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1ds3 front - side viewCanon 1Ds Mk3 (EOS-1Ds MkIII)

EOS 1DS Mk3 news and info.

The 1Ds Mk3 was launched in August 2007, and my own one arrived at the end of November 2007.

This page, which is still active and updated, includes technical specifications, updates (such as firmware) and reviews.

Although technically superceded by the 1D X (launch Oct 2011, ship July 2012) I've chosen to keep my 1Ds mk3 as my principal camera (some of my reasons).

It is easily one of the best cameras I've ever used, and if you are not bothered by the lack of video, then represents superb 2nd hand value.

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Latest News

2013 July

May

  • 30th Firmware v1.2.2
  • Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm F4L USM Extender 1.4X lens and an Extender, whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.

2012 June

2011 October

  • 18th The 1D X is announced by Canon, who suggest that it is the 1Ds3 replacement, as well as a 'full frame' 1D mk5

2010 March

  • 14th There is a mail in US rebate of $700 if you buy a 1Ds3 with a Canon 9500 Mk2 printer. Runs until April 26th

2009 December

  • 17th Firmware update to v1.2.0

May

  • 14th from CPN Europe
  • Free inspection and cleaning for oil spots on EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III
  • Canon has discovered that images taken by some EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR cameras may exhibit ring-shaped spots and is now offering free inspections and cleaning to solve this phenomenon.
  • oil spots on sensor

March 3rd New firmware for the 1Ds3 and 1D3 - there is also a new hardware AF fix

This is in addition to the sub mirror fix issued earlier by Canon, and requires returning the camera to Canon for service.

See the AF FAQ info for more details and to book a repair.

New firmware for the 1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III has also been released to fix issues with live view, USB communication, and to update camera error codes. This brings the versions up to 1.2.5 and 1.1.4 respectively, and is available for download now.

FW 1.1.4

Firmware Update Version 1.1.4 further specify the error indications as follows:

  • 10- Malfunctions related to files have been detected.(*1)
  • 20- Malfunctions related to the mechanical have been detected.
  • 30- Malfunctions related to the shutter have been detected.
  • 40- Malfunctions related to the power source have been detected.
  • 50- Malfunctions related to the electric control have been detected.
  • 70- Malfunctions related to images have been detected.
  • 80- Malfunctions related to the electric control or images have been detected.
  • 99- Malfunctions related to the mechanical charge mechanism have been detected.

*1: Err 10 is only displayed on the EOS-1Ds Mark III and other error numbers are shared.

If malfunctions in the camera are detected, "Err XX" will be displayed. A two-digit number that corresponds to the malfunctions detected by the camera will be displayed in the "XX" section of the error number. Other than the error numbers listed above, there are other numbers such as "01". In that case, provide appropriate handling and servicing by following the details displayed on the LCD monitor of the camera.

If an error code appears frequently, the camera is malfunctioning; therefore, note down the error number and contact our service center.

The changes in the display of error indications only apply to the EOS-1D Mark III and EOS-1Ds Mark III. The above error numbers and details do not apply to models other than the specified models.

February 12th Buy a lens and flash with your 1Ds 3 and get a $200 rebate (US - until 1st March) - details on main Canon info page

2008 December 9th Down to $6500 - perhaps some pressure on Nikon D3x prices ;-)

Even in the UK, down to under £4300

November 21st More downwards US price movement as B&H move to $6700. No change in the UK prices, suggesting that this is probably currency related, although I'm told that Canon are once again shifting refurb cameras via eBay (usually going for rather high prices)

17th I had an email asking if I'd seen the price at Sonic in the US at $4200? However, it's widely considered that soniccameras.com in NYC are complete rip-off artists and a bunch of crooks. If you see a price that looks too good to be true, then rest assured, it probably is. Once again time to check resellerratings.com

Canon has released a new version of DPP (V3.5.1) that amongst other things now supports the EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM.

At the moment it only appears if you select a windows OS [Canon] - we'll look for better download links...

15th Another $50 down ($6949)

11th Whoops, that price below should be $6999, although I'd not be surprised to see it at $6199 by next spring.

8th Another fall (to $6199) in the US and even in the UK the price has drifted down somewhat (£4400 on a quick check)

October 31st Another B&H fall ($195) to $7199, although perhaps showing some of the strength of the US$ at the moment? In the UK, the price seems to have slid somewhat over the last couple of months to just over £4400.

23rd I'm told that B&H in the US (who follow suggested prices) have dropped the price of the 1Ds mk3 by $100 - I'm expecting to see some quite noticeable cuts once the 5D Mk2 starts shipping, particularly with the likelihood of a replacement for the 1D3 announced by Feb/March.

There are also quite a few second hand (refurbished) 1Ds Mk3 appearing in the UK, but they still seem to be holding their price. Could Canon be trying to shift them out of the way while the prices they can get are still at high levels?

August 21st My 1Ds3 viewfinder tilt is fixed under warranty by Canon - Full story

2nd In what may not be entirely welcome news for some at Canon, Rob Galbraith has at last published a mammoth study of AF issues with the 1D3 and 1Ds3. It's a long article, so do have a good read of all of it, before tearing your hair out ;-)

  • My own initial thoughts from using a 1Ds3 all the time...
  • Remember though, that I've jumped from a 1Ds to 1Ds3 so there are quit a lot of changes in subtle operations of the camera that I might not notice.
  • AF modes - Rob makes a point of how much he dislikes using one shot mode - I use it almost all the time. That really shows the differnce between the kinds of work we do - he also uses long lenses a lot. I like my 70-200 2.8L IS but it's not my most commonly used lens for 'paying' work (24-70 and TS-E 24 probably in the last six months). He photographs sports - for most sports I'd rather watch paint dry :-)
  • The 1DsMk3 has led me to be far more careful with focus - those higher resolution files show up errors more than with the 1Ds. I've activated the assist function in the AF and most of the time use a single AF point, selected with the joystick/button thingy.
  • I have noticed that the AF sometimes jumps when supposedly focusing on the same object, however I've got nothing to make a real comparison with, and it's not common anyway. Am I happy with AF performance for my work? Yes. Is the 1Ds3 the best camera I've ever regularly used for working? Yes.
  • I'll be interested to hear of others' experiences with 1Ds3 AF, since I know my own styles of working are hardly a harsh test ;-) ...particularly since several of my lenses are manual focus.
  • I'm also expecting vast amounts of low information value discussion on the various forums, particularly from those who only own a 1D3/1Ds3 in their sleep ;-)

July 31st The RG update is due today/tomorrow

10th After all the 1D3 AF issues, Rob Galbraith is promising an update on testing (1Ds3 and 1D3) later this month.

May 5th Well, I updated the firmware on my 1Ds3 and I have to say, the most useful feature for me, is to be able to move selected focus point with the joystick/button.

I'd not noticed problems before with AF (other than it was better than my old 1Ds) but reports I've seen suggest that it is a bit better in low contrast situations.

The update process is really simple, just be sure to follow the instructions carefully - it does take a few minutes. I used a full battery rather than mains adapter during the process.

2nd Note that there appears to be a slight glitch with the warranty extension web site, in that it asks for your date of birth rather than purchase date - this results in your warranty being extended to your second birthday.

  • I'd best be taking my 1Ds3 to Canon to get the viewfinder alignment fixed before March 13th, 1962 then... :-)

1st Canon have announced a warranty extension programme in Europe for the 1Ds3 and 1D3. Warranty will now run for two years from the purchase date (for cameras purchased up until the end of this year)

  • "The EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark III cameras are Canon’s benchmark for absolute quality and professional performance. To express our pride in our flagship products, we’re making you this attractive offer.
  • For a limited time only, Canon is offering in addition to its standard warranty a one-year extended warranty absolutely free. This gives you a total warranty period of two years from date of purchase.
  • The offer is valid on all purchases made before 31 December 2008. So, whether you already own the EOS-1Ds Mark III or EOS-1D Mark III for a little while, or just bought it, you will benefit from the one-year extended warranty.
  • The deadline for registration is 31 January 2009."

Registration online only...

I've seen reports on the focus fix for the 1D3 which appear pretty favourable (I'll probably try it on my 1Ds3 this weekend)

April 30th New Firmware for the 1Ds3 and 1D3

  • I'm just off out on a (paying) job all day so I don't think I'll install it right now ;-)

EOS-1Ds Mark III
http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/eos1dsm3/firmware-e.html

This firmware update (Version 1.1.2) incorporates the following improvements.

  1. Includes the following new features that were frequently  requested by customers to the new firmware.  
    1. Direct selection of AF points by the  Multi-controller is added to C.Fn III-9.  
    1. Alternate access to Exposure compensation is added  to C.Fn IV-3.
  2. Improves the stability of AF accuracy in AI servo AF when  shooting extremely low-contrast subjects.
The Version 1.1.2 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.6. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.1.2, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Image below is from PDF describing changes

new Canon firmware

27th Possible rebates in the US? [Dealer comments DPR]

BUT note price rises before [details on 5D2 page]

7th I notice that in the latest UK 'EOS magazine' (April-June 08) there is a mention of 'Viewfinder misalignment'

"Canon told EOS magazine that it is aware of some issues to do with the viewfinder misalignment and the situation is currently under investigation. If customers are experiencing such issues Canon is asking them to take their camera to their local service department for checking"

Apart from the fact that my nearest service centre is a hundred miles away and it will have to wait until I'm down near London again, this is a welcome admission of the problem...

March 12th A burst of rumours on the 5D2 page that even suggest a new Canon 'flagship' camera to be trailed this Autumn (if anything, a 1D3 replacement rather than for the 1Ds3)

1st I've been checking the AF accuracy of my 1Ds 3 and setting the AF microadjustment for a couple of my lenses that needed it. I was using a test image I was recently sent and have put together some notes on AF Microadjustment showing how it works (with a version of the test image).

February 27th US stocks seem at better levels now - for example, see this DPR thread for a US dealer with quite a few in stock.

There's more AF related news for the 1D3 as well.

26th Prices in the UK seem to be slipping downwards, perhaps ready for the March rebate scheme (1Ds3 isn't in this but quite a few lenses are).

Will the next firmware update finally add contrast detect AF to cameras with liveview. It would be nice if Canon broke their usual habits and added additional functionality to an existing model... [CR]

24th I'm told that there is a good price for the 1Ds3 at the Focus show (UK) from Jacobs, and a £150 rebate on the 5D. I'm there tomorrow, so I'll have a look to see what's about ;-)

The £150 seems to be the Canon UK rebate that's starting on March the 1st. More info on the Canon rebates will appear on this Canon site.

21st There's discussion of a recent BJP (UK mag) 'review' of the 1Ds3 over at DPR. The review finds that great results are possible with the camera, but that several Canon lenses are (in their opinion) not really up to what the camera needs. The report mentions both the 24-70L and TS-E 24mm, both of which have been strong contenders in the 'due for update' lens rumours of late.

  • As those of you who've followed some of my own experiences with the 1Ds3 will know, apart from the viewfinder tilt issue, I think it's by far the best camera I've regularly used. I do find the performance limitations of the 24-70L more noticeable, but they are the same ones I've lived with on my 1Ds for the last four years. As for the 24TS-E, once again the issues are the same as before, the 1Ds3 hasn't made them any worse. It's still the best solution I have for many jobs. One conclusion in the review was that this new precision tool takes experience and care to get the best results ... Well, duh... :-) As you'd expect, the 'review' has brought out the 'poor lenses' and 'end is nigh for Canon' naysayers out in abundance ;-)

16th An odd effect from a 1Ds3 used at -20C (-5F) is shown in a thread at FM. The camera drops individual colour channels in bracketed shots. -20C is well below the suggested operating temperature range BTW

Canon Europe are having another round of rebates (5D/40D/400D and lenses) it starts on March 1st and runs to the end of June - details on the 5D2 page.

1Ds3 prices in the UK are starting to fall a bit, and as has been pointed out (DPR UK price thread) if you are VAT registered then the price drops to US levels ;-)

  • Northlight Images is VAT registered, since despite what my Mum thinks, it's a real business ;-)

15th Canon have released an update for Mac users of the EOS Utility software for 1D3, 1Ds3, and 40D. It fixes and issue with downloading images after using liveview.

