EOS-1Ds Mark ईई Review




Features

  • Superb image quality: entirely new 21.1 Megapixel Full-Frame Canon CMOS Sensor, Highlight Tone Priority, and 14-bit A/D conversions for outstanding color tones.
  • Dual "DIGIC III" Image Processor for excellent image quality and processing speed.
  • Live View Function capabilities, displayed on the large 3.0-inch LCD monitor.
  • Outstanding durability thanks to a shutter durability-tested to 300,000 cycles, dust- and water-resistant design, and EOS Integrated Cleaning System.
  • Up to 5 fps, burst rate up to 12 consecutive RAW images or 56 full-resolution JPEGs, and compatible with newest UDMA high-speed CF cards.
  • Fast and precise AF system, with 19 high-precision, cross-type AF points with f/2.8 or faster lenses and 26 additional "Assist Points."
  • Compatible with wireless file transmitter WFT-E2A, extensive remote control accessories, and 15 different interchangeable Ec-series focus screens.

Incomparable Canon EOS AF Technology

The EOS-1Ds Mark III incorporates new Canon AF technologies that bring about improvement in key performance areas. The extraordinary 45-point high-density area AF system provides not only the industry's largest continuous AF coverage area, but also the greatest range of control over focusing point selection. The focusing point can be selected automatically by the camera (based on high-speed microcomputer analysis of image content), or users can manually select any of the 19 high precision cross-type AF points, which can be complemented by 26 additional Assist Points for fast, accurate focusing.

A separate processing unit devoted solely to autofocus calculation is a key in the EOS-1Ds Mark III's superb AF performance. The One-Shot AF mode is ideal for more static subjects. The camera rapidly selects the optimum focusing point, and the subject is instantly brought into focus even if it is off-center. The AI Servo AF mode is excellent for moving subjects. Aided by a the camera's outstanding new AF sensor and powerful processing abilities, it precisely tracks subject movement, even when shooting continuously at 5 fps. Even with erratic or rapid subject movement, the photographer can concentrate solely on image composition.

New Custom Functions aid the photographer in choosing default focusing points, as well as changing the size of a manually-selected AF point, making this not only the fastest, but also the most customizable AF system on the planet.


Expandable for Your Creativity

Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A
A significant redesign of Canon's earlier wireless transmitter, the new WFT-E2A is much more compact and provides a broader range of useful professional functions. It integrates elegantly with the EOS-1Ds Mark III, is powered by the camera body, and is as durable and weather-resistant as the camera itself. Not only can the camera's files be sent to a compatible computer in three different wireless modes, but you can even remote-control the camera, wirelessly, from your computer.

The WFT-E2A can be easily set up to operate in wireless LAN (802.11b or g) environments. A new, more efficient built-in antenna enables wireless communication with host computers or access points up to 492 ft./150m)* away. Where wireless access is limited, the WFT-E2A can be used for conventional (wired) Ethernet connection.

USB 2.0 Hi-Speed host capability enables the use of external storage media, such as a USB hard drive, for memory card backup, quick copying of files, or just vastly expanded shooting capacity. Images shot on the camera can be recorded directly to the hard drive. The WFT-E2A can also communicate with various third-party GPS devices connected via USB. Location coordinates, precise Universal Time Code, and altitude can be sent to the camera and added to each image's original shooting data.


Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E2A

*With a large, high-performance antenna attached to the wireless LAN access point. With a large, high-performance external antenna connected to a wireless LAN access point receiver. Wireless distance range is dependent upon environmental conditions and other radio interference.

Interchangeable Focusing Screens
The EOS-1Ds Mark III is equipped with the Laser Matte Ec-C IV focusing screen, which provides superior optical performance. Background blur appears more natural, and graininess and flare are reduced. At the same time, the finder is brighter, especially at the edges and corners. As with all EOS-1 Series SLRs, the EOS-1Ds Mark III gives a photographer the widest choice of interchangeable focusing screens. Currently, there are 15 different Ec-series screens.


