Just little over 2 weeks ago I received my new and much anticipated Canon 1D MKIII to replace my old Canon 20D. After reading the instruction manual and setting all of the parameters for auto focus etc I stepped into the garden to take some early test shots. Several fly over Black-headed Gulls and Collared Doves were captured to a very high quality using the Canon 500mm F4. As the light was excellent I was able to get these hand held. Well I was well impressed and up and running, well so I thought.
Since then and with more work with the camera I have found that majority of my shots are well below that I obtained with the 20D. The main problems are as follows:
Close objects 'can' be very good but anything that requires cropping to get a decent sized image proves that distant subjects just do not have definition. A Grey Heron and a local Ring-billed Gull has shown that anything over 20metres distance which requires some cropping has shown to be blurred at 1/1600th sec shutter speed at ISO200, something I just never got on the 20D.
Focusing is not always on target, i.e. focuses on the background or foreground far to often thus missed or blurred shots. I've even had to revert to manual focusing
Heavy grain, even at ISO 200 (mainly noticeable on crops) though could be that the sharpness had been set to maximum so will need to try this out again but even so....
Colour reproduction is hit and miss despite trying different shooting options
On Aperture Priority at least the camera just cannot seem to cope with different lighting, i.e. is often under or over exposed and I end having to manually adjust the stops up/down. The Ring-billed Gull today was in different lighting; sunlight, flat light etc and every time I had to stop up or down.
I have been aware that there has been issues with the focusing on this model and there was a firmware update prior to me purchasing the camera but I've not heard of anything on the other problems I've had.
Could it be that I have a duff camera body; or is it that the model itself is duff; or is it that I just have not set the camera up right.
The supplier who I bought the camera from had said that this was the most troublesome camera body release in years.
Any ideas or is anyone else out there having 1D difficulties