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.
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.
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.
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!