Compared to... Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III

Studio scene comparison (RAW)

See previous page for RAW conversion notes.

This is our standard studio scene comparison shot taken from exactly the same tripod position. Lighting: daylight simulation, >98% CRI. Crops are 100%. Ambient temperature was approximately 22°C (~72°F). Camera settings as per previous pages.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II (RAW) vs. Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III (RAW)

Camera settings:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II: Canon EF 85 mm F1.8 lens, Manual exposure,
    ISO 100, RAW, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard PS), Self-Timer
  • Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III: Canon EF 85mm f1.8 USM lens, Aperture Priority,
  • ISO 100, RAW, Manual WB, Default Parameters (Standard), Self-Timer
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
5,607 KB JPEG (5616 x 3744)
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The RAW comparison confirms what was seen earlier in the JPEG comparison - two sensors from the same manufacturer (designed little more than a year apart) with exactly the same resolution will produce resolution and sharpness indistinguishable from each other. There is nothing to be gained in spending the extra money on the 1Ds Mark III in terms of image quality, be it from a resolution or image noise perspective (at least at ISO 100). At less than half the price of the 1Ds Mark III, the 5D Mark II represents really good value for money.