Canon EOS 1D Mark III Full Frame DSLR Camera

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What's most impressive to me about the 1D Mark III

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Is being able to shoot a basketball game with shutter speeds up to 1/4000th of a second with ambient gym lighting and get good results. Being able to shoot at ISO's of 10,000 and above with good results gives you incredible freedom to crank the shutter speed up and capture every aspect of the action - freezing action as never before with indoor sports.

Canon's top of the line EOS-1D Mark III is the most innovative EOS Digital SLR manufactured to date. The CMOS sensor has an enhanced sensitivity range of ISO 50-6400. 14-bit A/D conversion translates into fine gradation and a sizeable reduction in digital and shadow noise. There is a new 10.1 megapixel APS-H size CMOS sensor with Canon's EOS Integrated Cleaning System and a 3.0-inch LCD screen with Canon's Live View technology.

Every aspect of the EOS camera has been improved with the 1D Mark III.  Dual "DIGIC III" Image Processors work in unison to increase every process while improving image quality. A fresh, lighter body with upgraded weather sealing and shutter resilience. To fight against errant dust that comes into the camera and sticks to the image sensor during a lens exchange, the 1D Mark III features a Canon-designed Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit. The IR-cut filter cleans itself without human intervention with ultrasonic vibrations, effectively removing dust from the sensor assembly.

Dust that has been overlooked by the Integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit can also be removed with software included in Digital Photo Professional (DPP) Version 3.0. The 1D Mark III's imaging sensor is able to catch the dust specks on its surface, then locates their location coordinates within the image. This data is passed along with the image, either JPEG or RAW, and can be manually or automatically removed in Canon's DPP version 3.0. This supplemental software choice makes sure of the most immaculate image possible, just the thing for printing or storage.

Framing is instinctive since the sensor's 3:2 aspect ratio is the same as in 35mm SLR cameras, and the sensor's large size achieve an effective angle of view that's just 1.3 times the focal length indicated on Canon EF lenses. With its liberal 28.1 x 18.7 mm image sensor dimensions, it is able to attain every degree of your scene from highlight to shadow. Vast noise reduction guarantees an enormously high signal-to-noise ratio. The 1D Mark III can shoot up to 10 fps continuously with a maximum burst of 110 shots and has a reformulated 100% viewfinder, a new 45-point AF system.

There have been many owners reporting focusing issues and having to send their 1d Mark III back to Canon for repairs. Obviously, Canon hastily brought this camera to the market and the quality control department did not properly test it and production standards were not observed. Somehow, I think that the parts they manufactured did not meet the R&D standards, and conditions that brought about the problem may not have been discovered in testing. This evidently surprised Canon and they reacted poorly in the public relations department. It is surprising there have  been no class action suits given that numerous professional photographers use this camera. Some have roughed it out and those of means switched to Nikon, which currently has some exceptional cameras.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Firmware updates: Canon EOS-1D/1Ds Mk III

Canon has released firmware updates for the EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III pro digital SLR cameras. In both cases, the firmware fixes the following phenomenon:
• Corrects a phenomenon in which a displayed image becomes pitch-black if it is zoomed in on during Live View shooting.
• Corrects a phenomenon in which "busy" may continue to appear on the camera if the USB cable is disconnected during USB communication.
• Changes the error indications that are displayed on the camera. The error indications are further clarified to make the causes of errors easier to identify, and so that adequate support can be provided to our customers.
 EOS-1D Mark III firmware update version 1.2.5


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Outstanding digital photography
begins with the new 10.1-megapixel CMOS sensor. Canon’s distinctively advanced in-house sensor design and manufacturing resources are a foremost reason EOS Digital SLR cameras time and again dispense state-of-the-art imaging feats.

The EOS-1D Mark III includes a newly developed 10.1 megapixel Canon CMOS sensor.
It accomplishes the primary functions of an imaging sensor -- accurate, sensitive, exceptionally low noise capture of image data -- with extraordinary proficiency. The upshot of Its APS-H size sensor is a 1.3 lens conversion factor, a format that EOS-1D series photographers know well. What's more, it contains Canon’s newest CMOS creative developments that appreciably reduce digital noise -- particularly in shadow areas -- and enlarge the functional ISO range.

Extra 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.

The Mark III's Dual DIGIC Image Processor
Dual DIGIC III Image Processors The EOS-1D Mark III employs Canon’s latest DIGIC III Image Processor, which maintains the extremely high image quality standard of its predecessor but, amazingly, attains even higher processing speed. Moreover, the 1D Mark III uses not one, but Dual DIGIC III Image Processors operating in parallel to provide even greater data handling capability. The resulting imaging engine handles the huge amount of data from the 10.1-megapixel sensor with tremendous speed. Card write speeds are faster, noise control is significantly better, and camera responsiveness has been even further improved.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Canon’s advanced EOS Integrated Cleaning System uses both mechanical and software methods to effectively deal with dust accumulation on the imaging sensor.

The Integrated Cleaning System deletes dust with ease
First, dust that settles on the sensor surface is removed using ultrasonic vibration. This self-cleaning takes about 3.5 seconds, and it is automatically activated whenever the camera is powered on or off. (You can also activate the routine at any time via the menu system.) The shutter release button always takes precedence, so the cleaning routine never hinders camera readiness. The loosened dust adheres to a special collecting collar positioned around the sensor to prevent re-contamination.

