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Canon EOS 1D Mark II

1D2
Review Date: Oct 20, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,299.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Focusing speed, machine gun capability of taking shots in high speed mode, construction, controls layout, 1.3 frame sensor, AF focus points, Low light/ high iso capability, SD card, no-integrated flash, fast startup
Cons:
Price,Only 8.2 Megapixel, weight, Light shutter button sensitivity, swapping from CF to SD card stinks

20D or 1D MII, that was my dilemma. How can a camera with the same output resolution demand and justify so much more money? Previously my camera was a 10D, and I was happy with it.

Both the 20D and the 1D Mark II put it to shame.

The 20D is closer to the capabilities of this camera then most think. Output from each is very similar. The larger sensor, makes those wide angles wider, but the 20D makes those longer lenses longer. Each Camera has its strengths and the deciding factor for me was the high speed sport picture taking capability of the 1D Mark II.

When you first depress that button, this little Canon, fires off a burst of shots faster than lightning. Images almost impossible to catch are now trapped in the CF or SD card. Leaves falling, Birds hopping in mid-air, and anything else where speed is necessary and only a wad of shots count.

Speaking of the shutter button, it is one of my complaints. Well for most that have some type of feeling it may not be, but for my numb fingers, I usally end up pressing the button too far and too early. I miss the two position switch, which I could hear more then feel.

Another thing that both the 20D and the 1D mark II do better than the 10D is focus, both speed and accuracy. The 1D shines in AI servo and tracking, while a slight nod goes to the 20d in low light secenarios.

High ISO numbers are a pleasure with this Camera, the 20D is also a pleasure, but the 1D seems to capture more of the darks than the 20D.

The weight is both a positive and negative of this camera. If hiking through the woods with a geek vest, two cameras, etc, the 1D soon becomes noticable.

Some folks find the controls a little cryptic, but i think they are some of the best ergonmically designed controls out there. Yes, the first hour provides a bit of challenge, but soon it becomes second nature. It is almost impossible to accidently change your settings, and each setting usually is only 1 button, dial combination away.

I like the fact that without the flash, I can use my hartblei T&S lens without the knobs hitting the front of the camera.

All in all a great camera. If you want action, weatherproofing, a SD card, AF points galore, high iso, then seriously consider the 1DMII


 
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM

ef400mmf_56_1_
Review Date: Aug 24, 2004 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,100.00 | Rating: 6 

 
Pros: Low price, light weight, relatively small foorprint, simple design, L-Glass, works well with a 1.4x and 2x extenders
Cons:
Non-IS, no macro mode, f5.6, no Autofocus when using 1.4x or 2x extenders on 10d

A good introduction to 400mm and beyond. Works well in a backpack, camera pack, and photovest due to its nice relatively compact size.

It gets the shots and does well with birds as long as you are willing to bump up the iso.

It is an excellent bang for the buck, but makes you want faster glass. A curse to you Canon for taughting me and making me buy more expensive glass!