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1D MkIII vs 1D MkIV
Angus Mordant, Student/Intern
Sydney | NSW Australia | Australia | Posted: 10:16 AM on 05.12.11
->> G'Day
I have recently sold my 5D Classic and now have a 1D MkIV and a 1D MkII and was looking at relegating the MkII to remotes only and perhaps picking up a MkIII however I am still a bit worried about focus issues and was wondering if anyone can give me an overall performance overview in comparison to the 1D MkII and 1D MkIV?

Thanks
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Luke Johnson, Photographer, Student/Intern
St.Petersburg | FL | USA | Posted: 10:45 AM on 05.12.11
->> I use 1D III's and they perform great. But I'm pretty sure anyone will agree that the IV trumps the III for sure.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 11:00 AM on 05.12.11
->> there is no comparing a mark IV to a mark III. the mark IV blows the mark III out of the water. I love my mark three but I hardly use it anymore, the file quality doesn't come close to the IV.
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Angus Mordant, Student/Intern
Sydney | NSW Australia | Australia | Posted: 11:24 AM on 05.12.11
->> I understand obviously processing power and resolution won't be as good on the Mk3 but how does it compare in buffer, auto focus (post fix) and ISO noise?

Also are the button configurations on top the same (IE: are they easy to switch between quickly)
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Mike Janes, Photographer
Attica | NY | USA | Posted: 6:22 PM on 05.12.11
->> Well currently I like the Mark III because my shutter went today on the Mark IV, but really the run down is exactly what Chuck said - getting a second IV soon and it doesn't compare.
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Danny Munson, Photographer
San Dimas | Ca | United States | Posted: 6:47 PM on 05.12.11
->> One of my favorite features I love with the IV is the ability to set different focus points for portrait and landscape. I shoot mostly center top and not having to constantly be switching is pretty nice.
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Andrew Carpenean, Photographer
Laramie | WY | USA | Posted: 7:07 PM on 05.12.11
->> Agreed the Mark IV blows everything else out of the water. I really don't care to shoot with anything less than 16 MP or with a Mark III ever again.

If you buy a Mark III you will have three different types of cameras and I am a big fan of having identical cameras if possible. Keeping the same batteries, hand controls for features and all. I'd sell the mk II and save your money for another mark IV.
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Alan Herzberg, Photographer
Elm Grove | WI | USA | Posted: 7:21 PM on 05.12.11
->> I had two Mark III when the Mark IV came out. I thought I'd buy one Mark IV and use one of the Mark III as my second camera. The Mark IV was so much better than the Mark III in nailing the focus and in high ISO (I'd say the Mark IV is between 1 and 1 1/2 stops better once you get to 3200 and beyond), I ended up buying a second Mark IV within a month. Plus, the 16 mp is nice to have.
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David G. McIntyre, Photographer
Beijing | . | CHINA | Posted: 7:27 PM on 05.12.11
->> I got two Mark IV's after using it at the Vancouver Olympics, and have not ever wanted my Mark III's back.

Also, I barely use my 5D Mark II any more. My next purchase will be to replace my 5D Mark II with a Mark IVs whenever that comes out.
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Keith Allison, Photographer, Assistant
Owings Mills | MD | USA | Posted: 10:48 AM on 05.13.11
->> I'm very happy with the Mark IV over the III although I actually had more % of in focus images with the Mark IIN. With the IV I can literally be focusing on the jersey of a player standing still 20 feet away and take a burst of 5 shots and 2 of them will be out of focus and the other 3 perfect. I've learned to just use a 64GB CF card and take many extra images. Maybe in 10 years Canon will have the autofocus algorithm fixed
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David Scriven, Photographer
Rochford | Essex | United Kingdom | Posted: 2:40 PM on 05.13.11
->> I have a Mark IV, Mark III and Mark II. I use the Mark II for a remote camera.

Whilst the Mark IV is obviously the best of the lot the Mark III and Mark II still make me money on a regular basis so who am I to pick at their minor floors compared the the latest and greatest.

If you can afford a Mark IV then get another one, if you can't the Mark III is not a bad second (certainly my copy is very good).
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Tom Szczerbowski, Photographer
London | ON | Canada | Posted: 3:16 PM on 05.13.11
->> If I had to condense it down into a bumper sticker, I'd say the Mark IV is 100% better and about 150% sharper.

If I were you, I'd get the Mark IV immediately, if not sooner !
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Jimmy Hickey, Photographer
Portland | OR | USA | Posted: 2:59 AM on 05.16.11
->> I made a video comparing the entire 1D series line of camera, especially the III and IV, this might be relevant to your interests.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdP1Q6GmliY
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Angus Mordant, Student/Intern
Sydney | NSW Australia | Australia | Posted: 11:00 AM on 05.16.11
->> Jimmy, Cheers for the link. My MkIII should arrive tomorrow afternoon :D
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