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Monday, April 23, 2007

Canon Scoop

"Trying to write something meaningful on every aspect of the EOS-1D Mark III is impossible, because there's just too much that's new."
Rob Galbraith

Rob Galbraith has scooped the other digital tech sites* by publishing an extensive first look at the new Canon pro flagship, the 1D Mark III. This is an iteration not of the full-frame, highest-megapixel 1Ds, but the high frame rate, reduced sensor size camera meant for professional news, editorial, and sports shooters. The 1D Mark III features a 10-MP, 1.3X CMOS sensor and an extremely long list of features.

Oh, and Rob's pictures that accompany the article ought to be titled "How to cover a volleyball game." Camera and photographer combine to create some outstanding sports work.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

*Whoops! Except Imaging-Resource.com. My bad.

8 Comments:

Blogger carpeicthus said...

Looks pretty good. Thank God I've come to a state of blissful Nirvana with my current set-up, since it's awfully tempting to spend an insane amount of cash just to shoot at 6400.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

Not really a scoop as Imaging Resource has had a preview up for over a month....

That said Rob's comments are always insightful and great reading. And he is a great resource as a true "user" not just a reviewer.

12:03 PM  
Blogger BWJones said...

The 1D M III is no doubt some amazing hardware, but $4500 is an amazing price too.... Perhaps a 5d with some weather sealing would hit a bigger sweet spot for those of us that do not need 10fps.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

"but $4500 is an amazing price too..."

Not really. Again, it's a pro camera--actually for pros, not just called that as a marketing come-on--and for people who make money with their cameras, $4500 isn't insuperable. If your day rate is, say, $1,000, the camera would pay for itself in less than a week of work. Plus you can depreciate it.

I'm just a dinky little amateur who is very occasionally a semi-pro, but my own DSLR has paid for itself at least three times over already. For a full-time pro of the sort the Mark III is aimed at, its cost is a relatively trivial matter in the larger scheme of doing business (even though most every pro will have to have two, not just one).

--Mike

2:46 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

BWJones,
...I should have added, but you're right about a 5D making much more sense for most enthusiasts.

--Mike

2:48 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

P.S. Mike, thanks for the heads-up. I added a note to the post.

--Mike

2:57 PM  
Blogger david vatovec said...

Incredible piece of hardware indeed.
But i don't need it! :)
Regarding the price - last week i talked to a guy who makes aerial photography with a 1dsmkII, on one flight he makes 30.000 exposures (they are mapping the territory where i live). And every 2 months they change the camera with a new one, so go figure,...

12:19 AM  
Blogger eolake said...

Thanks for adding the note about the volleyball shoot. That is friggin awesome, so many outstanding pictures, from one match!

5:58 PM  

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