  • "We have discovered that when using the Live View function of EOS Utility 2.2 for Macintosh or EOS Utility 2.2 Updater for Macintosh (referred to hereafter as 'EOS Utility') in tandem with EOS digital cameras: EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1D Mark III and EOS 40D, an image transfer or save problem may occur in specific usage situations. Accordingly, we would like to inform you of the details. "

I had seen this once with my 1Ds3, but just put it down to a glitch somewhere, and since I was shooting static products, I just reset things and carried on :-)

14th In a comment on DPR, the supposed cause of the viewfinder alignment is revealed:

  • "The problem is a mask in the viewfinder. It's fitted with four screws, that should be tightened in a certain order to fix it correctly, just like the bolts on the wheels of a car. Apparently, some guy used the wrong order on a certain batch of cameras, and the result is that the mask shifted a little. It explains why only some cameras have this problem, and why the degree is different in each one."

The BJP article I mentioned yesterday is now online

13th I had a chat with Canon Elstree (UK) this morning and will be dropping off my 1Ds3 for a viewfinder alignment fix (3-4 days they suggested) when I'm next working near there. 0.4 degrees may not sound much, but it's easily spotted in images where I've used the ruled focusing screen to line up a vertical or horizontal. I've got quite adept at estimating a half degree 'compensating' tilt, but I would rather not have to... The tilt has actually got me to try using liveview more than I might otherwise, which is not an altogether bad thing, since I'd probably overlook it after years of using the 'proper' viewfinder.

It would appear that this issue is well known since on LL I've just seen this post:

  • This weeks British Journal of Photography? (V155 N7672)
  • A half page article titled "More grief for Canon" accompanied by a nice picture of a 1Ds MkIII.
  • I quote.... 'We are aware of some issues relating to the viewfinder alignment,' a Canon spokeswomen tells BJP. 'The issues are currently under investigation. If any customers are experiencing such issues we are asking them to take their camera to their local service department for checking.' Canon says it will release more information about the problem at a later stage.

6th I've been away for a few days* and in catching up with mails have heard from a couple of people (in Canada and Australia) with 1Ds3 focus issues. Not the type associated with the 1D3 but just plain poor focus accuracy on static targets like sheets of newspaper. In an update to this, a Canon rep in Australia has mentioned a possible 'recall' for the 1DsMk3. Is this an example (and I hope it is) of Canon not spreading the info about the 1D3 'final fix' and a rep getting 2+2=5, or is there really a 1Ds3 related 'fix' in the offing as well (If there is, then they can fix my viewfinder allignment at the same time!)

Update - CPS in Sydney have told someone else that there is no recall that they know of, and acknowledged that the tilt/misalignment problem involves adjusting two screws.

  • * I visit my parents in Ipswich and this happens at the end of their back garden (3 pics and one on the front page in the print version, must have been a slow news day for the local paper :-) :-)

3rd Whilst supplies in the UK are not too difficult to find (still not common), it seems that in many other parts of the world, supplies are not so plentiful. Many people have already had orders waiting for several months, although I did hear that one had finally got as far as Dunedin in NZ (hope it was worth the wait ;-) If you're looking for one, it's worth looking on some of the forums where people often post news of availability [such as this on DPR] You could also try a service like nowinstock... I recently heard from someone in Botswana, who used them and may well be getting the first 1Ds3 in the country, after waiting for months with Ritz (has Canon sent them any more than a few 1Ds3s?)

Meanwhile Rob Galbraith has found out that Canon has another AF fix in the works (see 1D3 page). I should imagine that there are a lot of 1D3 users not at all happy with the prospect of having to send the camera away again. This also concerns me for the similar designed parts of the 1Ds3 (although I've not had an AF problem yet AFAIK)

  • Did I hear a slight cheer from Nikon marketing? ;-)

January 26th It seems that not only are repairs slower at Canon, Irvine, but they can't necessarily fix the fault either. I've heard from someone who got a camera back "viewfinder assembly adjustment was incorrect (parallax too large) and that adjustments were corrected" and the 0.8 degree tilt had been fixed... to about half a degree.

24th Are you waiting for a 1Ds3 from a Hong Kong supplier? I had a lengthy mail today (thanks) covering just what the 1Ds3 supply situation in HK has been.

Only some 20 units arrived in the first shipment - most went to large companies and only a few to dealers. Many dealers still have 20 deep waiting lists. Even the 1D3 is in fairly short supply. How much of this is due to the cheap price in HK (HK$56,200 around US$7,200) and Canon's desire to maximise revenue is debateable ;-) I suppose it could explain why getting them in the UK hasn't been quite so difficult...

23rd While it appears that in the UK and in Australia, Canon have got their act together on the alignment problem, in the US I'm hearing a much worse story.

A couple of people I've heard from today, have both had their camera at Canon's service centre at Irvine for over two weeks and are still waiting. One called only to be told that it had just been looked at and some parts were needed. In the little information that they were able to get it seems that the Irvine service centre is extremely busy.

15th I've just heard from someone who sent their 1Ds3 in to Canon for a viewfinder fix. 24hr turnaround and the "Prism assembly realignment" is spot on. This was in Australia, I've also heard from someone in the US who's waiting to hear after nearly a week...

12th If you're looking to maximise the speed of writing images to cards, a card like the the Sandisk Extreme IV certainly makes a difference. There's a DPR thread with lots of people timing different situations with a 1Ds3. For maximum speed it helps to turn off JPEG shooting with raw.

11th Some good news on supplies. I've heard from several people now, of stores receiving regular shipments of a few 1Ds3s. Whilst not exactly filling the shelves they don't seem quite so difficult to find.

I should add that I've also heard from someone in Australia about quite lengthy waiting lists at some dealers, so shipments still quite patchy...

7th Another mail from a new 1Ds3 owner here in the UK. Since they need accuracy in the viewfinder (architectural work) they quickly tested the tilt. At about 1 degree out, it's gone back to the dealer.

  • Update - the 2nd 1Ds3 at the dealer was even more out of true... :-(

I'm keeping mine here for the time being and have been experimenting with using liveview for critical shots (where I'd be using a tripod anyway). I'll be getting it fixed at some point, but since Canon have said it's a warranty adjustment, I've got until October to sort out when I'm going to lose the 1Ds3 for a bit.

I've also added a second pair of pictures from someone's 1Ds3 in the US, showing the effect, to the test page.

2nd Is the viewfinder properly matched up to the sensor in your 1Ds3? I'd seen a few of forum posts over the holidays and today had an email from someone who's 1Ds3 has a pronounced tilt.

Anyway, since I'd not used mine for any really detailed work as yet I decided to check it out. I use the EcD ruled focusing screen (it really helped when using my 1Ds). Unfortunately I found an approximately 0.4 degree error. That may not sound much, but would be easily visible in an architectural shot. I generally reckon on spotting a tilted horizon in a landscape picture if it's over a quarter of a degree out, so 0.4 degrees is not good enough...

1Ds3 Viewfinder misalignment tests

I'll be checking this out further over the next few days - please do let me know if you find any problems in your own 1Ds3 (I do realise a lot of people might not notice this, but it ain't a cheap bit of kit! ;-) I'll be looking more carefully at my EcD screen and checking for any problems there

It seems that B&H briefly had some 1Ds3 stock, but needless to say they didn't hang around long. It seems that 1Ds3 stocks are still relatively low in the US (certainly at the larger dealers).

As a regular traveller to the US I noticed the new 'Lithium battery' regulations for US air travel. Shouldn't be a problem for most people, but take a couple of spare lithium batteries for your laptop as well and you need to check carefully. It doesn't help that the regulations might require TSA staff to make calculations involving 'equivalent lithium content'. Anyway I've put up some links and info on the Canon battery info page.

  • Happy New Year to all our visitors. Having just checked, that was quite a few in 2007! (4.7 Million pages from 3.5 Million visits)

December 20th New firmware is now available from Canon

"This firmware update (Version 1.0.6) incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

The Version 1.0.6 firmware being released this time is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.0.5. If the camera's firmware is already Version 1.0.6, it is not necessary to update the firmware."

19th It appears that some larger stores in the US are still not getting many 1Ds3s. This from DPR:
"I got the 1Ds3 last week, from our Local ProShop (9 miles away); As soon as I had the 1Ds3 in my hands, I called that hour RITZ and cancelled my pre-order that I had with them since Sept 4th (they said they still {as of 12/12} have not received ANY 1Ds3 into their warehouses and don't expect any before 12/25, and that's a guess on their part)."

18th I've turned off fractional stop ISO settings after doing a few simple noise tests - full results

16th I've just heard of the equivalent of a $1000 price drop in the price in Norway, but given the initial very high price that's not surprising ;-)

In the UK there are dealers who now have the 1Ds3 in stock, and I've heard that if you are a good customer and wave a load of cash at them, there are deals to be had ;-)

14th It seems that there is a known issue with using 'Safety Shift' at high ISO on the 1Ds3 in fast bursts of shooting - there is an FM thread with examples, along with a note that Canon know of it and it willl be addressed in a forthcoming firmware update. Given I had to look up details of the safety shift function in the manual, you'll not be surprised that I've not experienced any problems :-)

13th I do have to keep reminding myself that I'm using a different camera when using the 1Ds3. Canon have posted a PDF about getting the best out of the 1D3 and 1Ds3 - well worth reading.

10th At last, the RG article about the 1D3 AF has been posted, and suggests that the AF in fixed 1D3 cameras with the 1.1.3 firmware is a great improvement. However there are still some caveats where RG still says that sometimes the 1D2N works better - particularly in bright sunlight.

The 1Ds3 is mentioned, but only to say it wasn't tested... of course that hasn't stopped some armchair pundits from writing it off already :-) For some instant rants check out the DPreview 1D/1Ds/5D board :-) :-)

9th There are certainly more cameras about now in the UK (LCE in Southampton had one available the other day) although deliveries in the US are much more patchy. Doesn't look as if Canon is having any problem shifting them...

An apology to anyone who mailed in with questions using the email address on the 1Ds3 notes page - the email hadn't been set up correctly, so the mail would not have got through... it now works.

7th Anyone using Sandisk Extreme II cards with a 1Ds3? It's the only type I've heard associated with any problems so far, so I was curious...
BTW I -NEVER- format cards on a computer - the only cards I ever lost over the last few years had been lent to someone, and after suitable interrogation, they finally admitted formatting them on some windoze laptop... :-)

  • As someone who follows some of the assorted forum discussions going on, there are two particular topics which personally, are mostly lost on me. One is the incredible detail people are analysing raw files from different cameras and lenses to spot the tiniest of differences in resolution and AA filter strength. The other is people going on about the D3 and the 1D3 AF issues spelling the end of Canon. I guess some of us still just make our equipment choices and get on with taking photos :-) :-)

6th I had a message (thanks) from someone in the UK who's been told that their 1Ds3 will be with them next Monday, so it looks as if the 2nd batch is being distributed now...

I've had reports from people having dificulty with various CF cards just not working in the 1Ds3. In particular I've heard problems with a Sandisk Extreme II (4GB) and there is also mention of this same type (8GB) in a DPR thread.

I've not had any problems myself, since I'm still using the 4GB and 1GB cards from my 1Ds (from Crucial). Since I had one sitting around, I have a Sandisk Extreme III card in the SD slot - more as an emergency 1GB buffer than anything fast though. You can set the camera to record different types of file to different cards, should you be feeling particularly paranoid, or the pictures are sufficiently valuable ;-)

  • Oh, and since someone asked... of course I've got a 1Ds4 page :-) :-)

5th Although not currently in stock, a number of retailers are dropping their headline 1Ds3 prices. In Brisbane, Photo Continental have gone to AUD $11,000, although with one body delivered last week and a waiting list, it's only a possibility of delivery before Christmas.

I also heard that Calumet in the US say that they did actually have one 1Ds3 delivered last week, but no more as yet.

4th Phil Holland has sent me his excellent review of using the 1Ds3 over the last few days, rather more organised and thorough than my own notes ;-)

3rd Several people have asked if I'm still updating this page as well as my 1Ds3 notes page now I've got a 1Ds3? - most definitely!

Buyer Beware - already the 1Ds3 is appearing on eBay. If it looks too cheap, then it's a scam. There were not that many 1Ds3s delivered in the first batch. From a personal point of view I hope any real ones that do appear on eBay won't make people much money either.

In the US there still appears to be some confusion as to when any of the large dealers (B&H, Adorama etc) will have any 1Ds3s available. There are people in the US with the camera, but these all seem to have come from smaller 'pro' dealers. One suggestion I had, was that any cameras the big stores did have went straight to very big corporate clients.

