Canon 1Ds MkIV With 32MP Sensor $7600.00

Is this for real?  ProGear New Zealand has a listing for the Canon 1Ds MkIV with a 32 MP sensor at $7600.00 USD.

32 MP sensor sounds right for the Canon 1Ds MkIV.  Price actually seems in line, low actually.  Sounds like this could be it.

$7600 USD is quite aggressive for pricing if it’s correct.  The current 1Ds MkIII runs $7999.99 list, which I believe was also it’s introductory price.  I would’ve thought a 32 MP 1Ds MkIV, which will be class leading and revolutionary to the industry, would’ve been priced higher.  I think they certainly could price it higher.  Kudos to Canon if it is priced at $7600.00.

A 32 MP sensor is right in line with what I expected for the 1Ds MkIV.  I figured it would be 30 to 40 MP, and 32 MP will work just nicely.  We’re going to see mind-boggling detail out of this bad boy.  Medium Format manufacturers have got to be shaking in their boots at this.

Now lenses… that’s another story.  I think a 32 MP 1Ds MkIV will out-resolve most, if not all, of the current Canon lens line-up.  Will there be some new lenses announced aimed specifically at servicing the 32 MP sensor?  It might be a smart move, but we’ll have to wait and see.

9 Responses to “Canon 1Ds MkIV With 32MP Sensor $7600.00”

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  1. Opsch says:

    ….21 Mpix are enough, I hoped they increase the sensivity …

  2. “I think a 32 MP 1Ds MkIV will out-resolve most, if not all, of the current Canon lens line-up.”

    Actually, I’d be bold enough to say you might be mistaken and should do your math homework better ;) heh .. but if you said the same when 7D came out, then you wouldn’t be as much way off.

    32 mpix on a full frame wouldn’t be at all “that big of a deal”. The pixel density in megapixels per square centimetre (number of megapixels on the sensor divided by sensor area in square centimetres) is already running record high in Canon 7D.

    If the upcoming 1Ds mk4 would share the same pixel density as 7D, it would mean a 46,7 mpix on a full frame sensor. So I’d say 32 mpix is actually quite modest and leaves room for 1Ds mk5 and even mk6 (as I’m sure Canon has calculated way long ago).

    Does 7D out-resolve the current Canon’s lenses? Maybe some, but not all. So my guess is that a 32 mpix (or even 40mpix) 1Ds mk4 would be satisfied to the fullest with the latest Canon’s version II lenses (plus older primes), meaning 85mm 1.2L II, 50mm 1.2L, 24mm 1.4L II and 70-200mm 2.8L IS II to name the most important ones.

  3. SOS says:

    Milan: will the difference between version I and version II of those lenses be as apparent in bodies with lesser pixel density? For example, would one expect to see as much improvement in sharpness and contrast in photos taken on a Canon 30D as on a 7D?

  4. Jonathan says:

    Still no real comparison to my long working 8×10 camera. For the work I do nothing in digital compares. All the hoopla for cameras totally relying on electronics is silly. If it gets you the pictures you want it is just fine but digital is not the top of the heap for quality even as it is good. And nearly $8000 for a computer body to take pictures? This is a joke!

  5. Craig says:

    I think better low light performance and higher dynamic range world be a preference. For weddings, i even shot at med RAW as the file sizes and detail are not necessary for albums and most print requirements. I would rather spend the money buying a med format with nearly 12 stops of dynamic range for studio and landscape work over a packed DSLR which must limit the improvements in low light performance. Although, a thought, are the med formats limited too, for low light performance at all? Who knows, it will be exciting anyway, whatever they bring out, we are all sure to want one. ;)

  6. SOS, I’ve never done any accurate scientific testing on this matter – but my enlightened guess would be that a 30D with 8mpix and a 7D with 18mpix will show the difference in lens quality, or would it be better put if said “7D requires better lenses”.

    If you take a look at reviews of lenses, which have a technical chart showing the “line widths per picture height (LW/PH)” readings, you can calculate that most often L series lenses, especially II versions, are adequate to deliver and satisfy the “hungriest” sensors known at the moment.

    .. but I think what’s more obvious even then is the overall performance boost that has happened since the version I of that particular lens (when compared to a newer II version or any newer lens by its design). They tend to be sharper (in the edges as well), less prone to vignetting or chromatic aberrations or halos, nicer bokeh, faster AF, etc.

    I’d say that with a 30D you would also benefit from most of those “new features”, and vice versa, using a 7D with an older model lens could bring you to face problems you never knew you had (if you were coming from a let’s say 30D, where that same lens worked just fine – as it wasn’t so demanding on the lens).

  7. Paul Hames says:

    I think the most important thing here is the 1DS with double the 1D MPix which is an obvious move. But the new focusing and sensitivity (1D Mk4) which will take the EOS 1 into a new realm and class leader. There will always be a psychological MP want with an expensive flag ship camera and Canon have modestly delivered that with a 32.2 Camera?! I like the idea of being able to ‘crop in’ something I can’t do on my 1D Mk2. Thinking about – With the large Mpixel count, sorted out focusing problems/ low light and sensitivity issues, would you ever need to buy another camera ever again.

  8. Steve Gerig says:

    I’ve run MANY test on resolution with Canons. recently I tested my 1Ds MKII agains the latest 5D. Once interpolated up to the same size (using bicubic smoother), my image from the 1Ds MKII was virtually identical in resolution… no discernible difference. I can only assume this is because the lenses and/or the anti-aliasing filters limit the resolving power of the sensor. It’s hard for me to imagine that the effective resolution will improve any by doubling the image size, that is, using the current crop of mushy-soft Canon lenses… and even if the lenses improve one cannot remove the effects of the anti-aliasing filter. The real benefits will be in the 14bit color, noise reduction at higher ISOs and shadow detail, but resolution, forget about it.

  9. Stephen Lane says:

    I have 2 5Dmk2′s and a 1Dmk4 …… BRING ON THE HIGH RESOLUTION !!! The more the better…. Seriously. I would shoot Medium Format if I had the money…. Cameras will improve with ISO ability every time a new one is developed… its just the way it is… ALSO, for those hating on Canon Lenses…. I have all L Series lenses and they are sharp as hell… Maybe your focusing is not very good? :-)

    Im not sure if anyone knows or not but the 1Dmk4s has not been developed yet…. so this story is a bit silly……