IQ difference between 1Ds II and 1Ds III ?

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Michael Todd Senior Member • Posts: 2,861
IQ difference between 1Ds II and 1Ds III ?

I currently shoot with a pair of 1Ds IIs as my primary cameras.  I really like them. Unfortunately, I'm feeling myself getting a little bit of new camera lust.  The 7K for the 1D X is just not justifiable.  I tried out a 5D3 at a camera shop yesterday.  It didn't feel right in my hands--the grip hit my fingers in a funny way.  I was completely lost trying to select focus points, as was the salesman--no sale.

I tried a 1Ds III a year or so ago on a few sessions, and thought the LCD and battery were big improvements, but didn't see any real improvement in IQ over the 1Ds II.  The menu changes reminded me a lot of the 50D, and I've got a few of those, so that wasn't a big deal.  I really didn't find the larger file size to be a big deal either. The 1Ds IIIs were selling used for $5000+ then, so it was a no-brainer--no sale.

Now, the used price of the 1Ds III has come down to the lower $2000s, so it's quite tempting to pick one up.

My question is, would the improved LCD and batteries be the biggest difference?

Are there tangible differences in IQ that I didn't see in my tests?

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-Todd Muskopf
High School Senior Portraits in Beavercreek, Ohio (near Dayton)

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