Updated... I'm told that none of the big 4 US retailers (B&H, Adorama, Calumet and Ritz) had received a 1Ds3 by the 1st, so they couldn't have favoured corporate clients. The big retailers (in the US) are being told [DPR] that it will be 2-3 weeks before they get their delivery.

Amazon no longer have any estimated availability on their 1Ds3 page, although it was interesting to see that in the 'What Do Customers Ultimately Buy After Viewing Items Like This?' category, 61% of people went on to buy a 40D, while 16% were so disillusioned that they went on to buy the G9 (11% each 5D and 1D3) :-)

In th UK I've been contacted by a few 1Ds3 owners to compare notes - estimates of how many are really in 'circulation' in the UK have ranged from a few dozen to no more than 150. I did my own quick AF check and all seems well. That said, I don't have any huge white lenses, although I know of someone near me in the UK who is conducting some tests with a 600/4

It's a nice day here and I've kept the work diary pretty empty, so I think it's time for a trip out to take some pictures :-)

November 30th Lots of dealers throughout the world are getting initial shipments today. From what I've heard, many are only getting a small proportion of their initial orders, although most are now expecting regular shipments every 7-10 days.

I saw a post on DPR suggesting that now it is shipping we can expect an in-depth review in October 2008 :-) :-)

  • I've been out this morning just wandering round with the 1Ds3, and have just downloaded a few hundred images to have a look at. I'll have a look at putting some proper examples on the notes page later [now updated], but suffice to say, the performance is an appreciable step up from the 1Ds. I even tried AI Servo mode on some fast moving traffic, from a bridge, but apart from the traffic slowing down when I pointed a white lens at them (70-200 2.8L IS) there was no problem with focus :-) Of course this is the UK at the end of November, and I hadn't got people in running vests to photograph, but for my limited use of AI Servo it looks OK ;-)

29th Christmas arrives early :-)

  • I'm waiting for the battery to charge and will posting my thoughts and tests on a new '1Ds Mark 3 notes' page. I'm not looking to do detailed performance testing (loads of people will do that!) - it's more intended to cover my move from the 1Ds to the 1Ds3. I'll be putting links in to any good tests or sample pages I find too. As ever feedback and questions are welcome, but expect me to be out taking pictures :-)

28th In the UK I''ve just heard that Park Cameras now has their first delivery of the 1Ds3 due this afternoon.

  • Hopefully I'll have one tomorrow... no 'paying' jobs to get in the way for the rest of the week :-) I'll try and post some of my initial impressions, but you'll excuse me if I actually go out and take some photos with it ;-) The only initial comparison type shot I'm planning is to take is one using the TS/E 90 @f8 (probably my sharpest lens), with MLU and on a tripod, to compare with the same lens and settings on my original 1Ds. I'll be doing some higher ISO testing when it gets dark, but given my dislike of using them, don't expect me to have a tripod with me :-)

I've had quite a few people ask how many cameras are shipping in the first batch of deliveries from Canon? Only Canon knows for sure, but the best information I've had from Japan (thanks ;-) suggested that some 200 cameras were released in Japan, part of a total of about 2500 worldwide. Of course there will be more shipments fairly soon, but even large dealers in Japan were saying that if you order one today, then expect a few months wait.

In the US, Canon have told many dealers to expect some cameras by the end of the week, and at AJP in the UK they only had 4 of their initial order of 14 shipped.

Now that the 1ds3 is finally shipping, quite a few dealers are putting on demo events. For example, at Foto Care in New York, there is a 1Ds3 event (with Canon people) on the 4th of December.

27th Don't expect many 1Ds3s in the first delivery... one comment suggested that there were only a 'few dozen' in the first shipment to Australia for example - that's for the whole country.

  • Having just used my TS/E 24 lens on a job this morning, I certainly hope there is some truth in the comments [lenses page] about Canon producing a new Tilt/shift lens. The 24mm allows me to get some shots with corrected verticals that I just couldn't get at sufficient quality using PS alone. That said, it's a bit soft with a lot of shift, so I'm sure Canon could produce something a bit better if they applied modern design techniques (inc. exif data holding tilt/shift info) I just have a feeling that we are looking at least at a £1600 lens ;-) AF anyone? :-) :-)

26th In the UK, AJ Purdy (a Canon pro dealer) have just told an enquirer that Canon have promised them a delivery this week. Do note the comments on this page (25th Oct) where AJP were phoning people up saying that cameras would be in during the '1st-2nd week of November' ;-)

In the US Calumet are saying that they are getting some at the end of the week, and that people on the waiting list should call on the 30th (Friday) to see who's getting one.

The limited 1Ds3 supplies are leading to some pretty pessimistic timings for getting one if you are not already on a list. I was told of one European dealer who suggested that if you wanted one, then April was a reasonable date to expect it.

25th I'm told (thanks) that an enquirer to Canon in Canada was informed that 1Ds3's are in a warehouse in Calgary, waiting for the official release announcement from Canon HQ on the 6th of December.

There are still lots of people pointing to the 29th (see this LL thread) while there are more than a few cries of 'hoax' on the DPR thread mentioned on the 22nd (no-one else has claimed to have a 1Ds3)

While waiting, why not have a browse through the D3 user manual (PDF) ;-)

24th A caller at York Cameras (a London Pro dealer) was told that "they will be surprised if they see the 1Ds3 before Christmas". Whether this was seeing any at all, or just that the initial quantity was so small that they were spoken for, wasn't clear.

23rd I'm told by someone who checked (thanks) that 'Teds' in Australia actually expect stock -after- Christmas. A bit of website 'marketing license' there ;-)

22nd Has the 1Ds3 been released in France? A DPR poster suggests so... Whether this is the start of real deliveries is not so clear. There's also a 'limited stock available now' notice at Ted's cameras in Australia (although I've not had any confirmation of this?)

  • Happy Thanksgiving to visitors and friends in the US :-)

21st I've been sent quite a few reports from people suggesting that there will be an initial shipment of cameras next week, now that Canon have set a date on their main site. A comment on DPR suggested 10 for a dealer in Boulder CO, which if true, might suggest that Canon have held back from an initial delivery so as to be able to ship more when the first batch goes out.

However, I'm told that Canon US have dropped the 'Available November 2007' note from the 1Ds3 page.

Meanwhile in the UK, I was told of someone getting a call from their dealer saying that some (5) D300s would turn up on Friday, and some D3s next week...

20th At POTN, someone has provided a loose translation of the Japanese text around the 29th date on the Canon site below...

"The decision has been made for a sale date in late November (November 29th, Thursday). However, orders have gone above our intial expectations and we expect the arrival of the cameras to take some time. We appologise very sincerly for this inconvienience. At present all involved staff are doing their best for stable supply of the cameras and we ask for your understanding on this matter."

That's as close as you are going to get to Canon saying that dealers aren't going to get many cameras from their initial orders.

16th In Japan I'm told (thanks) that Canon is saying that the camera is launched on the 29th November.

If asked about 1Ds3 delivery, Adorama are currently saying "No eta yet from Canon on the camera."

FYI... some Nikon D3 sample images at RG... "We were given a preproduction D3 in late October, but in making the body available, Nikon USA stipulated that we not publish pictures from it. If we could, we'd show examples of how the D3 stacks up against Canon's EOS-1D Mark III at higher ISOs, and those examples would reveal that, while there are differences in the appearance of image graininess - Canon's grain is tighter and less visually objectionable - the D3 produces a higher-quality file overall at ISO 3200 and beyond. On the other hand, EOS-1D Mark III files - especially CR2s processed through Canon's Digital Photo Professional - are generally crisper and more detailed."

15th At LL there is now an overview of using a 1Ds3 for a while by MR. Don't expect DPreview type of testing, more the considered thoughts of someone using a camera for real and taking some 5000 photos.

  • Hopefully I'll have my own version here when the 1Ds3 turns up, only I suspect the location will be somewhat less exotic... :-)

At B&H in the US, the 1Ds3 is listed with this note:

"Availability:Approx. Arrival November
Important Notice! Estimated availability - November"

So it appears that delivery estimates still vary widely ;-)

14th Some formal sign of delivery slippage at last? A UK dealer (Robert White) is saying:

"**Expected end of 2007** The 1Ds Mark III was due for release this month, but the recall of the 1D Mark III has delayed the process, as 1Ds Mark III cameras are being checked & tested prior to release"

In the US I was told (thanks) that jr.com were now saying 'December 15th' for deliveries rather than their previous 'Mid November' guestimate.

Make what you will of this... It's at the Royal Berkshire Hall of the Jerudong Polo Club no less... 1Ds3 launch in Brunei :-) :-)

Meanwhile in the UK, there is a Canon 'Launch Event' in London on the 5th of December...

  • We are delighted to invite you to the Canon 20twenty event which celebrates the release of the new Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and 20 years of Canon EOS.
  • Canon has raised the stakes in the professional photography market with the launch of the 21 Megapixel, 5 frames per second EOS-1Ds Mark III. Our new flagship digital SLR sets a new benchmark in image resolution and sharpness for 35mm format digital photography.
  • Experience the EOS-1Ds Mark III first-hand in a dynamic studio environment where our specialist team will be on hand to answer any questions.
  • Drinks and canapés will be served.
  • Date: Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 December 2007
  • Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm
  • Location: Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN www.jerwoodspace.co.uk

It's just south of the Tate Modern... invite

13th A short life for the 'unlucky' 1D3? info on the '1D4' page

12th If you have a look on the Canon USA page I mentioned the other day, under the drivers/downloads section you can download the 1Ds3 manual.

I'm told that there can be problems with downloading the PDF, but a copy is mirrored at TDP

Someone called C2U, and guess what, they were out of stock. However the person on the phone claimed:

  • "they weren't currently in stock, but would have more stock in on the 15th November, after having sold out of their initial batch. Although there were still outstanding backorders, he was confident that the batch due in on the 15th would satisfy these, and that there may be some available for those who wish to order now"

Far be it for me to accuse them of being deliberately untruthful, but after some further enquiries I believe that the -only- correct info in that statement is that they don't have stock and have backorders. I'm still currently expecting to have my 1Ds3 money in my possession at the start of December... (I agree with this DPR poster ;-)

  • Update to earlier comments below - it seems C2U do have an address on the web site if you look carefully enough - and they give an address that is the same as the head office of Jessops ... a well known UK camera shop for those of you outside the UK
  • --Thanks for all the info folks! :-)

Who are 'cameras2u.com'? I don't know, but they claim to have the 1Ds3 in stock at £6000... Before you ask I don't think they currently list the D3 or D300 as 'in stock' ;-) I was also more curious when I found that they work out of a Leicester (UK) post office box (I live in Leicester), but don't have a local phone number. Sounds like the old "sorry they're just out of stock, can we put you on backorder?" routine ... but who knows (if anyone tries to get a 1Ds3, then do let me know ;-)

  • Note, under the UK OFT (Office of Fair Trading) distance trading guidelines (PDF guide), a business must give its full physical address, and a PO box is specifically deemed not adequate. If you have any complaints then the people to contact would be, in this instance, Leicester Trading Standards, which would be reasonable since I suspect they are Jessops wearing another hat ;-)

11th I was told of another NZ price at $12150, so that looks to be the going rate there.

Still no real details on delivery dates - for a collection of comments from people who have asked Canon, see this DPR thread.

  • I've had a few people ask me why I stuck with the 1Ds for so long? Apart from the cost of replacing it... for a lot of work, there just wasn't that much difference with a 1Ds2. Obviously that's just for my own use (you'll have to look round the site to see the sorts of commercial work I use it for) Whilst trawling various places for news, I came across these two direct 1Ds/1Ds2 comparisons [#1, #2], which mirrored some of my own thoughts a couple of years ago. I'm doing more work that pushes the 1Ds, so time for a change :-)

10th Various conspiracy theorists concerned users are visible on discussion forums maintaining that when Canon says that there is no connection between 1D3 AF problems and the AF system on the 1Ds3 they just can't be trusted. Hopefully someone in a warm climate will get people to run around while pointing a 1Ds3 and long lens at them in AI servo mode. Since I think I've used that servo mode no more than a couple of dozen times in the 4 yrs. I've had my 1Ds, I'm not currently expecting to include this in my own personal testing of the Mk3 when it turns up ...also it's winter here :-)

As well as useful links to 1Ds sources I'm getting several questions about cheaper 1Ds3 'offers'... Once again, if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is. An eBay 1Ds3 (with a free 8GB card!) I saw, priced at £4199, had 'dodgy' written all over it... of course the Hotmail 'contact address' helped alleviate any concerns I might have had ;-) As for an outfit called e-xcessories... I'll just post a link to Resellerratings.com I was sent.

