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Canon EOS 1D Mark II

1D2
Review Date: May 7, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Really quick response, improved LCD w/magnifier, great color in AWB, on-camera flash actually works well (a first in my experience w/digital).
Cons:
Maybe it's the AA filter, but files straight out of the camera (high JPEGS) look soft, and while they can be sharpened quite nicely, there's a big difference between the MK II set on sharpen 2 and the 1-Ds w/no sharpening(excellent:mindblowing post USM)- why so soft?

The listed "average" price for this camera is nowhere near any reality. Amazon does not offer the camera at some absurdly low price.
Ridiculous that the back-up card system limits continuous shooting to the smallest capacity card, and that you can not set camera to seamlessly jump from one card to the next when capacity is reached-you must instead push multiple menu buttons and choose to continue on second card. Doesn't anyone at Canon ask actual photographers about these things??
I work under tight deadline and must hand files more or less directly to clients, so I'm not happy that the in-camera sharpening needs to be set rather high ( a setting of 2 is a minor improvement) In PS USM settings are as high as 200-300 per cent with radius of .3. Can this be a good thing? Was this Canon's intention?