Product Type: Canon digital cameras
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The 1 series are incredible cameras, but don't even buy one because you'll be hooked
Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Member Name: staceyspiers
Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Advantages: build quality, great images for the price, 1.3 crop
Disadvantages: size, weight, only 10mp
You won't be able to buy these brand new anymore, it's too old. But don't fear buying one used because this thing is built to last!
For the price of a 7d you get a much better camera for still photography. Of course it does not have video so if you want to shoot video with a 1 series camera you'll need to raise some serious cash for the 1dmk4 or 1dx.
In terms of image quality the 1d3 is modest in megapixels (just 10) but they're very sharp megapixels and although the 5d2 and 1ds3 have twice the megapixels, they don't really have a major increase in resolution.
I have made 30x20" prints with this camera and they are displayed in galleries, if you get the framing right in camera you can print up to 45x30" and still get good images, megapixels are for cropping rather than printing- use the money you save by buying this camera to get better telephoto glass- a 1d3 or even 1d2 with a 400mm 2.8 is going to make better images than a 1dx with a cheap slow lens with the iso cranked up.
The highest ISO is 6400, which isn't as clean as the newer cameras but is certainly usable, 12800 would be nice for really low light but the cameras that go up to 51,000 and higher are just marketing tricks, the image quality is horrible- if it's that dark use flash!
Everyone comments on the build quality, and people often say it can be used as a weapon! They're not kidding, i've heard tales of people dropping them onto concrete from 9ft heights, dropping them in the sea and then fishing them out. They're hardy cameras, the casing can get scratched up with professional use but the camera inside remains untouched by water, dust and abuse.
Unlike a camera with a battery grip there is nowhere for the water to collect, and cameras with a battery grip always feel a little flimsy, not so with the 1 series, it's as if they were carved from rock.
That's the only downside to the 1 series, the size and weight. But this is a camera designed for professional use, and it does that well- the price alone when new should be enough to put off most amateurs.
Despite being a professional camera it is incredibly easy to use, much more so that the newer cameras which are ridiculously complex, the AF system is easy, just put the box on your subject and press the shutter- no 3d tracking, no expanded zone AF, no nonsense- exactly what professional photographers need.
The camera has live view which is pretty important, and allows you to get shots from interesting angles without having to get down in the mud. The massive battery means you can use live view excessively and not notice it, most cameras can do around 600 shots on a change but this does more like 2000, and the batteries charge in 1 hour (the battery charger takes 2 batteries at a time, which makes it quite big but again it shows it's for professional use), there is also an ac adaptor to connect to mains, perfect for tethered shooting and since the cable is moulded to the battery which is locked into place, it won't ever fall out so you're safe to run and jump around without fear the cable will fall out.
The 1 series are incredible cameras, but don't even buy one because you'll be hooked and you'll never be able to use a 5d or 7d as a backup camera.
Summary: The 1 series are incredible cameras, but don't even buy one because you'll be hooked
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