Are old digital cameras still viable in 2018? - Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Shortly after becoming a professional photographer, I decided I needed to ‘look more professional’ (I’m far less concerned with what that might mean these days). Anyway, in 2007, the Canon EOS 1D Mark III was released. I used this camera pretty much exclusively until I got a Hasselblad H3DII. These then both became ‘work cameras’ and I would switch between them depending on the job.

Similar to my previous blog about my old Fuji Finepix 2800 Zoom, I thought it would be interesting to see how viable this 11 year old camera is in 2018 for every day Instagram and social media.

 Shot on the Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Shot on the Canon EOS 1D Mark III

 Shot on the Olympus PEN-F

Shot on the Olympus PEN-F

To be honest, I knew image quality wasn’t going to be an issue. This is a 10 megapixel 1.3x crop sensor and I was using the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, which is still an amazing lens.

Side by side, when compared to my PEN-F, there isn’t a whole lot to choose between them in terms of how the images look. Although the Olympus has twice the resolution despite the smaller sensor, which I find amusing. 

 Shot on the Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Shot on the Canon EOS 1D Mark III

 Shot on the Olympus PEN-F

Shot on the Olympus PEN-F

I actually already knew how this camera was going to stack up even before I dug it out of the cupboard. It’s a professional grade camera, so despite being old, it was always going to produce decent images, just like it always did!

In terms of features, there’s obviously some notable things missing. It only goes to ISO 6400, compared to the ISO 25600 on the Olympus. It also has no video capability at all. It’s purely a stills camera, and obviously there’s no WiFi or such like. 

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We also really need to address the rather large elephant in the room...

This thing is ridiculously huge! There is absolutely no way you would want to carry this around daily for taking photos of coffee. Not least because it’s as heavy as it is big!  You’d need to do some serious gym time if you were going to use this to do one handed selfies on a regular basis! Plus there’s no flip out screen, so you’d have to use guesswork to know if you were even in shot!

 Subtle! Haha!

Subtle! Haha!

So is the Canon EOS 1D Mark III viable for social media in 2018? On purely an image quality basis, sure! It easily does the job in most situations, plus Canon aren’t short on lens options... however, you would have to deal with looking absolutely ridiculous taking photos of your avo on toast with this thing, as well as repeated trips to the chiropractor to fix your back!