ways to tailor camera AF operation to specific shooting needs. You can, for example, quickly switch between the inner and outer nine primary AF points. The new AF system can better adapt to sudden changes when tracking moving subjects, and you can precisely control how the camera responds to unexpected events.
Blazing shooting speed and near-instant response What are camera speed and responsiveness worth? Fast response is desirable not just for sports or action photography. It can make the difference between capturing or missing that once-in-a-lifetime shot in just about any photographic genre. With its astounding 10 fps maximum continuous shooting speed, the EOS-1D Mark III is the fastest digital SLR in the world (as of February 2007). This achievement is even more remarkable when you consider the sheer amount of data processing associated with a 10.1-megapixel sensor. The 1D Mark III is also incredibly responsive. It has the least lag time of any EOS Digital SLR (55ms, reducible to as low as 40ms via a Custom Function setting). At shutter speeds of 1/60 second and higher, the viewfinder blackout time is an ultra-short 80ms.
Outstanding burst rate The EOS-1D Mark III can capture up to 110 consecutive full-resolution JPEG images or up to 30 RAW images in a single continuous burst (at shooting speeds up to the full 10 fps).
Extensive file-naming options You can choose a standard 4-character prefix or define a unique 4-character prefix of your own choosing for file naming. You can also choose a 3-character prefix, saving the fourth character position for a letter code (assigned by the camera) that identifies image size setting. This can be extremely useful when you shoot a number of different image sizes as you will be able to later identify your shots quickly by file name instead of having to open the files in a viewing application.
63-zone metering system A new 63-zone metering sensor combined with sophisticated new metering algorithms deliver more precise and stable exposure calculation over a wider range of shooting situations. Both available-light and flash metering performance have been improved.
57 Custom Functions The new Custom Function set now includes the "Personal Function" of previous EOS-1D series cameras. All functions, therefore, are now in-camera and available at all times. 13 entirely new Custom Functions have been added. Furthermore, all Custom Functions have been reorganized into four groups for easier, more intuitive menu access.
New locking eye cups Lost eyecups are far less likely to be a problem with the EOS-1D Mark III. A newly developed improved mounting system virtually eliminates inadvertent detaching of the eyecup.
New Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E2A) Canons all new Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E2A) is a vast improvement over our previous Wireless Transmitter (WFT-E1A). It sports many new features that the professional photographer will find indispensable. While it retains the best features of the WFT-E1A such as an Ethernet (hard wired) connection and 802.11 b and g, it now is much easier to set up and use. Utilizing the onboard connection wizard the WFT-E2A can connect in three ways. In HTML Server mode, up to three users can securely log in images with a standard web browser. PTP connectivity allows the user to easily connect a single camera to a computer. Of course we still offer FTP transfer, with a simplified connection interface, for secure transmission to a computer on your network or over the internet. USB 2.0 Hi-Speed host capability allows GPS data from many popular receivers to be embedded in EXIF data as well as allowing the photographer to shoot directly or back up image data to many commercially available buspowered external storage devices. The WFT-E2A is much smaller and lighter than its predecessor, allowing full access to the cameras external sockets while maintaining the weather resistance and durability of the camera body and offering faster communication between the camera and the transmitter. It has a small built-in antenna capable of wireless communication at distances up to 150 feet. It is powered by the cameras battery reducing the extra equipment the photographer needs to carry.
Backup to external media External storage media can be connected via USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface using the optional Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E2A). An external USB hard drive, for example, can be accessed wirelessly and recognized by the camera as a storage drive. Such a drive can be used in the same way as an installed memory card. Images can be shot and copied onto the connected hard drive as they are being taken.
Improved EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II zoom lens The EF 16-35mm zoom is one of Canons most important and popular professional lenses. This latest version has been optically re-engineered to deliver even better performance. The image quality is superb, matching or surpassing the optical performance of the finest zoom lenses in this category while providing greater speed.
New Speedlite 580EX II The Speedlite 580EX II builds on the solid feature set and performance of the popular 580EX. The new high-durability, highly weather-resistant design matches the EOS-1D Mark III, ensuring dependable performance even under the most adverse shooting conditions. As the new flagship of the Speedlite lineup, the 580EX II incorporates numerous features requested by professional users, such as a metal shoe assembly, external sensor with thyristor control, and a PC socket on the flash for PC cord connection to a camera. Operability has been improved, as well: When the 580EX II is attached to the 1D Mark III, you can use the cameras menus to set or clear the Speedlites various options and Custom Functions.
New Original Data security kit (OSK-E3) Canons advanced data verification hardware/ software kit consists of a USB card reader/writer, a dedicated Original Data Security Card, and software to be installed on a Windows computer. The system can verify the originality and integrity of image data. It can also identify specific data elements (image pixels, EXIF text, GPS info, etc.) that have been altered. A new feature in this version is encryption capability. Photographers can now encrypt their image files to prevent unauthorized viewing or wireless theft. Encrypted images can be viewed only on personal computers on which the necessary OSK-E3 decoding engine has been installed.
An unmatched selection of focusing screens The EOS-1D Mark III is equipped with the new Laser Matte Ec-C IV focusing screen, which provides superior optical performance. Background blur appears more natural, and graininess and flare are reduced. At the same time, the finder is brighter, especially at the edges and corners. As with all EOS-1 series SLR cameras, the 1D Mark III gives you a wide choice of interchangeable focusing screens. Currently, there are eleven optional screens -- more than that offered by any other AF digital SLR in the world (as of February 2007).
I am so happy with this item It is difficult to describe. Package arrived a day early via Fed Ex. Comdition was even better than described by seller. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wayne Dudley Evans
What do you say about any EOS 1? It is the standard by which every other camera is judged. The 1D mark III is the fastest - if you need 10fps, it's the only game in town. Read morePublished 12 months ago by D. Myerscough
At the time of this review this camera is a little old compared to current technology. So with all the other reviews out there i'm not going to beat up a dead horse with everything... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rodney D Kitchen
This is my first professional DSLR after upgrading from a good old Rebel XT. Needless to say it is a huge difference. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. Alvarez
The camera arrived quickly and in the product box with all the accessories. It works great and looks brand newPublished on July 16, 2011 by Ma2844
Camera arrived when promised and in the condition stated, if not better. Looked brand new. I used it on two photo shoots so far and have had no issues with it. Read morePublished on May 16, 2011 by Jerry England
I love this camera. It is heavy duty and heavy but rugged, dependable, and takes great pictures. I shoot action sports and in particular HS football, it is awesome and I love it. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Robert M. Weaver
I've shot with Canon cameras for twenty years. Every time I'm in the mood to do a major upgrade I always go to a camera dealer and take a look at the competition and each time... Read morePublished on March 27, 2010 by M42