Laser Matte Ec-C IV Focusing Screen

EF Lenses
Of course the EOS-1Ds Mark III is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as aspherical optics and fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses. A new addition to the L Series is the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM lens. With a 114° angle of view that can be captured with the EOS-1Ds Mark III's full-frame sensor. Unlike a fisheye lens, this stunning new ultra-wide lens is totally corrected for linear distortion, and offers even better sharpness and contrast than its predecessor, Through Canon lenses, photographers can truly maximize the quality and liberating performance of the EOS-1Ds Mark III.


New EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM lens


Compatible with all EF Series Lenses

Flash Photography
The EOS-1Ds Mark III features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. With any of the flashes in the EX Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total darkness. The camera's new 63-zone evaluative metering sensor is also used for flash metering ? giving even finer metering command of the image area. If you prefer a broader area for flash metering, Custom Function II-4-1 allows shifting flash metering so that all 63 zones of the sensor are used equally to calculate flash exposures.

Canon's Speedlite 580EX II is perfectly suited to the EOS-1Ds Mark III. It has improved reliability of communications through the direct contacts, has a metal flash "foot," and is dust- and water-resistant as with the EOS-1Ds Mark III. Other new features include a PC socket on the flash unit, and an external metering sensor for non-TTL auto flash if desired. With the EOS-1Ds Mark III, you can set most flash settings directly from the camera's menus. It has the same power as the previous Speedlite 580EX (maximum guide number of 190 ft./58m at ISO 100), and with its built-in wide panel, can be used with lenses as wide as 14mm on Canon's full-frame cameras. It includes an AF-assist Beam, which works in conjunction with the EOS-1Ds Mark III's focusing system, and automatically sends color temperature information to the camera when the flash fires, for more accurate white balance rendition with flash photography.


Speedlite 580EX II


Software
Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk (Version 15.0)
The EOS-1D Mark III comes bundled with an updated Canon EOS Digital Solution Disk, which features powerful software programs designed to extend the EOS experience to the computer. These include Canon's ZoomBrowser EX for Windows® (Version 5.8), ImageBrower for Macintosh® OS X (Version 5.8), Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.2), Canon's EOS Utility (Version 2.0), RAW Image Task (Version 2.6), PhotoStitch, and PTP TWAIN Driver. Each application is designed to perfect captured images and streamline the digital workflow. ZoomBrowser EX v. 5.8 and Digital Photo Professional v. 3.0 for Windows are compatible with the new Windows Vista operating system, too.

Digital Photo Professional (Version 3.2) is an image processing program that enables high-speed RAW image processing, high-speed previewing for real-time image adjustment and support for sRGB, Adobe RGB and Wide Gamut RGB color spaces. Because it's CMS (Color Management System) compatible, Digital Photo Professional allows for easy image layout and printing in Adobe RGB in conjunction with Easy-PhotoPrint and PictBridge printers. It also features the Dust Delete Data Detection tool for cleaner images.

EOS Utility (Version 2.0) for Macintosh or Windows handles the connection between the camera and computer, whenever they're connected via USB. It allows remote controlled shooting from the computer, handles downloading of images from the camera to the computer, and allows seamless linking to either Canon's ZoomBrowser/ImageBrowser or Digital Photo Professional software once images have been copied to the hard drive. Furthermore, it's used to upload settings back into a USB-connected camera.

ZoomBrowser EX (Version 5.8) for Windows and ImageBrowser (Version 5.8) for Mac OS X are the easy, user-friendly options for viewing and editing of JPEG and even RAW image files. Both allow viewing of numerous types of images including finished TIFF and BMP files. Both also have a variety of search options for finding images, allow re-naming of single images or batches of files, and offer a variety of options for printing without using a separate image-editing program.

RAW Image Task (Version 2.6) for Windows/Macintosh
This software is an integrated component of ZoomBrowser EX (Windows) or ImageBrowser (Mac). It allows processing of RAW images from EOS cameras, including the new EOS-1D Mark III, with a variety of adjustment possibilities. These options, as well as the overall color, contrast and "look" of RAW Image Task, closely mimic the characteristics of Canon's in-camera JPEG processing.



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