The day’s shooting at ISO 200 and 400 reminds me yet again that the chroma noise and murky color of the Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III is mediocre by comparison with the Nikon D3. More and more I’m concluding that the 1DsM3 is a overpriced dud whose only worthwhile attributes are its high resolution and dynamic range—but a dynamic range also impaired by shadow noise. I’m even beginning to be a bit pissed off at spending US$8K on what is clearly not Canon’s best effort. To be sure, the 1DsM3 is a really good camera, but not an outstanding one (in terms of pixel quality), and at US$8K it’s simply overpriced by $3K for what it delivers. See also my March 13 comments.