9th While Amazon is currently posting a December 10th delivery date, I'm told that Canon USA still have an 'available in November 2007' note on the 1Ds3 page.

Calumet (in the US) recently told an enquirer that:
"They are on schedule for delivery right at the end of the month." They expect to have [delivery] quantities a day or two before they receive the product once it is in the country.

  • Thanks everyone, for sending updates on this...

At LL MR has got back from his Madagascar jaunt and reports that his pre-production 1Ds3 worked fine :-)

8th In Australia I'm told by one person with one on order that the price has firmed a bit more to AUD$10,990 (inc tax) and delivery 'in the first week or two of December'. Meanwhile I'm told of one in NZ on order for NZ$12,150 (which is a bit lower than the Oz price)

Initial deliveries are looking to be very small, and unless you are well up on a waiting list I suspect it may well be early next year before you can pick up a 1Ds3.

  • Note - Our hosting service has had a few minor glitches over the last few days - sorry if the site was out when you last looked

6th Still no firm delivery information (I still have my money on the end of the month, or perhaps early December ;-)

4th Another collection [1Ds3 shots] (outdoors) for people to go over, including on at least one forum the obligatory cries of 'Hoax' and general cries of discontent that there where no lens test charts or other such tedious (IMHO) subjects... :-) :-)

1st Canon announce affected serial numbers for 1D Mk3 cameras, along with an apology...

"We offer our most sincere apologies to all who have been inconvenienced by this issue." Details on the 1D3 page

There's more 1D3 info at RG including a comment from Chuck Westfall (Canon USA) that:

  • "The EOS-1Ds Mark III will ship from the outset with a properly-functioning sub-mirror, and its release schedule has not been impacted, he says. It's on track to ship later this month."

There's more 1Ds3 example pics in an article at LGD.

  • Note to Canon - invite me out somewhere nice like that and I'll write up something along those lines too... ;-)

October 31st Several Canon software updates are available for download (details on 5D2 page) It specifically includes 1Ds3 support.

30th If you are looking for a -cheap- 1Ds3 then do be careful of various cheap internet sites - I've just been told of someone getting a grey import 40D from HiDigital in the UK... As well as no warranty and user manual, the mains adapter was for the US, and the camera display set to Chinese... Caveat emptor

29th At various demos, Canon have been careful to stop people slipping their own CF cards into cameras - not careful enough it would seem... Some sample 1Ds3 shots (these are from last month, I'd not seen them before)

In the US I'm told (by JimW in Florida - thanks) that a major dealer is expecting their stock 'any day' from Canon and expects to ship pre-orders shortly after.

27th In the UK it seems that all 1D3 stock is being recalled (letter from Canon UK on 1D3 page)

We've had several comments about 1Ds3 delivery info, where it was noted that shipping some cameras on Friday 30th November, for delivery first week of December, would allow Canon to meet their 'shipping in November' statements...

26th In Denmark a pro dealer in Copenhagen has the price (inc. taxes) at 57,493DKK (~£5600 at today's 'tourist' rates)

On DPR someone mentions that jr.com in the US are expecting their 1Ds3 order in the 2nd week of November...

I've now had several different reports from around the world, all suggesting that early November is a very optimistic date for expecting to see your 1Ds3 ;-)

25th At least one UK Pro dealer (AJP) has been phoning people who pre-ordered offering them a price (£5400) and a 4GB card for a firm order. When the kit arrives was not so precise - one person was quoted ~7th Nov and the other "1st - 2nd week in November". Certainly one way of turning your 'maybe' orders into real ones ;-)

Suffice to say, no-one has sent me any evidence of a shipping date that soon ;-) If anyone has any more dealer supplied shipping dates, then I'd be curious to know?

A third person contacted me confirming the AJP calls. Meanwhile on the other side of the world it seems the official Australian 'RRP' price has been set at AUD$12,000 which is $1000 down from the original.

If you are planning to use a WFT-E2/ E2A wireless unit with your 1Ds3, then there is a firmware update to V1.0.1 from Canon. The update addresses a problem where shutter firing could be delayed due to network problems. It now takes the shot and writes it to a card.

23rd At last some UK prices and quite a drop there is too. With most dealers still posting prices pushing £6000 (As I mentioned I always round up £5999.99 to a more realistic £6000), Dabs have come in at £4910. Since official pricing is still somewhat fluid, expect more shuffling for position ;-)

I've just been told (thanks) about someone called lambda-tek that are down to £4867.06 -- Interestingly enough in their specs it says that 'Digital Zoom' is "Dependent on the lens"... At last - one of the major oversights of the EOS 'One' series is corrected, I look forward to trying it out :-) :-)

  • Seems like a lot of people are queueing up to sell a products that is still rather hazy, even from Canon, on official shipping/pricing. As ever, caveat emptor...

20th If you go back and read the LL article I mentioned yesterday, you will see that the comments about the AA filter (and reason for its strength) have been removed - "...an early version which was not intended for publication because of mistakes in my initial analysis"

The AA filter comments interested me since in a non-attributable beta testers report I had from someone back on August 30th said:
"The amount of fine detail visible suggests that a relatively weak (compared to 1Ds2) AA filter is in use. The improvement looks more than would be expected from the 16->21 MP increase."

The important thing to remember (and MR does emphasise this in his article) is that the cameras are pre-production - all sorts of options get tried out in testing, so it's quite possible that the comments I had in August referred to a camera with less AA filtering.

Read the first few posts in this follow-up LL thread for some -useful- comments on AA.

19th The AF 'fix' is for real, and Canon US (Chuck W) have said that the problem specifically does not apply to any other camera - particularly the 1Ds3

There is a brief discussion of using the 1Ds3 on LL, but it was a pre-production camera, and despite MR saying every other paragraph that it was a sample and therefore he wasn't commenting in detail on image quality, I've already seen posts on DPR lambasting him for lack of detail in the 'review'

  • ... If you've ever written much for the internet, you'll know just how little many people actually read. I regularly get people phoning me up to buy colour calibrators or Epson printers ?? A prize to the person who can find any bit of this site where I sell such stuff :-) :-)

MR does (of course ;-) bemoan the lack of a Mirror lock up (MLU) button, but makes interesting comments about the anti-aliasing (AA) filter, when compared with MF backs. I'm looking forward to writing my own 'first impressions' but am still not expecting a camera until next month some time - All those MP are going to stretch my lens collection, and might even encourage me to use a tripod in daylight (OK, that last one just isn't going to happen very much - I loathe them ;-)

  • With his comments, look for a minor avalance of ill-informed argument about AA filters and their use/efficiency :-) :-)

17th - Mention of a hardware fix for 1D3 AF issues? (on the 1D3 page)

... Hopefully fixed for the 1Ds3 ;-)

13th Some brief comments on LL about using the 1Ds3. Sounds promising :-)

12th An estimated 'Mid' November delivery date in this article at RG - based on comments by Chuck Westfall (Canon) in the US

[The 1Ds3] "will be bundled with an even newer version of ImageBrowser/ZoomBrowser EX + RAW Image Task that does include support for its CR2 files, as well as Digital Photo Professional 3.2, EOS Utility 2.2 and Picture Style Editor 1.1"

11th lots of test images at DC-W

7th Someone has kindly posted some 1Ds3 pics on DPR.

  • They mention that they are just some quick examples, but that hasn't stopped the super critical piling in with negative remarks ... I guess that's to be expected on some forums ;-)

5th I'm in the US for another week or so, and don't have links on my laptop to all the usual places I check out :-)

However, I note persistant rumours of the 1Ds3 being delayed due to the need to 'fix' 1D3 AF issues. I've had no credible info to back this up though, and wasn't expecting my 1Ds3 until next month at the earliest. However, once I'm back in the UK I'll be chasing up delivery estimates and the as yet nebulous pricing for the Ds3.

September 28th I'm currently travelling in the US - so updates may be a little patchy for the next couple of weeks. I'll be keeping a travel blog of sorts if anyone is curious ;-)

17th From our crop of info turning up over the weekend (see 5D2/general rumours for more, along with the rumours index page for all todays updates)

Canon engineers are stating (internally!) that all the lessons learnt from the 1D III AF had been applied to the AF and firmware in the 1Ds III (see 1D3 page)

Expect a lot more advertising emphasising the real image quality improvements between the 1Ds II and 1Ds III particularly in levels of detail.

Pricing is very much a live issue for Canon.

The likely route is that:

Pre-orders from studios and shops have been strong.

16th Some new sample shots from Canon (see above)

The landscape shot is impressive, but couldn't they find someone to take the pictures who didn't feel the need to apply that naff graduated filter to the sky (yes, I loathe them :-) :-)

I also had some comments (thanks!) from someone at a 'Pro' day in the UK who noted that:

  • "...the [1Ds3] viewfinder is brighter and live view is very usable. Shutter sounds really silky."

They also noted that 1Ds3 menu text was smaller than on the 1D3, but with the pre-production model, no photos were allowed... (see also 1D3 AF comments on the 1D3 page )

12th I've heard via one dealer sorting out their 1Ds3 supplies that their first dozen or so cameras (1st/2nd week November) will come in at about 10% less than the originally asked price. (Not UK and I was asked not to give details)

There are some puported 1Ds3 1600 ISO shots in a post at DPR - having been out tonight, and shot some at 1250 on my 1Ds, I can only say ... where is -my- 1Ds3 :-)

11th Listen to Chuck Westfall go on about the 1Ds3 at youtube. It's just audio with a few moving stills, so not much more than you'd get by reading the press releases below out loud ;-) :-)

There's also an interview with a Canon Exec that covers some interesting areas (details on 5D2/general rumours page)

9th I'm told (thanks) of a dealer in Germany that has been informed that their 1Ds3s will arrive in the week starting 5th November

8th No news on deliveries as yet...

Over at GM there is a video of someone having a go with a 1Ds3 (note worried Canon rep in the background :-)

August 30th After some comments from several people (thanks) actually using the 1Ds Mk3 (still not final production versions) I have to say I'm looking forward to using one for my work, more than ever :-)

The firmware is still being tweaked, and testers get regular visits from a Canon rep to install new firmware and take detailed reports on problems/issues/performance. Some of the comments I've received (in no particular order)

If anyone testing a 1Ds3 cares to comment, then do let us know (we're happy not to say who from ;-)

26th New firmware (V1.1.1) for the 1D3 is now being installed by Canon service at the Osaka games - fixes 'some' AF issues and the 'Error 99 problem'

We are told (sorry, can't say from where) to regard the initial list prices for the 1Ds3 as 'not finalised'. Just what this means in the real world remains to be seen... Suffice to say, that from this particular source and since I'm forking out real cash for one I'll be checking it out more next week (Monday is a holiday in the UK)

Canon have also released a 38 page 'White paper (PDF file)' all about the 1DsMk3. Lots of useful info and diagrams like the bigger microlenses picture below.

23rd Over on DPR there's a supposed dealer rumour (California) about Canon and the 1DsMk3
"Canon has PULLED all their shipment queue for the 1DsMIII and are not taking orders at the moment."

  • Doesn't match up with any comments I've had so far from the UK and other places round the world. Obviously since I'm buying one of these cameras, I'm keeping quite a careful eye on developments...

A comment from someone who's had a play with a 1Ds3 (thanks)

"The most noticeable thing, in the 2 minutes I held it, was how much bigger the viewfinder image is compared to a 1Ds MkII or 5D."

Meanwhile... Nikon move to FF too (Nikon D3 info) Very interesting specs and well worth a look for 1Ds3 users - look to see some of these features in the '1Ds3N' ;-) I'm told that some of them are already in there, it's just a firmware issue, but when has Canon ever upgraded a camera with firmware only?

22nd Nikon to release a FF camera? - the Nikon forums are alight with speculation :-) All info we've found is on our 5D page.

