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The Canon EOS-1D Mark III:

Canon EOS-1D Mark III

Announced in February 2007, the Canon EOS 1D Mark III started shipping in May 2007 as a replacement for the Canon EOS 1D Mark II. Aimed at professional photographers, it has a 10 megapixel sensor and supports a maximum of 10 frames per second. The Canon EOS 1D Mark III was the first professional DSLR from Canon to support Live View.

The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) named the Canon EOS 1D Mark III the "European Professional Camera of the Year 2007-2008".

The Canon EOS 1D Mark III introduced a new autofocus system, designed to be superior in low light conditions. However this new AF system has been plagued with problems since its launch, resulting in various common problems relating to the SERVO AF mode, as well as problems with stripes/banding within the picture, cursor navigation failure, and Err 99 messages. Many of these problems were fixed in a September 2007 firmware release (version 1.1.1), and as of October 2007, AF problems were supposedly addressed by replacing the internal submirror assembly. However some users still report problems with the camera achieving accurate AF despite these fixes, and a number of respected photographers have switched from Canon to Nikon over this issue.

Because of these potential issues with the camera, it has a very mixed bag of followers, some slate it, and others regard it as one of the very best cameras ever made.

Scroll down for the full Canon EOS 1D Mark III Specifications.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
Canon EOS 1D Mark III

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Canon EOS-1D Mark III Specifications:

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Manufacturer: Canon
Model: EOS-1D Mark III
MSRP: $4,499.00
Date Announced: 2007-02-21
Sensor Format, Size: APS-H
28.1mm x 18.7mm
Sensor Type: CMOS
Automatic Sensor Cleaner: Yes
Total Pixels: 10.7 million
Effective Pixels: 10.1 million
Image Area (pixels): Large: 3,888 x 2,592
Medium 1: 3,456 x 2,304
Medium 2: 2,816 x 1,880
Small: 1,936 x 1,288
Max. Frames Per Second: 10 frames per second
Video Mode: None
LCD: 3.0 in. TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Approx. 230,000 pixels
Brightness Adjustment: 7 levels
Shutter Type: Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speeds: 1/8000 to 30 sec. (1/3 stop increments)
ISO Range: Base ISO 100-3,200 in steps of 1/3, 1 EV
Extended ISO 50-6,400
Storage Media: CF Card Type I and II, SD/SDHC Memory Card (1 slot each), and/or External media (USB v.2.0 hard drive, via optional Canon WFT-E2A transmitter)
UDMA Support: No
Storage System: JPEG, RAW (Canon .CR2)
File System: DCF 2.0 (Exif 2.21)
Exposure Modes: Program AE (shiftable), Shutter speed-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, E-TTL II program AE (Evaluative flash metering, Averaged flash metering), Manual
Metering System: 63-zone TTL full aperture metering
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 13.5% of screen, at center)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 3.8% of screen): Center spot metering, AF point-linked spot metering, Multi-spot metering (max. 8 spot metering entries)
(4) Centerweighted average metering
Metering Range: EV 0-20 (ISO 100 at 73F/23C with EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Compensation: Exposure Compensation (user-set): +/-3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments.
Exposure Lock: Auto: Applied in One-Shot AF mode with evaluative metering when focus is achieved
Manual (user-set): By AE lock button in all metering modes
Exposure Bracketing: Auto Bracketing (AEB): 3 shots, up to +/- 3 stops, in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments, in all exposure modes.
Shutter Release Modes: Single, silent, high-speed continuous (approx. 10 fps), low-speed continuous (approx. 3 fps), 10- or 2-sec. self-timer
White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash, five Custom WB settings (1-5), user-set Color Temperature (2,500~10,000K), five Personal White Balance PC-1 to PC-5 (Total 10 WB types)
White Balance Bracketing: Three consecutive images, Up to +/- 3 levels in 1-stop increment
White Balance Fine Tuning: Yes
Live View: Yes
Playback Functions: Single image, 4-image index, 9-image index, Jump, Magnified zoom (approx. 1.5x to 10x), Histogram, Auto rotate, Rotate
Live view: view image before shooting on LCD monitor; live histogram and live simulation of exposure level possible
Interface: Hi-speed USB
NTSC
PAL
Lens Mount: Canon EF mount
Compatible Lenses: Canon EF, TS-E, and MP-E lenses (except EF-S lenses)
Picture Angle: Equivalent in 35mm [135] format is approx. 1.3 times lens focal length
Viewfinder: Eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism
Approx. 100% Coverage
Approx. 0.76 Magnification
20mm Eyepoint
Reflex Mirror: Quick-return half mirror
Depth-of-field Control: Yes
Autofocus System: TTL-AREA-SIR AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
19 cross-type AF points (plus 26 Assist AF points)
Metering Range: EV -1 ~18 (ISO 100 at 73F/23C)
Maximum Autofocus Areas/Points: 45
Focus Modes: Autofocus (One-Shot AF, Predictive AI Servo AF)
Manual Focus (MF)
AF Point Selection: Automatic selection; Manual AF point selection: 19 AF points, Inner 9 AF points, Outer 9 AF points
Built-in Flash: No
External Flash Shoe: Yes
Dust-Off Reference Photo: Dust Delete Data appended to the captured image
Virtual Horizon Camera Indicator: No
Save/Load Camera settings: Yes
Nikon Creative Lighting System Compatibility: N/A
Flash Sync Speed: 1/300
X-Sync Speed: 1/300
Flash Control: E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series Speedlites
Flash Sync Terminal: Yes
Accessory Shoe: Yes
Self-timer: 10 sec. delay, 2 sec. delay
Batteries: LP-E4 Rechargeable lithium ion battery
AC Adaptor: ACK-E4
Battery Charger: LC-E4
Voice Memo Function: Yes (30 Sec)
Approx. Dimensions: 6.1 in. x 2.1 in. x 3.7 in.
(155mm x 52.3mm x 95mm)
Approx. Weight: 340g
(12.0 oz)
Supplied Software: Canon EOS Digital Solution Disc and Digital Photo Professional Disc
Supplied Accessories: EOS-1D Mark III Body
Eyecup Eg
Wide Strap L6
Video Cable VC-100
Interface Cable IFC-200U
Battery Pack LP-E4
Battery Charger LC-E4
CR2025 Lithium Battery
AC Adapter Kit ACK-E4
Canon EOS Digital Solution Disc and Digital Photo Professional Disc
Software Instruction Manual
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