Several readers have emailed me (some with photos) detailing how thrilled they are with the Canon EOS 1D Mark III and Zeiss ZF lenses, expressing the same enthusiasm that I feel. The 1D Mark III, in spite of the “turbulence” with regards to its focusing accuracy, is by far my favorite camera of all time, and I’ve used the Nikon D1, the D1x, D2H, D2x, D200, Canon EOS 5D, Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II and various other film cameras of various formats as well as digital point and shoots. Nothing Nikon offers can approach the 1DM3 in overall image quality, and I refuse to even bother shooting the EOS 5D (yuck).
It’s simple: the Canon EOS 1D Mark III produces the finest images I’ve yet seen from any digital SLR. If you appreciate the fine points of image quality, try the EOS 1D Mark III as soon as you can (rent it or borrow it). If you do acquire one, try at least one Zeiss ZF lens on it (you’ll need an adapter such as the one from CameraQuest). See my blog entries on the Zeiss ZF 35m f/2, the 50mm f/2 Makro-Planar, the 85mm f/1.4 Planar, the 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar. (I’m working on a full review).
Search this site for more on the Canon EOS 1D Mark III and/or Zeiss ZF lenses, especially the July and June blogs.