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Canon EOS 1D Mark III 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only)
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Product Description

The Canon EOS-1D Mark III has a 10.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor (APS-H size) with Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System and a 3.0-inch LCD monitor with Canon's Live View technology. The Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit is used against stray dust that enters the camera and adheres to the image sensor during a lens change. The IR-cut filter cleans itself automatically with ultrasonic vibrations, removing dust from the sensor assembly. The EOS-1D Mark III has a redesigned 100% viewfinder, a new 45-point AF system and can shoot up to 10 fps continuously with a maximum burst of 110 shots. Dual DIGIC III Image Processors work in tandem to speed up every process while refining image quality, a new, lighter body has improved weather sealing and shutter durability. Every facet of the EOS experience has been enhanced with the 1D Mark III. Image Sensor Type - High-sensitivity, high-resolution, single-plate, CMOS sensor Aspect Ratio - 3/2 (Horizontal/Vertical) Color Filter System - RGB primary color filters Recording Format - DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21) JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG simultaneous USB 2.0 Hi-Speed mini-B port NTSC & PAL for video output Viewfinder - Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism ISO - Up to 6400 AE Lock applies in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved Optional External Speedlite - E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites Self-timer - 10 seconds, 2 seconds delay Battery Power Source - LP-E4 lithium-ion battery Automatic Battery Check Power Saving - Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8, 15 & 30 minutes Back-up Battery - One CR2025 lithium battery Dimensions - Width 6.1 x Height 6.2 x Depth 3.1 inch (156 x 156.6 x 79.9mm) Weight - 40.7 ounces (1155 grams)

  • 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor captures enough detail for photo-quality 18 x 24-inch prints
  • Shoot up to 10fps; burst rate up to 110 full-resolution JPEG images
  • High-precision AF system with 19 user-selectable AF points
  • New DIGIC III Image Processor provides fast, accurate image processing
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD display

Customer Reviews:

  • A very good camera
    I had semi-switched from Nikon to Canon with the purchase of this camera. Despite reports over focusing issues, I haven't had any real problems with it. The frame rate and high ISO on it is phenomenal. Anyone whose wanting a pro-caliber camera, this unit and the Nikon D3 are, in my opinion, ought to be the top 2 choices. Having used both cameras, I have to give Nikon the nod because of its 9-fps burst at FULL frame, slightly lower noise level at high ISO, and a more accurate auto white balance. Nevertheless, the Mark III is a fantastic camera. Shooting with both Canon & Nikon is like dating a blonde & brunette at the same time. :o) ...more info
  • Great camera, but not in the beginning
    I have owned the Mark III for a little over a year. Not long after receiving it, it quit. I sent it in for a "mirror magnet" problem. After I got it back I would get an Err99 almost daily. I documented it with Canon. It would happen most often when I turned it on for the first time. After several conversations with Canon, I sent it in and they replaced the mirror box. It has not had an Err 99 since then.

    The camera was purchased as a "Blue Dot", meaning it had been fixed for the original focus issues some people were reporting. Since the second repair it has functioned flawlessly and now focuses to meet anyone's reasonable expectations. I get 80% to 90% in-focus. In most of the out of focus photos there was a legitimate reason. I can see this when I check my photos in Canon's Zoom Browser. I can see where the camera was focused at the time of shutter release. It is easy to miss a shot on a fast moving object by missing the subject or hitting a different part of the subject. Often times it would be the focus changing from head to hip (on a running dog), not the camera's fault but mine.

    There are many settings on this camera to fine tune it to your way of shooting and the shooting situation. I have gotten some awesome action shots from this camera and am very pleased with it.

    Canon clearly brought this camera to market too soon. It was not tested properly or either production standards were not watched. I would bet that the parts they were producing were not meeting the standards of their research and development, plus the conditions that caused a problem may not have been reproduced in test. This clearly threw Canon for a loop and they did a poor job managing public relations. I am surprised there has not been a class action lawsuit since so many pros use this camera. Some have toughed it out; those who had a lot of money went to Nikon, which is currently hitting it with some good cameras, something Canon normally is known for.

