by Mike McNamee Published 01/08/2008
Partly to test the detail-holding capability of the Canon, we put it on duty welcoming HMS Ark Royal to Liverpool. Shot from 160 feet up and at a distance of 0.8 miles with a 180mm lens, the haze was a bit of a problem, but you could still tell that the Royal Marines on flight-deck sentry-duty were armed. A Nikon D3 shot, courtesy of Paul McMullin is used for comparison. This was shot with a 70-200mm f2.8 Nikkor and a 1.4x converter. The image above demonstrates that the D3 has the greater resolving power, although at an additional £1,000 of cost.
This is a good solid, dependable camera and we found no evidence of any residual focusing issues. It would (and indeed does) excel CANON 1D Mk III: Part 2 CANON 1 D M k P aIrIt I2 at action photography and also turn in a creditable performance at a wedding, particularly reportage style. Launched in February 2007, we wonder how it will stack up against the replacement for the Canon 5D which is surely being dragged to the launch pad any time soon (not an insider remark that btw, we have no more clue than you!). The Bejing Olympics is going to be something of a marque battle-ground off the tracks. The proportion of black Nikkors at Roland Garros seemed to be higher than of recent 'slams we will be counting carefully at Wimbledon and the European soccer championships. All this activity can only benefit the users by bringing us even more choices.
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