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Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Review Date: Nov 25, 2010 Recommend? | Price paid: $4,999.00

Pros: beautiful IQ. NO loss of high ISO ability compared to the mark III. Much better AF than the mark III. tank-like build.
very pricey. Auto ISO not really useful for me without exposure compensation.

The Mark IV is fantastic. I use it for 90% sports and the rest is freelance assignment work or wedding and portraiture. The interface is almost identical to the mark III so there was no learning curve.
The most useful and important upgrades for me are:

better high iso performance (2/3 stop IMO) despite a 50% increase in MP

orientation sensitive AF point. This is a huge plus for a sports shooter.

video and auto iso might be huge for some but not a factor for me.

beautiful images. I loved the mark III and the IV continues with beautiful files.

Excellent AF especially in comparison to the III. The custom functions are predictable where I didn't see such a difference with the mark III. Some hate the complicated AF of the IV. for me, once I figured it out...it gives me the ability to set the AF to do what I want in the style I want. You just need to buy into the idea that AF needs to be managed (versus the Nikon approach of good but not as customizable AF)

It has been worth the money to upgrade.

Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM

Review Date: Feb 27, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $999.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: sharp wide open. Amazing image quality. Great L build. Not too big.

For the money, the best L lens I own. It is great for basketball from the corners, great as a portrait lens. It takes the 1.4X very well and I use it that way as a second body for hockey.
I shoot with 1.3 crop cameras and I love this FL.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

Review Date: Feb 26, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $4,999.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: fast accurate AF in AI-servo. Great ergonomics, tank-like build, orientation sensitive AF point, beautiful LCD. Produces very nice jpegs if speed is a priority.
tough to reach the joystick in vertical orientation. Wish there was exposure comp. in auto ISO

this is a great camera. I shoot sports for 95% of my work and this is perfect. Visually almost identical to the mark III but it outperforms it in every way. I still have a mark III and love it too but it is definitely my backup now.
The only negative I can think of is that the file size is 60% bigger than the mark III and the processing takes longer and storage is more of an issue.
All in all I am very happy with the camera. $5,000 is a big pill to swallow but 15,000 images into it and I am happy.

Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Review Date: Feb 7, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $3,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Solid, dependable, very good ISO performance. Great IQ.

I have upgraded to a mark IV but am keeping my mark III because it is still a fantastic camera. Mint bodies are going for around $2,000 now and IMHO is the best deal on a camera out there. An absolute steal.