    If you are buying a Mark III now, you are more than likely going to be blown-away by such a great camera that focuses and gives you shots you never imagined. I love shooting it and learning to fine-tune it for particular shooting circumstance.

    Working as it works now, I would purchase it again....more info
  • Wonderful Camera body!
    Definite FIVE STARS!!! I am a Canon girl all the way. I've had the S3 IS, the SD630, the SD900, the Rebel XTi, the Rebel XSi, and now the 1D Mark III. I can't believe the difference between the XSi and the 1D Mark III. From the overall feel of the body, to the shutter sound, to the quality of the photos. The dual processors make a huge difference. Combined with the extensive line of Canon lenses, this is a phenomenal camera. I am sold on the professional line, though the XSi will now become my back-up body for when I shoot weddings, etc. ...more info
  • Focus Poblems Need Fixed by Canon
    This new model is so good in many ways, yet is unaccepteble in its current form. It has become well known for its terrible focus issues that Canon has yet to be able to fix. Two firmware updates have been issued as a bandaid, but these have not yet fixed the problem.

    I recommend you hold-off and wait for Canon to officially admit to the problem and name a fix. Yes, this focus problem is that bad. Expect to have 30-50% of your shots out of focus. Canon is investigating this and issuing firmware updates, but have yet to officially comment on it. "Let's get with it, Canon!!" Take it from me, you don't want a $5,000 camera that can't focus on STATIONARY objects, let alone, moving ones! Very frustrating!...more info
  • Canon Mark III & Canon Support
    In the last 3 years I have gone from 2 different point and shot cameras to the Canon 30D to the Canon Mark III. With each camera, I was telling myself - this should do it for some time. I read and learned as much as I could with each camera. When I got the 30D I was on cloud 9 - this was great - it would be nice to shoot faster though. When I heard about the Mark III coming out, I knew that was hopefully the last stepping stone I would require for sometime.

    This thing rocked - couldn't believe how fast it could shot. I was surprised at how many shots were out of focus though (birding). I didn't experience anything like this on the 30D. I read about the AI focus problems and thought - well this is what is happening to me. For the next 5 months Canon stone walled me on a weekly basis. Promised firmware fixes, this fix that fix, reps telling me off.

    I wrote a letter to Yoroku Adachi (President of Canon U.S.A.) and got a call back from one of his people. Very apologetic but same old please be patient and apologies galore - but still we won't replace it with a functioning camera - it is a minor issue (again I was told that by numerous reps) - I say it is only minor if you don't use those features.

    5 ? months later it got fixed. I missed the birding season but there is next year (I was told that by a rep too!). It looks like the problem is fixed and looking forward to spring migration. If someone is reading this and hasn't purchased any camera gear yet, buy Nikon. I have too much invested in Canon gear to switch.

    I would probably give the camera 4.5-5 stars now. Canon Support would get a 0.

    Updated: May 29th, 2008

    With the latest firmware updates and hardware fix, I would give this Camera an easy 5 stars. I have shot plays indoors at ISO 1600 (no flash) and can't believe how sharp shots come out.

    My issue is still with Canon Tech (lack of) Support. I called yesterday about the WFT-E2A and got the usual run-a-round about the product. If you don't think you will ever need Canon Tech (lack of) Support, go Canon.

    ...more info
  • The AF finally works
    This camera should be on a league of it's own. Although Nikon D3 is it's competitor, in my opinon it does not compare. There have been numerous of test stating that 1dMk3 is better than the D3 and vice versa, but the real reason I think this camera really shines are Canon's Lenses, especially the L-series lens. Canon has had years of making their own cmos sensors for their digital camera line compaired to other camera compines. However, taking great pictures does not matter which camera a person has, but on the photographer it's self.

