Erik_L wrote in post #12510540
Thanks for the info - quite surprising. I think I need to work on reading my historgram or something because I can't get that good of result using my 5D II sometimes..... I shoot RAW, but often find myself pushing every photo a bit, I typically shoot Av w/ + 1/3 EV (or more, depending on the situation).
Anyway, does the 1D III get more "digital" feeling than the older generation 1D bodies? I think the old 1D classic had an amazing look to the TIFFs it produced.
The 1D3 is one of the last Canon bodies before they started chasing ridiculous high ISO values. The low ISO is beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I MUCH MUCH MUCH preferred the files out of my 1D3 over my 5D. Details were crisp, shadows were very nice and clean. Colours are good too. The files can take quite a beating. Starting with the 5D2, all the subsequent canon bodies were optimized for high ISO rather than low/mid ISO. The high ISO was definitely better, but it came at the expense of LOW ISO. I've been really turned off by the low ISO files (i.e. ISO800 and lower, especially ISO100) of the new cameras. The change was quite evident comparing the 1Ds mark III and the 5D2. Both share the same sensor, but the 1Ds3 does beautiful, clean, detailed low ISO which the 5D2 cannot hope to match, and the 5D2 does high ISO that's only a pipe dream for the 1Ds3.
So in my useless opinion, it's the new batch of cameras have that "digital" look to it, if you can call it that. The RAW files cannot take nearly the beating the old cams could. You could push a totally black 1Ds3 ISO100 file 7 stops and still find details in there to create a printable picture. I know because I've done it, due to my studio lights not firing at a good moment.
I fear that the 1Ds mark IV may also go down the high ISO road. It would kill it for me, IMO. The 1Ds mark III was the first 35mm DSLR that made the medium format shooters take note and consider it as potential competition. If the 1Ds line loses the clean, detailed low ISO, it will no longer be a viable commercial photography platform.
The 1D3 and 1Ds3 brothers are amazing in terms of RAW file quality and depth, though they are lagging a bit behind in the noise category.