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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

1dsmarkii
Review Date: Jun 5, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $5,200.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: IQ (see comments), build, ease of use, tunability, AE & AF engines
Cons:
HEAVY (surprise, surprise), RAW files take some work, Have a blistering PC/Mac, manual on the light side. Like any ultra-res body, watch for camera shake. DPP sucks.

Only had this baby a short time - came across a deal too good to say no to, so decided to give her a try. While selling it for reasons below, would recommend it -- to the right user.

Built like the proverbial brick outhouse. Would stop a bullet if that's a feature anyone is interested in. Many moan about the controls and menu system - don't give it any mind. As a dedicated Nikon user, I was fine-tuning the camera easily with maybe 30 min playing with it. Settings can be changed in seconds and tuned 8 ways from Xmas. Keeping in mind what they are all for...lets say the manual could use some work.

With a 3-4 sharpeness setting Jpegs are excellent OOC. Raw files take some work - likely due to a robust AA filter. That in itself is no issue, but bear in mind a basic 16 bit TIFF is > 90MB. Start adding layers and LR, PS, etc and things get real slow, real quick if your computer is not up to snuff (my reason for selling).

Less than top-shelf glass goes over like a lead ballon on this sucker. DPP software does great pic rendition, but PITA in use. AF and AE engines were a sweet surprise - AE bang on 8 times /10 - some minor tweaking will fix rest. AF is FAST & quiet on top L USM glass. No hunting.

For a photog looking for a FF to use in rugged conditions with a high-end computer and TOP glass, it would be a no-brainer. For the rest - a 5D would do 90% of the job for 1/2 the scratch.