    Ok, it's time for me to stop promoting Canon, and start explaining why this camera is great. I had this camera for almost half a year now. At first the autofocus wasn't it's best, but I was able to live with it. I don't really do sports photography, nor am I a pro photographer, and that's probably the main reasons why the autofocus didn't really bother me. However, after I took the camera to the shop (I was lucky because the Irvine Canon factory isn't far from me) and got my 1dMk3 fixed for the autofocus problem and other problems, I have noticed a big difference in performance when I received my camera back. My camera focuses faster and the majority of the shot I've took were useable, comparied to before.

    This camera does live up to it's hype and expectations. The picture quality is great even if you're using a non L-series lens. If you use a regular Canon lens compaired to a L-series Canon lens, it's like compairing 720p vs. 1080p on your HD Tv. It's not really noticeable, unless you have a great eye for detail.

    I was dissappointed at first that the camera had one cf and one sd drive, instead of two cf drives. Since the sd drive does take sdhc and it's cheaper. I have no problems having one cf drive and sd drive.

    Anther great thing is it's new battery. The battery does last longer. I still have one of Canon's old camera and I needed to have at least 2 back up batteries. So far I only need one with this camera, but my plan is to buy a second one soon.

    To top off everything, if you do live close by the Canon factory, they do clean the cmos sensor for free if you don't mind waiting. Well the Irvine factory does clean it for free. Also, the people at the Canon factory did state that it will take about 3 weeks to get my camera back after all the repairs are done, but instead I had received my camera back in about 1 1/2 weeks. So far I've been getting great service from the people at Canon....more info
  • Canon MKIII
    One of the most excellent pieces of machinery in the photography world.
    10 FPS, ability to use high ISO, ability to use teleconverters and autofocus, micro lens adjustments, and custom functions are why I bought it. Battery lasts all week. I shoot thousands of photos with one charge.

    I did have to send it to Canon for an error99 problem, but it's fixed and working perfectly. The aiservo @ 10 FPS can miss a few frames in focus, this bothers me, so I have custon functioned it to shoot @ 7 FPS. It's a bit too sensitive in autofocus even in one shot/centerpoint for very small objects. I mostly do wildlife and birds in flight so this part is critical for us. This is discussed often in bird forums. Lets hope Canon addresses it, as the firmware upgrades have not totally solved this. Extremely fast otherwise.

    Even so, it's a joy to use. The colors are better than the 40D.
    It's larger, but excellent ergonomics, even for a girl. ...more info
  • Do NOT buy this Camera until the AF issue is resolved
    I've owned this camera for about 3 months and it has been to the factory twice and still will not reliably focus correctly. When it does focus correctly or if I shoot landscapes in manual focus mode the images are incredible, but the AF totally sucks and is completely unreliable. It can't be trusted. I've shot hundreds of comparison shots between the 1D MkIII and my 20D and the 20D outperforms it in AF 90% of the time.

    ...more info
  • great camera, few problems
    Overall this camera is amazing. The only problem is the focus problems that are well documented elsewhere. The mirror fix and firmware upgrade from Canon helped, but there is still a tendency for focus to drift when shooting rapid fire. However, under low light there is not any camera that even comes close to it for quality. ...more info
  • Essential tool for a professional photographer.

    Purchased the Mark III in September 2007. Over one year later this camera still continues to amaze me! The controls are laid out perfectly and the camera feels like it's just the right size in my hands.

    Others have complained about the price, but believe me, you get what you pay for!! I purchased this camera to take professional portraits, weddings special events. This camera was an upgrade from the Canon 20d and 30d cameras I previously owned.

    Some of my favorite features are the auto - ISO feature. This mode allows you to set the camera in shutter or aperture priority, and if the camera cannot compensate for the exposure, it automatically increases the ISO. Great feature that allows the photographer more creative control of the picture while getting that perfect shot every time.

    Another nice feature is the live view shooting. This mode allows you to take long pictures, or pictures in awkward angles without requirig you to look into the viewfinder. You still have to manually focus.

    Another feature I like is the ability for the camera to record on multiple media targets. You can set the camera up to record raw on one card and jpeg on another. Or, you can set the camera up to jump to the other card when one is full. This is very convenient for me since I shoot in RAW.