21st We've had a few mails asking about the variation in prices (Euros = Dollars for example). If you are doing comparisons and thought of a cheap trip to New York then don't forget taxes and the warranty situation. That said, given the price of the 1Ds3 I can see a lot of people waiting until the price drops a bit and they are available (say, next March :-) and taking a quick trip to the US (particularly if it's still $2 to the pound ;-)

There's a video from the Canon product launch at PI and there's this picture taken at yesterday's launch in London (thanks)

Canon 1DS3 and magnesium shell

20th Thanks to everyone sending me info this morning (waiting in my in-box once I woke up :-)

  • We hope to get our 1Ds3 from Park Cameras in the UK - hopefully for a hands on review as soon as they are shipped :-)
    This page will concentrate on 1Ds3 info, while more general rumours (including Nikon/Sony info) will in future go on the 5D replacement page, since this is likely to be the next major camera announced by Canon

We've also had some more direct comments (thanks) on the performance of 1Ds Mk3 (pre release) models in the studio

  • "picture quality thrashes a P25 back and except in very bright lights is generally better than a P45 because of the low low noise and amazing colour/dynamic range.  There is phenomenal shadow and highlight detail in the raw files, photographers using the 1Ds3 are creating HDR 'looks' by processing the same RAW file 3 or 4 times to bring our different exposure"

Canon Japan has lots of info (inc. a sample image)

Here's the blurb from Canon US (More US info)

CANON USA's NEW LINE-LEADING, 21.1-MEGAPIXEL, FULL-FRAME EOS-1Ds MARK III DIGITAL SLR KEEPS CANON AT THE TOP OF THE PRO PHOTO CLASS

Responsive, Ultra-High Resolution, Ultra-Low Noise CMOS Sensor and Dual "DIGIC III" Image Processors Power the EOS-1Ds Mark III Into the Realm of Medium-Format Digital Cameras, at a Fraction of the Cost – Fast, New Ultra Wide-Angle 14mm Lens Is a Picture Perfect Match for the Camera's Full Frame Sensor –

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 20, 2007 – The new 21.1-megapixel, full-frame Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR* camera brings the power of Canon U.S.A., Inc.'s professional imaging excellence and innovation into sharper focus than ever before. While Canon's EOS-1D series has dominated the 35mm-based professional Digital SLR market for the past six years, the new EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR takes Canon's pro-digital prowess into and the realm of high-fashion and commercial photo studios where bulkier, medium-format cameras previously reigned.1Ds Mk3 back view

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III's compact, lighter-weight magnesium alloy body is rugged and versatile enough to take out of the studio and into the field. The camera's fast, five-frame-per-second (fps) shooting rate for bursts of up to 56 Large/Fine (21-megapixel) JPEGS or 12 RAW images is unmatched in its class, making it the ideal instrument for capturing the fluid motion and free-flowing lines of location-based fashion photography as well as a wide range of other professional photographic applications.

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III professional digital single lens reflex camera is scheduled to begin shipping in November and will have an estimated selling price of $7,999 (the same price as its predecessor, the 16.7 megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark II).

"The EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera is a prime example of the EOS philosophy and Canon's ongoing commitment to providing photo professionals with the tools they need to create the finest quality images" stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager Consumer Imaging Group Canon U.S.A. "To continue our legacy, we must provide not only the right professional tools, but also the finest photo tools for the job and do so consistently, whether we are presenting this exemplary EOS-1Ds Mark III SLR camera, or any one of the many fine specialty lenses, flashes and accessories that populate the EOS professional photo system."

Revolutionary Resolution
21MP imager chip Developed and manufactured by Canon specifically for the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR, the camera's new full-size 36 x 24 mm CMOS image sensor offers the highest resolution in its class, and is comprised of approximately 21.1 million effective pixels (5632 x 3750) set at a pitch of 6.4 microns. The user can select any one of six recording formats ranging from 21.0 megapixels in Large JPEG or RAW format, 16.6 or 11.0 megapixels in the two medium JPEG sizes, or 5.2 megapixels in the small JPEG or "sRAW" formats. In any JPEG format, the user can set one of ten compression rates for each image size. In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half, while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, traditional RAW images.

Dual "DIGIC III" Image Processors
Fulfilling the ultra-low noise, ultra-high image quality promise of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera requires handling the enormous signal processing requirements of the camera's 21-megapixel resolution and top continuous shooting speed of five fps. To accomplish this, Canon has incorporated two identical DIGIC III imaging engines into the camera for parallel (and hence, faster) signal processing. The CMOS sensor reads out to the dual "DIGIC III" processors simultaneously in eight channels. DIGIC III is the next generation of Canon's proprietary image processing engine. This technology ensures the fine details and natural colours of images are optimally recorded and, as an added bonus, is responsible for the EOS-1Ds Mark III SLR's high-speed performance, faster signal processing and more efficient energy consumption. 1ds3 front - side view

Adding to the improved virtuosity of the images captured by the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera is the camera's 14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process. Able to recognize 16,384 colours per channel (four times the number of colours recognized by the EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLR camera's 12-bit conversion capability), this line-leading model is able to produce images with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colours. Additionally, given the significantly larger image file sizes created by the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera, Canon has provided compatibility with the new Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) compact flash memory card specification, which enables ultra-high-speed data transfer to the card. Utilizing a UDMA compliant card doubles the data transfer speed compared to a conventional memory card, putting the new EOS-1Ds Mark III on par with the 10.1-megapixel EOS-1D Mark III camera, even though the pixel count of this new model is more than twice as large.

Advanced Autofocus Technology
The EOS-1Ds Mark III autofocus system - first introduced earlier this year on the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR - has 45 AF points including 19 high-precision cross-type points and 26 Assist AF points. This new array allows the 19 cross-type points to be divided into groups of nine inner and nine outer focusing points plus a centre point, which makes picking an individual focusing point much faster and easier than going through all 45. During manual AF point selection, the AF point area is expandable in two stages via Custom Function control.

At the request of sports and wildlife photographers, a new micro-adjustment feature allows for very fine changes in the AF point of focus for each lens type in use, along with the addition of adjustable focus-tracking sensitivity as another sophisticated new AF feature. Other new components in the AF system include the reconfigured concave submirror and the secondary image formation lens, both products of Canon's vast expertise in optical engineering. Finally, the low-light sensitivity of the new AF sensor has been doubled to EV-1 for superior performance, compared with earlier EOS digital SLRs.

Live View
One of the dynamic innovations incorporated into new EOS Digital SLRs - and optimized for professional shooters on the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR - is Canon's Live View shooting mode which provides photographers with an expanded and exceedingly convenient set of shooting options beyond the conventional SLR through-the-lens viewing. Framing and shooting subjects using the camera's LCD screen affords the shooter the same 100 percent field of view provided by the optical viewfinder - this is a full-frame digital SLR after all - but Live View has the added advantage of allowing the image to be more easily composed on the camera's bright and brilliant 230,000-pixel, three-inch LED screen. Additionally, the LCD-viewed image can be magnified by five or ten times in order to ensure that the shot is optimally focused.

Live View is at its best during tripod shooting, particularly for close-up photography where precise focusing is imperative. As a side benefit, the Live View shooting mode helps to reduce vibration by lifting the reflex mirror out of the optical path well in advance of the exposure, improving image quality at slow shutter speeds. Additionally, as the release time lag is miniscule, even instantaneous movements like a bird taking flight can be readily captured. The shutter charge sound can be delayed and made quieter than normal in Live View mode to avoid spooking wildlife or disturbing people nearby with unwanted camera sounds.

If a user is going to be several feet away from the camera, such as in some studio settings, the EOS-1Ds Mark III can be connected by cable to a computer via its USB 2.0 High-Speed interface. The camera can also be operated remotely at distances up to 492 feet with the assistance of the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A which allows users to view images directly off the camera's sensor in virtually real-time, with the ability to adjust many camera settings quickly and easily.

Viewing Display
Easy to read, even in outdoor conditions such as bright sunlight, the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera features a three-inch, 230,000-pixel wide angle LCD display screen. The TFT colour liquid-crystal monitor features seven user-settable brightness levels and a wide, 140-degree viewing angle, both horizontally and vertically. An added advantage of the large, three-inch display size is the ability to utilize a larger font size for text, making it easier to read setting and menu options on the screen.

Canon extends its "ease-of-reading" policy to the EOS-1Ds Mark III's viewfinder as well. Bright and clear with zero distortion and a 100 percent picture coverage and a magnification factor of .75x, it is the finest viewfinder ever placed in an EOS camera.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Another first for a professional digital SLR of this caliber is Canon's complete dust management solution, called the EOS Integrated Cleaning System. The new CMOS image sensor is designed with a lightweight infrared absorption glass cover that vibrates for 3.5 seconds when the camera is turned on or off. This brief delay can be cancelled immediately upon start-up by pressing the shutter button half way. Dust that has been shaken or blown loose of the sensor is trapped by adhesive surfaces surrounding the sensor unit housing, preventing the problematic particles from reattaching themselves to the filter when the camera moves.

Like its sibling, the EOS-1D Mark III, the shutter of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera carries a durability rating of 300,000 cycles and, though it generates less dust, it still charges itself three times during the manual cleaning process so that dust is shaken off the shutter curtains as well. This cleaning system uses very little battery power and can be turned off in the custom function menu.

The second part of the dust management system is a software solution that maps the location of any spots that may remain on the sensor. The mapped information is saved as Dust Delete Data and attached to the image file. Subsequently, the offending dust information is subtracted from the final image during post processing, using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.

Rock Solid Reliability
The entire body of the EOS-1Ds Mark III, including its internal chassis and mirror box, is made of an advanced magnesium alloy for exceptional strength and rigidity. Comprehensive weatherproofing at 76 locations on the camera body ensures superior reliability, even when shooting in harsh environments. Together with the 300,000-cycle shutter durability rating, these features result in a camera that, even though it is six ounces lighter than the EOS-1Ds Mark II, can truly withstand even the most severe shooting conditions.

Improved Software
1ds3 kit contentsAmong the most valuable features of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR is its compatibility with Canon's new Picture Style Editor 1.0 software. With PSE, photographers can personalize the look of their photographs by inputting their own preferred image processing parameters, including custom tone curves. The EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions of Canon's powerful software applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.2 and EOS Utility 2.2, which support the camera's Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up workflow. Particularly noteworthy in DPP 3.2 is a new Lens Aberration Correction Function that corrects various image defects such as chromatic aberration, colour blur, vignetting and distortion. Initially, the Lens Aberration Correction Function will support images captured by the EOS-1Ds Mark III and 11 other EOS Digital SLRs using any of 29 individual EF and EF-S lenses. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 6.0 and ImageBrowser 6.0 for easy browsing, viewing, printing and archiving with compatible computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.

