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1D MkIII, 1Ds Mk III, 1D MkIV - What one do you pick, and why?

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Curious.

I'm having trouble. I'm not going to buy one I'll add, just find it odd with the price difference between them?
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There are differences in these bodies, namely the 1Ds MKIII, which is a full frame body. The 1D MkIII and MKIV are APS-H bodies geared more towards sports shooting (but certainly not limited to that).

The 1Ds MKIII and 1D MKIII were both released in '07. The 1D MK IV is the current successor the MKIII, and the 1DX is the successor to the 1Ds MKIII.
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Yep, GT basically explained it.

To extrapolate a bit further --

The Rebel (T#i / XS / XSi) line, ##D (10/20/30/40/50/60D) line, and 7D are crop cameras. (APS-C). They're smaller than full frame sensors (at a 1.6x conversion rate, which is why when you see people talking about lens focal lengths, they usually talk about effective focal lengths on crop sensors, such as a 35mm lens on a crop becoming almost a 50mm length -- a simple multiplication of the focal length by 1.6).

The 1D# series (1D/1Dii/1Diii/1Div) series are technically considered crop cameras as well, but they're APS-H sensors (as indicated above). These are professional level bodies (they shoot higher FPS, have a full size camera body (the size of any of the above bodies with a grip built in), use different batteries, usually shoot faster FPS and have higher quality features all around (improved focus, etc). These have a conversion rate of 1.3x, so they're larger than the APS-C, but still not quite full frame). It (the 1D4) features dual Digic-iv processors, which up until very recently was the highest level processor Canon had. In this case, the most recent 1D (1Div) currently retails for $4999.99, essentially because they are ideal for professional sports shooters, and they have yet to be replaced in their sensor (more on that in a minute).

The 1Ds# series (1Ds, 1Dsii and 1Dsiii) and the 5D line (5D, 5Dii) are full-frame sensors (i.e. 35mm equivalent sensors). In particular, the 1Ds took the better features of the 1D line (including the larger body format, faster FPS, improved focusing, etc) and incorporated a full frame sensor. These upgrades came at a premium. The 1Ds iii retails for $6999.99 when in stock, but these have been drying up. Something to add, the 1Ds iii uses dual Digic III image processors, the previous generation to the Digic IV.

The prices for the 1D's is where it's at because they're still perfectly usable. If you're working enough sports, a used 1D3 still runs ~$2000 because it's still plenty of camera for the most part (and because used 1D4's run up around $4000).

The final piece of this story is the imminent release of the 1Dx, the apparent amalgamation of these two lines. Using a full frame sensor and dual Digic V processors, it's going to be a beast of a camera. It wont be a mega-pixel monster to compete with the Nikon D800, but it really doesn't need to be. (All the rumors are that the next 5D wont do that either, but that's another story for another day).

I know that doesn't really touch on the prices of the 1D/1Dii/1Ds/1Dsii, but you can kind of see from there where the prices are going to go. If you like the size and ergonomics of the 1D series, can make use of the relatively high FPS and can find a 1D under $700 or 1D2 under $1100 then by all means, it's probably the way to go. If I had to pick any of the ones you've listed, I'd say none, and pay the $500 to join CPS Platinum just so I can get in on the 1Dx before the general public.
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post #4 of 9
id go 1D mkIV if i could. would make for a great sports camera. and has some very solid video
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post #5 of 9
All you need to know is that purchasing a 1D body makes you pro. The dollars will roll in so fast that you'll have a hard time catching them in bags as they roll off the backs of the stippers you're likely to permanently employ.
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All you need to know is that purchasing a 1D body makes you pro. The dollars will roll in so fast that you'll have a hard time catching them in bags as they roll off the backs of the stippers you're likely to permanently employ.

Fo sho.

Why is our Filipino friend not buying one then? Clearly he is missing out on something fantastic.
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Gah, I missed the 'r' in strippers.
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Gah, I missed the 'r' in strippers.
Probably the image in your mind that made you misspell the word!.
    
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i want to permanently employ strippers. ill buy a 1D series camera right now!!!! tongue.gif
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