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Canon EOS 1Ds

21Ds
Review Date: Aug 17, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Full-frame (duh!), large viewfinder, plenty of resolution, tough and weather-sealed body, excellent out of camera JPEGs, film-like noise
Cons:
Battery guzzler (only 300 shots at one charge), slow image review, no zoom in function on image preview, prone to dust on sensor

I bought a 2nd hand 1Ds for about S$4.5k (abt USS$2.7k). Replaced the shutter due to wear and tear. Mine looks likes its being heavily used but its internal components are perfectly fine. A workhorse camera and has never failed on me. Its a very addictive camera to use. Besides the full-frame appeal, you'll need good lenses to complement this camera. I've used my EOS 30 for quite a while but the 1Ds just keep growing on me everyday.

Its no point and shoot and takes quite a while to understand the functions and deciding your final image outlook. The menus at first seemed daunting but after using the camera everyday, it doesnt pose as a problem for me at all. In fact, I dont even need to go to the menu once I understood the functions. I dont know if can ever afford another camera like the 1Ds. Looks like its going to stay with me until Canon stops supporting this camera.