Technical Specifications

List price (body only) US: $7,999
EU: €7,999
Body material Magnesium alloy (exterior, chassis and mirror box)
Sensor 36 x 24 mm CMOS sensor
Full 35 mm size frame
RGB Color Filter Array
Built-in fixed low-pass filter (with self-cleaning unit)
21.9 million total pixels
21.1 million effective pixels
6.4 µm pixel pitch
3:2 aspect ratio
Image processor Dual DIGIC III
A/D conversion 14 bit
Image sizes (JPEG) 5616 x 3744 (L; 21.0 MP)
4992 x 3328 (M1; 16.6 MP)
4080 x 2720 (M2; 11.0 MP)
2784 x 1856 (S; 5.2 MP)
Image sizes (RAW) 5616 x 3744 (RAW; 21.0 MP)
2784 x 1856 (sRAW; 5.2 MP)
File formats

RAW (.CR2; 14-bit)
JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Fine / Normal
RAW + JPEG (separate files)

File sizes (approx.) JPEG L: 6.4 MB
JPEG M1: 5.2 MB
JPEG M2: 3.9 MB
JPEG S: 2.2 MB
RAW: 25.0 MB
sRAW: 14.5 MB
JPEG quality options Each JPEG size (L, M1, M2, S) can be set to a quality level of 1 to 10 (1 high compression, low quality - 10 low compression, high quality)
Lenses Canon EF lens mount (does not support EF-S lenses)
No field of view crop (1.0x)
Dust reduction "EOS Integrated Cleaning System"
Self-cleaning sensor unit (filter in front of sensor vibrates at high frequency at start-up and shutdown - can be disabled)
Dust Delete Data - Data from a test shot is used to 'map' dust spots and can be later removed using Canon DPP Software
Auto focus 45-point TTL
19 cross-type points, require F2.8 or faster lens *
centre cross-type point requires F4.0 or faster lens
26 assist points, require F5.6 or faster lens *
TTL-AREA-SIR with a CMOS sensor
AF working range: -1.0 to 18 EV (at 23°C, ISO 100)
Focus modes One shot AF
AI Servo AF
Manual focus
AF point selection Auto
Manual (all 19 or inner 9 / outer 9)
AF assist External Speedlite only
Exposure modes Program
Aperture-priority
Shutter-priority
Manual
Bulb
Metering

63 zone metering linked to 19 AF points *
Metering range: 0 - 20 EV
Modes: centre, Linked to AF point, Multi-spot (up to 8 readings)

Metering modes

Evaluative (63 zone linked to active AF point)
centre-weighted average
Partial (8.5% of picture area)
Spot metering (2.4% of picture area)

AE lock Auto: One Shot AF with evaluative metering
Manual: AE lock button
Exposure compensation +/- 3.0 EV
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Exposure bracketing 2, 3, 5 or 7 shots
+/- 3.0 EV
0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
Sensitivity

ISO 100 - 1600
0.3 or 1.0 EV increments
ISO 50 (Enhanced L)
ISO 3200 (Enhanced H)

Shutter Focal-plane shutter
300,000 exposure durability *
30 - 1/8000 sec
0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV increments
Flash X-Sync: 1/250 sec
Bulb
Aperture values F1.0 - F91
0.3, 0.5 or 1.0 EV increments
Actual aperture range depends on lens used
Noise reduction Long exposure (1 sec or longer)
Optional for High ISO (default Off) *
White balance Auto
Daylight
Shade
Cloudy
Tungsten
Fluorescent
Flash
Custom (up to 5 can be stored)
Kelvin (2500 - 10000 K in 100 K steps)
Personal WB (up to 5 can be preset in software *)
WB bracketing +/-3 levels
3 images
Blue / Amber or Magenta / Green bias
WB shift Blue (-9) To Amber (+9)
Magenta (-9) to Green (+9)
Picture style Standard
Portrait
Landscape
Neutral
Faithful
Monochrome
User def. 1
User def. 2
User def. 3
Custom image parameters Sharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
Color tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Color space sRGB
Adobe RGB
Viewfinder Eye-level pentaprism
100% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.76x * (-1 diopter with 50 mm lens at infinity)
Eyepoint: 20 mm
Dioptric adjustment: -3 to +1 diopter
Precision matte screen Ee-C IV (interchangeable)
Eye-piece shutter available via lever
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission:reflection ratio 37:63)
Mirror lock-up (once or multiple exposures)
Viewfinder info AF points
Focus confirmation light
Metering mode
ISO sensitivity *
Shutter speed
Aperture
Manual exposure
AE Lock
Exposure compensation amount
AEB level
Spot metering circle
Flash ready
Red-eye reduction lamp on
High-speed sync
FE Lock
Flash compensation amount
Warnings
Maximum burst for continuous shooting
Buffer space
LCD monitor 3.0" TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
7 brightness levels
LCD Live view * Live TTL display of scene from CMOS image sensor
100% frame coverage
Real-time evaluative metering using CMOS image sensor
Best view or exposure simulation
Grid optional (thirds)
Magnify optional (5x or 10x at AF point)
Aspect ratio masking for 6:6, 3:4, 4:5, 6:7, 10:12 and 5:7
Remote live view using EOS Utility 2.0 (via USB or WiFi/Ethernet using WFT)
Manual focus only
Record review Off
On (histogram via INFO button)
Display mode same as last used Play mode
2 / 4 / 8 sec / Hold
Playback modes

1. Single image with exposure, file number, storage slot
2. As 1 but also image count and quality
3. Detailed exposure information, thumbnail and luminance histogram
4. Less detailed exposure info., thumbnail, luminance and RGB histograms

Playback features Optional blinking highlight alert
Optional AF point display
Magnified view (up to 10x)
2x2 or 3x3 thumbnail index
Jump (by 1, 10, 100 images / by screen, date or folder) *
Delete / Protect
Record audio clip up to 30 seconds
Flash No built-in flash unit
E-TTL II auto flash / metered manual
Flash compensation +/-3.0 EV in 0.3 or 0.5 EV increments
X-Sync: 1/250 sec
High-speed flash with EX-series speedlites up to 1/8000 sec
Hot-shoe & PC Terminal
Drive modes Single
Silent (single frame) *
High-speed continuous: 5 fps * (adjustable 5 - 2 fps)
Low-speed continuous: 3 fps * (adjustable 4 - 1 fps)
Self-timer: 2 or 10 sec (3 sec with mirror lock-up)
Burst buffer Large/Fine JPEG: 56 frames
RAW: 12 frames
RAW+JPEG: 10 frames
Orientation sensor Yes
Auto rotation On (recorded and LCD display)
On (recorded only)
Off
Custom functions 57 custom functions in 4 groups
My Menu Up to six menu options can be customized
Menu languages English
German
French
Dutch
Danish
Portuguese
Finnish
Italian
Norwegian
Swedish
Spanish
Greek
Russian
Polish
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Korean
Japanese
Firmware User upgradable
Wireless Via WFT-E2/E2A (optional)
Connectivity

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
Video out
N3 type wired remote control
PC Sync flash terminal

Storage Compact Flash Type I or II (supports UDMA)
SD card slot (supports SD/SDHC)
External USB hard drives (requires WFT-E2/E2A)
Canon Original Data Security Kit supported ("Original Image Data")
Storage options Record to one memory card
Record same image to both CF and SD cards (backup)
Record RAW image to CF and JPEG to SD card
Overflow (once one card becomes full camera uses next card)
Copy from one card to another
Power Lithium-Ion LP-E4 rechargeable battery * (supplied & charger)
AC adapter
Power information Current power source
Remaining capacity
Current shutter count on this battery charge
Recharge performance
Dimensions 150 x 160 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
Weight (no batt) 1205 g (2.7 lb)
Weight (inc. batt) 1385 g (3.1 lb)

-> compare features with 1Ds2

Here's the blurb coming out of Canon Australia (says November for delivery)

  • Revolutionary Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III redefines professional photography
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  • Canon Introduces an Ultra-High Resolution 21.1 Megapixel Full-Frame Sensor D-SLR with Launch of the EOS-1Ds Mark III
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  • Key features:
  • ·       21.1 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • ·       14-bit A/D conversion for fine colour gradation
  • ·       Dual DiG!C III Image Processors
  • ·       EOS Integrated Cleaning System
  • ·       5 frames per second (fps) continuous shooting up to 56 shots in a single burst
  • ·       Two Live View Modes
  •  
  • Sydney, 20 August 2007 – Canon, who this year is celebrating 70 years of technology innovation, made history today with the announcement of the EOS-1Ds Mark III – the flagship D-SLR camera with the highest resolution sensor ever seen in this category. Complete with a Canon-developed 21.1 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor for extreme detail, and Dual DiG!C III Image Processors for natural colour reproduction and high-speed image processing, the EOS-1Ds Mark III is an irresistible proposition for professionals who require the highest quality images and performance for the studio or on location.   
  • Released earlier this year, Canon’s high-speed EOS-1D Mark III has been independently recognised as the best SLR ever made. Today, the EOS-1Ds Mark III eclipses this, setting even higher standards with its full frame, ultra-high resolution capture. 
  •  “The EOS-1Ds Mark III represents a complete reappraisal of what professional D-SLR photography has become,” stated Chris Macleod, Product Manager, DSLR, Canon Australia. “As we mark Canon’s 70th anniversary and 20 years of EOS, it is fitting that we celebrate our leadership position by introducing the best of the best.”
  • Unrivalled Image Quality
  • When superior results are critical to your profession, the EOS-1Ds Mark III delivers. Canon’s unrivalled 21.1 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS sensor is able to capture ultra-fine detail never seen before in a D-SLR. Dual DiG!C III Image Processors ensures superb detail, high-speed image processing and 14-bit Analogue-to-Digital conversion for fine colour gradation. The flexibility to simultaneously capture both RAW and JPEG files types (including sRAW) vastly enhances the camera capabilities.
  • Performance that Leaves Nothing to be Desired
  • The EOS-1Ds Mark III is the ultimate D-SLR, capturing 21.1 megapixel images at a rate of five frames per second in a continuous burst up to 56 shots. Additional enhanced functionality includes a 45-pont AF system (including 19 cross-type AF points and 26 assist AF points), high shutter speed of up to 1/8000 second and high speed flash synchronisation speed of 1/250 second, and selectable ISO speeds from 100-1600 with ISO expansion to 50 and 3200 via a Custom Function, to ensure this camera offers the best performance available in any D-SLR.
  • Professional Performance
  • Designed for studio, illustrative and commercial photographers, the EOS-1Ds Mark III offers superior features that professionals desire. With 57 Custom Functions available, operation of the EOS-1Ds Mark III can be tailored to suit the photographer’s individual preference. The addition of two Live View functions allows photographers to preview images in real time on the 3.0 inch LCD or an external monitor to achieve precise image composition and focusing.
  • Built for the demands of the toughest environments, the EOS-1Ds Mark III has a strong and reliable magnesium alloy body with over 70 dust and moisture resistant seals. The EOS Integrated Cleaning System reduces dust on the sensor ensuring uncompromised results.
  • Pricing and Availability
  • The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III (RRP $12,999.00) is available from November 2007 through Canon dealers nationally. For more information customers can contact Canon on 1800 021 167, or visit the website at Canon.com.au.

We also have a 1Ds3 PDF info file from Canon Australia (don't link to this, it -will- move ;-)

19th The Amazon pages have been pulled - guess Canon were not so happy after all :-)

  • I've been reading the specs to see some of the many features that Canon feature in the new camera. As someone who uses DxO Optics Pro for some of my work, I was interested to see that the new Canon DPP software offers "a new Lens Aberration Correction Function that corrects various image defects such as chromatic aberration, colour blur, vignetting, and distortion. Initially, the Lens Aberration Correction Function will support images captured by the EOS-1Ds Mark III and 11 other EOS Digital SLRs using any of 29 individual EF and EF-S lenses." I'll be curious to see what it does, but unfortunately I've never found any of the Canon supplied software fits easily into my workflow, except for managing tethered image capture (and that has some clunky features). The new 14mm lens might also make a dent in the bank balance, if it's that much better than the current version :-)

EOS 1Ds3 info appears at Amazon

"Price: $7,999.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping. Details Availability: This item will be released on December 10, 2007. Pre-order now! Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available."

From Canon...

The new 21.1-megapixel, full-frame Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR camera brings the power of Canon's professional imaging excellence and innovation into sharper focus than ever before. While Canon's EOS-1D series has dominated the 35mm-based professional Digital SLR market for the past six years, the new EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR takes Canon's pro-digital prowess into and the realm of high-fashion and commercial photo studios where bulkier, medium-format cameras previously reigned.

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III's compact, lighter-weight magnesium alloy body is rugged and versatile enough to take out of the studio and into the field. The camera's fast, five-frame-per-second (fps) shooting rate for bursts of up to 56 Large/Fine (21-megapixel) JPEGS or 12 RAW images is unmatched in its class, making it the ideal instrument for capturing the fluid motion and free-flowing lines of location-based fashion photography as well as a wide range of other professional photographic applications.

Revolutionary Resolution
Developed and manufactured by Canon specifically for the EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR, the camera's new full-size 36 x 24-millimeter CMOS image sensor offers the highest resolution in its class and is comprised of approximately 21.1 million effective pixels (5632 x 3750) set at a pitch of 6.4 microns. The user can select any one of six recording formats ranging from 21.0 megapixels in Large JPEG or RAW format, 16.6 or 11.0 megapixels in the two medium JPEG sizes, or 5.2 megapixels in the small JPEG or "sRAW" formats. In any JPEG format, the user can set one of ten compression rates for each image size. In sRAW mode, the number of pixels is reduced to one-fourth that of a standard RAW image and the file size is cut in half, while retaining all of the flexibility and creative possibilities associated with full-size, traditional RAW images.

