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Canon EOS 1D

Review Date: Jan 22, 2007 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,550.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: AF Accuracy and Speed is UNREAL. Straight out of Camera JPEGS unmatched by ANY Camera, Build.
Battery Life is Short compared to newer 1D bodies, Higher ISO requires better exposure accuracy.

Echoing the sentiments of many, this camera is really a masterpiece that revolutionized digital SLR's, and was way advanced for its time. Today it can STILL hold its ground, and will continue to do so if you understand its limitations and can operate between them.

NOT THE BEST cropping camera. Learn how to frame, use your lens, and foot zoom and cropping isn't necessary. Makes you a keener photographer.

Despite the 4MP, the images it produces rivals my 1D MKIIn except for very large unlargements, or very high iso, or cropping. Requires much less if any post processing straight out of the camera.

If you find you has a slight green color cast, there are custom color tones, particularly those of Antonio Langana that you can load as a custom profile that gets rid of the cast.

The smaller file size is a refreshment, less storage space needed, less memory/processing in photoshop when needed.

For the money, you can't beat the AF accuracy and speed, and the number of keeper shots you'll get from this beast. You'll never want to go back to the 20d/30d type body once you have tried a pro series body. the 1D is more than a stepping stone to bigger better bodies, its a legend that set the bar and continues to perform flawlessly for me.

Canon EOS 20D

Review Date: Dec 29, 2005 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $1,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Great build, Superb High Iso, Super Speedy High Capacity Buffer in JPEG, ALMOST as good as my stolen 1D, better in many ways
6 pic buffer in RAW, Auto WB not the most accurate

I have used a 1D to take the majority of my photos, but last week got mine stolen. Weighed the pros/cons of replacing it, and the thing that bugged me most was the need to expose precisely in higher ISO or else output wasn't the greatest.

Decided to buy a 20d for its reported high ISO performance, speedy FPS, and because I already owned many canon lenses.

Of note, I sold a 300D I had as a "backup" for my 1D, it was really my wifes camera, so I have a very good perspective to compare all 3.

Build: quality is top notch. Grip is nicely textured, fits the hand well. Feels much more solid than a 300D or 350xt. Not as "heafty" as my 1D, but I am sure my wife will no longer complain if she has to use this instead of my 1D. Very pleased.

Performance: WOW...WOW. Very pleased. The camera output is great. The auto WB leaves a bit to be desired, but you should shoot RAW or use custom WB anyway...if you haven't tried it, you'll be surprised at what you're missing. The speed of autofocus with a 2.8 lens is close to my 1D, but not quite. In real life applications, I doubt this will matter. The JPEG picture buffer combined with a high 5+ FPS rate allows me to hold the shutter down and fire away with little to no lag. VEry pleased.

Overall: an excellent choice in a digital body. It offers near 1D performance (not quite as fast, but the 1D is a MARVEL!), without the weight, with a higher MPEG size, better ISO performance. A HUGE....HUGE step up from the 300D or 350xt.

NOTE: many complain about the seperate button presses needed for ISO changes, and the lack of ISO display. Although it would be nice to have always on, I find it not to be a problem yet...I always think about my ISO speed before composing the iso button, slide the wheel, and its DONE. Not a big deal. With so little to complain about, guess you have to focus on the VERY MINOR issues.

If you are thinking about taking the jump....just do it. An unreal camera for the price. I WILL be buying a 1D MKII when the prices drop...but the 20D will be a great replacement for my missing 1D.