Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Specification Review

The EOS-1Ds Mark III is the 7th Canon professional EOS-1D sequence electronic SLR, although only the third of the ‘s’ suffix sub-category which indicates a complete structure indicator. Three years since the last EOS-1Ds, the Indicate II, the Indicate III drives electronic SLR quality over the 20 mega-pixel hurdle with particularly twenty-one-point-one thousand p (5616 x 3744) on its 36 x 24 mm (full 35 mm frame) indicator. Canon also states to have raised the ‘light collecting efficiency’ of the indicator by lessening the amount of (wasted) space between small contacts, hence despite the quality increase the Indicate III still provides understanding up to ISO 3200 (with increase enabled).

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III

As well as improving quality Canon has forced ongoing capturing up a step with five supports per second over the Indicate II’s four supports per second. This means that at complete rate the two DIGIC III image processor chips are working with an amazing 185 MB/sec. Other developments range from the bigger display, Live Perspective, a fourteen-bit A/D ripper and fourteen-bit RAW information, UDMA Lightweight Display assistance (up to 45 MB/sec) and a whole range of features (such as double storage space spots and Picture Styles) got from the EOS-1D Indicate III.


Picture parameters

The EOS-1Ds Mark III, like all present Cannon Electronic SLRs, provides presets of image factors in different ‘Picture Styles’. There are six conventional and three customer definable Picture Designs, all of which can have any of their four image factors (sharpness, comparison, vividness and shade tone) modified. In inclusion the consumer described Picture Designs can be ‘based’ on any of the predetermined Picture Designs. This is important because as well as having a little bit different image factors, each predetermined Picture Design also has a a little bit different comparison and shade map.

Picture Style

As already described, each Picture Design can be thought of as being identical to different types of ‘film’, each one is made up of a overall tone bend, shade map (including varying hue responses) and conventional sharpness. You comes with six designed Picture Designs but you can obtain other designs from Cannon. The frustrating part of Picture Designs (still) is that a bad bend and shade map are not exposed to the consumer, you have to research to understand the impact of each Picture Design. Approximately evaluation of the available Picture Designs are as follows:

Contrast adjustment

Adjusting a bad establishing changes the form of the ‘S curve’ used to map the straight line image information taken by the indicator into the appropriate gamma. A reduced comparison establishing preserves more of the unique data’s powerful variety but brings to a slimmer looking image. A higher comparison establishing extends the black and white (dark to light) of the picture and could cause on to cutting of both darkness details and features. The EOS-1Ds Mark III provides a number of modification with nine actions from -4 to +4.


The sharpness establishing of zero seems to mean ‘apply no improving at all’, hence this is the picture as taken (soft because of the anti-alias filter). The common establishing for Standard Picture Design is 3 and 4 for Scenery.

Saturation adjustment

Saturation modification allows you to control the durability of shade in the ultimate image. At the -4 establishing you get quite a modest shade reaction but this could be useful for post-processing, anything above +2 can cause to create route cutting.

Vignetting & Mild Falloff

Vignetting and falloff are not something we would normally analyze in our digital SLR opinions, mainly because popped indicator digital SLR’s and don’t display much falloff. With full structure receptors, however, there’s a far more real risk of area following their every move (especially with broader lenses), though it’s uncommon for it to be an problem in daily digital photography.

Technically vignetting represents a darkening of the sides of the structure due to a physical impediment such as the rim of the lens gun barrel or a narrow, light falloff represents a discount in the amount of sunshine attaining the far sides of the structure due to the position of occurrence of light attaining there. Mild falloff is sometimes known to as cos4 vignetting. In this part of evaluation we will make reference to this impact as falloff for convenience (and more likely accuracy) however it could well be either or both vignetting / light falloff.

Shade reproduction

Here you can see a produced GretagMacbeth ColorChecker graph, place your rabbit over any of appearance below it to see along with duplication in that method. Choose a camera/setting mixture from the ‘Compared to’ drop-down to relative containers inside each spot.

As we’ve mentioned in most latest opinions there is now a pretty reliable reaction across all competitive designs and the Indicate III is no different. Cannon has now reliable the production of the whole EOS variety using Image Designs, and as you can see by selecting any latest design from the In comparison to drop-down selection below, the results are extremely similar from the top to the end of the variety.

Images Quality

Stay View

Like the EOS-1D Mark III, the EOS-1Ds Mark III comes with a relatively standard live perspective system that does not assistance auto-focus (of any type – not even the reflection tossing kludge used by DLSRs without contrast-detect AF). What you do get is the cabability to increase any part of the structure up to 10x and – more usefully – live perspective over USB when capturing in connected method (complete with distant guide focusing) or over Wi-Fi when using the not compulsory WFT-E2.

Live View visibility simulation

You can additionally (via C.Fn IV-16) allow Stay View visibility simulator method where the Stay View display will effort to imitate the lighting of the ultimate visibility. In this method changes to visibility settlement or visibility (in guide mode) are simulated, and you can perspective the live histogram.

Live perspective display modes

Pressing the INFO key while in Stay View toggles between the four available display ways, each with varying stages of overlaid information. Some of the displays below display the not compulsory ‘thirds’ collections lines allowed.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Images Quality
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Images Quality

Stay perspective magnification

Just as in play-back method you can increase live perspective by pushing the expand key (or back out again with reduce). While amplified you can use the multi-controller to move around the live image. The Mark III seems to be to be able to go all the way to 1:1 zoom (one pixel on the indicator for one pixel on the LCD) which makes it simple to obtain ideal concentrate (it’s important to note that while amplified you is applicable greater improving than in the ultimate image to assist focusing).mate image to help focusing).

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Images Quality
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Images Quality

Stay perspective Depth-of-Field preview

One very useful function in Stay View is of course depth-of-field (DOF) review, when the DOF review key is pushed you prevents the lens down to the chosen (or metered) aperture which provides you with an precise reflection of the depth-of-field of the ultimate picture. As you can see from the pictures below this proved helpful well in our analyze field at F11 (though in very low mild and with very little apertures you will see the picture getting darker). Observe that unless you have live perspective visibility simulator converted off the display will go very black when the lens is shut down considerably using detail of area review.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Images Quality
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Images Quality
Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Images Quality
85 mm, 1/800 sec, f/2.8, ISO 400

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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 *
• Center 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: Center, Linked to AF point, Multi-spot (up to 8 readings)
Metering modes • Evaluative (63 zone linked to active AF point)
• Center-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)
• 2×2 or 3×3 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)