Canon recently announced a new edition of the flagship 1D Mark III is on its way. While that got many people excited about what might be in the offing, there are some things that could also be rather underwhelming.
It's been nearly four years since the Canon 1D X Mark II was released, and the Canon 1DX Mark III promises to be one heck of a camera. Out in time for next year's 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, I'm sure it has sports photographers in particular absolutely giddy with excitement at what might be on the horizon. Canon has already assured us that its autofocus will be faster and better, and the 16 fps shooting speed (20 fps in Live View) will be a welcome upgrade over its predecessor. There is certainly a lot to look forward to, but there are some things that might also make you suck some air in through your teeth as you contemplate whether this is actually a camera you want.
In this video from SLR Lounge, three specific things to carefully cogitate upon are brought up that are particularly salient as we sit at the crossroads of this DSLR/mirrorless transition. The point that got me thinking the most related to the fact that no matter how good the new 1D X Mark III may be, it's still a DSLR that uses Canon's EF mount. What that means, of course, is that it doesn't use Canon's new RF lenses, which are available for Canon's new mirrorless bodies. Now, whether you're a fan of the new Canon mirrorless bodies or not, there are very few people who haven't been mightily impressed by the RF lens lineup. However, as the new Canon 1D X Mark III is a DSLR, it can't make use of these outstanding lenses. That's a big thing to think about when it comes to investing such a large chunk of cash and is what halted my enthusiasm in its tracks somewhat. You might feel differently regarding the other points raised.
Give the video a look and let me know your thoughts below.