Last week, after our too-brief time together, I had to return the beloved Canon EOS 1D Mark III I had on loan as an evaluation unit.
Parting was all sorrow, no sweet.
Most users and reviewers love the Mark III, although some have complained of focusing problems, especially in auto servo mode in bright and hot conditions. I used the camera on some hot days in Florida, and had no problems.
Nor did I have any other problems. For me, the Mark III was flawless - it handled like a dream, it was built like a tank, and it took great pictures. The focusing was the best I've ever seen. The noise control was superb - I took very usable pictures in 3,200 on many occasions. The color depth was phenomenal - some of my shots had an almost three dimensional quality to them.
I've never driven a Ferrari or piloted a Concorde, but now I've used the top-of-the-line in at least one category: digital SLRs. Ah, it's good to live large.
I love my Canon 40D, but now that I've returned to it, it feels like one of those disposable cameras you get at the drugstore. (OK, maybe not that bad. The 40D is still a great camera. But after you've shot with the apex of DSLRs, anything else is a step down).
In any case, I'm totally depressed about losing my (my!) Mark III and I need all the cheering up I can get.
Wanna help? Please come "friend" me on MySpace page. I just joined, and I although I'm thrilled to have nine friends already, some of my peers have over 10,000! I feel like a loser!
So, if you'd like to be my MySpace friend, come visit my page and join the circle of love.
Speaking of my MySpace page, I was thrilled to see that The Digital Photography Show listener Denise left me a comment there. She said that after listening to our interview with iStockPhoto, she started shooting for them, and is now doing really well selling oodles of pictures a month. You go, Denise. I love when listeners achieve their photo dreams.
If you're a MySpace user, and want to read my thoughts on the service as a whole, you can check out my comments here.