Dual "DIGIC III" Image Processors
Fulfilling the ultra-low noise, ultra-high image quality promise of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera requires handling the enormous signal processing requirements of the camera's 21-megapixel resolution and top continuous shooting speed of five fps. To accomplish this, Canon has incorporated two identical DIGIC III imaging engines into the camera for parallel (and hence, faster) signal processing. The CMOS sensor reads out to the dual "DIGIC III" processors simultaneously in eight channels. DIGIC III is the next generation of Canon's proprietary image processing engine. This technology ensures the fine details and natural colours of images are optimally recorded and, as an added bonus, is responsible for the EOS-1Ds Mark III SLR's high-speed performance, faster signal processing, and more efficient energy consumption.
Adding to the improved virtuosity of the images captured by the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera is the camera's 14-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) conversion process. Able to recognize 16,384 colours per channel (four times the number of colours recognized by the EOS-1Ds Mark II Digital SLR camera's 12-bit conversion capability), this line-leading model is able to produce images with finer and more accurate gradations of tones and colours. Additionally, given the significantly larger image file sizes created by the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera, Canon has provided compatibility with the new Ultra Direct Memory Access (UDMA) compact flash memory card specification, which enables ultra-high-speed data transfer to the card. Utilizing a UDMA compliant card doubles the data transfer speed compared to a conventional memory card, putting the new EOS-1Ds Mark III on par with the 10.1-megapixel EOS-1D Mark III camera, even though the pixel count of this new model is more than twice as large.

Advanced Autofocus Technology
The EOS-1Ds Mark III autofocus system--first introduced earlier in 2007 on the EOS-1D Mark III Digital SLR--has 45 AF points including 19 high-precision cross-type points and 26 Assist AF points. This new array allows the 19 cross-type points to be divided into groups of nine inner and nine outer focusing points plus a centre point, which makes picking an individual focusing point much faster and easier than going through all 45. During manual AF point selection, the AF point area is expandable in two stages via Custom Function control.
At the request of sports and wildlife photographers, a new micro-adjustment feature allows for very fine changes in the AF point of focus for each lens type in use, along with the addition of adjustable focus-tracking sensitivity as another sophisticated new AF feature. Other new components in the AF system include the reconfigured concave submirror and the secondary image formation lens, both products of Canon's vast expertise in optical engineering. Finally, the low-light sensitivity of the new AF sensor has been doubled to EV-1 for superior performance compared with earlier EOS Digital SLRs.

Live View
One of the dynamic innovations incorporated into new EOS Digital SLRs--and optimized for professional shooters on the EOS-1Ds Mark III digital SLR--is Canon's Live View shooting mode, which provides photographers with an expanded and exceedingly convenient set of shooting options beyond the conventional SLR through-the-lens viewing. Framing and shooting subjects using the camera's LCD screen affords the shooter the same 100 percent field of view provided by the optical viewfinder--this is a full-frame Digital SLR after all--but Live View has the added advantage of allowing the image to be more easily composed on the camera's bright and brilliant 230,000-pixel, three-inch LED screen. Additionally, the LCD-viewed image can be magnified by five or ten times in order to ensure that the shot is optimally focused.
Live View is at its best during tripod shooting, particularly for close-up photography where precise focusing is imperative. As a side benefit, the Live View shooting mode helps to reduce vibration by lifting the reflex mirror out of the optical path well in advance of the exposure, improving image quality at slow shutter speeds. Additionally, as the release time lag is miniscule, even instantaneous movements like a bird taking flight can be readily captured. The shutter charge sound can be delayed and made quieter than normal in Live View mode to avoid spooking wildlife or disturbing people nearby with unwanted camera sounds.

If a user is going to be several feet away from the camera, such as in some studio settings, the EOS-1Ds Mark III can be connected by cable to a computer via its USB 2.0 High-Speed interface. The camera can also be operated remotely at distances up to 492 feet with the assistance of the optional Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A, which allows users to view images directly off the camera's sensor in virtually real time, with the ability to adjust many camera settings quickly and easily.

Viewing Display
Easy to read, even in outdoor conditions such as bright sunlight, the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera features a three-inch, 230,000-pixel wide-angle LCD display screen. The TFT colour liquid-crystal monitor features seven user-settable brightness levels and a wide, 140-degree viewing angle, both horizontally and vertically. An added advantage of the large, three-inch display size is the ability to utilize a larger font size for text, making it easier to read setting and menu options on the screen.
Canon extends its "ease-of-reading" policy to the EOS-1Ds Mark III's viewfinder as well. Bright and clear with zero distortion, a 100 percent picture coverage, and a magnification factor of .75x, it is the finest viewfinder ever placed in an EOS camera.

EOS Integrated Cleaning System
Another first for a professional digital SLR of this caliber is Canon's complete dust management solution, called the EOS Integrated Cleaning System. The new CMOS image sensor is designed with a lightweight infrared absorption glass cover that vibrates for 3.5 seconds when the camera is turned on or off. This brief delay can be cancelled immediately upon start-up by pressing the shutter button half way. Dust that has been shaken or blown loose of the sensor is trapped by adhesive surfaces surrounding the sensor unit housing, preventing the problematic particles from reattaching themselves to the filter when the camera moves.
Like its sibling, the EOS-1D Mark III, the shutter of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera carries a durability rating of 300,000 cycles and, though it generates less dust, still charges itself three times during the manual cleaning process so that dust is shaken off the shutter curtains as well. This cleaning system uses very little battery power and can be turned off in the custom function menu.

The second part of the dust management system is a software solution that maps the location of any spots that may remain on the sensor. The mapped information is saved as Dust Delete Data and attached to the image file. Subsequently, the offending dust information is subtracted from the final image during post processing, using the supplied Digital Photo Professional software.

Rock Solid Reliability
The entire body of the EOS-1Ds Mark III, including its internal chassis and mirror box, is made of an advanced magnesium alloy for exceptional strength and rigidity. Comprehensive weatherproofing at 76 locations on the camera body ensures superior reliability, even when shooting in harsh environments. Together with the 300,000-cycle shutter durability rating, these features result in a camera that, even though it is six ounces lighter than the EOS-1Ds Mark II, can truly withstand even the most severe shooting conditions.

Improved Software
Among the most valuable features of the EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR is its compatibility with Canon's new Picture Style Editor 1.0 software. With PSE, photographers can personalize the look of their photographs by inputting their own preferred image processing parameters, including custom tone curves. The EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR also ships with the latest versions of Canon's powerful software applications, including Digital Photo Professional 3.2 and EOS Utility 2.2, which support the camera's Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up workflow. Particularly noteworthy in DPP 3.2 is a new Lens Aberration Correction Function that corrects various image defects such as chromatic aberration, colour blur, vignetting, and distortion. Initially, the Lens Aberration Correction Function will support images captured by the EOS-1Ds Mark III and 11 other EOS Digital SLRs using any of 29 individual EF and EF-S lenses. Also included are ZoomBrowser EX 6.0 and ImageBrowser 6.0 for easy browsing, viewing, printing, and archiving with compatible computer operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows XP, as well as Mac OS X.

Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II USM Lens
Designed primarily for discerning landscape and architectural photographers, the Canon EF14mm f2.8L II USM lens is ideally suited to the EOS-1Ds Mark III's full-frame capability. Measuring 3.7 inches in length and weighing in at under 23 ounces, this ultra-wide angle L-series prime lens is well corrected for rectilinear distortion, provides a 114-degree diagonal angle of view, and delivers high-speed autofocus with higher image quality overall including superior peripheral image quality, compared to its predecessor, the stalwart EF 14mm f2.8L USM lens.
While its large diameter, high-precision aspherical and UD elements, optimized lens element positioning, and flare and ghost-reducing lens coating ensure that this lens delivers the top optical performance in its professional class, Canon has added other features photographers have been asking for--improved dust and water resistance incorporated around the mount, switch panel and focusing ring, and a round aperture that creates a nice background blur and makes it easier to recognize an out-of-focus scene in less than brightly lit conditions. Furthermore, Canon has created a new lens cap specifically for the EF 14mm f2.8L II USM that is held to the lens by a stopper.

1Ds Mk3 Product Features and Technical Details

Product Features

21.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor

Large 3.0-inch LCD display with Live View and seven brightness settings

5 fps at shutter speeds 1/500 second or faster (for bursts of up to 45 Large/Fine JPEGs or 15 RAW images) sRAW mode; 35-zone metering system; 45-point AF; integrated Self-Cleaning Sensor Unit

Powered by LP-E4 lithium-ion battery pack; stores images on CF, SD, or some SDHC memory cards
Technical Details

Effective resolution: Approximately 21.1 million pixels (total pixels: approximately 21.9 million)

Recording pixels: 5616 x 3744

Sensor type: Full-frame CMOS sensor, with primary R-G-B filtration (28 x 18.7 millimeters)

Pixel size: 6.4 microns square

Lens focal length factor: None (1x)

Imaging processor: Dual DIGIC III image processors

Maximum frames per second: 5 frames per second (fps) at shutter speeds 1/500 second or faster, in all recording modes

Drive modes: Single; silent (single-frame); high-speed continuous (5 fps; adjustable 5 to 2 fps); low-speed continuous (3 fps; adjustable 4 to 1 fps)

Maximum number of frames / burst: JPEG: 45 (full-resolution, Level-8 fine compression); RAW: 15; RAW plus JPEG: TBA

Flash sync speed: Up to 1/250, with EX-series Speedlites

Shutter "lag" time: Approximately 55 milliseconds (from half-way to fully depressing shutter button)

Start-up time: 0.15 seconds

Image type: JPEG, RAW (14 bit); improved A/D conversion to 14-bit processing for 16,384 individual tones

Highlight tone priority: Improve tonal range in highlight areas by approximately 1 stop (C.Fn II-2)

Noise reduction: Long exposures 1 second and longer (C.Fn II-1); high-speed ISO images (C.Fn II-2)

Storage media: Compatible with two card slots and external storage media; CompactFlash (Type I or II, including MicroDrives); SD

card slot (SDHC-compatible for 2GB higher SD cards); USB external hard drives (requires optional WFT-E2A wireless transmitter)

Recording options: Multiple media recording options: record to only one memory card; record the same image to both SD and CF card; record RAW image to a CF card and JPEG image to a SD card

New additional features: Files can be automatically written to another media if card beomes full; select different image sizes and save to different media (example: different JPEG sizes); record same image using all three media options, including external hard drive; copy files manually from one card to another, or to connected USB hard drive

Image format options: JPEG (compression adjustable in 10 steps on menu); RAW ("CR2" RAW file format); RAW + JPEG (selectable on rear LCD panel); sRAW ("CR2" small RAW file format; 1 /4 file size of full-resolution RAW, approximately 5.2 megapixels)

Resolution options: Large: 5616 x 3744 (approximately 21.0 million pixels); "Medium 1": 4992 x 3328 (approximately 16.6 million pixels); "Medium 2": 4080 x 2720 (approximately 11.0 million pixels); "Small": 2784 x 1856 (approximately 5.2 million pixels); "RAW": 5616 x 3744 (approximately 21.0 million pixels); "sRAW": 2784 x 1856 (approximately 5.2 million pixels)

Data recording format: DCF 2.0 and EXIF 2.21; EXIF 2.21--applies "Adobe 1998 RGB" colour space tag to images

Sound recording: Maximum 30 seconds per sound clip (more than one clip can be assigned to each image)

Folder settings: Create new folder and select on memory card

3-part approach to dust reduction: EOS Integrated Cleaning System; self-cleaning sensor unit--low pass filter in front of the sensor vibrates at a very high frequency for about four seconds to "shake" off loose dust and dirt; occurs on start-up and shut down--can also be activated by user or totally disabled; Dust Delete Data: a test shot is taken and any dust spots are "mapped" and added to each image's text data; automatic removal possible in Canon DPP software; manual: user can lock up mirror to blow off any dust or have service technician wipe sensor clean

LCD monitor: 3.0-inch (diagonal) TFT colour; approximately 100% coverage; approximately 230,000 pixels

Playback options: Single image; single image with info and histogram; 4-index or 9-index image; magnified zoom display

Live View type: Electronic viewing of scene, directly off imaging sensor, on LCD monitor

Coverage: Approximately 100%

Metering: Real-time evaluative metering (off CMOS imaging sensor)

Grid display: Two vertical and two horizontal lines; can be turned on or off by user

Aspect ratio: Masking for 6:6, 3:4, 4:5, 6:7, 10:12, and 5:7

PC live view: Enabled using EOS Utility (v.2.0) (use computer monitor as viewfinder)

Shutter speed range: 30 seconds to 1/8000, plus bulb (1/3, 1/2, or full-stop increments when user-set)

