Camera Test: Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Canon's new speed champion posts impressive results in our full lab test.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Sigma 300mm f/2.8 USM DG APO. 1/1000 @f/2.8 ISO 125. Otters are fun, but this one looks so serious. There’sgood contrast throughout this challenging scene.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Canon 70-200mm f/4L. 1/125 @ f/4 ISO400. There’s great detail with extremely low noise even after pullingup the exposure about half a stop in RAW processing.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Canon 70-200mm f/4L. 1/400 @ f/4 ISO400. There’s virtually no noise in the shadows in this extremely highcontrast scene.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Sigma 300mm f/2.8 USM DG APO. 1/1000 @f/2.8 ISO 400. The outer ring was selected as the active AF area forthis shot, locking onto the otter’s snout as soon as it surfaced.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Sigma 300mm f/2.8 USM DG APO. 1/400 @f/2.8 ISO 1000. This was shot at ISO 1000 without High ISO noisereduction activated. The exposure was pulled up slightly in RAWprocessing. There’s not much visible noise.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Sigma 300mm f/2.8 USM DG APO. 1/1000 @f/2.8 ISO 125. This low ISO image of a dark shiny subject feels like achrome to me.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Canon 70-200 f/4L. 1/2000 @ f/4 ISO 400.There’s excellent midtone and shadow detail in this aquatic scene, andauto white balance was right on with the water highlights, which showno casting.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Canon 70-200 f/4L. 1/6400 @ f/4 ISO 400.Auto focus quickly found this aquatic subject’s eye and tracked itwell with the outer ring selected as the active AF zone.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Canon 400 f/5.6L 1/800 @ f/5.6 ISO 800.Noise is controlled very well at ISO 800 on this high-contrast scene.

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Canon EOS 1D Mark III with Canon 70-200 f/4L. 1/200 @ f/4 ISO 1600.Even at ISO 1600 in a rainy gray setting, there’s excellent color andskintones without excessive noise, which was smoothed just a touchmore in RAW processing.