Canon's 1Ds Mark III delivers very high quality images. Here are a few examples.
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My nephew may have moved too close for the lens to focus on his fingertip, but luckily, the camera was able to capture a massive amount of detail on the sleeve of his jammy jams. Shot details: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III; 1/60 sec.; f/8; ISO 400; EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM zoomed to 42mm.
The image on the left was shot with Highlight Tone Priority enabled and you can see that the camera was able to capture more highlight detail than in the image to right, which was shot with the same settings, but with Highlight Tone Priority turned off. Note: if your monitor is not properly calibrated, you may have trouble seeing this example. Shot details: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III; 1/8 sec.; f/8; ISO 400; EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM zoomed to 57mm.
This long exposure of the exit ramps from the last exit in Manhattan before the George Washington Bridge shows how much control over color the 1Ds Mark III offers. The street lamps and cars proved confusing to the automatic white balance, but I was able to dial in this carefully controlled white balance that's pleasingly close to reality, but more importantly, just what I had in mind for the shot. Shot details: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III; 15 sec.; f/11; ISO 100; EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM zoomed to 17mm.
Even at ISO 800, the amount of fine detail stands strong and despite the extreme contrast. There was only very minimal colored fringing when viewed at 100 percent. Shot details: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III; 1/100 sec.; f/5.6; ISO 800; EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM zoomed to 30mm.
Despite the fact that sensitivity is set to ISO 1,600, this shot of the A Train arriving at Penn Station retains impressive color and a decent amount of shadow detail. Shot details: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III; 1/15 sec.; f/5.6; ISO 1,600; EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM zoomed to 24mm.