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PostPosted: Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:04 am 
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Hi guys,

Have been wondering this for a while now: how does a Canon EOS 1D Mark III hold up nowadays when looking at image quality and noise on higher ISO's? I have heard some people say that a 1D Mark III has way higher image quality and sharpness, and focuses way faster than say a Canon EOS 7D. Is this true or is a camera like the 7D comparable?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:01 am 
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I'll be interested in the response. I still see posting from mkIII's on a flash forum that I'm on. I know I wouldn't turn my nose up to a mkIV if I could get my hands on it.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:00 am 
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Well - the ISO noise performance should be a tad better than the 7D's but in the end the resolution is pretty much lower. Personally I'd pretty much prefer the Mark IV if it wasn't so much more expensive.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:37 pm 
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MTK - I really wish you would not have brought this up. My situation, I have a T2i at home I'm ready to upgrade. For the last 7 months I have been exclusivly using a 40D very sucssesfuly. I am considering a 7D but to say I have a 1-series body would be nice and I just read on the-digital-picture.com
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Some people are referring to the 40D as a baby Canon EOS 1D Mark III. While the 40D shares many of the features of the 1DIII, I consider the 1-Series body to be a much better body - which is of course reflected in its cost. And once again, you must determine if the extra cost is warranted for your needs/wants. The 1-Series bodies are really awesome to use (like driving a fine sports car) - It is hard to go back after using them. While the 1DIII's resolution is similar to the 40D, the per-pixel image quality and low ISO noise yield images that are even more impressive than the 40D's. The 1D III's 45pt AF is faster, its frame rate is higher, its shutter is rated for 3x the actuations, its viewfinder is larger with a 100% view, it is weather sealed ...

My only issue is a daily use lens because my Sigma 18-125 which I want to dump anyway would not work on the 1D III. I have a $1,500 budget and It looks like I could get a use 1D-III for about $800 to $900 and a 28-135 as a daily lens. Waht to do what to do?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:19 pm 
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Hehe well get the 1D Mark III then, but why not go for a 24-105/4 L IS USM then? Would be a perfect match if you ask me :).

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:22 am 
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According to multiple sources, the earlier-production 1D Mark III cameras had serious AF problems. By the 550000 serial number range, the AF problems had been resolved. Older ones that have been updated by Canon will have a special mark in the camera and a dot of a certain color placed on the box. I do not recall the colors of these marks and dots, but a bit of searching should be able to find it.

I did not buy a 1D3, but was interested in acquiring a pre-owned specimen, and did quite a bit of research, in late 2012. I actually bought a 1D Mark II N, instead. There is, indeed, something very special about shooting a top-tier pro camera. Of course, I already knew that, from experience with the Nikon F6. :)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 3:59 pm 
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i have read that the affected serial numbers are between 501001 and 546561, and units that have been repaired by canon has a white dot inside the battery compartment.

my 1D markIII with the serial#54488* has this issue, and in certain conditions it almost never nails the focus, it ends up being just a hair too unsharp to use.
but when the conditions are right it's amazingly fast and accurate.

if you find one with a high serial# or one that has been repaired it most certainly holds up to newer cameras.
high iso performance is also very good for being a 6-year old camera.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:48 am 
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I used to use the mkiii and the 7d. The 7d has better high ISO performance than th mkiii but the mkiii has more details.Great body. The only thing about the mkii that you have to be careful when buying is that some older serial numbers have focusing issue. Otherwise, top camera

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