Rumors for a Canon 1Ds Mark IV have been heating up recently. Speculation kicked up a notch or two over the weekend after the Canon 1Ds Mark III reportedly disappeared from the Canon Canada site.
The 1Ds Mark III, however, has been placed back on Canon Canada’s website for now. It’s still “temporarily unavailable” from B&H though. The 1Ds Mark III was introduced in August 2007. Previously, Canon has gone on record to state that there is a 3-year life cycle for Canon pro-level DSLRs, which means the 1Ds Mark III is past due for a replacement.
Additionally, the 5D Mark II was introduced in September 2008, which puts it on schedule for replacement as well. If a 1Ds Mark IV were to be introduced in the months ahead, I think it would be an odd proposition to expect a 5D Mark III at or around the same time.
Feel free to pass along your speculation or third-hand knowledge on Canon’s next big full-frame camera below.