Which is the Best — Nikon D3 or Canon 1D Mark lll?

This is my second posting about the Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark lll.
Visuallens had registered good traffic when I posted a review of these two cameras.

The battle between the Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark III continues. There are many die-hard users of both cameras and you can read the debates on these two popular cameras on many photograpy blogs.

I am neutral and I am not a so-called die-hard user of these two branded cameras. But I started my photography with a Nikon. I switched to a Canon when the EOS entered the market recently.

Let’s see how the Nikon D3 which I think is a superb camera stack up against its Canon rival. The Nikon D3 will be available in the market here by December and I am wondering how many professional photographers especially from newspaper companies and wire agencies will be using the Nikon D3 in the coming 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Presently, the Canon 1D Mark III has a better edge over its new rival. It is leading in the professional models in the world market.

However, Canon had admitted 1D Mark lll had an autofocus problem but the company had solved the problem. It involved secondary mirror which was not staying aligned especially at high temperatures.

Nikon claimed another public relation advantage over Canon recently. NASA used the Nikon D2 in the recent astronaut adventure where the video telecast was widely telecast all over the world and everyone noticed the Nikon camera was used.

Can Canon maintain the same market shares of face stiff competition with the introduction of the Nikon D3 model in the market? We’ll watch how this battle unfold in the near future.

Meanwhile, check out for yourselves and compare these two sample pictures taken by a Nikon D3 and a Canon 1D Mark lll with High ISO 3200 and Sample 100% cropped. The lady photos are taken with the Canon 1D Mark lll and the baseball photos taken with the Nikon D3 with ISO 6400 and 100% cropped.

I was told that we are not allowed to use any pictures taken by the
pre-models for any publication as they are not fully-made model. I found
out that there are some samples of the photos taken with the Nikon D3 out in their blogs. Let me share with you of some of their findings.

To be fair with both parties, all of you can judge for yourselves by
examinating the sample photos taken with the Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark lll.

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According Master Chong.com blog, the Nikon D3 pictures, shot at ISO 3200, were taken at a soccer field. They are believed to be taken using
a Nikon D3 and Nikon 400 f2.8 VR lens.

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According to DigitalReview.ca, Nikon Canada Inc. recently offered accredited professional sports photographers (attending the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball home games at the Rogers Stadium in Toronto), the opportunity to try out initial production samples of the new Nikon D3 12.1 MP FX Format digital SLR.

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There are two video footages of Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark lll for your viewing and comparation if you have a fast broad-band connection.

Click here to view : Nikon D3 and Canon 1D Mark lll

So you had read and view the comparation of these cameras, which one you decide now! Nikon D3 or Canon 1D Mark lll ? Welcome to vote and commend .

Read one of the comment by A.T

The Nikon D3 completely trashes the badly executed Canon 1D Mark lll.
In my opinion, the Nikon D3 stomping over Canon 1D Mark III is only a continuation of the historically better company, Nikon, with better technology, ideas, aura and best of all, sweet, mind-blowing and inspiring images that make want to take pictures just for the sake of taking them. Go Nikon!!!

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11 responses to “Which is the Best — Nikon D3 or Canon 1D Mark lll?

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  4. • glenn // August 23, 2007 at 7:38 pm
    1D Mark 3 of coz ! Go CANON !!!

    • Chrisy // October 6, 2007 at 8:05 pm
    Glenn.
    Nikon D3 looks impressive too.

    • A.T. // October 20, 2007 at 10:40 pm
    The D3 completely trashes the badly executed Canon 1D Mark lll.
    Honestly, despite Canon’s market share, Nikon has always been the big brothers. Traditionally, Canon has released multiple cameras to complete with one Nikon camera. The Nikon D80 easily holds up against multiple semi-pro Canon cameras without a problem and it actually beats the them in many areas.
    Unfortunately, where Canon lacks in actual in quality image delivery it tries to make up in overrated, so-so technical feats which never translate to better images. Hence why the D3 image quality surpass the Canon 1D Mark III with ease just as Nikon has always done.
    In my opinion, the Nikon D3 stomping over Canon 1D Mark III is only a continuation of the historically better company, Nikon, with better technology, ideas, aura and best of all, sweet, mind-blowing and inspiring images that make want to take pictures just for the sake of taking them. Go Nikon!!!

    • Chrisy // October 22, 2007 at 11:39 pm
    Thank you for your comment. You must be a die-hard Nikon user. As I said earlier, will the new Nikon D3 be able to recapture market share lost to arch rival Canon is depending how Nikon proof to us it is super and the best over it’s rival Canon.
    Nikon D3 is only available in the market the latest December 2007.
    By the way I think we just have to wait…… .

    • shuttertalk // November 5, 2007 at 9:58 am
    Professional need quality (Nikon) not quantity (Canon). EOS 30D also can take a good sport pictures.

    • Catherine // November 13, 2007 at 7:42 am
    Hello all and everybody….
    What can you say about the Canon 1D mark iii focus issue ?
    Thanks

    visuallens // November 13, 2007 at 10:46 pm
    Catherine,
    The is from Canon EOS-1D Mark III News

    02 November’07: Service Notice – AF Mirror Adjustment Problem
    Canon have found an issue with the mirror mechanism, which is part of the autofocus optical system which may cause inconsistent focusing accuracy or inconsistent focus tracking with moving subjects when using AI-Servo AF and continuous shooting modes, particularly in high temperatures. If the serial number on the bottom of the camera is between 501001 and 546561, it could contain one of the AF mirrors with the adjustment problem.
    Canon offers repairs free of charge for customers who have affected products and are experiencing this problem.

  5. I bought a D3 and is superb for weddings, but I heard from another photographer that he has a lot of AF problems.
    The best thing is just to buy this cameras (both Canon and Nikon) 6 months after the launch.

  6. I have to say the Nikon D3 is the camera to have. Although the Canon is good, the Nikon has the edge this time.

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  9. for @ A.T.Unfortunately, where Canon lacks in actual in quality image delivery it tries to make up in overrated, so-so technical feats which never translate to better images. Hence why the D3 image quality surpass the Canon 1D Mark III with ease just as Nikon has always done.
    In my opinion, the Nikon D3 stomping over Canon 1D Mark III is only a continuation of the historically better company, Nikon, with better technology, ideas, aura and best of all, sweet, mind-blowing and inspiring images that make want to take pictures just for the sake of taking them.

    canon is overrated??
    Get real, is Nikon with better technology in dslr???? r u dreaming or drunk,
    canon made Full frame since 2001, hv awesome 45 fP since, started CMOS sensor first, many more, copy Nikon just folowed 5-6 years later on FF, copied Canon CMOS, 51 FP from nikon just came out from 2007, suddenly because media and excellent marketing become too much hype and also High iso , who was leading at high Iso before d3 released?? there was no hype about this. maybe D3 have stolen canon market, but not take over yet from canon, let see canon will come back again soon , even nikon cannot make their own sensor, canon make it their own,
    please get real I.T. stop dreaming
    I have to admit Nikon making better camera just for features and gadgets , better looking camera , not image quality and technology to capture pictures,

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