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.

With and without Highlight Tone Priority
Highlight Tone Priority Activated via a Custom Function on the EOS-1D Mark III, the new Highlight Tone Priority feature employs sophisticated processing algorithms to preserve greater detail in image highlight areas -- a perennial problem for digital photographers, especially in bright sunlight or contrasty studio lighting. It actually expands the available range of capture in the highlights, yet it exacts no penalties in either shadow detail or camera performance. It benefits photographers who shoot RAW images as well as those who rely on in-camera processing.

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 bride’s 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 As a result provides long service life and inspires the all-important confidence that comes from the knowledge that the shutter will perform on demand.

New, all-metal camera body
The pros demanded lighter and stronger. Canon delivered. The entire body of the EOS-1D Mark III, including the internal chassis and mirror box, is made of an advanced magnesium alloy. Exceptionally strong and rigid, this alloy results in a camera that can truly withstand the punishment routinely meted out by many professional photographers. At the same time, it makes the camera lighter for improved handling and maneuverability. The EOS-1D Mark III features a "professional-duty" chassis -- including the mirror box -- formed of high-strength, lightweight magnesium alloy. In lesser cameras, these parts are typically made of composite materials, and subsequently offer far less durability.

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 photographer’s 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. That’s 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).

Large 3.0-inch LCD monitor with Live View At 3.0 inches diagonal, the LCD monitor is the largest of any digital SLR in the world (as of February 2007). The bigger image area makes it easier than ever to confirm capture, check memory card contents, confirm shooting parameters, and access all menu options.

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.

Live View allows real-time adjustments
Live View Studio photographers will appreciate the PC Live View capability, which enables the image at the sensor to be displayed on a computer monitor. With Canon EOS Utility software installed on the computer, the user can check and adjust focus and composition in real time. You can even fire the camera remotely from the computer. Connection between the camera and computer can be via USB cable or, with the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A, via wireless LAN. The wireless option enables all Live View capabilities at a distance of 150 feet or more.

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.

Incomparable EOS AF technology, now even better The EOS-1D Mark III incorporates new Canon autofocus (AF) technologies that bring about improvement in key performance areas. A new area-type AF sensor features increased pixel sensitivity, which delivers markedly improved focusing performance in low-light situations. Compared to its predecessor, the 1D Mark III delivers AF sensitivity one full stop better in dark scene areas. The area AF system has 19 selectable high-precision cross-type points plus 26 Assist points for a total of 45 AF points. The cross-type points are now not only positioned in the central area, but also at the outer edges of the AF sensing area. The superior speed, precision, and low-light sensitivity of this new system are especially noticeable when shooting with longer Canon EF lenses.

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).

Capture up to 10 frames per second with the Mark III
Dual memory card slots The EOS-1D Mark III has separate CF and SD card slots that can be used in combination to boost performance, capacity, convenience, and data security. Images can be recorded to both cards simultaneously so that an instant backup is created. You can also record to the cards at different quality settings to create two sets of images for different purposes. An automatic switchover mode lets you keep shooting without interruption onto the second card should the first become filled to capacity. There is also an Image Copying mode that enables you to copy files -- in fact, entire folders -- from one card to the other.

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.

Optional Features
New Wireless File Transmitter (WFT-E2A) Canon’s 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 camera’s 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 camera’s 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 Canon’s 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 camera’s menus to set or clear the Speedlite’s various options and Custom Functions.

New Original Data security kit (OSK-E3) Canon’s 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).

Specifications
Body type Large SLR  
Sensor
Max resolution 3888 x 2592  
Other resolutions 3456 x 2304, 2816 x 1880, 1936 x 1288  
Image ratio w:h 3:2  
Effective pixels 10 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 11 megapixels  
Sensor size APS-H (28.7 x 18.7 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
Image
ISO 100 - 3200 in 1/3 stops, plus 50 and 6400  
White balance presets 8  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization No  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal (can have ratios programmed)  
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
 
Digital zoom No  
Manual focus Yes  
Number of focus points 19  
Lens mount Canon EF  
Focal length multiplier 1.3×  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD No  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 230,000  
Touch screen No  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)  
Viewfinder coverage 100%  
Viewfinder magnification 0.76×  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Built-in flash No  
External flash Yes (Hot-shoe plus Sync connector)  
Flash modes External  
Continuous drive 10.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)  
Videography features
Microphone None  
Storage
Storage types Compact Flash (Type I or II), SD/SDHC card  
Storage included None  
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI No  
Remote control Yes (N3 connector)  
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes  
Battery Battery Pack  
Weight (inc. batteries) 1335 g (2.94 lb / 47.09 oz)  
Dimensions 156 x 157 x 80 mm (6.14 x 6.18 x 3.15)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording Yes (by cable and PC)  
GPS None


Camera Includes
• Canon EOS-1D MARK-III N Digital SLR Camera
• Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
• Battery Charger
• AC Adapter
• Lithium Battery (backup battery)
• USB Cable
• Video Cable
• EOS Digital Solutions Software CD-ROM
• Instruction Manual on CD-ROM
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