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CanonEOS-1Ds Mark III SLR Digital Camera (Body Only)
 
4.6

(based on 83 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (49)
  • Large clear LCD (46)
  • Simple controls (42)
  • Short lag time (30)
  • Quiet (23)

Cons

  • Heavy (6)
  • Loud (3)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (35)
  • Art (26)
  • Landscape/scenery (19)
  • Photojournalism (19)
  • Documentary (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (28), Enthusiast (15), Pro photographer (14), Semi-pro photographer (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

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I Just Keeps Looking Better

It Just Keeps Looking Better

I have used the Canon 1 Ds Mark III for seven months now, shooting over 6000 pictures in non-professional contexts; I have also been scanning 40...Read complete review

It Just Keeps Looking Better

I have used the Canon 1 Ds Mark III for seven months now, shooting over 6000 pictures in non-professional contexts; I have also been scanning 40 years of slides taken with then-state-or-the-art film cameras (most recently the Canon F-1), so I have lots of bases for comparison. The more pictures I examine, and the more types of places and activities I have photographed, the better the performance of this camera looks.
The 1Ds outperforms film by such a margin that it is like having a 4x5 camera. Even in the best cases for film—contrasty subjects shot with Velvia 50 or Kodachrome 25—the 1Ds image is 2.5-3 times sharper than the slide. In more normal cases, such as 100 ISO or higher film, or lower contrast subjects, or pictures containing small objects with bright colors (such as flowers in a flowerbed) the disparity is 5 to 1, or more. That is both a compliment to the 1Ds and a caution: when you can digitally enlarge the image 3 times farther than 35mm film, you also have one third the depth of field and three times the sensitivity to motion blur.
As I get more experience with this camera, I find more and more advantages: great color rendition, exceptionally accurate spot metering coupled with large dynamic range, convenient handling. So comparing the results to those of a Canon 400, my first impression was that they were just what I expected: like stitching two photos taken with the smaller sensor together. But with more pictures to look at, the advantages of lower noise at all ISOs but especially the higher ones, better color, metering and focusing accuracy, and dynamic range became apparent.
While I am not happy with the weight, the combination of weight and balance lets me hand hold shots at the same or lower shutter speeds than I used with the F-1, despite the need for a three times steadier hand. With care, I can take good hand held pictures at 1/15 with lenses as long as 300mm.
The ability to link spot metering and auto focus point is particularly useful. When the resolution is this high, you can’t rely on depth of field to cover up imprecise focus—even my 14mm lens requires attention to where you are focusing on. (This is how I learned about the valuable custom function of micro-adjustment of auto-focus). And by focusing on one point, and seeing how its exposure looks with a scale calibrated in 1/3 stop increments, it is easy to get the desired exposure on the first try.
The automatic focusing is amazingly fast. I have taken pictures of birds and dragonflies in flight where the subjects’ movements are so erratic that it is hard to keep them in the picture at all, much less centered. Yet the autofocus still works on most of the pictures.
Several reviewers have questioned the need for this many pixels. My response is that the resolution of the camera and lenses allow for a lot of digital zooming: at least 3 times if film is the comparison. So a 24mm f/1.4 becomes a 24-70 or longer.
This zooming ability and the choice of Canon lenses mitigates or reverses the Nikon D3’s high ISO speed advantage of about 1.5 stops (based on my reading of tests—I have not had the good luck to be able to use the D3 yet). For the 24, a Canon lens two stops faster than the best Nikon product available makes the 1Ds a half stop faster. For telephoto, the 300 f/4 lens on the 1D can digitally zoom to a 400 mm while still matching the published resolution of the Nikon; to match it on Nikon you would have to add a 1.4x extender to their 300 f/4, reducing the aperture to 5.6. So the Nikon is only ½ stop faster.
I have tested this low light ability by shooting several pictures at an effective ISO of 25,600—that’s done by underexposing 3 stops at a setpoint of 3000 and resetting the tone curves on the computer. The results are not bad, even in color. Especially after using noise reduction in the free software. I can take pictures by street light at night. The pictures taken at 1/15 actually have more detail in the shadows than I can see with the naked eye. This is actually approaching the physical limits that result from light being divided into photons: most of the noise at a speed of 25,600 on either the 1Ds or the D3 is due not to the limitations of the camera but to the limited number of photons incident on each pixel/color.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Recommended....but!

As a professional specializing in fine art catalogues and interiors, this camera is a useful addition to my kit (already have an MFDB). Files are extremely fine, if a bit flat. They...Read complete review

As a professional specializing in fine art catalogues and interiors, this camera is a useful addition to my kit (already have an MFDB). Files are extremely fine, if a bit flat. They need a lot of work in ACR.