    Another feature is the limits, configuration, and file handling settings. You can set the minimum and maximum ISO, shutter, aperture settings, fast shutter speed, slow shutter speed, and the camera will compensate within your set parameters and deliver results.

    One last feature worth noting is the microadjustment. This camera allows you to micro adjust for each of your lenses. This is especially useful if you have a front focusing lens that appears to be just a little off. You can adjust the camera so when you attach that lens, the camera automatically adjusts for that particular lens.

    Sure, this camera costs a few dollars more, but the payback in the pictures is nothing short of amazing.. This is a TRUE professional camera and as such requires the photographer to have a significant knowledge of photography.

    The battery life is phenomenal! Not only does the camera provide you with a battery meter, it has a menu setting that actually tells you what percentage of battery life you have left and the number of shutter actuations since the last charge. I routinely manage over 2000 (and once over 3000) actuations on a single charge. This is something that NO other digital camera can do! Significant upgrade over the 1dMarkII series cameras where the battery was larger, heavier, and lasted for at most 700 actuations. I thought of purchasing a backup battery, but haven't brought myself to do so because of the longevity of this battery.

    This camera has been a very important compliment to my existing L series lenses.

    Overall, I would recommend this camera for the professional photographer that is SERIOUS about the business of photography and needs proven professional equipment to deliver results to the customer. I have been considering purchasing a second Mark III as a backup to the one I own. My 5d is currently my backup camera (great, but not at the same level as the EOS-1 series).

    You can check out some of my pictures at

    ...more info
  • Quality Product
    I'm a sports photographer. I've been using this camera for a while now. I decided to give it a good testing before even writing any remarks.

    There seems to be a lot of hype about the focus issue. Personally, I've never experienced the problem, and I bet the majority of photographers haven't either. Some people need to do research before blaming the camera. There are many user faults, causing the camera to seem as if it is not focusing. They also need to check their lenses.

    I shoot different sports, from rugby to show jumping, polo and horse racing. So, tracking a fast moving object (person or horse) is very important. Out of about 100 images, maybe 2 would be out of focus. Those I would more blame on myself than the camera. People really need to RTFM. There are so many custom settings, especially for focus, to enable you to use the camera to it's full potential, for whatever you use it for.

    The camera is pure quality. I don't deny that there are some focus issues, but again, these are under specific circumstances. The body is solid and sturdy. It is good to hold and not too heavy. The battery life is brilliant (nearly 3,000 shots per charge). The fps is stunning. I've had to limit my burst rate to 25 frames, just so I don't fill my memory cards too quickly. :-) I did give it a good workout, using the full fps and burst rate at an event, and I was stunned.

    There are just so many custom functions, that allow you to setup the camera depending on what you are doing. That is brilliant for me, since some events are at night under lights, while others are during the day, either cloudy or bright. Different saved setting sets allow me to quickly change to suit my circumstances.

    For those who need a fast, reliable pro camera, this would very much be my camera of choice....more info
  • Doesn't focus and now doesn't work
    Canon tried to make a big splash with the 30th anniversary EOS, but it really was a dud. I've had this body for over 6 months now, and it's by far the worst purchase decision I've every made.

    1. It doesn't focus as it's supposed to. It has out of focus shots for one shot and AI modes, at a far worse rate than its predecessor. Canon even acknowledged this defect.

    2. It has severe error problems (such as Error 99).

    3. Even after the fix, it still doesn't focus as it should -- lots of professional sites note this -- and now Canon is indicating as of 2/1 that there could be another fix in the works.

    If you're like me and heavily invested in Canon glass, then there's nothing to do but ride it out and hope they eventually get it right. (I still have faith in Canon, and think their products are very good, and the image quality of the 1dIII is simply amazing when it works....) But if you're new to the dslr (and ask yourself then, why you need such an expensive body anyway), it's worth investigating other options. The one thing a photographer can't have is a body that can't be depended upon....more info