Hardware Update – Long Overdue

I was on the phone when the postman rang twice yesterday. I could not leave the phone conference, so I silently opened the door, pointed to the phone, and gestured to please put the parcel somewhere into the hallway. Then I put the phone akwardly between my neck and my shoulder and signed that dreaded electronic receipt. Then the postman (who was actually a woman) was gone.

The parcel had arrived. No, wrong. MY parcel had arrived. But I could not open the parcel with just one hand. Bugger! So I had to wait. Listening to the folks on the conference call, adding a few statements now and then. Seconds became minutes. Minutes became almost an hour. Then the call was over. Finally. My heart raced. Adrenaline was pumped into the body. Pure excitement.

I rushed to the kitchen to get a knife.

Then I opened it. My parcel.

Parcel containing 1ds mk III and 1d mk III
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And indeed, just as the dealer had promised, the cardboard box contained my long overdue hardware update, sitting between hundreds of small styrofoam beans: a brand new Canon 1ds mark III, and its smaller, faster sister, the 1d mark III. Beautiful. Awesome. Breathtaking. Gorgeous. I am lacking words to describe these cameras. But I am getting carried away.

My main reasons for the update:

  1. Automatic sensor cleaning (unmissable, really)
  2. Color depth 14 bit (instead of 12 bit)
  3. 21 Megapixel (on the 1ds mark III)

Plus a few more nice details, like the larger display, the smaller batteries, or the improved viewfinder correction knob.

I am certain that my clients will also just love the images these new babies will crank out!

Having said that, despite Canon having changed the handling just slightly, I guess I will still need some time until the new handling will have sunk in. I think I am going to use the opening of the Oktoberfest next week for a first full fashioned test. I’ll keep you posted. :-)

Canon 1ds mark III
Mark Zanzig/zettpress

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