However, my big crib is that mine came with the dreaded mis-aligned viewfinder. Since everything I do involves either squaring off or horizontal/vertical alignment, this is a serious manufacturing error. And I am not alone. Many others have the same problem. Canon's total lack of any public acknowledgment of the problem is very disappointing. If this was a car, it would be a recall issue. Period.

For this reason and, to some extent price, I can only give it three stars.

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(7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Good camera but overpriced...

By Ronald

from Appleton

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Poor Image Quality

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Travel

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

This is a fine camera. However, there are other cameras out there that are at least as good as this for less money. I agree with an earlier reviewer that said the photos come out a tad on the flat side thus requiring more PS work.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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(0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Camera

By qtastudio

from upper darby, pa

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Great for weddings

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (10 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        1Ds Mark III full frame sensor ROCKS!

        By Tim

        from Honolulu, HI

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • Heavy bulky

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

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

        As of Sunday, we have used the EOS 1Ds Mark III for a month of Pet Photography sessions. We knew the full frame technology from the 5D, and so the photo quality is exactly what we predicted. The main yield has been the high-speed action shots with the full frame. In the past, we have used a 7-D for those. The 7-D photos were very good, but because of the noise, we were often restricted in the size of the enlargement we could offer. With the 1Ds, we may lose a bit in the burst, but the tradeoff is we have images that you can blow-up the size of a wall. In fact, our first two shoots were black dogs on white sand beaches. We saw very little color noise in the action shots.
        On the negative side, this is a heavy, bulky camera. When you attach a large lens to it... and then try to track a dog at full speed, you get quite a workout. Since our average pet photo shoot lasts about 1.5 hours... all freehand shooting, you can be pretty tired. In fact, we did a 3 hour, 2-location shoot yesterday with our EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM attached and we were tuckered.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 8
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        "The Mother of them all"

        By Lander

        from Queretaro, MEXICO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet
        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I´ve always owned Canon cameras and my new 1Ds Mark III is most definitely the best piece of equipment I´ve had in my hands.
          Compared to my old 1Ds Mark II it is so much lighter, faster and amazingly sharp.
          It just seems impossible to make a mistake with this perfect piece of equipment.
          The price, OK a bit expensive but at the end of the day, totally worth the effort.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Almost perfect

          By Alec

          from Mobile, AL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Excellent color accuracy
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great battery life
          • High ISO Performance
          • Rugged

          Cons

          • Low LCD resolution

          Best Uses

          • Aerial photography
          • Architectural Photography
          • Art Copies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Industrial Photography
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Product Photography
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

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

          The Canon digital bodies are great, not as much so for many of the lenses, which need periodic alignment service. I have found that this camera combined with Zeiss lenses is hard to beat for 36x48 prints, and even larger prints look great if the image is captured perfectly.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 9
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic camera...

          By Toby

          from Miami, Fl

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Pro studio

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

            I am studio photographer in Miami, picture quality, funcionality, ease of use are all second to none... I cannot fault this camera..

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great camera!

            By daphne

            from Bloomfield, Michigan

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Weddings/Events

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

              Love it, only negative is the price...

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The color is unbelievable!

              By Nona

              from Alaska

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

              • Noisy At High ISO

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

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

              This camera is for professionals which I am not but...It is so easy to use. It is easier to use than my XTI. I have had this camera for 1 month and already feel comfortable using it.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 10
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              (20 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Weather Sealing No Good!

              By Boone

              from PA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                This was the best camera I ever had until it got wet. I'm not talking about a plunge in water. Just exposure to rain. First time out in the rain and the weather sealing failed. Despite Canon's claims to be weather sealed and stand up in harsh conditions! I bought their best Camera and it failed when put to the test. Do yourself a favor and but a rain cover if you plan on shooting in the rain. I was so confident that it would be fine in the rain. Boy was I wrong!

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (21 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                buy the 5d mark 11 instead

                By Richie

                from New York, New York

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                • Hard to get spot on focus
                • Poor Image Quality
                • Poor In Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Paperweight

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

                After using this camera for a year and sending it into the shop with problems 3 times, i finally traded it in for a 5d Mark 11.
                The 5d is lighter, better in low light and shoots killer hd video. buy two 5ds instead of a mark 111.

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                • No

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                (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A dream realized.

                By Jorge Rosa

                from Brasília, Brasil

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet
                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

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

                  Uauuuuu! Excellent machine! For the professional who knows how to use.

