Score: 74

DuyTom’s Assessment: Very good!

1D Mark III Price:
700 - 1000$ second hand (2015)

Năm: 2007

Target: professional photographer; explorer; sports shooting enthusiasts, wildlife, birds.

Introduction

Many people mistakenly believe that Canon 1D is a different level than the rest, that photos by Canon 1D must be also more beautiful than others, it must be at another level. However, the reality is not quite so. Canon 1D is really a champion in price. Launching at the same time, the price of Canon 1D is always above $6,000, double expensive than others. However, 1D does not only take beautiful photos, but also capture images in extreme conditions 

Ergonomic

8 điểm

Once you have searched much information about 1D Mark III, this definitely means that you had a passion for it. Although not many people like it, however, if someone felt in love with it, that person will find it really well worth. 1D Mark III is really big and looks extremely "hardcore". It likes a warrior. Just hold your 1D Mark III, and you look really cool than ever!

1D Mark III is as big as a pizza. Definitely, you need to have a good health if you want to use this camera. The camera is encased from head to toe, and it can withstand falls, bumps, severe weather conditions, storms, snow ... In short, this camera was built like a tank (see more at “Torture 1D camera in conditions -25 degrees C”)

1D Mark III itself will help you look stand out in the crowd.

Price 

8 points - Price is now very appropriate, and commensurate with the quality of the machine. At the time of its inception, 1D Mark III can cost up to $ 6,000.

700 - 1000$ (2015)

Specifications

Sensor

1.3x, 18.7 x 28.1mm

Image sizes

3,888 x 2,592 pixels

Flash
No

Shutter
1/8000 to 30 seconds

Performance

Sports / high speed: 8 points

Let's look at the super fast shutter speed of 1D Mark III

 

 Duytom’s reason mentions about this firstly because it is a main strength of 1D Mark III. With the terribly fast autofocus ability of this camera and the shutter speed of 10 frames/sec, 1D Mark III hardly miss any single moment. With 1D Mark III, you can get some magic image that people rarely can see with the normal eyes

However, the weakness of 1D Mark III is the noise in high ISO. For example, the below images was taken at ISO 1600 - 3200, most of them are noise and have poor color

 

Combo for sport:  

Mid-range combo
1D Mark III - Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS USM:
1D Mark III - Canon 100-400mm f/4 - 5.6
Premium Combo:
1D Mark III - Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM
1D Mark III - Canon 100-400mm f/4 - 5.6
1D Mark III - Canon 200mm f/2  

Architecture / Landscape: 7 points

Canon EOS 1D Mark III is very good at photograph landscape and architecture. However, the ISO is only up to 3200 (default). 1D Mark III has lack of details. In low light condition, 1D Mark III can’t equal to Canon EOS 6D and 5D Mark II. 

Combo for landscape/architecture:
1D Mark III - Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 II
1D Mark III - Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS
1D Mark III - Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8
1D Mark III - Canon 11-24mm f/2.8

Portrait: 7 points

1D Mark III is one of the best cameras in capturing portrait photos. Of course, the weakness in low-light shooting still remains. 1D Mark III is even worse than 5D Mark II at this point

Suggesting Combo:
Cheap combo:
1D Mark III - Canon 50mm f/1.8 II
1D Mark III - Canon 85mm f/1.8
1D Mark III - Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS USM
Mid-range combo
1D Mark III - Canon 70-200mm f/4 IS USM
1D Mark III - Canon 24-70 f/2.8 USM 
Premium Combo:
1D Mark III - Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM
1D Mark III - Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II USM
1D Mark III - Canon 50mm f/1.2
1D Mark III - Canon 85mm f/1.2

Animals:  9 điểm

 

Shooting animals, especially birds, needs the most advanced skill and equipments. 1D Mark III is one of that equipment. It was designed to follow you to anywhere, to do anything. Autofocus system is as fast as lightning which helps you don’t miss any opportunities. If you specialize in wildlife capture, 1D Mark III is for you

Suggesting Combo
Midrange combo
1D Mark III - Canon 100-400mm f/4 - 5.6
1D Mark III - Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM
Premium Combo
1D Mark III - Canon EF 100-400mm f/4 - 5.6
1D Mark III - Canon EF 200mm f/2
1D Mark III - Canon EF 300mm f/2.8
1D Mark III - Canon EF 400mm f/2.8
1D Mark III - Canon EF 500mm F4 L IS II USM

Closeup/Macro: 7 points

 

1D Mark III can take macro photograph well, even with normal lenses. With the super fast shutter speed, you can completely confident to go picnic, take photograph of flowers or fastest insects with 1D Mark III 

Combo for closeup/marcro
Mid-range Combo
1D Mark III - Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro 
Premium Combo:
1D Mark III - Canon 180mm f/2.8 Macro 

Battery 

9 points

points1D Mark III can capture up to 2000 photos before running out of battery. This is the best performance in Canon cameras

Target

Support for newbie and mid-range photographer: 2 points

1D Mark III was designed for the professionals. There's no other support mode 

With reporters and explorer, 1D Mark III is definitely made for them:  9 points

Recommendation

If your needs are portraits, landscapes, then you should select Canon EOS 6D or 5D Mark II, with better image quality, more support and easier to use

If you are a wildlife photographer, explorer who likes to go around the world, the 1D Mark III is exactly for you. This camera is very powerful which helps you record every moment. And it is also very durable no matter how negligent you are!

Important note: Early models of 1D Mark III had autofocus fault. It is difficult to capture fast-moving images, especially in high-temperature. The affected machines have series in range: 501001 and 546561.

The cameras in the list http://downloads.canon.com/cpr/software/camera/serialnumbers_adv.pdf and series higher than 546561 don't have this fault 


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