Canon announces 21-megapixel EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 40D with live view

Press Release—On August 20, Canon U.S.A., Inc. announced the upcoming release of the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III and the EOS 40D for the professional photography market, as well as two new Canon lenses, the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens and the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS.

The new 21.1-megapixel, full-frame Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital SLR camera is housed in a compact, lighter-weight magnesium alloy body. According to Canon, the camera will be able to achieve a five-frame-per-second (fps) shooting rate for bursts of up to 56 Large/Fine (21-megapixel) JPEGS or 12 RAW images.

The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III is scheduled to begin shipping in November and will have an estimated selling price of $7,999.

The Canon EOS 40D debuts numerous design improvements over its predecessor, the 30D, which it replaces. Scheduled to be available in stores in September, the 40D features a 10.1-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor, a redesigned autofocus sensor, and a motor drive that can achieve 6.5 frames per second.

The EOS 40D has live view capability, including autofocus with the press of the AF-ON button. Live view delivers 100 percent field view on the LCD screen, allowing for more accurate composition. 

While the EOS 40D SLR maintains the nine-point wide area AF coverage first introduced on the EOS 20D camera, Canon states it has made significant improvements to its speed, precision and functionality, minimizing subject recognition problems in the process. The EOS 40D camera’s redesigned nine-point AF sensor provides cross-type AF measurement at all nine focusing points for maximum apertures up to f/5.6, and for the first time in any EOS camera, the central AF point offers enhanced precision for both vertical and horizontal subject contrast when using EF or EF-S lenses featuring maximum apertures of f/2.8 or faster. AF calculation speed with the EOS 40D camera is 30 percent faster than the EOS 30D model. 

The new EOS 40D also features the Digic III processing engine, the EOS Integrated Cleaning System, a new sRAW recording format that records smaller file sizes than the standard RAW capture, which is still available, and the Highlight Tone Priority function introduced in the EOS-1D Mark III.

The Canon EOS 40D Digital SLR will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated selling price of $1,299. It will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon’s EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated selling price of $1,499.  


The Canon EOS 40D is compatible with Canon’s Picture Style Editor (PSE) 1.0 software that allows shooters to design the look of their photographs by inputting their own preferred style, color and tone curves. The EOS 40D Digital SLR also ships with Digital Photo Professional 3.1 and EOS Utility 2.1, which now support the camera's Remote Live View and Dust Delete Data functions, as well as incorporating a broad range of additional improvements designed to improve image quality and speed up workflow.

New system accessories for the EOS 40D SLR include the redesigned high-capacity Battery Grip BG-E2N, which facilitates high-volume shooting and easier vertical shooting. Compatible with up to two BP-511A battery packs or a set of six AA-size batteries, the battery grip approximately doubles the number of shots that can be taken using the battery power of the EOS 40D SLR alone. The new model replaces the original BG-E2 grip and is compatible with the EOS 20D, 30D and 40D models.

Designed exclusively for the EOS 40D SLR, the new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E3A permits wireless transfer and back-up, as well as remote control of the camera in Live View mode. It can also be connected to various GPS receivers or Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external storage devices such as convenient flash drives or high-capacity hard drives with much larger storage capacity than the memory cards in the camera for instant back-up as images are captured. Compact and affordable, the WFT-E3A wireless transmitter also doubles as a vertical grip and requires its own BP-511A battery pack in addition to the battery installed in the camera body. 

Designed primarily for discerning landscape and architectural photographers, the new Canon EF14mm f/2.8L II USM lens is ideally suited to the EOS-1Ds Mark III’s full-frame capability. It measures 3.7 inches in length and weighs less than 23 ounces. This ultra-wide angle L-series prime lens is corrected for rectilinear distortion, provides a 114-degree diagonal angle of view, and delivers high-speed autofocus with higher image quality overall including superior peripheral image quality, compared to its predecessor, the EF 14mm f/2.8L USM lens.

Canon has designed in improved dust and water resistance incorporated around the mount, switch panel and focusing ring, and a round aperture that creates an aesthetically pleasing background blur and makes it easier to recognize an out-of-focus scene in less than brightly lit conditions. Furthermore, Canon has created a new lens cap specifically for the EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM that is held to the lens by a stopper. The Canon EF14mm f/2.8L II USM lens is scheduled to begin shipping to stores in October at an estimated selling price of $2,199.

The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS standard zoom lens is an addition to the Canon lens line and does not replace the non-IS version. While it features the wide-angle to mid-range zoom flexibility of its non-IS predecessor, this new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens offers true lens-shift image stabilization system that yields up to a full four stops of image-shake correction.

With Canon’s lens shift IS system, the shooter can see the image stabilization effect in the viewfinder. As the image already appears steady, more accurate framing and composition is possible, the AF point can be placed more precisely, and the photographer can concentrate on the optimal shot more comfortably.

The optional EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS zoom lens is manufactured by Canon specifically for the EOS 40D SLR and any other EOS SLR that takes EF-S lenses including the EOS 30D, EOS 20D, EOS 20Da, EOS Digital Rebel XTi, EOS Digital Rebel XT and the original EOS Digital Rebel camera.  An ideal complement to the EOS 40D SLR, the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens is scheduled to be in stores in October at an estimated selling price of $199.99. 


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