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                  (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Mostly great

                  By Cathy

                  from Lucedale, MS

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                  • Noisy At High ISO

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife photos

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

                  I use this for professional shoots. It's solid, well built, most of the things I have come to expect from Canon. This particular individual camera has a manufacturer defect that I am not sure how to get fixed without losing the camera for a few weeks and that has me baffled and upset. There are 5 pixels on the sensor (I don't know if that's right) that glow when that part of the picture is dark. There are three red, a green, and a blue. They are in every picture when their space is dark (like a wedding tuxedo). I bought the camera because one of my other cameras has a bent pin (my fault) and I needed two woking camras. Now I am going to have to send this one in, too. Can't win!

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                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  My best studio camera

                  By Joe

                  from New Mexico

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast accurate auto-focus
                  • Full Frame Sensor
                  • Good Image Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Still life
                    • Studio

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

                    I have this camera body for studio, portrait and landscape imaging. The full frame 21.1 Megapixel sensor gives me the resolution I need.

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                    (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great looking camera and easy to operate

                    By Phil

                    from Shanghai China

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great image quality
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Travel
                      • Wildlife photos

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

                      I use the 1Ds Mark lll for wildlife shots and Landscapes. I like high resolution detail in my animal shots. The camera was also much easier to learn than i anticipated. Nothing about this camera that i don't like even with the extra weight.

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                      (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Still the best

                      By Rod the Canuck

                      from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • High ISO Performance
                      • Large Clear LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Studio
                        • Weddings/Events

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

                        I use my EOS 1Ds for studio and nature photography. Quality of image is remarkable and absolutely consistent. Never misses a beat. I've been shooting since 1976 and have used dozens of 35mm, Medium Format and digital SLR. This camera is by far the best in terms of the result and creative options.

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                        4.0

                        Really Good Camrea

                        By Jay Dexter

                        from D.C

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Good Image Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          I recently sold all my Nikon equipment (D700 + Lenses) on Craigslist in order to make the switch to this camera, and brand. After my first two shoots this past week, its clear to me that the move was well worth it. This summer is going to be serious!

                          My only issue of course is the price, but this camera will surely pay for itself in the long run.

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                          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Megapixel Monster

                          By Alan H

                          from Pascagoula,Mississippi

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Holds 2 memory cards
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                          • Shutter is loud

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Still life
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

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

                          I got this camera to shoot weddings and portraits mainly.It was suggested to me by another photographer that I should buy a camera with two memory cards.I had 3 semi-expensive Canon lenses.The EF 70-200mm 2.8L IS USM lens,the EF 100-400mm 4-5.6L IS USM Lens,and the EF 100mm 2.8 USM lens,and I'm a Canon Man.I started,in the digital slr world,with an Eos Rebel XT,then the 40D,then the 50D,and now this one.I still use my other cameras mainly for sports,bird photography,etc. because of the high FPS they offer.If you have the means,and are going to be in photography for a while,you should consider this 21.1 megapixel monster.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome Camera

                          By Alan Hinkel

                          from Pascagoula,Ms.

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Holds 2 cards
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                          • Noisy

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

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

                          The detail is great,Less noise when shooting in high ISO.I love it.Easy to use.I bought this camera for my Photography business,so I wanted a camera with 2 cards.

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                          4.0

                          Great camera

                          By Deanne

                          from NH

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Bright LCD
                          • Comfortable Controls
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Great Image Quality
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Loud

                          Best Uses

                          • Art
                          • Landscape
                          • Portraits
                          • Wildlife

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

                          I use the camera for wildlife photography and product photos. The 21mpx sensors on this camera produce stunning detail and images can be cropped and cropped with great results.

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                          (4 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Top of the line

                          By JxMxArt

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Controls
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Great Image Quality
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Loud

                          Best Uses

                          • Art
                          • Landscape
                          • Portraits

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

                          I was a loyal 35mm film shooter and will always be. The reason I switched is because of convenience and now 35mm digital format exceeds 35mm film quality.

                          I Chose the 1Ds MkIII over the 5D MkII because Canon added the HD video option to the 5D, a useless feature in my opinion plus the 1Ds MkIII is weather sealed.

                          I love shooting "Dark" portraits in the style of Andrzej Dragan the resolution and color accuracy of the 1Ds MkIII camera exceeded my expectations for this. I also shoot landscapes when Chicago weather is at its worst which is about 90% of the year!. I love that the camera is weather sealed for this the 1Ds MkIII gets five stars.

                          The Cons: I had to return the first copy because of the noise the mechanism that shifts the images right side up for viewing was too loud, My second copy made the same noise so I assume its normal but maybe canon could install a more silent one.

                          I am in debt now after buying the camera and will be for about 2yrs, working part time at a restaurant chain I would have been in debt anyway had I bought the 5D mkII so I decided to go all out and make it count. No regrets at all the 1Ds MkIII is well worth the sweat off my back besides this camera will pay for itself in the long run.

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