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I need your opinion: 1DsII or 1DMkIII

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May 10, 2010 12:50 |  #1


I plan to buy an used camera and I'd like 1DkIII and 1DsII. I don't need high fps, but I want a resistant body and image quality. I now that MarkIII has a newest technology than 1DsII. Both cameras are in same condition (number of clicks). Wich camera do you think is better in terms of image quality and in overall?

I'm considering 1DsII for better high ISO and resolution; and MarkIII for his "newest" technology, lithium battery, better metering, but I think high ISO is not the best.

I have only little experience with MarkIII, and no experience with 1DsII

Thanks for your opinion

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May 10, 2010 12:57 |  #3

1Dmk3 is a stellar performer at high ISO. Some would say pretty much equal to the 5mk2 up to about 1600 or so. I am subscrbing to this thread though. I'd like to see what others would say. I was in the same predicament earlier this year and decided on the mark3 for the extra stop ISO, lens microadjustment, liveview and nearly the same button layout/interface as my 40D. I have no experience with the 1Dsmk2 and would be curious to see how they compare at 3200 ISO ...

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May 10, 2010 12:58 |  #4

The 1Ds MkII has similar high ISO performance to the ID MkII. The 1D Mk III is superior to both. In fact, the 1D Mk III ISO 3200 is very close to the 5D Mk II.

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May 10, 2010 13:01 |  #5

mk3 has lens micro adjustment?

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May 10, 2010 13:02 |  #6

I have both and 1D3 is +1 stop better in noise department versus 1Ds2. 1D3 is the better body having great high ISO performance, new AF system, micro-focus adjustment, live view, battery for 3000+ shots, anti-dust system, and 10fps. The 1Ds2 has... well... 16MP, full-frame and razor-thin DoF for amazing portraits. I originally wanted the 1D3 but lost the bid, ended up getting the 1Ds2 instead. I decided that the 1D3 is better suited for me. Thinking of selling the 1Ds2 or at least selling it and fund a cheaper 5D/1Ds classic.

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May 10, 2010 13:12 |  #7

Get the 1D Mark IIII, it's a lot better then the 1DsII. The ISO on the mark III is nicer and the FPS is always a plus in my book. I know because I've also owned both as well. The 10MP is more than plenty.

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May 10, 2010 13:33 |  #8

MkIII is also so much easier to deal with the menu system.. (in addition to what others have been saying)
IMHO, I'd go the mkIII route.

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May 10, 2010 15:50 |  #9

Thanks for all comments. Now, I'm using a MarkIII (I think I'm going to buy it). Those 10 Mpx have very good quality. I thought DsII was better than your comments say; I hope an image quality similar to 5D.

It's first time for me to use a 1 series body, and, ohhhhhhh!! it's very different from another Canon series; viewfinder, ergonomy.... It's a pleasure.

Now, I have to learn how to configure AF system. I've read some posts about it.

Thank you again.

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May 10, 2010 16:03 |  #10

If you are going for IQ alone, I wouldn't hesitate going either body. The high ISO per pixel is better on the 1d3, however, if you downsize the 1ds2 files to the 1d3 resolution, they are comparable.

Now, if you don't like the two handed controls and the small lcd screen with bad viewing angles, then I would go 1d3.

I chose the 1ds2 over the 1d3 due to the file size, bigger viewfinder, and mostly due to the full frame sensor. I would love to have a better lcd screen and the lens MA feature but it wasn't a deal killer for me.

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