I would invest in better glass, and get a 1Ds Mark III second hand if possible.
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You're right, I suppose I could run out onto the football field with my f/1.4 lens .
That's the spirit.
Actually Nikon D800 plus the 14-24 can be the second coming... that is all there really is...nothing like it since sliced bread... Canon's telephotos...superteles... f/1.2 portrait lenses...they don't matter...screw all that...but the 14-24...now you are talking... it does it all. Sharp all the way from this deluded corner to the other greener pasture.
Am I alone in feeling that Canon has, perhaps, lost its way at the top end of the market, albeit temporarily ? The new top end models simply don't provide what I want. The EOS1DX is clearly a sports camera body, not a studio camera, and I resent Canon for trying to pretend that it is.
I've been with Canon now for years, having used their EOS film bodies before digital . Time spent with Nikon !DXs confirmed my view that Canon had far superior ergonomics, and five years ago, the Canon EOS1DS Mk III was a game changer. However, since then Canon seems to have lost touch with its professional customers. As a result, last year, I bought a Nikon ( D800E) which I currently run along side my Canon equipment. It is a fine camera. Nikon seems to have priced this camera very competitively indeed, and I gather that it is making large inroads into what should have been the preserve of the 5D3 market.
Now we're told that Canon have no intention of producing a higher MP camera until next year, and given Canon's habit of announcing cameras long before they actually become available, the reality could be some time after that. By which time the Nikon D4X will be out.
How frustrating. I want to stay with Canon, but they sure are making it difficult.
So what is wrong with your 1Ds3? Is it now suddenly not a good camera? Are your photos now suddenly bad? If you want super high MP, go medium format. So what's the problem?