Maximum flash sync speed: 1/250 second

Anticipated shutter durability: 300,000 exposures

ISO range: 100 to 1600, in 1/3-stop increments; ISO 50 and 3200 can be added via ISO extension on menu; new ISO safety shift (camera shifts ISO in Tv or Av mode if needed to preserve exposure)

Exposure modes: Manual, Aperture-priority, Shutter-priority, Program, Bulb

Metering: 63-zone metering linked to 19 AF points; Evaluative metering (63-zone, linked to active AF point); centre-weighted metering; Partial metering (approximately 8.5% of the picture area); Spot metering (approximately 2.4% of the picture area); Options: centre only; linked to any of 19 AF points; and Multi-spot metering up to 8 readings

Metering range: EV 0 to 20 (all patterns; at normal temperatures)

Exposure compensation: Possible in any Auto exposure mode; up to +/- 3 stops, in 1/3-stop increments

Exposure bracketing: 2, 3, 5, or 7 shots (selectable with C.Fn I-6); up to +/- 3 stops, in 1/3-stop increments; Standard Auto bracketing, via aperture and/or shutter speed

Compatible flashes: Canon EX-series Speedlites (TTL flash not possible with non-EX speedlites)

E-TTL II: 63-zone metering with EX-series speedlites; evaluative E-TTL flash metering (can be averaged over all 63 metering zones); distance information now used from compatible Canon EF lenses for flash calculations

Flash metered manual: Possible with flash in Manual mode, via FEL button

Flash exposure lock: 2.4% Spot metering of pre-flash illumination

Flash exposure compensation: Possible on body for certain speedlites (up to +/- 3 stops, in 1/3-stop increments)

Flash exposure bracketing: Possible with 580EX II, 580EX, 550EX, MR-14EX, and MT-24EX (set on Speedlite)

Hi-speed flash speed: Possible with EX-series Speedlites, up to 1/8000 second , normal maximum x-sync is 1/300

PC socket: Standard; sync line voltages up to 250v are OK through PC socket or hot shoe

Number of AF points: 45 (inside of ellipse area of focus screen); 19 high-precision cross-type points (require f2.8 or faster lens for cross-type coverage); 26 assists points (require f5.6 or faster lens)

Number of cross-type points: 19 points--any of these can be user-selected with manual AF point selection (high-precision type points; require a f2.8 or faster lens; centre point requires f4 or faster)

Focus modes: One-Shot AF (for stationary subjects); AI Servo AF (for tracking moving subjects)

Manual AF point selection: 19 AF points ( default); inner 9 AF points (via C.Fn III 9-1); outer 9 AF points ( via C.Fn III 9-2)

Automatic AF point selection: Possible in both One-shot and AI Servo AF modes

AF On button: AF button on rear of body executes AF and metering; AE Lock button can switch functions with AF On button via C.Fn IV-2-1

Viewfinder coverage: 100%, vertically and horizontally

Eyepoint: 20 millimeters

Magnification: 0.75x

Focusing screen: Ec-C IV (new standard focusing screen); interchangeable with Ec-series screens from all previous EOS-1 series cameras

Diopter: -3 to +1.0 (user-adjustable); further adjustment possible with Eg series diopter lenses

Mirror lock-up: Possible via C.Fn III-14; new: option to have mirror remain up for multiple pictures, until SET button is pressed

Eyepiece shutter: Built-in; activated by lever to right of eyepiece

White Balance modes: Auto (WB is read off of CMOS imaging sensor only); Pre-set (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash); Custom (reading taken off 18% gray card or white object; up to 5 custom readings can be stored); colour Temperature (range 2500k to 10,000k; 100k increments); Personal WB settings--PC-1 to PC-5 (up to five, created in computer and uploaded into camera)

White Balance compensation: Alter white balance in amber-blue direction, and/or magenta-green direction +/- 9 levels

White Balance bracketing: Alter White Balance in amber-blue direction or magenta-green direction, up to 15 mireds

Picture Style: Allows user to easily adjust the "look" of JPEG images, or RAW files processed with Canon software; six presets: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Monochrome, Faithful; adjustable settings: Sharpening, Contrast, colour Saturation, and colour Tone

Digital terminal: USB 2.0 Hi-speed (Type B port)

Video output terminal: NTSC/PAL

System extension terminal: 15-pin terminal (connects new wireless file transmitter WFT-E2A)

Remote control terminal: N3-type terminal

Custom functions: 57 Custom Functions (personal functions built into Custom Functions)

My Menu: Up to six menu settings can be stored separately for quick access

Battery: Lightweight LP-E4 lithium-ion battery pack

Battery information: Current power source in use (battery, AC adapter, etc.); remaining capacity (displayed in 1% increments, on camera's LCD monitor); current shutter count on this battery charge; recharge performance (displays when battery should be discarded; 3 levels)

Main switch: Three settings: Off, On, and On with Quick Control Dial active

Camera body exterior material: Magnesium alloy

Chassis material: Magnesium alloy, including mirror box

Operating temperature range: 32 degrees to 113 degrees F (0 degrees to 45 degrees C); 85% or lower relative humidity

Dimensions (W x H x D): 6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 inches (156 x 160 x 80 millimeters)

Weight (without battery or CF card): 41.3 ounces (1205 grams)

-- it looks as if Amazon have been a bit quick off the mark on this one, before any official announcment

It's been interesting to see some of the comment about the info we were sent yesterday ;-) Meanwhile we've been sent some info pointing to being able to use EF-S lenses on the next version of the 5D, along with a cRAW (cropped) format providing for reduced sensor coverage (more on the 5D2 page)

18th We were sent (thanks) a very comprehensive email covering what Canon has been up to and some pointers to what they are going to be doing over the next couple of years. I've paraphrased some of the details for the senders benefit, but if true then it represents some very interesting developments. Here it is in full:

  • 40D - it's ready, but they did have a 40D ready in Feb/March, but it was regarded as just a bit to similar to everything else. It seems that Canon have put a lot into the 'new' 40D to get back market leadership in this segment from Nikon.
  • Features include: 14 bit processing, highlight preservation, multiple custom functions, faster, half the noise level of the 30D, more weatherproofing. Lots of 'trickle down' features from their pro models.
  • Their marketing campaign is really going to emphasise the semi-pro angle and the marketing will emphasise the 'pro' heritage.
  • 1Ds3 - it's ready and production of the 1Ds2 has stopped. To be announced fairly soon. Several studios in New York now have production versions (under strict NDA ;-) and it is supposed to be 'just amazing'
  • 5D replacement - Now 'feature complete'. Canon is working on the timing, most likely early 2008 [PMA is Jan 31 to Feb 2] Features include 16MP, Digic III and 14 bit.
  • 400D replacement - March 2008. 14 bit, Digic III, highlight preservation. IS lens as standard.
  • Sensor technology - Canon have mentioned that full frame sensor chips need two stepper passes. Sony now has the technology to do this in one pass and are preparing their own sensors and selling to them Nikon.  However, Canon have a new 'one pass' technology too. What's more, it can do even larger than 35mm (36x24mm) in a single pass. 
  • Canon is very excited about a next generation CMOS sensors they are working on.  Two full frame versions have 40M and 50M pixels at the -same- noise level as the current 1D series. Low power supply voltages give cooler chips and lower noise even with smaller pixels. Different circuit fabrication techniques also promise to make close to 100% of the sensor area active pixels. This technology won't make any of the upcoming models, but is expected in 2009/10.
  • The competition - Canon were somewhat shocked by the success of the Nikon D80, D40 and D40X. Hence the 'improved' 40D and the improved 400D replacement in the works. Canon know what Nikon have coming (D300 and D3) and have planned the 40D, 1Ds III and 1D III as their answers.
  • However Nikon is moving to CMOS sensors to over the next couple of years.  Sony are moving CMOS to a near full frame (1.25 or so) and full (35mm) FF, so Canon is getting serious and starting to plan some aggressive upgrades.
  • Sony worries Canon somewhat, since with their manufacturing capabilities, they could move the whole price base down for SLRs. So far they haven’t and their lens prices and range are not a worry for Canon. The current Sony Alpha has been less than astounding in the market.
  • Moreover, Nikon have the camera credibility and certainly won’t stop with the D3 and D300. Their plans for the lower end (D40-D80 as well) are to replace them in much shorter timeframes than their previous 3-4 years.  Nikon have moved emphasis from the low end 'point and shoot' digital into R&D on the DLSRs. They've found this to be 3-4 times as profitable (note Nikon's record profits over last 12 months).  Nikon is more than happy with trouncing Canon for the last 12 months in Japan (not so world wide).  So the next 2-3 years will see a major DSLR feature 'war'.
  • IS Technology - This is being introduced in some of their consumer grade lenses. The technology has matured to the point that it can be added at only a small price premium. It gives product differentiation - a reaction to Sony and keeps them ahead of Nikon.
  • Digic IV - Digic III just won't cut it for the new high density sensors. Digic IV can deal with with the transfer rates for higher bit per pixel images. One Digic IV chip beats the two Digic III in the 1D3.
  • 16 bit RAW - Canon's target for their next generation of sensors is 16 bits per channel giving true HD quality.  They are also looking at processing formats to retain that extra definition.
  • ISO sensitivity - Canon see their next generation lower voltage CMOS as easily doing ISO6400, with a boost to 12800.

An interesting collection of items... :-)

Canon China has reinstated the 1Ds2 and 30D on their front page - and expectations are for a Canon announcement (G7 and 30D replacements?) on Monday.

Feature comparison between the 1Ds2 and 1Ds3

 
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Sensor 21.1 million effective pixels
6.4 µm pixel pitch
16.7 million effective pixels
7.2 µm pixel pitch
Image processor Dual DIGIC III DIGIC II
A/D converter 14-bit 12-bit
Image sizes 5616 x 3744
4992 x 3328
4080 x 2720
2784 x 1856
4992 x 3328
3600 x 2400
3072 x 2048
2496 x 1664
RAW files CR2 format, 14-bit
RAW full resolution
sRAW (5.2 MP)
CR2 format, 12-bit
RAW full resolution
Dust reduction High speed vibration of filter None
Auto focus 45-point TTL CMOS sensor
19 cross-type for F2.8 or faster lens
45-point TTL CMOS sensor
7 cross-type for F4 or faster lens
AF adjustment Yes No
Metering 63-zone linked to AF points 21-zone linked to AF points
Shutter 300,000 exposure durability 200,000 exposure durability
Noise reduction Optional High ISO No option
White balance Up to five personal WB presets Up to three personal WB presets
Image parameters Picture Styles (six default, three user)
Sharpness: 0 to 7
Contrast: -4 to +4
Saturation: -4 to +4
Colour tone: -4 to +4
B&W filter: N, Ye, Or, R, G
B&W tone: N, S, B, P, G
Colour matrix (five default, two user)
Sharpness: 0 to 5
Contrast: -2 to +2
Saturation: -2 to +2
Colour tone: -2 to +2
Viewfinder 100% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.76x
Eyepoint: 20 mm
100% frame coverage
Magnification: 0.70x
Eyepoint: 20 mm
ISO in viewfinder Yes No
LCD monitor 3.0" TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
7 brightness levels
2.0" TFT LCD
230,000 pixels
5 brightness levels
LCD Live View Yes No
Playback modes Exposure line at top in single image view No exposure in single image view
Silent shooting Yes (quieter release) No
Continuous shooting 5.0 / 3.0 fps
Up to 56 JPEG Large/Fine images
5.0 fps
Up to 32 JPEG Large/Fine images
Auto rotate On (recorded and LCD display)
On (recorded only)
Off
On
Off
My Menu Up to six menu options can be customised No
Menu languages 18 15
Custom functions 57 20
Hot-shoe water resistance Yes (with 580 EX II) No
Storage Compact Flash slot (UDMA support)
SD card slot (SDHC support)
USB drives via WFT-E2/E2A
Compact Flash slot
SD card slot
Data connectivity USB 2.0 Hi-Speed USB 1.1
Firewire IEEE 1394
Battery power Lithium-Ion LP-E4 rechargeable battery Ni-MH NP-E3 rechargeable battery
Dimensions 150 x 160 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in) 156 x 158 x 80 mm (6.1 x 6.2 x 3.1 in)
Weight No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
With battery: 1.4 kg (3.1 lb)
No battery: 1.2 kg (2.6 lb)
With battery: 1.5 kg (3.3 lb)

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