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Just got a wicked deal on this rig on the B&S forums. I'm used to the 5D2 and 7D, so this is a hell of a change UI wise. I've had a 1D3 a couple times, but this thing is different! I never liked the form factor of 1D's but I just couldn't pass up on this deal, lol....
I wanted to try this cam out as I didn't like how the 7D handled the 500/4 + 1.4xv2 in servo mode. I got about 70% keeper rate on slow moving targets, but for what I do (hobby), I figured why not try out the 2N.
A few questions as I didn't get a manual (I have downloaded the online 200 page book).
1. Can you set the P.Fn setting in the camera? According to the book, you can only do this with the software on the computer?
2. How do you set the flash sync to 1/250 in Aperture Priority? I can get it to 1/250 in M mode, but can't seem to figure it out in A mode.
3. How many images does your batteries last, just to get an idea.
4. How often do you clean your sensor? I had to use 5 sensor swabs as this sensor was DIRTY!! Still not 100% clean, but far better than it was.
So far, just trying out samples and running it through what I would put the 7D through in PP reveals that the files are really nice. At ISO800, the files clean up WAY easier than the 7D. The real test will come soon when I go outside and test it on the birdies.
I still feel the 1DIIn was maybe the best camera I ever owned and while the demands of work (shooting action in very low light) pushed me to a 1DIV the IIn remains a fond memory.
1) Via firewire. If your computer doesn't have a firewire port (few windoze machines did) you can get firewire to USB converters. Question: what do you need to change in Pf? I shot the camera for years and never felt the need to change anything. BTW you can probably pick up an over priced manual on fleabay.
2) Won't swear to this but I have a memory that one had to be in A mode to do 1/250 sync. I didn't use flash much so could be full of it on this point.
3) With a fully charged, reasonably new battery I never ran out in the field. I regularly got 1,000 clicks. After market batteries are available with Lenmar seemingly the best.
4) No auto cleaning so care in the field is essential. Are you a CPS member? You can get free CLA if you join. Worth the fee just for the CLAs.
5) I still believe - backed up by re-examining some of my older shots - that the 1DIIn (and even more so the 1DsII) had something "special" in their IQ. I always found their images malleable and a joy to print up to 11x17. Also, ISO 800 is about the top for the cam. I shot on occasion at 1600 and even H but lots of noise.
You will enjoy the camera immensely particularly if you take the time to learn the "tactile" interface. You can control all important settings without pulling the camera from your eye, but you have to learn the button front/rear wheel combinations. I shot 10,000s of images with mine.