I don't normally write journal entries but I feel this day deserves a mention - I just got my Canon 1Ds Mk III! It was from my dad for my 25th birthday a week ago and I must say I didn't fully believe I'd actually get one until the moment the courier handed me the box this morning. It's properly heavy (very heavy and it's still got no lens attached) and all strange like a mini-spaceship. Loads of buttons I have no clue about and it took me at least 20 minutes to figure out how to access the battery compartment. It looks superprofessional (I have yet to test the functions) and I look kind of stupid with it, almost like I did in an Audi R8. Have to mention that it was extremely difficult to get hold of a 1Ds, since it seems not to be in stock anywhere except Amazon and the waiting times are ambiguous but everyone concurs it would be over 3 weeks - which means they'd be sourcing it from anywhere from Hongkong to Japan. One guy at Calumet suggested it was because Canon is recalling the 1Ds to substitute it with the Mk IV which could very well be the case but a) a Mk IV would only be announced (if at all) at the next Photokina in late September and b) I don't think I would notice a difference anyway. So I screwed my obsession with having to have all the best things (my love of L-series lenses proves that) and thought a Mk III would be sufficient for years to come - since this is probably exactly how long it will take me to plough through the manual anyway.
Please don't expect any genius photos from me now though - as much as I wish, I'm still an amateur, albeit with a professional camera! But I do have to say I'm going to enjoy using it (not to mention showing off with it). I might need a wheeling cart to carry it around with me when coupled with a 28-300mm though.