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Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Sep 24, 2006 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: Update to my previous review. Superb images, accurate exposure in difficult light, reliable.

I am not sure whether I am allowed to update my previous review of this camera, where I gave it an 8, but since then I have been to Namibia for 2 weeks, and taken around 4,000 photos without a problem, and I believe in giving credit where credit is due.

As I did not have time to send the camera to Canon to have the shutter bounce problem solved before I left, I took the camera plus a borrowed 5D as back up. During the whole time I was there I had no problems whatsoever, and the camera performed impecably, I didn't use the 5D once. I was travelling around in a 4WD on dust covered gravel roads, and sand, and was amazed that the sensor only needed a brush over every 2 or 3 days with Visible Dust's Arctic Butterfly, to keep it clean. Also the L lenses didn't suffer either from dust intrusion, (I was constantly changing between 24-70, 70-200 and the 400 5.6). Exposures were spot on, even though Namibia has very contrasty, brilliant light.

I will now send the camera to have the shutter problem resolved, and have the rear LCD cover removed, cleaned and re-sealed.

Based on this recent performance I would like to change my rating to a well deserved 10.

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II

Review Date: Jul 28, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Beautiful images, excellent exposure and dynamic range, raw images, when processed correctly beat what I was getting with scanned slides from my bronica 6x6.
Came with a lump of grunge on the sensor cover, over time fine dust or pollen has appeared under the rear LCD panel, shutter problem (see below)

Up until a few days ago I would have given this camera almost full marks in every catagory. It is a fantastic machine capable of producing absolutely beautiful images. I have even taken shots with this camera for trade fair stands, with images blown up to 4 metres high,and they were excellent. I was a litle disappointed when I first bought it to find a lump of grunge on the sensor cover, and the intrusion, after a short while, of fine dust or pollen behind the LCD cover. This camera is supposed to be weather sealed, and for the price, it really shouldn't arrive with crap already on the sesor cover. However these 2 points I can live with, considering the quality of the photographs.

However, last weekend I was taking shots from a boat, of yachts taking part in the America Cup, in Valencia Spain. I was useing my 400 5.6, (which by the way is a fantastic lens) at high shutter speeds (1/1600-2,500) to counteract the movement of the boat. When I downloaded the shots I noticed a thin white line down the left-hand side of portrait shots, and across the top of landscape ones. It seems, from what other people have experienced who have had the same problem, that this is due to shutter bounce, at high speed, and may indicate that the shutter is on its way out. The camera is out of guarantee, but has only 2k shutter firings recorded. I have been in touch with Canon in Madrid, who tell me it will cost 600euros to replace the shutter and clean.

When I remarked that did they think that a camera body that costs almost the same price as small car, should have this problem after so little use, there reply was, "this is the problem nowadays with electronic devices".

I really do find this an unacceptable excuse, and am quite disapponted with Canon's response.

Tony Abbott, Spain