The PMA show is coming soon, and the camera companies are starting to make their product announcements in anticipation of the show. I’ve been hoping, like many others, that there would be some nice relevant camera introductions, by which I mean a replacement for the Canon 30D / response to the excellent Nikon D200, and/or a second generation Canon 5D. There’s nothing wrong with my Rebel XT, and it’s been a fine compliment to hear photographers that I respect exclaim when they find out I am shooting with the lowly Rebel. There’s lots more room for me to grow with what I have, but there are a number of limitations that I’ve run up against. If a new body came out that addressed them all, then I might be interested.
Instead of a “relevant” camera, Canon announced the EOS 1D-MK III, which takes the spot in the Canon lineup typically reserved for sports, photojournalists and so forth. These are the “real” professional cameras, and they cost major money. So much money, in fact, that I’ve never really bothered to learn much about them. This time, I thought it was worth taking a look, because it’s likely that some of the features of the MK III will make their way into a camera that would be relevant to me. Canon has published a big white (marketing) paper about the camera. I think that I probably shouldn’t have looked at that, because there are lots of refinements and features that look really appealing. Imaging Resource has a preview of the new Canon 1D-MK III, including pictures shot at ISO 6400. Since I do a lot of low-light shooting, I was pretty interested in this. The picture quality at 6400 looks much better than my XT at 1600. I can only hope that some lower end camera will also do ISO 6400.
I wish someone had told me how much photography was going to cost before I started….
Update: Of course, that’s the EOS 1D MK III, not the 1Ds. I told you I never paid much attention to the pro cameras.