Sunday, September 25, 2011

1D III Gets Some Love

Spider Plants on Barb Wires -- 1D III & EF 100mm f2.8L Macro. Click for larger.

Every so often I would question if some of the gears I bought are sensible purchases and the answer often is no.  I can give many examples, but it may be too long for this post :)  One such item is the 1D III.  I really, really like this camera. The later version of this camera that had the sub mirror fixed in factory do not seem to exhibit focus problems.  At least not with the one I have.  But, I only use this camera a handful of times a year.  The NEX-5/5N gets the most use the 1D III only gets used when I need auto focus, like my kids sporting events.  I justified it by telling myself that when I need a camera to do AF work, get the best that I could afford.

The RAW files from the 1D III is so beautiful.  There are so much details available event in ISO 3200 and ISO 1600 is very very clean and I would not hesitate to use.  I would say at ISO 3200, the 1D III is better than the Sony NEX-5N.  The pixels are bigger in the 1D III, but it's almost five year old!

If only it were smaller and lighter.  I would carry it everywhere!


  1. I see a lot of people who buy the NEX series, the DSLR usage comes down dramatically. I am thinking of getting the NEX-5N too. Do you have the clicking noise issue on yours?

  2. @mflove: I haven't tried video yet so I am not sure. But, I am sure it's there.

  3. Thanks. I am looking to buy some old m42 mf lenses to use on Nex. Can you help me find some thing near your camera store? I am looking for some old prewar German lenses like

    100mm 1.8 meyer trioplan
    58mm 1.9 meyer primoplan
    50mm 1.8 meyer orestor
    58mm 1.2 minolta rokkor

    ebay is too pricey for me. If you plan on selling some of your lenses, please consider me.

  4. @mflove: I don't have a store LOL! Perhaps I should. I have the 58mm f1.9 Primoplan and the 50mm f1.8 Meyer Orestor (same lens as the Pentacon 50mm f1.8). The Primoplan is a nice and interesting lens.

  5. LOL your camera store meaning where you usually buy :) Can you look out for any of these lenses for me? Thanks :)

  6. I don't frequent stores much. Most of my lenses were purchased from camera shows in Toronto.